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Disney World now limits free soda refills

Disney World now limits free soda refills

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Not much in Disney World is still free. It appears Disney is limiting free soda refills at this one restaurant.

A different Disney experience

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There is no denying that Disney World has changed so much in the last 2.5 years. The parks changed dramatically when they reopened in July 2020. While many changes were necessary due to health and safety precautions, many things were not.

Genie+ replaced the free FastPass+ system. Dining Plans have still not returned. And let’s be honest, when they do come back you probably won’t many (if any) free promotions for it. Free transportation back and forth from the airport is no longer available. Even onsite perks have diminished.

It certainly does not seem like much of anything Disney offers is truly free. Now, one restaurant no longer has soda refills.

No more soda machines

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We just noticed Disney covered up the soda machines at Sunshine Seasons. Located in Epcot’s World Nature, Sunshine Seasons is a typical quick-service restaurant known for having a wide variety of food for differing taste buds. Food is served food-court style where you select your food and then head to the cash register to pay.

Delight in tasty dishes like Oak-Grilled Salmon, the Mediterranean Vegetable Sandwich or the Power Salad. Then, sweeten your day with Strawberry Shortcake or the Cookies ‘n Cream Chocolate Mousse Cup.

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Now, you can only buy bottled drinks at Sunshine Seasons. We are unsure if this may be a permanent decision and Disney will only allow you to purchase bottled beverages. Or, it could be a temporary adjustment while Disney refurbishes the machines.

Sunshine Seasons no longer has free soda refills. Now, you can only purchase bottled beverages.

What do you think of this change? Have you been to Sunshine Seasons recently? Do you think Disney is trying to limit soda refills, or is this just a temporary change? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below and on Facebook.

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Robert Tar

Monday 13th of March 2023

Disney needs to bring back the bus service from the airport. I’m a stockholder and Disney Vacation Club member and honestly can’t believe that they are getting so damn cheap! They are ruining the experience for me and my family! They need to stop being so damn cheap


Wednesday 22nd of February 2023

1st the soda company most likely supplies the machine and all equipment free this cement Disney into buying their soda.2nd fountain soda cost about as much as popcorn so the margin is really high as spouses to bottles or cans. 3rd less trash with fountain and they can sell take home cups like the cheap popcorn refill if you buy a very expensive bucket and even with the bucket how many want to drag it around all day


Monday 20th of February 2023

Because you can't refill your soda cup? Seems a bit dramatic

Jeffrey B Tipton

Friday 16th of December 2022

Coming from a very long time Disney fan, to me, this sounds like another cost saving move. Disney is shutting thkngs down earlier to save money. They are constantly doing things to financially benefit them like charging two entry fees per day when they shut the park early to have another Disney VIP evening. I use to get urges to want to go and I don't get them any more. They have lost the magic and are nothing but a greedy, stockholder interest only company. Glad I took my kids when they were younger so I don't have to go now. Never, ever thought I would feel this way about Disney.

Michael Faussett

Thursday 15th of December 2022

people shouldn't be drinking a lot of soda at the theme parks anyway especially in the Florida summer heat I leave in Florida I know the weather all year round. If you want to drink soda do it in the morning and in the afternoon start drinking water because your body will thank you. Please be safe out there

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