Disney Dining: Resort Mugs

Looking for a memorable souvenir from your Disney World trip? Look no further than the refillable resort mug! And guess what? You don’t even have to be staying on property to snag one – I’ve grabbed mine at a resort when I have been staying both on and off property. ✨

At $21.99 plus tax, you might raise an eyebrow at the price tag. But trust me, when you tally up the cost of individual drinks during your vacation, it’s a no-brainer. Just think about it: one soda alone can set you back around $5 each time. With the resort mug, after just five refills, you’ve already hit the break-even point. So if you foresee yourself enjoying five or more sodas (or coffees), it’s a no-brainer to invest in one. However, if you’re only popping by the resort briefly, maybe to check it out, the mug might not maximize its value. But hey, if you’re eyeing it because it’s adorable and you want to take it home as a keepsake, go for it! Plus, these cups offer two weeks of refill privileges from the purchase date, so you’ve got plenty of time to make the most of it. 🥤💰

When I stayed off-property, I’d hop on the monorail to Magic Kingdom, take a pit stop at the resort loop for a soda, and then head to the park. It was a fantastic way to explore different resorts while adding a unique twist to my Disney trip. Plus, I was on a mission to collect the Disney 100 medallions, so grabbing a refill while on the hunt was a bonus. 🚝🏰

On-property stays were even more convenient – grabbing a morning coffee or a midday soda became a breeze. And here’s a tip for anyone buying the mug: invest in a carabiner clip. This nifty little gadget allows you to attach your empty cup to your backpack, freeing up space while ensuring you’ve got it handy for refills. 🎒

So, if you’re on the fence about whether a resort mug is worth it, I hope this insight helps you make an informed decision. ✨


Animal Kingdom Lodge: Rooms


🌟 Thank you for joining me in my first “official” Disney related post as we explore the wonderful world of room choices at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge! 🦁 For this post, I’ll be keeping the scope to room types only, leaving out suites and Disney Vacation Club options. Don’t worry though, there are more Animal Kingdom Lodge (AKL for short) posts to come!

🦓When planning our stay, the first thing I considered was the view we wanted. You have several choices: standard, pool, resort, water, and savannah. Standard views typically encompass the parking lot, while the rest speak for themselves. But it’s the savannah views that truly captivate, offering glimpses of the animals right outside your room!! 🌿🐾Since we planned to spend a lot of time at the hotel and primarily go to Animal Kingdom, we opted for the savannah view. This is where you need to consider what is the most value add to you and what is best for your trip. Some questions I asked myself was, how much time will we spend in the room / is it most important to me to be able to use the resort amenities such as the pool. Had this been a situation where the priority was using the AKL pool at the most effective cost with little plan to actually be in the room, I would have opted for the standard view room.

⬆⬆Photos of our View/ Room⬆⬆

🛌Then, there’s the bed type to consider. We went with whatever was cheapest, but if you have more than two people in your group, you might prefer a room with two beds instead of one.💤

 🛎Lastly, there’s the option of booking a club-level room, which gives you access to the Club Level Lounge with complimentary refreshments like breakfast, evening drinks, and desserts. Since we had plans to dine at several different restaurants and spend time at the parks, we decided against it. However, if you’re planning a resort-only getaway with a focus on Animal Kingdom, it could be a great choice. I kept saying we should move to Orlando and do weekend club level staycations 😂!

One thing to keep in mind when booking is any special offers Disney World might have. As annual pass holders, we were able to save up to 35% on our stay, making it easier to justify upgrading to a deluxe savannah view room!

Choosing your room at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is akin to engineering a custom experience. 🐾🌿Consider your priorities: savannah views, amenities, or club-level luxuries. It’s all about finding the right balance for your vacation. Evaluate your options, and keep an eye out for any discounts or special offers to enhance your stay. Happy planning!


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