Should Disney Parks bring back Pepsi products?Disneyland: A Fight between 2 Sodas Brands over Disney Parks' Official Beverage
From Oscar MarquezIn 2012, SeaWorld announce that has replace all the Pepsi products with all the Coca-Cola products.
Posted February 7, 2013 at 12:21 AM
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?:
Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.
From Brian EmeryWhy would anyone want an inferior product at a Theme park?
Posted February 7, 2013 at 9:47 AM
Coke is much better than Pepsi.
Do you work for PEP or something?
From Mike GallagherI don't work for them, and I prefer Pepsi products by a WIDE margin.
Posted February 7, 2013 at 9:51 AM
Robert, Vote Of The Week, perhaps?
From Jay R.Do you guys know when Disney switched from Pepsi to Coke?
Posted February 7, 2013 at 10:16 AM
I always do water at theme parks BUT I have a soft spot for Sprite :-)
From Daniel EtcheberryI also like Pepsi more. But I like Coke too.
Posted February 7, 2013 at 10:57 AM
From Joey II 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!!!
Posted February 7, 2013 at 11:53 AM
From Brian EmeryHistorically 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.
Posted February 7, 2013 at 11:54 AM
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 NealA) I prefer Coke over Pepsi, so please leave it as is
Posted February 7, 2013 at 11:55 AM
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 DCoke products are better than Pepsi products.
Posted February 7, 2013 at 12:25 PM
Sprite>Sierra Mist. Always.
From James TrexenCoke, Pepsi, it's all the same to me: inferiors to RC. When a park adopts that, then I'll care.
Posted February 7, 2013 at 3:30 PM
From Tony DudaI'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.
Posted February 7, 2013 at 4:37 PM
From Jay R.James, I think that's how most people feel (well, I mean the RC thing is up for debate)
Posted February 7, 2013 at 4:44 PM
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 GallagherYeah, 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...
Posted February 7, 2013 at 4:54 PM
From chris conaWell 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.
Posted February 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM
From AJ HummelCoca-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.
Posted February 7, 2013 at 9:43 PM
From Phil B.Doesn't matter, they both go great with dark rum and a lime wedge
Posted February 8, 2013 at 2:58 PM
From Zack McDonaldWhen did the Disney parks ever have Pepsi products? Thought they have been Coke since the day Walt opened Disneyland.
Posted February 8, 2013 at 11:14 PM
From patrick mooreif you go back when wdw opened both soft drinks were at the disney parks
Posted February 10, 2013 at 9:56 AM
From Anthony MurphyWell the Coke Cool Station at EPCOT is pretty neat.
Posted February 10, 2013 at 11:19 AM
I don't drink pop (yes pop), but I like Coca Cola's offering in the non carbonated realm better than Pepsi.
From Kevin HanaokaNo 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.
Posted February 10, 2013 at 3:48 PM
From David L.Anthony, what is this strange word "pop"? I mean, how do you drink a bad music genre?
Posted February 10, 2013 at 3:37 PM
Three reasons Coke should be kept:
From David L.double post
Posted February 10, 2013 at 3:37 PM
From Jay R.As a super "water drinker", I usually don't drink soda, but is Coke really that more "American" than Pepsi?
Posted February 10, 2013 at 6:00 PM
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 ArnoldsonUnder 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.
Posted February 10, 2013 at 6:32 PM
P.S.: I agree with Daniel Etcheberry on his opinion on both Pepsi and Coke.
From David L.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.
Posted February 10, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Some facts/observations that I'm pretty sure are correct:
Overall, It'd be a bad move for Disney, or any world wide company.
From Brady AllenCoke is it!
Posted February 11, 2013 at 9:28 AM
My Pittsburghese forces me to refer to soda as Pop!
From Jay R.Wow, no Pepsi fans here.
Posted February 11, 2013 at 4:22 PM
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 HanaokaJay -- 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.
Posted February 11, 2013 at 6:16 PM
From Mike SapersteinCan'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...
Posted February 11, 2013 at 6:58 PM
From Nathaniel BanksIf they included Pepsi Throwback, I might be down for it. Otherwise, I'd say stick with Coke.
Posted February 19, 2013 at 10:12 AM
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@ 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.
Posted February 22, 2013 at 5:37 AM
From Mike Gallagher+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."
Posted February 22, 2013 at 7:15 AM
From Jay R.And there's just the old fashioned moniker, "soda pop"!
Posted February 22, 2013 at 2:23 PM
Soft drink, coke, pop, soda, fizzy drink, it's all the same!
From Mike GallagherHow about fizzy LIFTING drinks???
Posted February 22, 2013 at 2:48 PM
From Nathaniel BanksShannon - 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! :)
Posted February 24, 2013 at 10:29 PM
From Tyler HarrisI going with both Pepsi and Cola so we can have a little more theme park peace.
Posted February 25, 2013 at 12:23 PM
This discussion has been archived, and is not accepting additional responses.
Theme Park Insider Guidebooks
Top U.S. Theme Parks
Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Other Top International Parks
Readers' Top Themed Rides
Top Roller Coasters
Top Theme Park Shows
Features, News and Advice
2014 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar.
2013 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2012 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2011 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2010 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2009 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2008 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2007 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2006 Blog PostsJan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2005 Blog PostsDec.
2004-2005Staff column archive