Vote of the week: Coke or Pepsi in the parks?
Written by Robert Niles
Christopher Elliott (whom you might know from National Geographic Traveler and MSNBC websites), did a Q&A with me that's he posted on his site, elliott.org. In the interview, I threw a shout out to Holiday World's unique "free soft drinks" promotion, which has inspired my vote of the week.Tweet
Yes, you can get all the free soft drinks you care for at the Southern Indiana park, provided you don't mind going without Coke. Holiday World's a Pepsi shop, as were the Busch and Cedar Fair parks the last I checked. Disney, Universal and Six Flags parks pour Coke products.
Once upon a time, you could find beverages from both companies in the same park. Pepsi, for example, was the original sponsor of the Country Bear Jamboree at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, while you'd find Coke sponsoring attractions on Main Street USA and in Tomorrowland.
These days, though, the two big soft drink companies have locked down exclusive pouring rights at almost all public facilities, from theme parks to sports stadiums... even for entire college campuses. When I went to Northwestern, students eagerly awaited the evening arrival of "The Sandwich Man" and his food truck, because he sold cans of Coke, while every vending machine on campus dispensed only Pepsi products.
So, which company's drinks do you prefer? (For reference, Coke products include A&W, Barq's, Canada Dry, Coke, Dasani, Dr Pepper, Fanta, Minute Maid, Schweppes, Sprite and Powerade. Pepsi products include Aquafina, Gatorade, Lipton, Mountain Dew, Mug, Pepsi, Sierra Mist, Sobe and Tropicana.)
I'm throwing in a neither option for people, like me, who don't drink the fizzy drinks.
In the comments, please defend your choice, and attack the oblivious know-nothings who picked the other. Have a great weekend, everyone!
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