Screamscape has a quick report that says Epcot's Electric Umbrella eatery now has a pair of self-serve beverage stations allowed guests free refills.
Have to agree with Lance on this one that it sounds like a 'test' to see how it affects things before slowly spreading it throughout rest of the parks.
I'm assuming at this point you have to be a customer of said eatery to refill your drink. It's not like you can wander in and just start filling drinks.
I think it makes perfect sense for sit-down restaraunts in the parks to do this. It 'encourages' people to come in and get a meal.
Just to note again, it's not free drinks. It's free refills inside the eatery. Could be a good compromise - sit down and eat and we'll let you refill as much as you want until you go.
They give out free doritos and fritos as well. Wheres the complaint on that since they've been sponsored by Frito Lay for decades.
Will Koch wasn't the inventor of free but I do give him credit for widespread usage.
Free isn't free, SO WHAT! IM HAPPY!
I'd rather spend that money on a Q-bot. ;)
And to play on the words of a wise man who posted earlier in this thread:
Q-bot isn't free. SO WHAT! I'M HAPPY! ;)
First free on-property transportation, then free AIRPORT transportation, free FastPasses and now free drinks? What is the world coming to?
Coaster Junkie from NH
I drive in & out of Boston, so I ride coasters to relax!
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.
There's a big difference between 'free drinks' at a park and self-serve 'free refills' when you go into a restaraunt to eat.
I think the next step is more likely to be cook your own food rather than free drinks on the midways.
I can think of about ten parks where I'd jump at the chance to cook my own food.
So for an AVERAGE (pronounced "Not Chuck" ;) ) person, that brings down the average cost per drink to a more reasonable $1-$1.50 (Most people will refill twice in an average sitting at a restaurant)
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***
Long live the Big Bad Wolf
I have been waiting almost a year for the new shield season to start.
what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard.
Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it.
I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
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