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Old 06-22-2013, 12:55 PM   #1
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Soda refilling question

I've read a lot of little comments alluding to something with refilling our mugs of soda at the free refill stand on the ship. Are we supposed to bring our own mugs/travel cups with us? Do they provide cups/lids? Just wondering what the deal is and why some comment stuff about it.

If this is one if those drama inducing questions, then sorry. I just saw some cute travel cups and started to buy them and stopped because I don't know what the comments I've read refer to. Is there some type of cup that's not allowed or something?
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There are paper cups and lids. If you have your own mug, please use the paper cup to get the soda, dump, and repeat until your own mug is filled. Thank you.
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Old 06-22-2013, 01:00 PM   #3
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There are cups there for you to use... This is free soda.. You can certainly use your own cup the last time I was on Disney dream was 2012..... As of that time there were no signs that stated you could not use your own cup!!! After reading some of these treads I really think useing ur own cup is a great idea!!!! That way you don't have to keep returning to fill up as often

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The only sign states to please use a new cup to fill your own mug for sanitary reasons.
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Old 06-22-2013, 01:42 PM   #5
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The only sign states to please use a new cup to fill your own mug for sanitary reasons.
Sanitary reasons? I haven't seen anything like that in the resorts when filling your Disney Resort mug.
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There are paper cups and lids. If you have your own mug, please use the paper cup to get the soda, dump, and repeat until your own mug is filled. Thank you.
Ok, so the drama is surrounding using a paper cup to refill your own cup or just refilling your own cup. So weird this board is sometimes, lol!

I guess I'll go back and buy those travel cups
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Ok, so the drama is surrounding using a paper cup to refill your own cup or just refilling your own cup. So weird this board is sometimes, lol!

I guess I'll go back and buy those travel cups
You'll see when you get onboard. It is a pretty confined space, and on day 1 if you hear one person coughing, by day 6 alot of people will be coughing.

It is more sanitary (and considerate) for the other passengers if you fill up with the paper cup and then fill your own mug.
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You'll see when you get onboard. It is a pretty confined space, and on day 1 if you hear one person coughing, by day 6 alot of people will be coughing.

It is more sanitary (and considerate) for the other passengers if you fill up with the paper cup and then fill your own mug.
Sure, no problem. It doesn't sound like a big deal either way. Just board silliness, I guess. All the comments, and I thought it was about something big, lol!

Although the coughing thing makes me think it'll be a good idea to being Airborne or Emergen-C with me for every day routine immune system upkeep!
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I knew I could find a picture on here already. Think about it. You drink from a cup then press that same cup against the lever to refill it. Germs transfer and this creates an unsanitary environment. If a virus starts being transferred around the ship, it is going to be much worse than on land. The doctor once told me that the ship is a floating petri dish of germs. They attempt to take extra measures to prevent this onboard, including this request and the passing out of hand wipes before entering any eating area. One day sit near the self serve ice cream and watch what happens. You will understand better.

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You know, this actually made me think of something from my server days. We regularly took people's glasses back to the soda fountain in the side station and put them right up to the spout lever thingy to refill it. For all the guests. At all the tables. Without wiping the spouts, lol! No one ever gave a thought to germ transferring, lol!
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I knew I could find a picture on here already. Think about it. You drink from a cup then press that same cup against the lever to refill it. Germs transfer and this creates an unsanitary environment. If a virus starts being transferred around the ship, it is going to be much worse than on land. The doctor once told me that the ship is a floating petri dish of germs. They attempt to take extra measures to prevent this onboard, including this request and the passing out of hand wipes before entering any eating area. One day sit near the self serve ice cream and watch what happens. You will understand better.
True, and no big deal to just use a cup, but really, those germs can transfer anywhere, any way! I hate to think how bad the germs are in the public restrooms onboard! And the plastic pool furniture where wet bathing suit butts sit! Not to mention the pool itself must be gross!
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You know, this actually made me think of something from my server days. We regularly took people's glasses back to the soda fountain in the side station and put them right up to the spout lever thingy to refill it. For all the guests. At all the tables. Without wiping the spouts, lol! No one ever gave a thought to germ transferring, lol!
I used to be a waitress and I would just give people entire new glasses of Coke, etc. I kinda thought it was gross to have to push the lever around their used straw, so I didn't even bother.

Thing is, the customers were more appreciative (some weird psychological thing about getting a new drink when really it's just another drink) and I'd get tipped extra.

Anyway, that whole thing makes me avoid the self-serve ice cream (esp on Castaway, just watch the sandy/muddy kids walking up to push the lever with their hands....ewh).
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With some of the machines you need to touch your cup to the machine to make it work (see the previous pic). So, you should use a clean cup and avoid transferring your germs to the machine and/or getting someone else's germs

Just use a DCL provided cup and pour it into your bigger one. You still save trips and don't waste as many cups so it amounts to the same thing.

I don't think there is any board silliness or drama. Just people trying to follow safety guidelines and avoid the sickness that can spread quickly in such a confined area (as opposed to WDW). Pretty much common sense.

One other note, if an illness does start you will no longer be able to serve yourself drinks. DCL staff will do it for you.

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Thankfully, I'm not a germaphobe. I take health/diet precautions to keep my immune system and that of my kids in the best shape possible, encourage regular hand washing, and hope for the best! My son otoh would have a cow if he thought about all this stuff and would probably refuse to go! So, I'll be keeping my DIS username/password a secret from him!!!
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OP, are you referring to the stop hogging all the free soda thread? That thread is not serious. It was posted in response to another thread that got out of hand. It was intended to be more like a spoof than anything serious.
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