Universal Studios Hollywood Refillable Cups – The Complete Guide!

At Universal Studios Hollywood, you can buy a refillable cup. This cup offers ‘unlimited’ drinks from Coca-Cola Freestyle machines throughout the day.

On my last visit to Universal Studios Hollywood (Oct 23), a refillable cup cost $18 plus tax. However, discounts for annual passholders and multiple cups are available.

I visit Universal Studios Hollywood often and think a refillable cup is always worth buying.

A fountain beverage at Universal Studios Hollywood is $4.50. As such, you only need to get four drinks in one day to break even on your refillable cup investment.

You can bring your refillable cup on future visits to save money at Universal Studios Hollywood. Reactivating an existing Universal Studios cup costs $11 daily plus tax.

What Are Universal Studios Hollywood Refillable Cups?

Universal Studios refillable cups are heavy-duty plastic cups. They have a lid, straw, and handle.

Standard Universal refillable cups have the Universal Studios Hollywood branding on the side. However, special events such as Halloween Horror Nights often have their own designs.

You can buy a refillable cup for $18 plus tax from most stores and food outlets at the Universal theme park. You can refill this cup every 10 minutes throughout the dayAs such, it’s best to buy a Universal refillable cup as soon as you arrive at the theme park.

You can fill your Universal Studios Hollywood refillable cup at:

  1. Coca-Cola Freestyle Vending Machines
  2. Restaurants
  3. Food & Drink Stands

Food stands and restaurants have basic Coca-Cola products such as:

  • Coke
  • Diet Coke
  • Fanta
  • Sprite

However, Coca-Cola Freestyle vending machines offer over 100 different drink combinations. This includes the basic Coca-Cola products mixed with fruit syrups, such as:

  • Cherry
  • Peach
  • Lime
  • Orange

How Do Universal Studios Hollywood Refillable Cups Work?

Inside each Universal Hollywood refillable cup is an RFID chip (that can not be accessed without cutting the cup open).

When you buy or reactivate a refillable cup, the cashier will place the cup on the RFID reader at the checkout. This RFID reader will activate the RFID chip inside your Universal refillable cup.

When you get a drink from a food vendor or a Coca-Cola Freestyle machine, your cup will be placed on an RFID reader. Once the chip has been verified, you can select/order your drink.

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Reactivating Refillable Cups at Universal Studios Hollywood

If you return to Universal Hollywood for a second day or again in the future, you can bring your cup with you and reactivate it.

Reactivating a refillable cup costs $11 per day plus tax. You can reactivate cups at all major food stands inside the theme park in less than a minute.

Once reactivated, you’ll once again have access to drinks at Universal Studios Hollywood every 10 minutes.

The Difference Between Refillable Cups & Souvenir Sippers

There are two types of cups sold at Universal Studios Hollywood:

  1. Coca-Cola Freestyle Refillable Cups
  2. Souvenir Sippers

This article focuses on Coca-Cola Freestyle refillable cups. However, to avoid confusion, I wanted to touch on souvenir sippers and the difference between the two.

Souvenir sippers are character-themed cups that cost between $18 – $25. These cups are 3D moulded and come with one free refill available at any quick service location only. Additional refills of a souvenir sipper cup must then be paid for and cost $1.50 plus tax.

Refillable cups are designed to help you save money while keeping hydrated at Universal Studios Hollywood. Meanwhile, souvenir sippers are practical souvenirs you can use at the theme park and at home.

Using Refillable Cups For Butterbeer & Other Themed Drinks

Sadly, you can not use a Universal Studios refillable cup for Butterbeer or other ‘themed drinks’. Instead, these drinks come in their own specially designed plastic cups.

It’s also worth noting that there are no Coca-Cola Freestyle locations inside:

  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • Super Nintendo World

As such, I highly recommend refilling your cup before entering these areas of the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park.

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🎟️ Where To Buy Tickets for Universal Hollywood?

If you’re based in the US or Canada, I recommend Klook for your Universal Hollywood tickets.

Klook consistently has the most competitive prices. There’s also a range of different ticket options to suit all budgets and requirements.

Meanwhile, if you’re based in the United Kingdom. Then I recommend buying your Universal Hollywood theme park tickets from AttractionTix.

I personally use AttractionTix when purchasing theme park tickets. That’s because AttractionTix consistently has the most competitive prices and incredible customer service.

🏥 Should I Buy Travel Insurance for a Visit to Universal Hollywood?

If you’re travelling to Universal Hollywood for vacation, then travel insurance is recommended. Basic travel insurance coverage with Safety Wing averages between $5 – $10 per day and offers peace of mind.

However, if a trip to Universal Hollywood isn’t part of a vacation. For example, you live locally. Then travel insurance isn’t likely to be necessary.

🚘 Do I Need to Rent a Car for a Visit to Universal Hollywood?

You don’t need to rent a car to visit Universal Hollywood, as the theme park has Uber / Lyft pick-up and drop-off points.

However, if a trip to Universal Hollywood only makes up a portion of your vacation, then you may want to rent a car. I personally use Discover Cars to find the best car rental for all of my trips to Los Angeles.

🏨 Where to Stay When Visiting Universal Hollywood?

When visiting Universal Hollywood, I recommend staying at Loews Hollywood. From this hotel, you can take an Uber or Lyft to Universal Hollywood in under 15 minutes.

When it comes to booking any hotels in Los Angeles, I use either Booking.com or Hotels.com. However, for large families and groups, VRBO is my number one choice.

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3 Comments

  1. Susan Shelter says:

    Can I buy a Christmas refillable cup somewhere on line?

  2. Hey!! So glad to find this, off to universal Hollywood for the first time soon. Can you get Iccee refills as well like you can in Florida? Thanks 🙂

    1. Hey, I don’t drink them so I can’t remember sorry! One thing I would say is that there’s significantly fewer food stands so where you can get an ICEE refill is going to be more limited when compared to Orlando 🙂