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Just got back from a week in WDW. Everywhere we went in the parks, either they didn't have lids or they didn't have straws. Have you ever tried drinking a slushy without a straw? The whole thing hits you in the face when you try to drink it. After a few days of frustration, I started bringing my refillable mug with me to the parks and transferring the drinks to the mug. And I brought along a few straws that I took from the food court to make drinking easier.
And kids with no lids? Lets just say that WDW is going to be a lot stickier.
So, my tip is: buy the refillable mug at your resort and carry it with you everywhere. You won't be sorry.
Though I can appreciate the environmental reason for this it certainly would be tricky being on the go with uncovered drinks and no straws. The refillable mugs would be helpful but we don't ever purchase those. Thanks for the heads up.
Launching Pad, Electric Umbrella, the stands of the Food & Wine Festival: the Almond stand with the strawberry smoothie, and the Light Lab, Pinocchio village hause, columbia harbor house, cosmic ray's --- None of them had straws or lids.
We were relieved to see lids on our recent cruise, as we were worried about the danger of spillages on board. While I appreciate the environmental reasons for this, safety is supposed to Disney's number one concern and I think they do need to give some serious thought to how removing lids from drinks could impact that....
We were there for 5 days in late October and as mentioned, there were many places that did not have straws. Most places had lids. I actually took straws with me from home - thinking I would not be able to get any. (and I wanted to have them for my granddaughter) But there were straws readily available at Roaring Forks at Wilderness Lodge.
I did find out that you can ask for straws and lids - they will give them to you - at the sit down restaurants.
I found straws and lids gone at most locations, but I was able to get a straw one time - and I rinsed it and reused it. I understand the idea, but walking around with a drink is very difficult without a lid and a straw. I will be taking my own cup or buying a resort mug to carry with me on future trips.