Posted Wednesday, July 12, 2006 9:25 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Forty-five percent of 165 U.S. tourist attractions surveyed between 2000 and 2005 either started serving alcohol during that period or expanded venues in which it was sold, says theme park consultant Dennis Spiegel, whose Cincinnati-based International Theme Park Services conducted the study. Spiegel says the trend is not surprising given a widening acceptance of alcohol in American society and the huge profits resulting from alcohol sales. Parks say guests are asking for these products.
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When we spend a few days at CLP, either camping or staying at the Parkside, we will usually knock down a few beers because we don't have to drive anywhere after we leave the park.
The margarita stand at Epcot, though, well...I'm not passing by that baby. That's good stuff.
But, I think the pricing works in the parks' favor, in terms of providing a good atmosphere. I don't mind paying $6 for a beer once in a while. But, I probably won't buy four of them.
Stadiums charge even more, but there folks don't seem to mind the price of four beers...
As for prices though, too bad most places search the heck out of you otherwise...ahem...hip flask. ;)
Last summer at CLP, beers were like 3.00 a can/bottle. Not great, but not bad either.
*** This post was edited by FLYINGSCOOTER 7/12/2006 10:47:56 AM ***
I guess it's just the novelty of it not being the norm. People are surprised to see beer served at an amusement park. Something about it feels naughty perhaps...escapism. :)
Alcohol sales boost margins at theme parks
I'll drink to that! Hic! ;)
Im very content to have my beer/cocktail back at home or the hotel if visiting than pay the prices they charge in the parks Its just as bad as the overpriced water at parks and i wouldnt pay that either.
AV, why not be REALLY different and have both? At the same time? ;)
ICEEs rule! :)
Some parks remain alcohol-free in order to reinforce the family atmosphere. This is true for many small parks and for some mid-sized parks such as KW and HW. Other parks include alcohol because it fits with the theming of the park or because the park wants to be more accommodating to adults. The Busch parks and PKI are examples of this. Revenue is a major concern, of course, especially with many of the larger corporate parks. Naturally, in the case of the Busch parks, there is another corporate reason for serving beer.
Regional factors are also involved. Some parks might be in "dry" counties or towns or might be in regions where alcohol is looked upon with disfavor. Such parks would not serve alcohol.
Even parks with the same ownership vary in policy here. WDWMK is alcohol-free because it is so oriented toward families with children but WDWEC (especially the World Showcase section) would be missing something if no alcohol were served.
*** This post was edited by Arthur Bahl 7/12/2006 4:33:11 PM ***
I disagree, I'd much rather have an overpriced beer than an overpriced water.
I'd rather pay $6 for a 20oz. beer than $4 for a 20oz. Pepsi.
It's not like it's Holiday World and everything else is free. Free Pepsi vs. $6 beer = me drinking Diet Mountain Dew all day. $6 vs. $4, though? That's a different story.
IOA even has happy hour in the bar that's in the big tree thingy. 1/2 price domestic drafts and wines. Can't beat a $2.50 beer on a hot day!
*** This post was edited by kpjb 7/12/2006 4:55:32 PM ***
But close enough... in Arthur's post above. :) I've yet to visit any theme park that serves alcohol where the alcohol detracts from the "family atmosphere." Not even one.
MOST places, though, I'll agree with Jeff. Selling drink does not equate to widespread drunkenness.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
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