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maryj11
07-22-2011, 05:01 PM
We will be there with free dining for 4 days. I dont know if I should get the refillable mugs for 2 adults and 1 child or not. They are so expensive, but I know my adult daughter will fill her mug several times a day. During our last trip I usually only filled mine at night. My grand daughter will drink maybe 2 mugs filled a day. Free dining gives you a drink with your meals and we could purchase them as a snack. The mugs are great to take home, then again they cost what 13.00 or 14.00 ? How much are they now anyway. I could just get 2 mugs and share with my grand daughter? What do you think would be the best thing to do ?

cepmom
07-22-2011, 05:13 PM
we always get 2 mugs when we go. DH and I use them in the morning for coffee at least twice, the kids use them in the afternoon for drinks by the pool so we definitely get our money's worth out of them. I won't buy one for each of us; I see no problem with sharing the mugs within a family.

daisyduck123
07-22-2011, 05:15 PM
We spent 10 days at AKV & BCV last month. Mugs were $13.99 each.

I would get at least one. I think they make a great souvenir. I also think if you are going to fill up at least 6 or 7 times, they are worth it.

We purchased 3 last month, btw.

BBandDisney
07-22-2011, 05:24 PM
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S. C.
07-22-2011, 05:41 PM
We've never bought them. Always carry our water with us for when we get thirsty waiting in the hot lines. We have always gone to WDW in the summer so only wanted to drink soda/pop during our meals. DH is a bigger pop drinker than I am but also only wanted water in the heat. We have our coffee in the room while getting ready.
I agree with others it depends on how much use you would get out of it. If we went in cooler months we would consider buying them. In cooler weather hot chocolate at night would nice too.

Yoshi
07-22-2011, 05:48 PM
We considered buying the mugs on our last trip, but because we were drinking soda at both lunch and dinner with the dining plan (we would normally get soda at one meal and have water at the other) and don't drink coffee, we decided against it.

bumbershoot
07-22-2011, 06:06 PM
We don't drink soda, but we do drink coffee. I, however, cannot stand Disney coffee, so a mug was useless for me. DH liked the coffee and knew he would have some every day, so he bought the mug. It was well worth it, just for him, just for that stay!

So if someone's going to use it, get it for them. I personally wouldn't share; it either works for you or it doesn't, and if it doesn't, IMO, don't buy it.

Belle5
07-22-2011, 06:21 PM
Sometimes we buy mugs...sometimes we don't. This last trip we took DS13 and DS7. DH did not plan on buying mugs. Upon our arrival at the resort/food court, I told DH...I would hate to buy drinks and then LATER decide we want mugs. Buying right then would offer the maximum value on the mugs. He decided we'd go ahead and buy them. We REALLY enjoyed the mugs! If you are going to hang out at the resort at all, they are such a great thing to have with you. Our mornings were cool (mid-Feb) so we would take mugs of hot tea with cream and sugar with us in the car as we would go to the parks. We would stop on our way back and get iced tea or iced coffee for our nap/swim time (usually multiple drinks during or after swim time). Then, we would rinse our mugs and always keep them in the car with us. We'd stop at the lobby (PORFQ) and food court after the parks at night and pick up another mug of coffee, tea or cocoa. I don't know why it always seemed like such a treat, but our boys just think it is such a special thing.

1.) How much time will you spend at your resort, it's food court and it's pool?

2.) What's the weather like during your trip? We have found that we receive the most value during times of temperature extremes...hot or cool/cold weather.

QVCshopper
07-22-2011, 06:45 PM
One reason I love the quick service dining plan is because the mugs are included. We get coffee in the morning, soda/iced tea later, and sometimes a hot chocolate treat at night. I'd have no problem sharing the mug with a family member; sometimes we just bring 1 or 2 to the park so we can drink on the way and fill up again on the way back to our room.

maryj11
07-22-2011, 07:31 PM
Sometimes we buy mugs...sometimes we don't. This last trip we took DS13 and DS7. DH did not plan on buying mugs. Upon our arrival at the resort/food court, I told DH...I would hate to buy drinks and then LATER decide we want mugs. Buying right then would offer the maximum value on the mugs. He decided we'd go ahead and buy them. We REALLY enjoyed the mugs! If you are going to hang out at the resort at all, they are such a great thing to have with you. Our mornings were cool (mid-Feb) so we would take mugs of hot tea with cream and sugar with us in the car as we would go to the parks. We would stop on our way back and get iced tea or iced coffee for our nap/swim time (usually multiple drinks during or after swim time). Then, we would rinse our mugs and always keep them in the car with us. We'd stop at the lobby (PORFQ) and food court after the parks at night and pick up another mug of coffee, tea or cocoa. I don't know why it always seemed like such a treat, but our boys just think it is such a special thing.

1.) How much time will you spend at your resort, it's food court and it's pool?

2.) What's the weather like during your trip? We have found that we receive the most value during times of temperature extremes...hot or cool/cold weather.

Well we plan on spending half a day at the resort is about it but, we will eat there in the mornings and we usually like to have snacks and drinks after we get back from the parks. So I'm guessing we should get a couple anyway.

figment3258
07-22-2011, 07:52 PM
We always buy them for everyone one of us. The kids love having their own and it's really not that expensive if you think about it. We send one adult down every morning to get coffee or soda or juice and then when we return from the parks for a break we ave a drink and a snack an at night we fill up again.

monkey30
07-22-2011, 09:22 PM
One reason I love the quick service dining plan is because the mugs are included. We get coffee in the morning, soda/iced tea later, and sometimes a hot chocolate treat at night. I'd have no problem sharing the mug with a family member; sometimes we just bring 1 or 2 to the park so we can drink on the way and fill up again on the way back to our room.

We have only done this so I was unaware they are not included in a resort stay!:confused3

I love them for at home as well! I always know which is mine in a hockey crowd!!

dancin Disney style
07-23-2011, 09:54 AM
We usually get at least one mug. We like to have it as a souvie. Often my DD and I just share as we both drink the same thing and are quite happy to share one during a meal and then get a refill, to go, as we leave the food court.

Dizneydaz
07-23-2011, 10:00 AM
I would get a couple for all reasons previously mentioned. We get them every time (last time inc. with our QSDP) and enjoying using them when we get home (we take them along to those night time softball games/practices along with a coffee butler-nice and hot!) For us they are are fairly inexpensive souvenir and we don't really buy many souvenirs. Of course, they were a better souvenir when each resort had their own.;) We have ones from AKL, CBR, POFQ, POR, POP, and the more generic ones as well.

I saw go for it! (at least 2 of them)

maryj11
07-23-2011, 09:54 PM
We have only done this so I was unaware they are not included in a resort stay!:confused3

I love them for at home as well! I always know which is mine in a hockey crowd!!

They are only included with the quick service plan :(

dancin Disney style
07-24-2011, 09:21 AM
They are only included with the quick service plan :(

No...also the deluxe plan.

Next year all the plans will include a mug.

debbiecarr98
07-24-2011, 12:51 PM
No...also the deluxe plan.

Next year all the plans will include a mug.

I am curious to find the answer to this. I thought I had read that the mugs were included with the dining plan. We just went 6/30 to 7/7 and had free dining. We upgraded to the plan that has one TS, one CS and a snack and when I asked if we got a mug, we were told no. So we bought five:scared1: Were we given the wrong information??

dancin Disney style
07-24-2011, 12:58 PM
I am curious to find the answer to this. I thought I had read that the mugs were included with the dining plan. We just went 6/30 to 7/7 and had free dining. We upgraded to the plan that has one TS, one CS and a snack and when I asked if we got a mug, we were told no. So we bought five:scared1: Were we given the wrong information??

Currently, 2011, only the QSDP and DxDDP include a mug. The DDP which is what you describe does not include a mug. You did need to purchase them if you wanted them.

Next year, 2012, all the plans will include a mug.

mommyof3princess27
07-24-2011, 01:04 PM
YAY!!!! i will get 5 mugs then! WOohoo!!!!! DOing the happy dance~! saving $65 lol

lisam427
07-24-2011, 01:08 PM
every year we always buy mugs for each one of us. one member in our party is also a heavy coffee drinker and does not mind disney coffee. they usually drank at least 2 mugs worth every morning .

usually our counter service meals are at the resort. so during our counter service meals we use the refillable mugs (i usually get iced tea or lemonade). we then get a bottled water, milk, or juice with our meal and save it for either breakfast in the room the next am or for the parks. before the parks we always make a trip to our food court and i make everyone drink a mug worths of water, iced tea or lemonade(no soda). we fill them up with ice water for the parks.

the mugs kept the water cold for hours. between the bottled water we had saved, the water in our mugs, and our drinks from our sit down meals (usually in the parks), we never had to buy drinks or spend snack credits on water. when we ran out of water i would just go to counterservice places and ask for cups of ice water. i then would pour the water in our mugs since they are insulated.

when we got back from the parks we would always stop and fill them with drinks several times an evening (especially when we were by the pool).we must have filled them at least 5x a day. when you consider that one drink would have cost anywhere from $2-3 and change, the mugs really are a bargain. look forward to having them with our dining plan next year since we use them so heavily. :)

dthogue
07-24-2011, 01:18 PM
We will be there with free dining for 4 days. I dont know if I should get the refillable mugs for 2 adults and 1 child or not. They are so expensive, but I know my adult daughter will fill her mug several times a day. During our last trip I usually only filled mine at night. My grand daughter will drink maybe 2 mugs filled a day. Free dining gives you a drink with your meals and we could purchase them as a snack. The mugs are great to take home, then again they cost what 13.00 or 14.00 ? How much are they now anyway. I could just get 2 mugs and share with my grand daughter? What do you think would be the best thing to do ?

If you are using a counter service credit at your resort food court, you can get bottled drinks as your drink to take with you and drink later (water, gatorade, chocolate milk, etc.) then use your mug with your meal - it will save you from using your snack credits for drinks.

My only suggestion (and this personal preference) is that if you are going to share and one person will use the mug for coffee, is to get them their own mug - no matter how much I wash the mug that coffee in it, I can still taste the coffee flavor (which I can't stand).

MickeyP
07-24-2011, 01:46 PM
I found it's kind of hard to lug around the refillables. I would love to have it with me on the way back to the room. But I'm not lugging that thing to the parks.

CarlisleMom
07-24-2011, 02:33 PM
We buy a mug for each of us since we usually use snack credits for breakfast and we like to drink differently things. DH - coffee. Me - tea. DD9 - juice. Use again in afternoon if we take a break. We always leave the mugs filled in the refrig (mod resort) in room so we have drinks at night (bring rubbermaid containers). Sometimes food court closed when we get back.

After eating, we rinse the mugs and refill: 1 with ice, the other 2 with ice tea. We then fill insulated Thermos's (2). The ones DD uses in her lunch for school (pop up straw). We carry these in the park. We usually drink everything before lunch. Our counter service lunches comes with drinks - which I never finish or we refill. We refill the thermos's with any leftover. We drink these in the afternoon. At our TS dinner , we again ask for refills and pour extra in the thermos' (waiters will bring use more ice in extra glass when we ask.).

This way we have lots to drink, not just water, during the day. Thankfully we all drink ice tea.

akayek31
07-24-2011, 03:28 PM
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No offense but do you go to every thread and do this?

cluvsdisney
07-24-2011, 04:05 PM
I would only consider getting one if my room was close to the refill machine. I find it much easier to get a 2 liter bottle of soda from the gift shop, hess station or grocery store instead of going back & forth to the food court when I want something to drink.

KELLY
07-24-2011, 05:37 PM
We get them but we do the QSDP. But do we utilize them but not enough I would buy 4 of them. If I had to purchase them we may get 2 for the girls and that would be it. I could do with out one.

I don't really drink soda so I would get the light lemonade and mix it with water. IT was really to sweet for me by itself. The girls maybe used there's 2 times a day. Dh about the same. We did bring them to the food court and got drinks with them at dinner time. Then just brought the bottled drinks we could get with our meal to the room. We usually all just got bottled waters,Milk or oj. We will probably be spending a bit more time at the pool this year. So maybe we will get more use out of them.

GinnyEmma
07-24-2011, 05:42 PM
No offense but do you go to every thread and do this?

lol, well, his/her other posts are either incoherent, or there's the one the one that gives a grammar lesson.:rotfl:The stupid popcorn smiley is probably their (or there...;) ) best bet.

maryj11
07-24-2011, 06:01 PM
No...also the deluxe plan.

Next year all the plans will include a mug.

Oh ops you are right. Only the regular plan doesnt have the mugs included.

ceecee
07-24-2011, 06:43 PM
Depends on how close you are to the food court (we don't carry them around). Also how much you would drink, they do make great sovenirs. We loved the design this year and when they used to be different at each resort. We buy them every year, I have an entire cupboard with Disney mugs in it!:lovestruc

sjs314
07-24-2011, 06:52 PM
Our last trip we were not on a DP and did buy 4 mugs OOP. I think we filled them maybe 3 or 4 times, I know once when my DS went to fill his on the way back from a park the refill place was closed, I think it closed at 10pm?(OKW) but I still think it was worth buying them.

I always buy them , as someone mentioned it does make a nice souviener and I use mine at home for coffee as does DH.

Doing the DxDP this trip but getting the mug and apps on that DP helped sway me. Good to hear all the DPs includde the mugs in 2012. Seems odd you do not get a mug in 2011 on all plans

akayek31
07-24-2011, 08:22 PM
Our last trip we were not on a DP and did buy 4 mugs OOP. I think we filled them maybe 3 or 4 times, I know once when my DS went to fill his on the way back from a park the refill place was closed, I think it closed at 10pm?(OKW) but I still think it was worth buying them.

I always buy them , as someone mentioned it does make a nice souviener and I use mine at home for coffee as does DH.

Doing the DxDP this trip but getting the mug and apps on that DP helped sway me. Good to hear all the DPs includde the mugs in 2012. Seems odd you do not get a mug in 2011 on all plans

This is the reason I am debating on the regular dining plan as much as I am. I want my mug! We are staying at Pop again so we get the mugs with the free dining. I am debating on going up to the regular plan for $152 but will lose the mugs. Decisions decisions :lmao: