Walt Disney World is rolling out a new refillable mug program starting at the All Star Resorts. The mugs were tested at the All Star Resorts in 2011, but will eventually be at all of the resorts. No longer will you be able to bring back your old mugs for free soda.
The new mugs have an RFID chip (radio frequency identification) in them. If you are a Disney resort guest with an eligible dining plan, you will get the mug as part of your package.
We first stopped at All Star Sports. The food court at this resort is currently under rehab. They have turned the former game arcade into a quick service food location.
Since this is a temporary location there are cast members that will refill your mug for you. If you decide to purchase a mug be aware that a day of mug use starts at 12 AM. If you purchase it at 5 PM it is still only good until midnight. You can purchase the mug for the length of your stay. We also visited All Star Movies and All Star Music. The mugs are near the cash registers.
You can purchase the mugs in several colors. They are orange, purple, and lime. They do not sell any mugs without the chip. We did see folks using their old mugs to get water but that is all the machine would dispense.
When you go to use the mug the display on the beverage station will show you how long your mug is good for.
I did feel a little like a stalker watching the guests fill up their mugs. If you notice in the photo above, you can see how long your mug is good for. If you purchase the mug you can always change the number of days on the mug. At this time there is no water park mug that offers this option.
Here is the all important disclaimer on the side of the mug.
If you are staying at All Star Sports during the rehab they are offering a shuttle bus to All Star Movies or All Star Music. Don’t be looking for a Disney bus. There is a sign in front of the main entrance at the resorts directing you to the bus stop.
So what do you think of the new refillable mug? Is it a good idea or the end of Disney as we know it? Hopefully they will eventually add an option to bring your mug back. The Walt Disney Company is all about recycling and this system seems wasteful to me.
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