RUMOR: Walt Disney Resorts moving from RFID soda cups to Coca-Cola Freestyle Machines



RFID Cup 1

Destinations With Character Travel spent a week at the Walt Disney World Resort from July 11-18.

The second half of our stay we spent at Disney’s Bay Lake Tower at The Contemporary Resort and made a lot of use of “The Contempo” quick service at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

RFID Cup 2

RFID Cup 3

While crowds were extremely low during our trip, on Sunday the 17th, the crowds began to grow quickly.  We happened to notice that Sunday morning that they were quickly replacing non-RFID cups that they had been using with RFID stamped cups, and the manager was turning the soda dispenser RFID readers “ON” at The Contempo. The RFID readers allow a guest up to 3 refills on their soda within a certain amount of time, after which they must purchase another. The RFID readers also monitor whether the Souvenir refillable mugs sold at the resorts are still valid or not.

They admitted they have been turning them on & off depending on crowd levels all summer!

Seemed odd but who are we to question unlimited refills?

Today we received word that another Walt Disney World Resort Quick Service restaurant was handing out non-RFID cups today, just a week later.

Here, while speaking with a manager, we were told that Disney would be doing away with the RFID cups and moving to Coca-Cola Freestyle machines.


Coke FreeStyle

We were told that the new machines would be installed at all the Disney Resorts by sometime in December.

At this point this IS ONLY A RUMOR based on 2 Walt Disney World Resort Quick Service Restaurants and has not been confirmed or denied by Disney.

Stay tuned for more info as this unfolds.


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