Here are a few things to consider first. Keep in mind that the mugs can only be refilled at a Disney resort. While you can take them into all of the parks and Downtown Disney, you can not get them refilled for free at those places. Our family spends most of our time at the parks, not at the resort. If this is the case with you, you may think it is not a good deal to purchase the mug. However, consider the advantages. Anytime you are at the resort – before heading to the parks in the morning, mid-afternoon rests by the pool, and returning to the resort at night – you can fill this mug up at no cost. If you choose to have a rest day at the resort, the refillable mug comes in handy. If you are not on the dining plan, it can be used for your drink if you dine at the food court.
There are many conveniences to having this mug and not needing to pay for a drink anytime you are at the resort and thirsty. Also, it is a relatively inexpensive Disney souvenir. You get to take it home and drink from it anytime you like. My resort mug from 2007 is by my side as I type this up right now. As a matter of fact, ask any friend who has visited my home, and they will acknowledge that I always have a Disney souvenir mug within arm’s reach. When asking ourselves “to buy or not to buy?” we bought! However, we did not purchase one per family member. The first year we bought two mugs and realized that we did not really need two mugs. We were at the parks much more than at the resorts, and when we arrived back for the night, we shared. When we spent time by the pool, we were close enough to the food court to just walk in and refill it. Back at home, only I carry the mug around as if it is a security blanket! We discovered that one mug per family for each visit to the World is just right for us.
*Special thanks to my dear friend and fellow Mouseclubber, Alison, for this post!*