Theme park visitors pick their favorite free drinks
The folks at Holiday World
have released some interesting informtion via the park's Facebook page
. It's the list of most popular drinks selected by park visitors over the past year.
Theme parks typically don't release much information about the sales of specific food, beverage or merchandise items. I suppose Holiday World isn't either, because, as many of you might know, Holiday World gives away all of its drinks for free.
Gatorade was the most popular drink poured by Holiday World visitors this season. Here's the complete list:
- Mt. Dew
- Root Beer
- Dr Pepper
- Diet Pepsi
- Sierra Mist
- Sweet tea
- Diet Mt. Dew
- Fruit Punch
- Diet Dr Pepper
Does that match up with what you'd pick? Theme Park Insider readers have expressed their preference for Coke products over the Pepsi products that Holiday World serves, but how does "free" affect your decision? Please pick your favorite from the list below. (I've included coffee, unsweetened tea and water, which Holiday World offers but did not include in the results.)
I had to go with Diet Pepsi since there is no option for Diet Coke. Since water is free from the fountains, I have trouble voting for that one (my wife would differ in that she would insist on bottled water).
I voted for water assuming it's bottled water, not just from the fountain (which is often gross considering the way people slurp and slobber on them). The other picks are an indulgence since they're unhealthy, and water is the best as the mainstay.
Perhaps enough people drink Gatorade without ice (which is how many people drink it) to skew the Holiday World results. When you fill a cup with ice, as most people do for all the other cold drinks, you get about half a glass of whatever you pour.
Definitely bottled water, because you can reseal it and carry it around.
I would probably go with the Gatorade too. Too much soda isn't good for the ol stomach, especially on a hot day. If it's free, people are bound to drink too much.
I prefer Pepsi and Mt. Dew over Coke! Blah! I wish more places had Pepsi products or at least both!
Not surprised to see Gatorade at the top. When I visited all I got was Gatorade. When it's hot out people know they need something more than soda, and when that option is right next to soda, they will make a good decision.
What about beer? When A/B still owned Sea World, you could get "2" free beers per person per day. A cold beer in the middle of the day is refreshing too.
Nothin' better than ice cold water on a hot day. That is, of course, if there's no beer around.
I actually like to make an "Arnold Palmer" -- half iced tea and half lemonade! I definitely find the non-carbonated drinks (tea, lemonade or Gatorade) more refreshing than sodas on a hot day.
On the topic of the Arnold Palmer - one part iced tea, one part lemonade - there now is another golf-themed drink that's one part iced tea, one part lemonade... and one part vodka.
"W" ... our water is available as part of the soda fountains in the Pepsi Oasis building.
why are there no Coke products?
Read the article, please. Holiday World is a Pepsi park. The choices are the ones available at Holiday World. When a Coke park starts giving drinks away for free, we'll do a poll on that. :-)
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