Vote of the week: Beer at a theme park
This week's question is from Theme Park Insider reader Brian Emery. Thanks, Brian!
We asked about alcohol in theme parks once before, but this question is about what you do, not what you think ought to be (or not to be) served. If you vote "no," please pick the option that best describes why you do not drink in the parks.
I know that there might be a small selection of readers who don't drink beer, but might drink wine in a sit-down restaurant (e.g. at Epcot). For those readers, I'd suggest picking "No, I drink, but not at theme parks." We're trying to get a gauge on the popularity of in-park beer here.
Talk about your choice in the comments, please. Beer fans, tell us your pick for best beer in the parks, too. (On quality and value.)
We (wife and I) love to have a few libations while at the parks. We will split a beer while walking around. We never get drunk, and we have never seen anyone drunk at a park.
I drink alcohol at restaurants with my food, but I haven't been a big fan of beer anymore after graduating college. I associate it with another time in my life, and it definitely helped create a "beer gut", so I've change my lifestyle along with that milestone in my life.
The park I go to the most is Busch Gardens Europe. I typically do the Brewmaster Club at the Festhaus and sometimes, also in Ireland. I drink the beer samples there, but that is it. It is so expensive for alcohol within the park I generally don't buy any.
For me, alcohol + MISSION:SPACE is not a good combination.
Not a fan of beer anymore, but do enjoy a cocktail!!
I drink at theme parks, but not on every visit and usually not until the day is starting to taper off. Now when I go to Halloween Haunt, Hall-o-scream, or HHN I usually have a few. I don't get startled easily and having a few drinks gets me to put my guard down. I'm just not one to drink and ride. I'm always too afraid that I'll get sick.
Love an ice cold beer whenever we're in the Orlando theme parks. We tend to hit the thrill rides early in the day. So when the afternoon rolls around we move on to the (air conditioned) theater attractions -- where a bit of a buzz does not collide with 60 MPH inversions.
I'm not a drinker and never have been so I don't even visit the areas of various theme parks that serve alcohol. Thankfully we actually have never seen anyone drunk at any park we've ever attended.
I don't always drink at the park. I've been known to have one occasionally. No horse pee (aka Bud or similar) for me, which is what most parks seem to be serving. I'm an import beer kind of guy, and you can't find import at most parks. The Mike's Hard Lemonade or a similar concoction is usually my choice if I have one.
I'd drink more at theme parks if they served good beer. I mean, what kind of respectable theme park doesn't serve Schlitz Malt Liquor? ;)
Dole Float indeed! That stuff is so good it should be illegal.
The theme park I most often visit is Busch Gardens Europe, and I will occasionally drink a beer when the weather is hot. But never more than one or two. I tend to prefer the tap selections in Das Festhaus and Grogan's to the aluminum bottles that are easily available all around the park. (But if it is hot enough, I will settle for anything really cold!) My personal favorite this season is Shock Top (without the fruit, please!)
I find that beer makes me thirstier, especially in hot weather. I do do it one in awhile, but usually at sit down places. EPCOT is the best in my opinion because there is a very wide selection of beer and other drinks. Sea World does a good job with the beer, especially with the food that they serve by the beer area. Its actually a good combonation
I don't usually drink beer at home, but when I'm at BGA, I definately get my free beer sample. To me, there's nothing like a really cold beer on a really hot day. I forget the name of the concoction, but they mixed a light beer with a dark beer. It was pretty good, but I prefer just doing the "light" beers. I will drink frozen cocktails at the other parks, but limit myself since rides and booze don't go well together...made the mistake of riding Montu after my free sample. Didn't get sick, but wasn't the best idea I've ever had.
Ive weighted in on this before...And still a firm beliver in Booze, rides, and hot weather just dont work...Dont care how much anyone says they can control there consumpition..Always been of the idea if you need a drink 1 or 21 stay home ..Please
I never drink then go on the rides, I have a drink but near the end of the day about an hour before the parks shut & enjoy the sunshine in Orlando watching the day go by.
There are good and bad methods to handling beer at parks. Epcot seems to be the most subtle. SF parks are blatant. I will occasionally enjoy a beer with food in a park, when I'll be there for a few more hours (or I'm riding the resort shuttles back to an on-property hotel).
I never get drunk, or even buzzed at theme parks...but come on...you're gonna go to Epcot without stopping for a beer in Germany? You're gonna pass up your complementary beer at the Busch parks? You kiddin me?
We visit Busch Gardens Europe almost most weekends durning the summer and my wife and I like to enjoy a cold one.
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