We recently got back from another trip to Orlando, Florida. For us, no trip to Orlando is complete without a visit to some of the fantastic theme parks, like those of Universal Studios for example. However, when you visit Orlando as often as we do it’s important to find ways to save money without compromising on the quality of your holiday experience.
One way we’ve found ourselves saving hundreds of dollars over the course of a trip is by using Universal Studios Refillable Cups.
What Are Universal Studios Refillable Cups
Universal Studios Refillable Cups are big heavy duty plastic cups with a lid and a straw. They have Universal Studio’s branding around the cup and an RFID chip in the bottom of the cup (hidden away)
The cups can be purchased from any of the three Universal Studios parks in Orlando, Florida for a cost and then filled up with a range of more than 100 different drinks from any of the coca-cola freestyle stations scattered across the parks.
How Much Do Universal Studios Refillable Cups Cost
One of the standard Universal Studios cups is $14.99 + tax. This includes one day of refills (running from midnight to midnight). The cost will be more if you look to get one of the souvenir cups such as Bart Simpson, Minions or Transformers.
Is There Discounts For Multiple Refillable Cups?
Should you choose to buy multiple drinks cups (for multiple members of your party) or purchase a number of days in advance (of which they must be used in calendar order, for example, buy the cup on the Monday for 4 days, the cup will expire on the Thursday at midnight regardless of whether you use it on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday). It’s worth noting that there is no discount on multiple purchases of the souvenir cups.
Where Can You Refill The Universal Studios Refillable Cups?
The image below shows all the coca-cola freestyle stations at Universal Studios as well as Islands of Adventure. It’s possible to fill the cup up at Universal Studios new waterpark Volcano Bay – image map to follow.
Can You Use The Same Refillable Cup On A Different Day At A Different Universal Park?
Yes, once you have your cup you’ll simply pay a reactivation fee + tax which will cover the cup being reactivated and used for that entire day (until midnight). As of 2018, this price is currently $8.99 + tax.
Benefits & Drawbacks Of The Universal Studios Refillable Cup
- An easy way to keep hydrated
- Plenty of flavours and choices to choose from
- Can be used at meal-times inside the Universal Studios restaurants
- Can be used at all the Universal Studios theme parks
- Can’t be used on hot drinks such as hot tea or coffee as well as specialist drinks such as Iced Tea or Iced Cofee.
- You have to carry the cup around the park with you.
- Can only be refilled every 10 minutes so if you don’t like your choice then you’ll need to wait 10 minutes before getting something else.
What Drink Flavours Can I Choose From?
Any of the Coca-Cola drinks from the Coca-Cola Freestyle machine. These include;
Each drink can then be enhanced with a flavour such as; Cherry, Fruit Punch, Lemon, Lime, Strawberry.
There’s also exclusively blended drinks available at each of the parks that can’t be tried anywhere else in the world!
Are you allowed to share the same cup with others in your party?
If you’re happy to share your Universal Studios Refillable cup with others in your party then sure thing! One thing worth noting, however, is that you are only able to fill your cup up once every 10 minutes. So, be sure you’ve got a flavour that suits everyone.
What Should You Do With Your Refillable Cup After Your Trip?
If like us you return to Orlando, Florida and the Universal Studios Theme Parks a lot, then consider keeping your cup. It’ll save you money when you return to the parks as you’ll only need to pay the $8 + tax to reactivate your cup instead of the cost of the cup which currently stands at $14 + tax.
Sell it on eBay!
If you’re not planning on visiting the parks again in the future then consider selling your cup on eBay to someone else who could benefit from it.
In conclusion, with each drink in the parks usually costing around $3 + tax, then there are some big savings to be had with a Universal Studios refillable cup. It’s also a great way in which Universal is tackling single-use plastics.
We love the variety of drinks available and honestly, wouldn’t have a trip to any of the Universal Studios parks without one!
If you love Orlando, Florida and it’s theme parks as much as we do then consider checking out our article on one of the Universal Studios Resort Hotels; Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.