SeaWorld parks sign 10-year deal with Coke

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SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment said Friday it has signed a 10-year sponsorship deal with the Coca-Cola Co., making Coke the "official refreshment beverage" in Orlando-based SeaWorld's 10 U.S. theme parks.

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Coke: 1 Pepsi: 0
Next target: Cedar Fair
Date: Summer 2012

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Remember that Ouimet appointed a new VP position that just deals with sponsorships and such. You can bet they're going to go nuts to get this. Word on the street was that various CF folks were really impressed when they learned the terms Coke had with Paramount Parks. I'd be shocked if Coke didn't win that contract, which is up at the end of 2012.

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I preferred working with Pepsi and their vendors, but you really just can't beat Coke and their prices. Coke basically gives everything but the syrup away and the syrup isn't expensive.

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^^^But does it go well with pancakes?

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That sucks. Busch parks were the only Pepsi oasis in central Florida.


^Legoland sells Pepsi.

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My drink purchases at CF parks would definitely drop from about 1 per year to 0 if they switched to Coke. No substitute for Mountain Dew, and the rest of their stuff is nasty. But I guess enough people probably don't care one way or another to affect a big deal like this.

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If Cedar Fair were to go with Coke, I might actually consider buying it once in a while. See, the argument works both ways. :)

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Whose bottled water is better?

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One thing I don't like about Coke is that Minute Maid and Tropicana are usually paired with Pepsi (I think Pepsi bottles them), and seeing as I don't drink carbonated anything any more (I really, really miss root beer floats), I'm wondering what the replacement for the non-carbonated options will be, as I am not a fan of Hi-C.

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Whose bottled water is better?

Pepsi is Aquafina. Coke is Dasani. As far as I know, both are tap water, reverse-osmosis filtered, with trace minerals added back for flavor. They aren't that different, though if I have both sitting in front of me I'll usually pick up a Dasani.

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The water fountain by the exit for Disaster Transport has the best water. Bottled water is wasteful.

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djDaemon said:
Whose bottled water is better?

I am sure opinions will vary. I do not like Aquafina (Pepsi). For whatever reason, it seems to be the most common water that I see offered at various places. Dasani (Coke) tastes a little better to me but I prefer regular tap water. Both Aquafina and Dasani are filtered/purified tap water but there is something about the processes that they use, and I suspect the plastic bottles themselves, that make them taste worse than regular tap water to me.

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I prefer water that doesn't cost $3.

I was being facetious. I had no idea that anyone actually had an opinion on bottled water. :)

I very, very rarely purchase bottled anything in the parks. In other words, even though I'm a die hard Pepsi man (unless there's whiskey or rum involved), I couldn't care less about what soda parks choose to serve.

And I use a refillable, dishwasher safe water bottle every day at work. Mostly because I'm cheap. :)

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Diet Coke >>> Diet Pepsi.

When I'm walking a few miles around parks, I generally prefer some cold tasty and refreshing water - typically from a fountain if possible. Have noticed over the last few years that finding water fountains in parks that meet the criteria has gotten harder and harder. Was *really* bummed last time at BGW when we got off Alpengeist only to have the fountain at the ride exit no longer refrigerated...that one was previously declared "best water fountain on Earth" only a few years' prior.

I've written, here and elsewhere, about the lack of truly cold water fountains at parks, with GAdv and Dorney the most egregious practitioners. I missed the fountain Jeff referenced above, but there's two VERY cold fountains I know of at Cedar Point. One's by the entrance to the midway arcade and Snoopy boutique not far from the entrance. The other, I can't place exactly, but it's right next to a historical type building in the vicinity of SkyHawk and the Mine Ride. I also found an icy one at Great Escape last summer, near the Bobsleds entrance.

And as far as the Pepsi vs. Coke debate, I'll have a Pepsi Max over a Coke Zero, followed by Diet Pepsi with Diet Coke waaaayyyy behind. Truth to tell? I'd take a Diet Rite over all but Max.

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The one I mentioned, Mike, is completely non-obvious, which is probably why it tends to be so cold. You might see it as you exit DT, but it helps to be looking for it.

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