SeaWorld dumps Pepsi, signs with Coke

Sea World Orlando: It's a 10-year deal making Coke products the official soft drinks of the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks.

From Robert Niles
Posted December 16, 2011 at 12:22 PM
SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment announced today that it has signed a 10-year-deal with the Coca-Cola Company to make Coke the exclusive soft drink provider in the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens family of parks.

Up until now, the SeaWorld parks have been Pepsi parks. So if you would want to drink another Pepsi at SeaWorld, you'd better do it before New Year's. The Coke deal takes affect on Jan. 1.

Two years ago, we had a vote of the week on Coke versus Pepsi in theme parks, and Coke won easily - 60%-32%. So let's phrase the question a little differently today:

What do you think?

From Mike Gallagher
Posted December 16, 2011 at 12:45 PM
Not that I get to Busch very often (much less ShamuLand,) I'm a Pepsi person. Diet Coke disagrees with me, although I can do Coke Zero. That being said, Busch is one of the rare parks where I can find fresh-brewed iced tea in restaurants. I hope this deal doesn't spell the end of that and bring nothing but bottled Nestea/Lipton (not sure which one Coke owns) to the parks. Well, there's always Holiday World!

From Andrew Carrieri
Posted December 16, 2011 at 1:16 PM
I guess I like Pepsi a bit more but I honestly don't care as long as they don't start serving Beverly (the bitter Italian Coke drink at Epcot).

From Tim W
Posted December 16, 2011 at 5:20 PM
No Coke, Pepsi!

From Andy Milito
Posted December 16, 2011 at 5:50 PM
I don't drink either, so it doesn't really affect me

From Mike Gallagher
Posted December 16, 2011 at 6:14 PM
But, Tim, what's your opinion on cheeburgers? :)

From Giovanny Cruz
Posted December 16, 2011 at 7:25 PM
I love pepsi it's a shame that they are goin to put coca-cola but I agree with Dom sprite yeah buddy.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted December 16, 2011 at 7:30 PM
Like I've often said..given the choice between Coke and Pepsi, I'll take an RC.

From Daniel Etcheberry
Posted December 17, 2011 at 8:55 AM
Comparing Coke and Pepsi is like comparing Disneyland and Magic Kingdom -----> they are very similar

From Tim Hillman
Posted December 17, 2011 at 6:21 AM
I hate these exclusive deals.

My family is a house divided. My wife being a southern belle is loyal to Coke products especially Coke Zero. I'm a transplanted northerner so I grew up drinking Pepsi products, and my soda of choice is Diet Mountain Dew. (Those of you under the age of 40 may not be aware that soft drink preferences were very regional until the national marketing campaigns that started in the 70s.)

Looks like I'm losing the soft drink battle in the theme parks.

From Nick Markham
Posted December 17, 2011 at 7:59 AM
I like the actual beverage Pepsi over Coke, but the fact Sprite is the greatest beverage known to man speaks for itself.

From Drew Petzold
Posted December 17, 2011 at 9:22 PM
I like Pepsi better than Coke. Pepsi just tastes better to me. However, the good thing for me is that I rarely drink sodas, so it would be a minimal impact on me.

From Manny Rodriguez
Posted December 17, 2011 at 10:15 PM
Well I voted happy but I still like my MT Dew it's a craving for young whipper snappers LOL and siarra mist has a good natural flavor and pepsi is supporting X factor that's. A attraction that's waiting to happen

From Fred Koury
Posted December 18, 2011 at 12:51 AM
Doesn't matter at all. Sea world should do what works better for them financially when it comes to soft drinks.

From N B
Posted December 18, 2011 at 2:55 PM
When I drank regular soda, RC was my favorite. Once I switched to diet, the only two I can find that taste exactly like the regular versions are Diet Dr Pepper and Diet MUG root beer.

From Jason Jackson
Posted December 20, 2011 at 7:42 AM
And another thing to keep in mind, the Coca-Cola Company is very big on conservation as well, which fits along nicely with the SeaWorld Parks mission.

From Mark Kausch
Posted December 21, 2011 at 1:33 AM
Yeah, I voted Coke, but I'd take Mt Dew over either. And Diet Mt Dew over that. And although I'm over 40, Coke was always the drink du jour in the Midwest. Except maybe for Faygo and Vernors.

To swing full circle, I believe Sea World (sic) actually started out with Coke. Way back when you didn't have to qualify which Sea World you meant.

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