Question: What about the Water at Walt Disney World?

Jungle Cruise drinking fountain

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The Disney Moms reader, JOY, asks: Going to Disney for the first time. I want to drink plenty of water, but I heard the water tastes bad there. Any suggestions on how to get my water without spending a fortune on bottled?

A lot of people—my husband included—think there’s nothing wrong with the water at Walt Disney World, but Joy, to be honest, it’s disgusting! I think it’s especially bad in the Liberty Square area of Magic Kingdom. I don’t know why. I know the water is treated and is clean and healthy to drink. I just do not enjoy the taste.

There are a few ways to get around the issue. First, if you’re traveling on the Disney Dining Plan, you can spend snack credits on bottled water. My family rarely uses those on snacks, so it’s nice to be able to grab an ice cold bottle for “free.”

Also, you can get a cup of ice water at any counter service or snack stand in any park for free, and that water is usually alright. It seems to taste better at eateries than at water fountains. Disney Mom Heidi suggested bringing individual drink mix packets to add to the water. Kids especially like those!

And Disney Dad Mike had one more tip. The water tends to taste a little better at the resorts. Mike suggests you fill up water bottles and freeze them in the mini-fridge in your room. Take them with you in the morning, and they’ll stay cool while the ice melts into drinkable refreshment throughout the day. He also says there is a water fountain in Magic Kingdom by the Disney Couture store that was great. I haven’t tried that one, but I’ll check it out in three weeks and comment back to let you know!

You could, of course, consider bringing a case of bottled water with you (if driving) or ordering a delivery from The Garden Grocer. Don’t forget the other types of thirst quenchers. Enjoy a Dole Whip float, sip a sweet tea, or try the international flavors of cola at Epcot’s Club Cool. (Club Cool’s free—but be warned of Beverly!)

10 comments for “Question: What about the Water at Walt Disney World?

  1. 14 August, 2012 at 11:54 am

    I didn’t like the ice at Disney but thought the water was fine. We brought a bunch of those Mio drink enhancers with us and added them to the water to mask the flavor- worked great and my son thought he was drinking juice all day!

    • Jodi Whisenhunt
      14 August, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      That’s a great idea!

  2. Danielle Murgia
    14 August, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    We actually bring a Camelbak hydration backpack. We fill it up with ice and water from the resort in the morning and crystal light or equivalent. It keeps the back cool all day and it usually doesn’t run out until early afternoon. We hated drinking out of bottles and dragging them around, this way it carries all of the stuff and our water. We like the valve off when we are not drinking.

    • Jodi Whisenhunt
      14 August, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      Another great idea!

  3. Disney Mark
    14 August, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Being a resident and a regular visitor, I have yet to have found a drinking fountain with bearable water anywhere in the Magic Kingdom. At Epcot, I have no issues with taste at any fountain other than those closest to the main entrance. Ditto with the Animal Kingdom. At DHS, all of the fountains are drinkable but those on Sunset Boulevard do tend to be warm. But the fountains as you exit Star Tours have very cold, good-tasting water. So those are good fill-up spots. :-)

    ~Mark.

    • Jodi Whisenhunt
      14 August, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      Thanks, Mark! I’m going to note those locations on my cell so I have it handy while we’re there!

  4. 14 August, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    I usually carry a camelbak because I can’t stand the way the water tastes at Disney World. However, if that’s not convenient, you can always carry one of the individual filter bottles, like the ones from Brita or Nalgene. They do a great job of removing the unpleasant flavor, as well as any other contaminants. They’re easy to carry and one bottle could be used to filter water into multiple containers for a family.

  5. Melissa
    15 August, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    We couldn’t stand it ANYWHERE, even at our hotel. We ended up going to Walmart and bought water bottles (their super cheap ones). I had even read this and came prepared with kool-aid to put in our water, and still couldn’t stand it. My kids were so dehydrated the first day because they hated it too. SO, we ended up buying it. Sorry. It was an expense we hadn’t planned on, but was super necessary! Then we froze the water at our hotel and carried in probably 6 water bottles a day!

    • Jodi Whisenhunt
      15 August, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      I can relate, Melissa! Since we drive down, we bring our own case (or 2) of bottled water with us.

  6. Michelle
    18 August, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Last year was our first trip to Disney and we weren’t aware of being able to get a cup of ice and water until after we bought a case of water for $12 at Port Orleans- I always carry a water bottle with me anyway but that was not an expense we had expected. The water in the cup with ice was awesome at Animal Kingdom and in the fountains in Hollywood Studios as well. We would take half a dozen empty water bottles and fill them..the water was ice cold and refreshing in the August heat.

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