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englishteacha
04-17-2006, 03:53 PM
Now, I drink water ALL the time. We have great tasting water at home so I never buy water. On our last trip to WDW in 2002, we never bought water and I honestly don't remember the water tasting bad. Did I block it out of my memory or is it OK? I don't want to carry a water bottle with me, but I will if the water is truly as terrible as everyone says.

pearlieq
04-17-2006, 03:58 PM
I think it's pretty hideous. I can't choke it down. I can barely get through brushing my teeth! :crazy2:

Others can tolerate it. I guess you'll probably just have to try it when you get there.

maggiew
04-17-2006, 04:09 PM
My family thinks its fine. :confused3 I just wish it was colder coming out of the fountains.

Maggie

tink2dw
04-17-2006, 04:13 PM
If your home water has sulfer in it then you are probably ok, But, if you have crystal clear mineral free water you will diffinately notice a big difference!!

Most people either buy a case offsite at Walmart
or
they bring a case from home or send it to their resort via UPS
or
if the water only mildly bothers you, there are flavor packets for water bottles that you can add to the to the water. Some are tubes by Kool-Ade, some are sugar free or tea at walmart for $1.79 also walmart sells the tub type like Crystal Light

or others use filter bottels
http://www.waterfilters.net/culligan/waterbottles/SB-3.htm
or
https://oxygen.biznetis.net/store.asp?custid=18


but if the water tastes bad remember that the ice is made from the same water and Will make soft drinks taste bad!!

Feralpeg
04-17-2006, 04:25 PM
It depends on where you get the water. Florida building codes require all new construction and any major remodeling to include water filtration systems. Some of the hotels and restaurants on WDW property have the filtration systems and I have no problem with the water. The drinking fountains in the parks are not filtered and taste pretty bad.

I have the filtration system in my home and I don't have a problem with Florida water. If I go out to an older restaurant, I always get my drinks without ice because the water in the ice makes the drinks taste bad.

unfreshdiva1
04-17-2006, 04:26 PM
I don't really care for the water, but do not like the brand they carry in the parks (Zepher I believe). :banana:

mickeyluv'r
04-17-2006, 05:12 PM
I think the bottled water they have in the parks is the kind that's not spring water.

Our family will drink the water if we have to -and we do drink it in the restaurants..IMHO, it doesn't taste as bad when it's cold. But it does have an odor.

Part of the reason we bring water, is that when you walk around all day, you really need to keep hydrated to feel well. You put your body into a bit of a stressful situation - airplane germs, travel worries, new climate, exercise, etc. So the better you stay hydrated, the better your body will handle everything.

In addition to Walmart, lots of people also shop at Publix grocery stores, Walgreens (they're everywhere down there), and you can have water delivered for free if you join the Staples club.

jennifer293
04-17-2006, 05:51 PM
I think it is DISGUSTING!!! We went to Ohana's one night and while we were there I walked around with DD. We were looking at the water fall in the center of the Poly and I got a whiff of that water and I got sick to my stomach. I tried to drink it one night and about vomited, so I had to carry the bottle water everywhere. I could not brush my teeth with the sink water.

All of this being said....My parents have well water and I cannot drink it either or I will end up in "My OFFICE" for a while... :sick:

I would bring some water just in case!!!

safetymom
04-17-2006, 06:17 PM
I drink the water all the time with no problem.

love~disney
04-17-2006, 06:51 PM
I hate the taste of the water there. It tastes like the smell from water rides.

DisFlan
04-17-2006, 07:21 PM
I don't have a problem with Disney water. It's not the world's best, but it's not that bad, either. As a reference - at home we drink deep well/aquifer water that's been judged among the best tasting in the state.

Almost all water in most of Florida has at least a minor whiff of sulpher. I think that's what probably puts a lot of people off. It's not limited to WDW.

DisFlan

sarahg311@hotmail.co
04-17-2006, 07:40 PM
Totally gross. I don't even think that Crystal Light would make it taste better. I always get bottled water...I even use it to brush my teeth.

DisneyDazed
04-17-2006, 07:54 PM
Oh gosh I think its disgusting! I dont have crystal clear water here but ugh WDW water is just down right gross. Even the Brita water filter bottle didnt even help for me.

hsmamato2
04-17-2006, 08:00 PM
I agree with the "eeeewwwww!" folks! I hate WDW water! We use our Brita bottle, when we're there, also for our hotel, we don't drink the water otherwise, I've noticed that certain fountains taste worse than others, but mostly :rolleyes2 the Brita works ok- though my Mom still hates it even with that....

jennifer293
04-17-2006, 08:04 PM
I don't have a problem with Disney water. It's not the world's best, but it's not that bad, either. As a reference - at home we drink deep well/aquifer water that's been judged among the best tasting in the state.

Almost all water in most of Florida has at least a minor whiff of sulpher. I think that's what probably puts a lot of people off. It's not limited to WDW.

DisFlan


It is not just Disney water or just FL water ....We used to live in Myrtle Beach and during the off season the water tasted fine, but once tourist season came around ohhhh it was nasty. It even left my skin slimy feeling after a shower. Maybe it has something to do with being so close to the ocean...WHO KNOWS???

mom c
04-17-2006, 08:04 PM
We are big water drinkers.The water at the Parks and hotels is just fine.
We in the Akron,Ohio area had moldy swamp tasting water for a while....even soda fountain pop was tainted!





4 mo 15 days til my next wdw trip

kmccain
04-17-2006, 08:05 PM
My vote is for BAD!

We stayed in the campground and it was bad. The water and the ice they make from the water!

We were dieing of thirst, stupid me stood at the sink running the water waiting for it to get cold like it does from the well here in Pa. DH informed me that we were in Florida and the water does not get cold there!

I wasn't using the Brita pitcher at that time. I hope they work the next time. We plan on taking lots of water with us next time.

:tink:

donaldtutter
04-17-2006, 08:42 PM
the water is undrinkable imo.

englishteacha
04-17-2006, 09:01 PM
If I decide to bring in a water bottle, can it be in a Nalgene or opened sport bottle? I've been to many parks where you can't bring in an opened bottle of water. If we end up buying water, I'd rather bring my trusty Nalgene and fill it from a gallon jug than buy the bottles at the store. It's cheaper, too. :)

calie_j
04-17-2006, 09:09 PM
I drink tap water at home all the time and didn't find the water at WDW to taste any differently. We got 2 bottled waters and refilled them from the tap in our hotel and noone in our family noticed anything bad about the water. We also had ice water at the fish place at Epcot which was very good tasting also, even tho we got a hassle for not buying bottled there. We didn't drink or fill our water from drinking fountains so I can't comment on those which may be different.

Calie

TnTWalter
04-17-2006, 09:19 PM
light packets it would be tolerable, but you'd still have that slight smell.

It's basically like well water.

I was glad the snack credits included bottled water.

Trish

GraysMom
04-17-2006, 09:38 PM
I drink water all day (filtered through a PUR faucet mount filter) at home, but I can't stand the water in the parks or hotels. Like others, I too use bottled water to brush my teeth and make ice at the hotel (OKW). At the parks we carry a Camelbak (specially made backpacks with a water bladder and external drinking valve) that we half fill with bottled water the night before and freeze. The next morning we fill the bladder the rest of the way with refridgerated bottled water and away we go! As an added bonus, the person wearing the Camelbak stays cooler until the ice is melted. The water usually last the two of us all day, saving us the expense of buying drinks in the park.

GraysMom

xpor2geechica69x
04-22-2006, 10:33 AM
I was actually wondering the same thing. When I went in 2003 it seemed as if the water was very warm and sandy. It didnt taste very good. I spoke with someone I know that went in March and she said that they installed a whole new filtration system or something so the water seems alot cleaner. :teeth:

Luv2Roam
04-22-2006, 12:17 PM
The parks have not sold Zephrhills for years. (Which I liked better.) They now sell Dansani (Coke product). I am not a fan of it since it does get a lot of bad press. Dansani is just filtered tap water.
But I prefer that over the straight from tap water.
Now that I live here, I don't have a problem. But when a WDW visitor, if I drank a lot of tap water, it would take around 5 days, but it would start hitting my system.
The water from where we came was not anything to brag about either though.

Angiepea
04-22-2006, 12:30 PM
We took some powdered tea with us and put some in our rucksacks then just used a little each time to make the taste more bearable.
angie

Shagley
04-22-2006, 12:40 PM
Went I was there last May, I had my brita water bottle and was prepared for the water to be awful. I was actually suprised that I didn't think it was as bad (even without the brita bottle) as I was prepared for it to be. Maybe it is worse sometimes than other times, and I happened to hit it on a good day :confused3

disneychrista
04-22-2006, 01:06 PM
For me not only is is bad tasting (even mixed with soda syrup) and but it causes me terrible tummy troubles. Once I switched to bottled drinks I was fine.

Pigeon
04-22-2006, 01:18 PM
I normally drink tap water at home, but I thought the water at Disney was pretty awful. We ended up buying water most days.

xpor2geechica69x
04-22-2006, 03:17 PM
The parks have not sold Zephrhills for years. (Which I liked better.) They now sell Dansani (Coke product). I am not a fan of it since it does get a lot of bad press. Dansani is just filtered tap water.
But I prefer that over the straight from tap water.
Now that I live here, I don't have a problem. But when a WDW visitor, if I drank a lot of tap water, it would take around 5 days, but it would start hitting my system.
The water from where we came was not anything to brag about either though.

I like Dansani water so thats good that they sell it.. But I bet it is very expenive..

imsayin
04-22-2006, 03:37 PM
I had no recollection of the water being bad prior to my trip last December. I thought everyone on the DIS was just whining & overreacting ;) , but when we went in December, the water was just nasty! Luckily we had bottled water with us.

JustEngagedNicole
04-22-2006, 03:52 PM
My family thinks its fine. :confused3 I just wish it was colder coming out of the fountains.

Maggie

Because I am a Florida Transplant orig. from Montgomery, IL (1/2 hr. 45 min from Chicago) I can relate. Water up north is much colder because the pipes are laid much deeper in the ground to protect from freezing in the winter and such. Because of that, in the summer the pipes are not too affected by the sun. Here in sunny Florida the water is warm because the pipes are closer to the ground surface and the sun makes it nice and toasty - mmmm yum :drinking1

arminnie
04-22-2006, 06:22 PM
I never, ever noticed the water having a weird taste until I started reading these boards.

I don't have any problems with the water in the hotels or restaurants, but I did try to drink from a fountain at MK last year and thought I was going to gag. It was like drinking from a 200 year old rusty bucket of stagnant water.

luvdzne
04-22-2006, 06:33 PM
I was the a few weeks ago, the dasani water that they sell is $2. We used our dining plan for it which was nice to not have to carry a bottle around all day. The fountan water is the worst imo. Some of the sit down resturants have Evian water you can get.

Jennygt
04-22-2006, 07:10 PM
I will even go as far as to say that the h20 in the hotels smells bad also!

FINFAN
04-22-2006, 08:11 PM
We have noticed that it is worse at MK than Epcot or MGM... :confused3 Not sure why, but even washing our hands in the bathroom it smelled more at MK than the other parks. We still use it to brush our teeth, but that's about it..bottled for everything else icluding coffee. My family lives in SW Fl and they use bottled for all drinking/cooking/coffee/ice cubes.


Pam

isla bonita
04-22-2006, 10:15 PM
We all think so. We buy lots of bottled when in Florida but we are also big water drinkers.

ducklite
04-23-2006, 07:39 AM
It's hideous. The bottled water sold in the park is Dasani.

Anne

rparmfamily
04-23-2006, 08:31 AM
The water that Florida uses comes from the Florida Aquafer. There are tons of natural springs in Florida (that are icy cold BTW!). Spring water is fine in Florida, but the water some municipalities uses is nasty. I can only tolerate my own water if it's icy cold. It's not that the water is dirty, but rather it's got too much of a "earthy/sulfur" tone to it. Downright gross warm!

BTW, most water fountains are cooled, but perhaps Disney doesn't cool theirs so that you BUY their expensive Dasani tap water. I love Zypherhills water BTW. It's natural spring water.

MUFFYCAT
04-23-2006, 09:00 AM
I don't like the water. We stop and buy case for the room.

aka-mad4themouse
04-23-2006, 09:30 AM
I like Dansani water so thats good that they sell it.. But I bet it is very expenive..
A 24 oz. bottle is $2.00. That's pretty much what you would expect to pay at any theme park here in the Northeast (sometimes even more!). You certainly can get it cheaper by purchasing a case at a grocery store or having one shipped to you at your resort.

The water in Disney upsets my stomach. Even adding flavoring like Crystal Light doesn't help. There's soemthing in the water than doesn't agree with me. So I carry a Brita Fill & Go bottle. I get ice water at any refreshment stand and refill my bottle when I need it. I drink a lot of water every day and really need it in Disney. Buying a filtered bottle was one of my best investments!

CheapMom
04-23-2006, 10:07 AM
I drink the water at the hotel and water fountains - no problem- but I have come accross a few fountains that seemed more sulfury than others- and I just avoid them. We are on well water here- Our drinking water is filtered with reverse osmosis (Dansani is tap water treated with reverse osmosis) so I brush my teeth with well water at home- that may be why I am more tolerant of FL water.

disneysteve
04-23-2006, 10:12 AM
Now, I drink water ALL the time. We have great tasting water at home so I never buy water. On our last trip to WDW in 2002, we never bought water and I honestly don't remember the water tasting bad. Did I block it out of my memory or is it OK? I don't want to carry a water bottle with me, but I will if the water is truly as terrible as everyone says.
I think paying for water is a marketing scam - JMHO, no flames please.

We drink tap water all the time at home and anywhere we go (except for certain foreign destinations for safety reasons, not taste). We have never had any problem. I had never heard of anyone complain about the water at Disney until I found these boards. And for many, many years, bottled water wasn't even sold in the parks. Only when the bottled water craze started spreading did Disney latch on to the opportunity to sell horribly overpriced water, just like the rest of the country.

mickeyfan2
04-23-2006, 10:49 AM
I can hardly stomach it to brush my teeth. I only drink bottled water at WDW. I have a well at home so that may skew my opinion.

CookieGVB
04-23-2006, 01:10 PM
Bleh - the sulfur taste is the WORST.

xpor2geechica69x
04-23-2006, 03:18 PM
A 24 oz. bottle is $2.00. That's pretty much what you would expect to pay at any theme park here in the Northeast (sometimes even more!). You certainly can get it cheaper by purchasing a case at a grocery store or having one shipped to you at your resort.

The water in Disney upsets my stomach. Even adding flavoring like Crystal Light doesn't help. There's soemthing in the water than doesn't agree with me. So I carry a Brita Fill & Go bottle. I get ice water at any refreshment stand and refill my bottle when I need it. I drink a lot of water every day and really need it in Disney. Buying a filtered bottle was one of my best investments!


2.00 a bottle isnt that bad its only 70 cents more than at the regular store. Maybe I'll get lucky and the fountain water wont be so bad while I am there :teeth:

momamy
04-23-2006, 04:50 PM
lol ya think disneys water is bad ya should chedk out the foutain of youth!! talk about gagging!

Amy

xpor2geechica69x
04-23-2006, 11:19 PM
I was talking to my boyfriends sister today and she was telling me that her mom told her not to drink the water in Disney. She said it is fine to shower in and brush your teeth in but when she drank it she became sick...I think I will stick to buying the Dasani water :teeth: