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Should Disney Parks bring back Pepsi products?

Disneyland: A Fight between 2 Sodas Brands over Disney Parks' Official Beverage

From Oscar Marquez
Posted February 7, 2013 at 12:21 AM
In 2012, SeaWorld announce that has replace all the Pepsi products with all the Coca-Cola products.

What if Disney Parks should bring back Pepsi products and replacing all the Coca-Cola Products.

Pepsi will become into a Official Beverage of Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World, and all the Disney Parks in the World.

Pepsi and all the Products like Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Sierra Mist, etc. in all Disney Parks stores (Emporioum, Refreshment Port, Beverly Sunset, Out of the Wild, Elias and Co., etc.) and restaurants (Pizza Port, Flo's V8 Cafe, Restaurantosaurus, Sci-Fi Dine In, Cosmic Ray's Starlight Café, The Garden Grill, etc.)

The Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror will be sponsored by Pepsi.

Disney California Adventure's nighttime Dance Party will be sponsored by Mountain Dew.

So what do want?:
* Bring Back Pepsi Products to Disney Parks
* Stay with Coke Products at Disney Parks.


Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.

From Brian Emery
Posted February 7, 2013 at 9:47 AM
Why would anyone want an inferior product at a Theme park?

Coke is much better than Pepsi.

Do you work for PEP or something?

From Mike Gallagher
Posted February 7, 2013 at 9:51 AM
I don't work for them, and I prefer Pepsi products by a WIDE margin.

Robert, Vote Of The Week, perhaps?

From Jay R.
Posted February 7, 2013 at 10:16 AM
Do you guys know when Disney switched from Pepsi to Coke?

I always do water at theme parks BUT I have a soft spot for Sprite :-)

From Daniel Etcheberry
Posted February 7, 2013 at 10:57 AM
I also like Pepsi more. But I like Coke too.

From Joey I
Posted February 7, 2013 at 11:53 AM
I really don't care, but just the the fact that it would be "The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Sponsored by Pepsi" makes me hope it does not happen. YOU DON'T MESS WITH RIDES!!!

From Brian Emery
Posted February 7, 2013 at 11:54 AM
Historically Pepsi will go to a potential customer and undercut the price for a long term contract. Therefore a large place like Disney could potentially save millions.. But again the will lose quality.

I remember Caesars entrainment in Vegas doing just this – they save a ton of money.

As an investor I say Yes as a consumer I say No…

From Don Neal
Posted February 7, 2013 at 11:55 AM
A) I prefer Coke over Pepsi, so please leave it as is

B) Please leave sponsored by "this product" off as many rides as possible. It makes sense for some rides like Chevy's Test Track but for many others it wouldn't.

From Dominick D
Posted February 7, 2013 at 12:25 PM
Coke products are better than Pepsi products.

Sprite>Sierra Mist. Always.

From James Trexen
Posted February 7, 2013 at 3:30 PM
Coke, Pepsi, it's all the same to me: inferiors to RC. When a park adopts that, then I'll care.

From Tony Duda
Posted February 7, 2013 at 4:37 PM
I'll gladly commit myself to drinking whichever brand that permanently stops using corn syrup and only uses real sugar in the soda. Waiting for "Throwback" Pepsi or "Kosher For Passover" Coke is just not enough.

From Jay R.
Posted February 7, 2013 at 4:44 PM
James, I think that's how most people feel (well, I mean the RC thing is up for debate)

But for most people, Coke & Pepsi products are close enough it won't make a difference for most when they are at the park.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted February 7, 2013 at 4:54 PM
Yeah, James, given the choice between Pepsi and Coke, it's RC for me. Being diabetic, it's not something I often have. They used to make Diet RC (as opposed to Diet-Rite, which is the same company) but alas, no more...

From chris cona
Posted February 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Well to me it doesn't really matter. I like coke better but my all time favorite soda is Mountain Dew. But I would still rather have coke I like their product better and their company better then PepsiCo.

From AJ Hummel
Posted February 7, 2013 at 9:43 PM
Coca-Cola is more popular than Pepsi, so they should stick with it. It's also much more well-known internationally than Pepsi is, so I doubt there would be any benefit to a switch at the international parks. For the US parks, unless they want to offer something different than every major theme park chain or Pepsi somehow comes to them with a better deal (difficult given that I believe Disney gets their Coke for free as long as Pepsi isn't sold anywhere on-property), I doubt there will ever be a switch.

From Phil B.
Posted February 8, 2013 at 2:58 PM
Doesn't matter, they both go great with dark rum and a lime wedge

From Zack McDonald
Posted February 8, 2013 at 11:14 PM
When did the Disney parks ever have Pepsi products? Thought they have been Coke since the day Walt opened Disneyland.

From patrick moore
Posted February 10, 2013 at 9:56 AM
if you go back when wdw opened both soft drinks were at the disney parks

From Anthony Murphy
Posted February 10, 2013 at 11:19 AM
Well the Coke Cool Station at EPCOT is pretty neat.

I don't drink pop (yes pop), but I like Coca Cola's offering in the non carbonated realm better than Pepsi.

From Kevin Hanaoka
Posted February 10, 2013 at 3:48 PM
No to Pepsi. I know that Pepsi was around the same time as Coca Cola and pushed Coke to go to 8 oz and then 12 oz from 6 oz, but Coca Cola is iconic as a slice of Americana. A theme park with a Main Street USA should have Coca Cola products.

From David L.
Posted February 10, 2013 at 3:37 PM
Anthony, what is this strange word "pop"? I mean, how do you drink a bad music genre?

Three reasons Coke should be kept:
1)It tastes better. Duh.
2)It's far more American, yet is world renown.
3)That flavors from around the world place at Epcot is awesome!!!!!

From David L.
Posted February 10, 2013 at 3:37 PM
double post

From Jay R.
Posted February 10, 2013 at 6:00 PM
As a super "water drinker", I usually don't drink soda, but is Coke really that more "American" than Pepsi?

I know both are huge (Coke obviously bigger), but it seems like Pepsi is just as American, I guess I'm just thing of those old fashioned Pepsi Cola images.....

Is the general consensus is that Coke is more Americana than Pepsi? I always that they were equal in those regards.

From Jorge Arnoldson
Posted February 10, 2013 at 6:32 PM
Under Disney's current (and strict) contract with Coca-Cola, restaurants on property that usually serve Pepsi (Planet Hollywood) are required to serve Coke products. You can't even get Dr. Pepper! How about adopting the drink serving policy that many shopping malls (and Universal parks) have: designate one brand as an "official soft drink", then let vendors not run by the resort serve either brand.
P.S.: I agree with Daniel Etcheberry on his opinion on both Pepsi and Coke.

From David L.
Posted February 10, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Jay, Having been born and bred in the south, I hadn't even tried a pepsi until I was in my early teens. To me, Coke is like the official soft drink of America in a way, but I grew up going to the World of Coke, seeing it literally everywhere, and experiencing its history everywhere I went.

Some facts/observations that I'm pretty sure are correct:
-Coke is in every country except Cuba and North Korea and outsell Pepsi in most countries
-Coke outsells Pepsi almost every state in the US (exceptions inlcude Utah, one of the Dakotas, and maybe North Carolina)
-at least 4 of the major park chains in the US go Coke (6 flags, Disney, Universal, and Sea World). They give their customers what they want.
-Coke has way more varients than Pepsi
-Coke made with real sugar is way better than Coke made with corn syrup.
-Coke seems to have much more of a history (but maybe that's just me) than Pepsi
-I can't drink an entire Pepsi without wishing it was Coke, RC, or Dr Pepper

Overall, It'd be a bad move for Disney, or any world wide company.

From Brady Allen
Posted February 11, 2013 at 9:28 AM
Coke is it!

My Pittsburghese forces me to refer to soda as Pop!

From Jay R.
Posted February 11, 2013 at 4:22 PM
Wow, no Pepsi fans here.

I guess I always that they were closer in terms of popularity (maybe it was all that swanky Pepsi advertising that made it seem like that, lol)

From Kevin Hanaoka
Posted February 11, 2013 at 6:16 PM
Jay -- I think I read on Wikipedia that Pepsi lost the Cola Wars. Top 3 soft drinks in order are #1 - Coca Cola Classic, #2 - Diet Coke and #3 - Pepsi, which is down from #2. I read somewhere that Pepsi is trying to start the Cola Wars again by launching a new advertising campaign. However, I heard that it is unlikely they will regain the no. 2 spot so it would be a waste of money.

From Mike Saperstein
Posted February 11, 2013 at 6:58 PM
Can't believe nobody mentioned it yet, but Diet Coke is pretty much fantastic, especially compared to Diet Pepsi. A freezing Diet Coke and hot soft pretzel in Hollywood Studios is my favorite quick WDW lunch...

From Nathaniel Banks
Posted February 19, 2013 at 10:12 AM
If they included Pepsi Throwback, I might be down for it. Otherwise, I'd say stick with Coke.

Oh, and depending on the demographic breakdowns I've seen, pop is either used more by a small margin or at best just as much as soda. But more importantly, I'm sure the majority of us can agree that using "coke" to describe all soft drinks regardless of manufacturer is just stupid. :)

From Shannon Nelson
Posted February 22, 2013 at 5:37 AM
@ Nathaniel, as someone from the south, I usually refer to different sodas as coke, its a southern thing, no need to be insulting and call people stupid, if i dont call it coke, myself and a lot of people in the south will just say the specific name, coke,sprite,dr. pepper, mt. dew, sunkist, etc. But just because its different dosent make it stupid.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted February 22, 2013 at 7:15 AM
+1 Shannon. And I'm glad to see someone else call it soda. I sometimes get sick of seeing it referred to so often as "pop."

From Jay R.
Posted February 22, 2013 at 2:23 PM
And there's just the old fashioned moniker, "soda pop"!

Soft drink, coke, pop, soda, fizzy drink, it's all the same!

From Mike Gallagher
Posted February 22, 2013 at 2:48 PM
How about fizzy LIFTING drinks???

From Nathaniel Banks
Posted February 24, 2013 at 10:29 PM
Shannon - sorry if I offended, it really was meant tongue-in-cheek. But I had a roommate in the Air Force that drove me crazy with that! :)

From Tyler Harris
Posted February 25, 2013 at 12:23 PM
I going with both Pepsi and Cola so we can have a little more theme park peace.

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