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Old 09-08-2013, 04:07 PM   #31
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WDW going RFID was about people reusing the mugs year to year, not so much the soda. My family of 5, over our last 2 trips, drank a few $ worth of soda at most. However, if we had re-used our mugs for the second trip, WDW would lose about $75. (About $15/mug/person) Since DCL doesn't have mugs now, I don't see a need for them.
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Old 09-08-2013, 06:30 PM   #32
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I was under the impression that you should take a fresh cup every time, even if you have your own refillable mug and pour it in there after. Cross contamination and splash up etc. Eghhhh... How can they do that with refillable RFID mugs....
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Old 09-09-2013, 10:45 AM   #33
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I still have my old cups from where you had to pay for soda on DCL.
Disney has never charged for soda on the cruises...
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Old 09-09-2013, 11:04 AM   #34
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My concern if they use the RFID model is the time limit between refills. There are alot of reports from WDW resort guests of long lines and mugs not be recognized by the machines. Also the RFID mug from Validfill, the company who manufactures the machines and RFID mugs states that no outside computer server needs to be used because all the info is on the RFID tag. What information is stored on the RFID? Unlike the new Magic bands that are used in the parks which only contain a number that WDW has attached to the reservation, the new mug tags contain much more info. Validfill isn't saying what is being stored on the RFID chip except that they can track how much beverage is being consumed per customer. Their sales pdf is below.

http://www.validfill.com/documents/C...ne%20Pager.pdf
This sounds like a great new tool and I hope DCL employs this in the near future. I like the idea of a souvenir cup and I think this would cut down on waste and would save DCL money.

Also, DCL could track the soda consumed by guest and share that data with the soda company for future marketing purposes.

I see it as a Win - Win - Win.

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Old 09-09-2013, 11:20 AM   #35
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DCL is very concerned about the Norovirus so they try to keep the ship as clean as possible. Using refillable mugs is counter-productive.

Since they expect you to use a paper cup to refill your mug, that doesn't cut down on waste.

As far as saving $$$, the paper cups are donated by Coke in exchange for having the Coke logo on the paper cups.
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Old 09-09-2013, 11:29 AM   #36
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Disney has never charged for soda on the cruises...
Are you certain? I thought we paid for our mug on the Wonder in 2001 that allowed us to refill it charge-free
A long time ago though. I could be confused.
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Old 09-09-2013, 11:33 AM   #37
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This is so against everything DCL is all about. They won't do this. Not nickle-and-diming guests is what sets them apart from the rest of the industry.
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Old 09-09-2013, 11:38 AM   #38
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This is so against everything DCL is all about. They won't do this. Not nickle-and-diming guests is what sets them apart from the rest of the industry.
Agreed....
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Old 09-09-2013, 11:52 AM   #39
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I was under the impression that you should take a fresh cup every time, even if you have your own refillable mug and pour it in there after. Cross contamination and splash up etc. Eghhhh... How can they do that with refillable RFID mugs....
They don't have fresh cups at WDW, at least they didn't at AoA in August. If we didn't have a refillable mug, we had to buy bottled drinks. DH and I got smart by day 2 and brought the coffee cups from the room to have our morning coffee with breakfast, and the CM's never said a word. They hadn't employed the RFID system just yet.. Lol we don't drink enough soda to have made the $20 (that's what they were at AoA) refillable mug worth it. We had our camelbaks filled with water every day and only did coffee for breakfast.

But yea, the idea of refillable mugs grosses me out to no end. The hygiene of people is questionable at best.. Yuck!
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Old 09-09-2013, 12:22 PM   #40
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Are you certain? I thought we paid for our mug on the Wonder in 2001 that allowed us to refill it charge-free
A long time ago though. I could be confused.
I haven't been on as many cruises as some, but this will be my 8th, and my first was Oct of 1998 (inaugural year), and they've never charged for soda...other than canned soda from the bars.
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I can't imagine that many people kept bringing back their old mugs for free refills???
Not only were they bringing back their old mugs, they would also:

Use receptacles that were not even WDW mugs
Buy one mug and use that to get soda for multiple people
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Old 09-09-2013, 01:03 PM   #42
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Disney has never charged for soda on the cruises...
They absolutely did charge for soda up until about 10 (or less) years ago.

They use to sell a length of cruise soda mug package. You purchased a mug and could refill all cruise long.

They never charged in the dining rooms, but did charge up on the pool deck.

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Old 09-09-2013, 01:06 PM   #43
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Are you certain? I thought we paid for our mug on the Wonder in 2001 that allowed us to refill it charge-free
A long time ago though. I could be confused.
You are not confused, this is absolutely true & we have the mugs from the Wonder & the Magic that we paid for back in 2001 & 2002. Not sure when they went to "free" soda maybe 2003 or so?
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Here is a pic of the soda Mug (one version of it...there were others). This pic is after the soda mug package was discontinued and they were trying to sell off just the Mugs). I forgot how much the actual soda package was, when it was in effect.

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The pic I took is from 2005 so I am guessing that soda package program ceased the year or two before. We have several of the mugs from when the program was in effect.

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I forgot how much the actual soda package was, when it was in effect.
It was $35.00 ($5.00 per day for a 7-day.) Ouch. But, we did it, as it was a pain to carry-on our own.
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