You know which mugs I’m referring to, don’t you? I can’t believe the controversy that starts boiling each time I see the topic of Disney refillable mugs come up in a blog post or hear it discussed on a Disney podcast. “Should you?” “Shouldn’t you?” “How can anyone justify spending $15.49 on a coffee cup?”
Well, Mrs. All in WDW and I visited our favorite place to stay – Coronado Springs Resort – in early January and engaged in one of our favorite things to do. We love to …
… walk up to El Centro first thing in the morning and visit Martha at the Pepper Market coffee window. Stop by and tell her that Bob and Mary from Atlanta say, “Hi!”. Ah, just stop by and tell her ‘Hello’ for yourself. She’s fantastic!
Anyway, we were standing there on Day #1 of our latest visit, and a very nice gentleman walked up to buy four cups of coffee and a water. That put me on the path to writing this post. That fellow spent $12.06 (before tax) for his morning refreshments. Undoubtedly, they weren’t all for him, but let me ask you this … do you usually have just one cup of coffee each morning? Maybe you do, but we don’t. Do you usually stay only one day at a resort? We most certainly don’t. Do you ever come back from a hot, exhausting day at the parks and crave a Coke, lemonade, ice tea, or even water? We always do.
A small coffee is $2.39. A large one is $3.59. A bottle of water is $2.50, and a soft drink is $2.89. You’d have to buy seven small coffees (or five large ones) to repay your “investment” in the mug. Six soft drinks or seven bottles of water would take care of that $15.49. If you buy one small coffee and one soft drink per day, you cover the cost of the mug in just under three days. I’ll admit, we do sneak down to WDW for some short visits, but they rarely last less than three days.
My point is, of course, that unless you don’t drink coffee and stay away from soft drinks, we have a hard time seeing how the refillable mug doesn’t make sense. Even if you buy it to replace the need for bottled water, the initial cash outlay is repaid after six to seven purchases. Do the math, my friends. Depending on your individual circumstances – length of trip and tastes in beverages – the refillable mug might make a lot of sense. Then, you can spend that initial $15.49 without feeling like you’re being “mugged” by Disney!