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Everything you need to know about Disney refillable mugs

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Everything you need to know about Disney refillable mugs

Refillable mugs may sound like a fantastic option if you’re heading to Disney World but whether or not they make sense depends on a lot of things.

Thinking about purchasing some for your next trip?

Check out the answers to some of the most frequent questions we receive about using a Disney refillable mug!

How much do the mugs cost?

If you are on the Disney Dining Plan, you’ll get a mug included with your plan.

The current price for people paying out of pocket for their mug is $19.99 (plus tax).

Resort mugs

The average cost of a fountain beverage is around $3.50ish so if you think you’ll be purchasing at least 6 drinks from a resort food court, a mug might be a good idea.refillable mugs

Where do I pick up (or where can I buy) a Disney refillable mug?

Mugs are available in the gift shops and where applicable, the food courts at the Disney World resorts. 

How do I activate my mug?

When you take your mug to the cash register, the Cast Member will check to see if you are part of the Disney Dining Plan or if you’ll be paying out-of-pocket for your mug, and then they’ll activate them. The entire process is very quick.

Activating a Disney Resort refillable mug

Can you use your refillable mug in the theme parks and water parks?

Nope. These mugs will only work at the resorts in food courts and quick service locations with self-service beverage stations.

They won’t work in the theme parks or water parks, however, the water parks do sell their own version of a refillable mug.

How do the mugs work?

Magic and Pixie Dust.

Just kidding. It is by special technology branded “Rapid Fill”.

Rapid Fill label

The cups have a small RFID chip in them (the same technology that runs MagicBands) that tells sensors in the beverage machines whether or not the cup is activated.

If your cup is activated, you’ll simply follow the directions on the screen by placing your cup on the tray (it needs to touch the tray in order to work) and then filling it up with the beverage of your choice.

Most of the machines will also tell you how long your mug will be activated, too.

Soda machine for Rapid Fill

If your cup isn’t activated, nothing will happen and you’ll have to walk away as lights flash and sirens blare.

I’m kidding.

I mean, nothing will happen (no beverage will dispense) but there aren’t any lights or sirens. Usually.

There is a small waiting period between refills – 2 to 3 minutes, so if your plan is to buy one mug and then use it fill up a giant jug to haul around the parks your plan has been foiled!

2 minutes may not seem like a long time but if you’ve slammed your drink because you ate something too spicy and you really need a refill, it’s an eternity.

How long do the refillable mugs at Disney World last?

Disney used to sell different mug “plans” but now the only option is to buy a mug that is good for 14 days.

What happens if my stay is longer than 14 days?

If you are staying longer than 14 days a Cast Member can extend it for you but you’ll have to ask; it doesn’t happen automatically.

What kinds of beverages are included?

All the regular fountain beverages (Coca-Cola products), iced tea, wine, hot tea, coffee, and hot chocolate.

Premium beverages like milk and real fruit juices are not included. Nor is any alcohol. BUT, nothing is stopping you from buying an adult beverage and pouring it into your mug to keep it chilled.

mug lids

How much do the mugs hold?

In my opinion, not enough. They are kind of small BUT that makes them easier to handle and schlep around, I guess.

14 ounces is about what they will hold – but that is without any ice. For reference, a can of pop is 12 ounces.

I bought one of the “forever” mugs, can I still use it?

Alas, nothing is really “forever”.

Yes, way back when Disney used to say the mugs they sold would be good “forever” but that was a long time ago and now they have all this fancy technology so you’ll need to buy a new mug.

Can I reactivate an old mug?

That’s a negative. If you want refillable beverages you have to buy a new mug each trip which means you’ll end up with a cabinet of happiness at home.

Of course, if you travel to Disney World frequently or if you have a large family you may quickly run out of places to store lesser needed items like “plates” or “food” but who needs those when you have a brightly colored display-o-mugs to remind you of your happy place?!

Cabinet of mugs

Seriously – there are days when opening up a cabinet to see brightly colored Disney mugs would spark a lot more joy in my heart than seeing a cabinet of canned beans.

I am planning a split stay. Can I use them at more than 1 resort?

Yes! Your mug can be used at any Disney World resort regardless of where you are staying.

Do children under 3 get a mug with the Dining Plan?

Nope. If your child is under the age of 3 they won’t get a mug. You can buy them one out of pocket but since a child under the age of 3 doesn’t need to buy the Dining Plan they don’t get a mug.

Are the Disney refillable mugs a good deal?

If you are on the Dining Plan the price is factored into the cost of the plan.

If, however, you are thinking about paying for some mugs out of pocket the math gets a bit more tricky.

You’ll need to be confident that you’d be buying roughly 6 beverages from your resort over your stay. If that is a “yes” there are some other things to think about – like, how convenient will it be to go refill your mug?

Some rooms can be far away from the refill stations. Will you REALLY want to walk all the way over to fill up your mug each day?

Some people like to fill their mugs up on the way to the parks or they like to fill them up as they get back from the parks.

The problem with that is that then you’re carrying your mug with you all day. It is doable (especially if you have a stroller) but it can be a hassle.

An alternative to that plan would be to order some groceries or beverages to keep in your room. That way you can grab something as you leave and recycle the container when it is empty.

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Heather Thomas


Thursday 12th of September 2019

I brought my mug back 6 months later, I explained to the woman at The Yacht Club I didn’t want to waste another mug and I would pay the $18.99 to reactivate it. I had a “Disney Magic” moment and she reactivated it for me at no charge. I highly doubt I will ever be that lucky again but it is technically possible to have them reactivated.


Tuesday 11th of June 2019

Do the mugs have different designs at different resorts? Or, are they the same options offered everywhere.


Wednesday 5th of June 2019

Does Animal Kingdom open the entry gate early on Magic Hours days (8am)so guests can get in line for the que at Avatar Flight of Passage? We're going in July. Thanks

Kay Mead

Saturday 18th of May 2019

Fabulous article! I have a query about length of validity. We will be staying on-site for 5 nights with DDP, then off-site after that, but are likely to be visiting resorts during the off-site time. Will our mugs be valid for the same 14 day period as if we’d paid for them out of pocket or just while we’re in the resort? Many thanks ?


Friday 17th of May 2019

oh, the "forever" mugs. those of us who had them are still ticked. it's different than the leave a legacy group and the brick group, who all had contracts that lasted beyond the stated number of years (though i feel for them too, to a point). but they never stated anywhere that the forever mugs would/could be changed when you bought them. it was marketed as "forever" and frankly the mugs can last close to that if you really take care of them properly, so it really was a fantastic deal if you knew you'd visit again. so imagine our surprise when one day "forever" was no more. are there bigger problems in life? of course, but it still stings ever so slightly whenever it gets brought up, lol.


Thursday 3rd of September 2020

Can it be purchased and delivered on-line?

Julie T

Sunday 6th of October 2019

Laura, along the same line... back in 2007 we paid extra to have non-expiring added to our 10 day tickets and we only used 5 days. We still have 5 days left. We had them verified this summer and now they put an expiration date of 2030 on them. Yes, I know, that is still a long time to use them but it's the point that they were supposed to be non-expiring.

We were going to use them this December but decided to just hang on to them for a few more years and pay for tickets for this trip since we know we want to go back again in a few year and those ticket prices are just going to keep going up.