Awesome. In hot weather in Orlando I've always eaten at the affordable sit down places (like the Liberty Tree Inn in the Magic Kingdom.) to get "free" refills. The entrees are a little more than a counter place, but I've put away something like 10 refills on one particularly hot day. Even with the tip you still can really save money by doing that.
I still can't believe that you don't drink at least one drink at every amusement park you visit. If it's a two or even three dollar addition to the price your actually saving money or breaking even by drinking just one at these parks and if by chance it's hot and you need fiver or six drinks durring the day don't even mention the 25-30 dollar per person it would cost to do so, therefore making their 59.95 addmission 89.00 per plus a 49.99 Qbot and you've just spent $150 per person for one day. Might as well purchase the VIP program.
I drink several, but the price per drink is still less than what the parks add-on. And it's not 2 or 3 dollars. In the case of Magic Springs it's $30 for my family of 4. Who the hell spends $30 on drinks in one day!?
And to play on the words of a wise man who posted earlier in this thread:
^ Ice Station Cool no longer exists. It got taken down a few years ago.
And while the unlimited drinks thing is true, and very useful, there's a difference between offering free drinks in the relaxing, more-inactive hotel environment than in the fast-paced, constantly-moving environment of a crowded and very warm amusement park.
If I spent a full 12-hour day at a park, which I rarely do, and it was hot out, and price was not a concern, I could easily drink 5 large drinks (32oz each) over the course of that long, hot day. Let's say each one of those drinks is normally priced $3.00 (about right for some parks, cheap compared to others). That's $18 in soda I consumed that day! Tacking on $7 to my admission is no big deal. Now not only can I have my 5 drinks for less than half the price, I can have even more if I feel thirsty and knowing it's not costing me anymore, will probably drink even more than I would otherwis and be happier at that moment, at least until I think about all of the sugar and calories the next day.
Another perspective. There is no way I would spend $18+ in soda at a park in one day. I would rather stop at the drinking fountains all day. But just $7 for all the soda I want? No problem. And I don't have to carry around a souvenir bottle all day and deal with it when I get on rides, nor do I have to share my drink (I'm weird like that, but I rarely get sick so it pays off)? THANK YOU! *** Edited 4/3/2007 8:15:41 PM UTC by Acoustic Viscosity***