Florida bill would allow beer companies to sponsor attractions at the biggest theme parks

Posted Tuesday, April 11, 2017 9:42 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Universal Parks & Resorts is stepping into the middle of a bar fight between beer makers and distributors over legislation that would allow brewers to sponsor rides or events at major theme parks. The bill seeks to carve out an exemption for theme parks to a Prohibition-era law, known as “tied house evil,” that bans brewers from giving gifts or special deals to retail sellers. In Britain, a “tied house” is a bar required to sell beer from a particular company.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 10:15 AM

Let's get this passed asap.

Spaceship earth, now sponsored by Yeungling? Yes please. Goodbye coke display.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017 11:00 PM

I'm amazed that this is even a thing, considering that until fairly recently, *two* of the biggest amusement parks in Florida were owned and operated by Anheuser Busch!

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017 12:36 AM

But what would Walt Disney think about all the children being surrounded by beer in his Magic Kingdom?

Screw Spaceship Earth. Make Gaston's something Gaston would actually be somewhat proud of; sponsored by every drink made everywhere.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017 8:45 AM

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017 11:25 AM

I have to say, it was both awesome, and strange - to be able to order and consume beer within the Magic Kingdom when I was down there 2 weeks ago.

Granted, it was inside the Be Our Guest Restaurant, and not out on Main Street, yet - but I think there may be other places where it's going to be available soon.

Oh, and dole whips with rum at both epcot and Animal Kingdom? Awesome.

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