FREE Drink Refills at Disney World Theme Parks: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

Where to find free refills at Disney World theme park restaurants

Updated for 2015!

Vacations to Disney World are pricey, and many families struggle to keep their costs down once they arrive in Orlando. Travel costs, tickets, accommodations, souvenirs, and buying theme park food will cost you more than one pretty penny.  How can you keep counter service drink costs down, especially when the weather is hot and your family is extra thirsty? You simply have to locate the Disney Parks “Free Drink” refill stations.

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At certain locations in the Disney parks, there are a few stations to refill your drinks during meals. Don’t get too excited, as there are not very many, but here are the few places where you can find them.


Sunshine Seasons

Electric Umbrella

Hollywood Studios:

Backlot Express

Animal Kingdom:


Disney Springs:

Earl of Sandwich

Wolfgang Puck Express

Buying a drink at restaurants like Cosmic Rays or Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn will get you one drink and no refills. Those drink costs can really add up fast, especially if you are traveling with a large group.

Do you have any empty bottles with you in your backpack? Fill them up before you leave and enjoy your drinks later on.


What if you have your favorite restaurants, and you just simply have to eat somewhere without the free drink refill option? A Cheapskate Princess would order that drink without ice, as you will get a little more cola for your money.

Free drink refills at Disney World theme parks


Looking to save a little more money on drink costs? Skip the soda and order this.

 Want to Save Money on Drinks at Disney World? Order This Drink for Free!

Staying on property at a Disney resort? Buy the souvenir mug for $16.99, and your refills are free. While the cost of buying the mug may sting a bit at first, it’s worth the money over the length of your vacation. With the money you save, maybe it’s time to buy a t-shirt? If you ever served a meal at home using your resort mugs as drinking glasses, you just might be a Cheapskate Princess.


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  1. Amy says:

    Sunshine Seasons is hit or miss on the drink refills. I generally ask, and they usually say you can get a refill, but sometimes they will say no, or look at you sort of strangely when you go through to get one. I’ve never had a problem filling our water bottles there with ice and water though 🙂

  2. Stacey Jax says:

    If we buy the souvenir mug at WDW can we use it at Disneyland?

    • Amanda says:

      The “rule” is – the mug is good for the length of your vacation, and that should be it. Many people don’t follow that rule however, not that I suggest that. Honestly, having never been to Dland, I don’t know if the mugs are the same. Thanks for reading! ~A.

    • Lisa says:

      Mugs are different in disney land Paris compared to Disney world florida

  3. Shannon says:

    Quick Service lunch at Be Our Guest (Magic Kingdom) also has drink stations where you can refill your beverage.

  4. Carla says:

    From what I understand, the refillable mugs are only good for the resort youare staying at. Is this correct?

  5. Shannon says:

    If you get the souvenir mug, can it only be filled at your resort? I know that the mug is included in our dining plan for each person but I wasn’t sure if I would have to only fill them at the resort or if they can be filled at the parks?

    • Laura says:

      That is what I was wondering as well. I was told you could only use the refillable mug at the resort.

      • Amanda says:

        Yes, they are only good at the resorts. You will see people carrying them at the parks, but they did not fill them at restaurants there. Thanks for reading! ~A.

    • Amanda says:

      Yes, they are only good at the resorts. You will see people carrying them at the parks, but they did not fill them at restaurants there. Thanks for reading! ~A.

  6. betsey says:

    we haven’t been to WDW since 2010 but I use one of our refillable mugs every day for my coffee. I work at a school and on the thing everyone knows is the mickey travel mug belongs to Betsey 😉

    • Amanda says:

      Smart! I have two friends that do the same thing, and I actually found a Disney mug in a school hallway once. They sure don’t hold a lot though!! Thanks for reading…~A.

  7. Jason says:

    Electric Umbrella at Epcot does not do refills. They say none of the parks do refills anymore except for the water park. Just one more way to take our money.

  8. Jenn B says:

    At Frontierland in MK, you can get a sample of the super awesome Maple Popcorn. This is the best place to refill your popcorn jug.

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