Rumors have been swirling around the Internet about the possible launch of a brand new refillable mug program at the Walt Disney World called 'Rapid Fill.' We've held off talking about it because it is still a rumor with no confirmation from Disney. Our friends over at the Disney Food Blog have been keeping an eye on the development. With new soda machines being installed at both Disney's Beach Club Resort and Disney's All Star Music this week, it seems that the launch of the RFID Chip driven beverage program is imminent.
The information being reported by several sources right now says that the new Rapid Fill mugs contain a radio frequency identification (RFID) chip that allows the mugs to be programmed for consecutive, multiple days of use. The price of the mugs will vary based on the number of use days that it has been purchased for. Once the purchase period is over, the mugs will be deactivated and cannot be used on subsequent visits: as was always the intention with the refillable mug program. The RFID enabled refillable mugs will continue to be included in the Disney Dining Plan. Guests preferring a more traditional beverage system should still have the option of purchasing non-refillable paper cups for their beverages.
The new Rapid Fill Program, as it's being talked about, offers guests two obvious benefits. First, those guests staying at the Walt Disney World Resort for a shorter length of time will have a lower purchase point for their mugs. Second, rumor has it that the new resort mugs will be able to be filled at any resort beverage station regardless of which resort hotel it was purchased at.
It's important to remember that this is still a rumor, and as with all things Disney it is subject to change. Many thanks to the DFB for keeping us up to date on all things Disney Food. For more details, information, and pictures of the new self-serve soda machines visit our friends at the Disney Food Blog today!