BREAKING: Walt Disney World Counter Service Restaurants Starting to Remove Drink Lids

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Yesterday, we told you about Walt Disney World table service restaurants now only offering straws upon request. Today, counter service is following suit and has also started to eliminate the widespread use of plastic straws and lids at numerous locations.

 

No lids being provided at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in the Magic Kingdom. Note that reusable straws can still be purchased.

Plastic straws are available at the condiment stations, but  ONLY by request can lids be acquired. Most, of not all counter service locations should conform shortly.

Cast members at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe indicated that the number of guests spilling drinks was up exponentially due to the change.

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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Frank
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Frank

Lids were gone at the Mara at AKL today. Was told they had no lids so upon request didn’t work. They still have plastic lids for hot drinks (coffee, tea, hot chocolate). Saw many spills. Giving children drinks with no lids is a recipe for disaster. Some adults too.

Joel
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Joel

Disney should be prepared for lots of spilled drinks. They might want to rethink this policy for kid’s drinks.

Lisbet
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Lisbet

I really dislike this. I use a powered wheelchair and no lid means wet nasty clothes. Will plan on bringing my own cup with lid and transferring my drink to it

Erik
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Erik

That’s exactly what they’re trying to encourage – reusable cups rather than creating more garbage. You just demonstrated the policy is working as planned.

Kim
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Kim

I like a lid if only to keep germs from landing in my soda or water. But, since I understand the reason for this change I’ll be bringing my reusable bottle and simply pouring my drink (no ice) into it and washing it out back at the room.

I suggest parents of children also bring their sippy cups or reusable resort mugs to avoid spills.

Cindy
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Cindy

All the more reason for Disney to start selling refillable mugs within the parks and allowing resort refill mugs to be brought in and used similarly.

Christopher Wholey
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Christopher Wholey

Yeah do what universal already does I wish they did this

Kathy
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Kathy

This and Freestyle Coke machines would be an awesome idea! Doing the machines with Disney reusable cups would reduce the number of paper cups being used. Just doing the Disney reusable cups or bringing your would still have millions of cups being used, since CM are not allowed to fill any cups except the paper ones.

Jeff
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Jeff

This is a good reason to stick with beer.

david
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david

ugh. facts are so inconvenient.
Regions responsible for plastic waste in the ocean:
Asia……………..74.9%
Africa…………..16.4%
Rest of world….8.1%
U.S.A……………..0.6%
Straw waste in the U.S. represents 0.02% of the 0.6%. that is pretty small.

Thyan
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Thyan

You are comparing ENTIRE CONTINENTS vs A COUNTRY. Do the comparison per countries or per population and you will notice totally different results.

Jessica the Disney enthusiast
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Jessica the Disney enthusiast

Can we compare that with the number of people per CONTINENT listed vs one country of a continent? Comparing all of Asia to the US is absolutely ridiculous! You are comparing the waste of 4 billion people to the waste of 325 million. Let’s not even compare the political and social landscape in many Asian countries to the US. Democracy allows these social and environmental issues to be brought forward because we want to be responsible for OUR impact on the world not the impact of other individuals.

Kim
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Kim

You are aware that the US was sending the bulk of our recyclable plastic TO Asia for processing, yes? That huge number… part of it belongs to us.

Ja
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Ja

Pure. Myth.
Some people (usually Americans) seem to love blaming the U.S. for the faults of the world. Smh

Jonathan Melara
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Jonathan Melara

Um, okay? How is that information relevant whatsoever? We are talking about plastic waste in general. I didn’t know Disney World dumped all their plastic into the ocean.

PP
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PP

I’m usually on board with new environmentally sound policies…but this one kind of reeks of disaster. There’s a reason why lids were made for these cheap paper cups, especially when being carried around crowded public places…for kids and adults alike.

Something tells me a major uptick in drink spills, in all the wrong places, is going to possibly make them rethink this one.

Frank
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Frank

Disney must have some angle on this. Gonna try to sell you something!!!

Shelly Johnson
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Shelly Johnson

Exactly!! This is all about the dollar. Soon the only straw will be able to get is the Mickey one in which you buy!

Lewis
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Lewis

Disney World ‘management’ stinks. This is all about cost, nothing about environment. The lids are to keep out contaminants. Disney would have you drink out of your hands if they could and save the expense of the cup. Based on 100% of their decisions in the last 5-10 years, and moreso since Chapek is in control, there’s nothing they do that is for the good of ANYONE or ANYTHING other than the bottom line of profit.

Daz
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Daz

Boring. Stop turning everything into cost:profit.

Jayne Townsley
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Jayne Townsley

I recommend Go Sili/Sili Kids for y’all to check out as alternatives.

DUSTY
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DUSTY

WHAT LUNATIC YHOUGHT THIS UP

Robert
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Robert

I don’t not know but I bet they have a family member or friend that supplies mops in the Orlando area!

Shelly Johnson
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Shelly Johnson

A bean counter.

Heather
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Heather

Sorry, but it is rare that the finance department comes up with these ideas. They get all of the blame though as they are the ones who have to carry out the the orders. It isn’t always about saving money. Sometimes it really is to do good for the environment.

Eman
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Eman

A liberal.

JimDisney
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JimDisney

This is just dum

JimDisney
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JimDisney

* dumb

Alex
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Alex

More spills equals more lawsuits!!!! Wake up Disney! This is stupid!

John
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John

Great reason to buy bottles of water or soda.

HurryUpAndDoAnything
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HurryUpAndDoAnything

Ugh. Not a good thing. Get ready for gross, sticky floors throughout. Perhaps slip and fall lawsuits. This whole thing started with some nine year old making a phone call asking how many straws a manufacturer makes. No actual (real) information on (real) impact or (real) benefits. It’s idiotic. Just playing to the emotion of the uninformed. Can we cut down on unneeded plastic? Yes. Is that a good thing? Probably. Is this the right thing to attack, especially in this park environment? No. It would be more wise to deal with the plastic spacers and containers in packaging that… Read more »

Joel
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Joel

Well stated. I agree.

Concerned
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Concerned

I am all for protecting the environment and saving animals, BUT… how about saving humans? This really hit me hard the other day when I went to Typhoon Lagoon with my 2 small children. Upon entering Ketchakiddee Creek there is a SMOKING SECTION right upon the entrance of the kids play area!! I was DISGUSTED!!! My small children should not have smoke being polluted into their play area! Heck adults shouldn’t have to smell it either! I personally feel that smoking should be banned from ALL parks! Get rid of straws/lids to save the turtles and prevent ocean trash.. get… Read more »

Walter Elias
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Walter Elias

It’s funny, no one complains about the straws that don’t come with your beer and wine at EPCOT.

HurryUpAndDoAnything
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HurryUpAndDoAnything

Kids aren’t carrying around beers and wine. You aren’t typically carrying a tray full of beers and wine.

Demarke
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Demarke

Getting rid of thin flimsy lids will probably not only result in more spills (and slip and fall lawsuits and costs of cleaning staff and dealing with customer complaints for refills when their first drink spills), but probably more plastic waste too as more people oook for bottled water or other high plastic options with twist lids.

HurryUpAndDoAnything
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HurryUpAndDoAnything

Yup. yup. And yup.

No logic. Just over reaction to the overly emotional uninformed.