Guests staying at one of the many resorts of Walt Disney World will soon see some changes coming to the drink area of the food courts. Disney is rolling out a new refillable mug program that will take the place of the current program.
Under the new program, a new tiered pricing structure will be implemented depending on the number of days of refills desired for each mug. Obviously, the more desired on the program, the higher the cost is for the mug.
Anticipated pricing for the new system is shown below:
- $8.99 for 1 day
- $11.99 for 2 days
- $14.99 for 3 days
- $17.99 for length of stay
These changes are meant to more accurately reflect the cost of those using the system.
Also, as part of the new program, RFID chips will be installed in the mugs. This is similar to the system tested a few years ago at Disney World.
By using RFID embedded mugs, Disney will be able to better control its costs. It is well-known that the current system is abused by many. The soda dispensers are out in the open with many refilling old mugs or other containers for free instead of purchasing new mugs.
Now, those people will be out of luck as the dispensers will not operate unless a valid RFID signal is received. This includes the refillable mugs which will operate the system for the number of days purchased or disposable cups for single use.
Of note, the days of purchase for the mugs are calendar days which end at Midnight. Thus, if you arrive in the evening, you may want to delay your purchase of a mug until the next morning when you will have a full day to use it.
As a bonus, the new refillable mug program is expected to allow you to be able to use it at any Disney resort. Under the current program, you were only supposed to use it at your resort of stay.
The new program will be implemented in the next few weeks beginning at the All Star Resorts such as the All Star Movies Resort. It will eventually be rolled out to all Disney Resorts.