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Rapid Refill RFID Mugs at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

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    I have just read that they will be rolled out within the next month across all hotels.


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    Re: RFID Mugs

    I think it is very clever that they have put the price up and trying to market it as a money saving option for the 'length of stay' they have always been available for length of stay.

    I am interested to see if they will charge people to 'extend the length of stay' if they are staying more than 14 nights.
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    Re: RFID Mugs

    also if you are a family that stays half your trip at one hotel and then moves to another, as you can use it in any resort you should be able to continue using the same one but if it is booked as 2 separate references that wont work will it. How does DDP work if you move hotels half way through your trip?
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    Re: RFID Mugs

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    The new refillable mug program — Rapid Fill — will roll out at resort locations with self-service beverage stations at Walt Disney World Resort hotels. The new mugs will take place in a phased approach beginning in July with Disney’s All Star Resorts, where the program originally piloted in 2011.

    The new Rapid Fill mugs have a radio frequency identification (RFID) chip installed in the mug that allows it to be programmed for multiple consecutive days all the way through Guests’ entire length of stay. Guests will be able to refill beverages at any resort self-service beverage station and they will also be able to check their remaining days available on the fountain beverage dispenser’s LCD communication display.

    Rapid Fill mugs may be purchased and used at any resort self-service beverage island. Disney Dining Plan Guests will receive this mug as part of their package.

    The prices of the mugs vary based on Guest preference for number of days for refills, as follows:

    1 day - $8.99
    2 days - $11.99
    3 days - $14.99
    Length of stay (4+ days) - $17.99

    Frequently Asked Questions that Guests may have about the Rapid Fill mugs:

    What's the difference between the current Resort Refillable mugs and the Rapid Fill mugs?

    The Rapid Fill mugs offer Guests flexibility by allowing them to choose one, two, or three days of refills or for their entire length of stay. The RFID (radio frequency identification) chip installed in the mug alerts Guests as to how many days they have remaining on their mug. The program was tested in 2011 at Disney’s All Star Resorts and is similar to the technology currently used in mugs sold at Disney water parks.

    Can non-Walt Disney World Resort Guests purchase and use the mug?

    Yes. Anyone can purchase and use the Rapid Fill mugs at any resort self-service beverage station.

    Can the Rapid Fill mugs be used in multiple resort hotels?

    Yes. The Rapid Fill mugs may be enjoyed at any resort hotel self-service beverage station.

    Can I bring the same Rapid Fill mug each time I visit the Walt Disney World Resort?

    No, past mugs cannot be activated for future visits. Guests who purchase the Length of Stay option for Rapid Fill program can use the mug for fourteen (14) consecutive days after activation. Guests can extend the mug beyond the 14-day Length of Stay option as long as it’s still within the current length of stay.

    If the mug is activated for first use at 5 p.m., will the one day count until 5 p.m. the next day?

    No, the day will end at 11:59 p.m. that night. Each day is a calendar day (12:01 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.), not a 24-hour period. Whenever the mug is used for the first time, regardless of time of day, the mug will expire for that day at midnight.

    Can the current water park mug be used in resorts?

    No. The current water park mug is only valid in water parks, with no resort add-on option. However, Guests soon will be able to add a water park option for their mug.

    Can Guests purchase a Resort Rapid Fill mug anywhere at Walt Disney World Resort?

    Resort Rapid Fill mugs may only be purchased at Walt Disney World Resort hotels with self-service beverage stations.

    If a Guest prefers not to purchase the Rapid Fill mug, can they purchase a regular mug instead?

    The Rapid Fill mugs will be the only refillable mugs available at this time. Guests may choose to purchase nonrefillable paper cups for their drinks if they prefer.

    Can mugs be microwaved?

    No, the mug cannot be microwaved.
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    OK, so they are going to have non-refillable cups. If these are going to work in the drink stations how do they work differently from the refillable? Does that mean I can only have one cup of coffee in the morning? It sounds like they still need to put some thought into this.
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    It will just be a regular paper cup. I don't understand how this will work but I am sure they have this worked out. Maybe a cast member with a key fob at the station or something


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    I don't understand your question John, why would you only be able to have one cup of coffee? :)
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    If I buy a paper cup I've always been able to refill it while I'm sitting there having breakfast. Now those paper cups are supposedly going to be non-refillable.
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    Ohhhhh sorry! That's a bad move :(
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    Ugh. Bother.

    They can call them "rapid refill" all they want, but if they don't move faster than they did in beta testing at All Stars, I'm going to be testy. I get as annoyed as the next person when I see people filling up RIDICULOUS containers at the beverage bar (seriously, once a saw a lady filling up a SHAMPOO BOTTLE), but I REALLY do not think this is the answer. It was slow, it was unreliable, and to be honest it TICKED me off.

    John, during the testing phase, the way they handled the coffee (and single use soda) was, once you purchased the cup you could refill it as often as you liked for, say, an hour (I think it was). After the hour, it no longer worked. HOWEVER! You could only refill it every, say, 10 minutes. (To keep people from purchasing one cup, and then refilling it repeatedly and pouring it into other "non-conforming, non-rfid" cups. Yeah, they'll try that.) Stupid, crazy, ridiculous system. Seriously? If they spent that much energy imagineering new attractions, I'd be a lot happier.
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    It is all rather complicated! I wish they'd just include it in the price of the room or get rid of it. I wouldn't choose to buy it myself as I don't drink much soda
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    This is an absolutely ridiculous waste if time and energy. Disney gets the soda practically free from Coke.
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    I have to admit that on a short stay I probably would not get my money's worth. But I drink coffee every morning, sometimes two cups. I don't drink that much soda.
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    I had it was completely free


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    It probably is completely free. I wouldn't be surprised.
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    I just got a message in my room at POFQ to say the rapid fill mugs would be starting tomorrow, and if we already have a mug we need to go and exchange it. That should be fun :lol:

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