For years now, Disney World resorts have had refillable mugs available to resort guests where for one fee, these mugs could be used at any resort and refilled as many times as desired. These mugs could also be brought from previous vacations to help save guests some extra money. Now, however, the resort has instituted Rapid Fill mugs that work similarly, but come with a few restrictions.
Each Rapid Fill mug now comes with a microchip which is built into the bottom of the mug so that they may only be used during a certain time period. Prices vary depending on the duration and currently run at $8.99 for one day, $11.99 for two days, $14.99 for three days, and $17.99 for the length of your vacation from seven days to 14 days. Should you desire to use your mug for longer than 14 days, extra days can be added for an additional fee. The same goes for bring back mugs from previous vacations, provided they are the Rapid Fill mugs and not the old style. Those who have the Disney Dining Plan still get this mug free for each member of their party.
But what does this mean?
It means that the soda fountains located at all Disney World resorts will not dispense any soda or other Coca-Cola products unless one of the Rapid Fill mugs with an activated chip in it is placed on the shelf directly below the nozzle. If your time has expired or you are using an older mug without the chip, the machine will not dispense. However, those just wishing for ice, Gold Peak Iced Tea, regular hot tea, and coffee can still use their old mugs or any cup. These dispensers are not equipped to read the new Rapid Fill microchip.
The new mugs are not only limited in duration of use until you need to purchase more time, but they cannot be used at every Disney resort. Upon check in, a Cast Member will explain how the Rapid Fill mugs work and which resorts will accept the mugs purchased at that particular resort. However, this may change as Disney makes adjustments.
Rapid Fill mugs also come in different colors. In previous years, mugs were pink, blue, and black. To distinguish the new mugs with the microchips from the ones that don't, Rapid Fill mugs come in green, orange, and purple and have the Rapid Fill logo on the side.
What about paper cups?
Even if you're purchasing a paper cup at the register, these still have a microchip sticker that allows the soda machines to work and allow for up to three refills.
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