If you’ve ever spent any time on a Disney message board, you know that one of the more contentious topics centers around the use of refillable soda mugs after your initial resort stay ends. If you haven’t used one, here’s how they work: Disney resort guests purchase a refillable mug for use during their stay, either separately or through the dining plan. The mugs are only good at your resort during that one stay–you can take the mug home as a souvenir but you can’t bring it back and re-use it on your next trip. And that, of course, is the problem. We’ve all heard about people re-using mugs over and over again, and while the environmentalist in you might like the idea, it breaks the rules and costs Disney money.
In an attempt to solve this program, Disney has implemented a test program at the All Star Sports’ End Zone food court to track and limit mug use. Mugs will have an RFID code that the soda dispenser will read before dispensing soda. Your mug will be good for unlimited sodas from the time of check-in until midnight on the day of check-out; after that, your mug won’t work. The only catch is that you’ll have to wait five minutes between refills.
We’ve known this has been coming for a while, but there’s no word yet on whether or not the technology will be put into place at other resorts. I’m betting if it’s successful it will be implemented across the boards, as it seems to be a fairly low-tech solution to the refillable mug problem.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you buy a mug when you visit?
- Disney World 2012 Dining Plan Details Released (chipandco.com)