Many Disney fans love making use of Disney’s refillable mug program. But, due to COVID-19 things are a little different. While self-serve is not currently an option, you can still make great use of this program. Here’s how it works.
These refillable mugs are formerly known as Rapid Fill. Each mug cost $19.99 for your length of stay. Normally they are included in the Disney Dining Plan, too. Each mug entitles you to unlimited refills at the Disney hotels for the duration of your stay. This includes all Disney-owned hotels, not just the one at which you are staying. Each mug has an RFID chip that communicates with the soda fountain machines to indicate if the mug is still valid or not.
With COVID-19 precautions in place you can no longer refill the mug yourself. Sorry folks, this does mean not combining drinks to make your own magical concoction. Instead, there is a table placed near the soda fountain, and staffed by a Cast Member. Simply place your open mug on the table. Keep the lid with you. The cast member will ask for your drink order and will fill it for you, leaving you to place the lid back on the mug. Easy, right?
This is also the case with regular fountain drinks too. Simply show your receipt and let the Cast Member know what you want to drink, and they will place the filled drink on the table. There can be a crowd in the mornings as guests head out to the parks, though I didn’t feel it was much different than the crowds that would gather to fill their own mugs in the mornings back in the before-time. Just keep your distance, of course.
Are you a fan of Disney’s Rapid Fill program? Will this new process change your use of it?