Disney - Free Drink Refills

Wednesday, April 4, 2007 4:18 PM
Kiddieland - it's another example of a park stuck in the shadow of much larger competition.

I really think Arthur nailed it. You just might see more and more parks try this, but it won't be the biggies. It'll be the smaller parks that need a way to lure some of those guests from the nearby biggies.

And drinks weren't free the day we visited Stricker's. But we weren't there long enough to get one anyway. ;)

*** Edited 4/4/2007 8:19:33 PM UTC by Lord Gonchar***

Wednesday, April 4, 2007 4:23 PM
Hard to believe the Gonchlings got to visit a park I haven't been to yet....LOL!

Seriously, could NOT agree more with your "niche" concept. It is *exactly* what those smaller parks need to compete. Quassy, you might be next...so sign up with a beverage distributor NOW! :)

Wednesday, April 4, 2007 10:25 PM
How are they going to enforce this. Unless they have someone watching the machines there is nothing from stopping a person from filling up a cup they got 6 hours ago (and left the restaurant) or filling up their own cups.

This is a good deal especially since Disney only charges $2.19 or $2.29 for the 21 oz soda and $2.49 for a 32 oz soda. I usually got the 32 oz for the extra amount of money but with free refills at this restaurant, there is no point.

Thursday, April 5, 2007 12:03 AM
Back on the first page when you were looking at the changes in admission prices for various parks, did you take into consideration that at Kings Island during the target period, while the gate price went up only slightly, the parking fee doubled, the price of a Coke tripled, and the total ride count in the park went DOWN?

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Thursday, April 5, 2007 5:52 AM
More that $3 for a large drink is too much no matter how big the park is. It's just that people are foolish enough to pay the price. The problem is that these parks with the "rip-off" prices are saturated attendancewise and if they lose some visitors, they make it up with the high prices. Just ask Six Flags.

What some of these parks need is more competition. This is especially true for parks like SFOT, SFGAm, SFOG, (P)Car, etc. It is going to be interesting to see the future effect of competition on KI (from HW) or SFNE (from LC) as the "value oriented" parks grow. Alabama Adventure is another of these smaller parks that needs to get more attention. It is in the shadow of SFOG and maybe this would be another candidate for a HW/LC/MS drink policy. As for GL, I keep saying, make it another LC. This park was never successful as CP Lite.


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