• On Dec 1, 2021
    Jody from IL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Are hydration stations open in December 2021 or closed for COVID? If closed, how can I get free water while in the park Dec 23-28? Is there a limit to water I can bring in?

    Heigh-Ho Jody,

    Staying hydrated and fueled is key when visiting the Walt Disney World Theme Parks. Guests take thousands of steps each day and taking care of your body is important so you can be sure to have a successful and magical day. I am a huge water drinker and am pleased to see Walt Disney World catching on to the water refill hydration stations. While there are but a few of them Guests need to know where to look because they are not found on any of the maps. I am happy to provide a list from my water-refilling adventures and I can not vouch for all but most were available for Guest usage, on my most recent visit. 

    Magic Kingdom
    Cosmic Rays Starlight Cafe- inside (has been closed during COVID)

    Epcot Experience (former Odyssey building)- by restrooms
    Traveler’s Cafe- by restrooms (close to the entrance of World Showcase)
    Disney Skyliner- by restroom (before entering Epcot at International Gateway)

    Disney’s Hollywood Studios
    Star Wars Galaxy Edge- by restrooms
    Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run- exit of the ride
    Slinky Dog Dash- in the queue line
    Disney Skyliner- by restroom (before entering Disney’s Hollywood Studios)

    Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
    (both of the following are in attraction queues and only accessible if in the queue)
    Avatar Flight of Passage- in the queue line
    Na’vi River Journey- in the queue line
    Expedition Everest- Legend of the Forbidden Mountain- in the queue line

    It's, also, good to note Walt Disney World's quick-service restaurants are still providing free water for Guests. Simply locate a Cast Member, at the front of the quick-service restaurant, and they will kindly guide you where to go. And, yes, feel free to bring in your own water bottles or budget to buy them in the parks. As a side note, I am a huge fan of bringing electrolyte packets to add to my water for further replenishment. 

    I hope this has been helpful and if you have any further curiouser and curiouser inquiries feel free to ask us at planDisney. Check out our Instagram (@planDisneypanel) and Panel Extras for more Vacation Planning Tips and may your upcoming stay be filled with many Jolly Holiday Magical Moments.

    Have a Practically Perfect Day,

    Amy M. 
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, Virginia

I am a Dreamer who has always believed dreams are meant to be the path to your future. Walt Disney, I believe, felt the same way, "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." Disney has always been proof that endless imagination and the passion to make them come to fruition is possible. I will never be to old for Disney, it is home to all of us Dreamers. 

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