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Old 10-06-2012, 02:48 PM   #1
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Aulani Refillable Mugs

Hey All.
What do the refillable mugs at Aulani look like? Does anyone have a picture of them?

We are thinking about getting them mainly for coffee but wanting to know if they could also be a souvenir or look just like the ones here.
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Old 10-06-2012, 03:17 PM   #2
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Hey All.
What do the refillable mugs at Aulani look like? Does anyone have a picture of them?
This isn't the best photo -- or should I say mug shot -- but its the only one I could find that I had already uploaded to Photobucket.




The Aulani mugs are much different than the ones currently offered at WDW. There are two colors, blue and dark red. When the resort opened in 2011 there was also a dark green mug with the same design.

The mugs cost $18.99 for length of stay.
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Old 10-06-2012, 08:08 PM   #3
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They also have a purple one! Which is my favorite to carry around. I use mine all the time around the house. It is much nicer than the ones at WDW. PS We loved the coffee that they served in the store.
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:27 PM   #4
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Can someone please explain what the deal is with these mugs? I know you can refill them, but I'm wondering a) what kinds of beverages you refill them with, b) where the refill locations are (do they refill them at the restaurants if you are dining there?), and c) how much does it cost for a regular soda or iced tea? I'm asking the last question to figure out what the "break even" is on the mug. We are not coffee drinkers, so that does not factor in for us at all.

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Old 10-07-2012, 09:40 AM   #5
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Can someone please explain what the deal is with these mugs? I know you can refill them, but I'm wondering a) what kinds of beverages you refill them with, b) where the refill locations are (do they refill them at the restaurants if you are dining there?), and c) how much does it cost for a regular soda or iced tea? I'm asking the last question to figure out what the "break even" is on the mug. We are not coffee drinkers, so that does not factor in for us at all.

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The Aulani mugs cost $18.99 each plus tax and are good for the length of your stay.

There is a refillable drink station in the General Store, which is just off of the lobby on the third floor. There is also a drink station at the lava shack, which is in the central part of the Waikolohe Valley (main pool/lazy river), and at One Paddle/Two Paddle, which is near Ama'Ama and Auntie's Beach House. We also refilled our mugs at the Off the Hook Bar and the Wailana Leisure Pool Bar. We did not ask the waitstaff to refill our mugs when we ate at Ama'Ama or Makahiki, the table service restaurants.

The drink stations are easy to get to. Aulani is very well laid out and compact. You can get from one spot to another spot within 5 minutes.

The drink stations offer Coke products: Coke, Coke Zero, Diet Coke, Barq's Root Beer, Fanta Orange, Fruit Punch, Sprite. There might have been a blue Propel drink, but I'm not sure.

We never bought a fountain drink during our stay, but I think the price was about $3-$3.50 plus 4.61% sales tax. 20-oz bottles of Coke products cost about $3.25 or so. If memory serves me correctly, 12-packs at the Target in Kapolei were in the $5-$6 range. The ABC store across the street from Aulani charged nearly that same amount for a 6-pack of soda.
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:43 PM   #6
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Thanks for the info! Would you happen to know if unsweetened iced tea is included and readily available? Or is it just soda?
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Old 10-07-2012, 01:31 PM   #7
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No ice tea at the refillable drink stations, but at the general store, you could get coffee and hot tea packets. You could brew a partial cup of tea making it strong and then add ice and cold water. Sugar (and creamer) is also available next to the coffee.

Many members would get coffee or tea in their refillable mugs in the morning and use it for sodas the rest of the day.

I do not know if ice tea is available at one of the bars in the pool area.

Free ice water was available at more than one location around the main pool or at the bars. I often just filled my mug with water. It was more of a souvenir for me.
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Old 10-07-2012, 04:21 PM   #8
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Thanks

Thanks for the info all! and especially the pictures!

We will definitely be getting one (but probably too).
My husband and I are big coffee drinkers (vegan though, so thankfully we will be bringing our own agave and almond milk)
Plus we use our silly ones from WDW all the time. These will also be souveiners!

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There was a Flavored Ice tea (sweetened) selection at one station, and a lemonade at the other. At least in February there was. Definitely worth the price, when you add in the Hot Tea and Coffee, even for those of us who cannot have carbonated beverages. Deb
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Old 10-08-2012, 10:39 AM   #10
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Don't forget the Hot Cocoa! Nestle Cocoa packets are also available, which we loved making and enjoying at the Starlit Hui! Just like others, we used ours for coffee/tea in the AM and lemonade (sometimes soda) the rest of the day. The general store has a sink to rinse out your mug.
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:58 PM   #11
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I dont see the "Good Deal" here everyone.. If you are in a DVC room with fridge, you are only a 3 min drive from Target. Pop over there and get some sodas. The only benefit I see, is if you like the design of the mugs. I know I will probably buy one when I stay at AKV.
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:31 AM   #12
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I just returned from Aulani and can report that they are currently only stocking the blue and red mugs (last year, they had green and purple with a slightly different - better mug). These mugs aren't as sturdy as the 2011 ones, but work fine on-property. I saw many mugs sporting their owners' DVC tour name tags. A good idea with a group, but the Auntie's General Store folks will let you use their Sharpie if you want to ID your cup, too.

One Paddle Two Paddle is only open from 5-10pm now, so is their drink station... But it is convenient to the new Hui location. And while you COULD buy sodas at Target, I far prefer fountain Diet Coke to the cans or bottles. Sometimes, I'll even swing by a Del Taco because they mix theirs "richer" than the norm. Plus, for the morning coffee, and pool-side drinks, it really is a bargain. My trick is to plop a nestle cocoa in, then put coffee on top... "poor man's mocha!"
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Does anyone know what colors they are currently selling?
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Does anyone know what colors they are currently selling?
It was still the red and blue ones in Dec.
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This isn't the best photo -- or should I say mug shot -- but its the only one I could find that I had already uploaded to Photobucket.




The Aulani mugs are much different than the ones currently offered at WDW. There are two colors, blue and dark red. When the resort opened in 2011 there was also a dark green mug with the same design.

The mugs cost $18.99 for length of stay.
Those aren't bad at all.
I wish we could get Disney to offer classier designs like this in WDW and/or bring back resort specific mugs. I've decided that unless they make major design changes to the mugs we will no longer participate in the refill program.

Hey, I'd even like it if they'd offer bar codes and we choose our own ceramic mugs.
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