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Old 10-21-2013, 08:27 AM   #16
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On my vacation last week we stumbled into The Electric Umbrella on Epcot. Awesome food and plenty of seating out of the sun. But they had they something I hadn't seen on Disney before, FREE REFILLS on drinks. I felt kinda good refilling my cup a couple times and not being charged for it! Am I missing other places that do free refills on this and other parks?

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Ok, so Electric Umbrella has free refills
Electric Umbrella serves Bud light.
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Old 10-21-2013, 08:30 AM   #17
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Even if they do have to pay for it, you do realize they are making an enormous profit? I used to work in a distribution center that housed all the products for restaurants on a university campus. So everything food related came through us. Soda syrup comes in 5 gal. bags in a box (BIB) and a Coca-Cola Classic BIB can cost around $30 (That's what our university's contract with Coke set the cost as it could be different every where). A case of 20oz cups (the standard Large size) averages about $25 (or less even). And there's 500 cups in that case. That 5 gal. of syrup goes a long way. They can use more than one case of cups per case of syrup. But for simple math lets just say one of each. They pay $55 and serve 500 people at $2.50 (I like round numbers). That is $1,250. Nearly 23 times what they spent. If my math is correct that's 2272% profit. My math may be off, it never was my best subject (I move boxes for a living...) but regardless, my point still stands that it doesn't matter if they get it for free or have to pay for it, their profit margin is outlandish. A few more free refill places wouldn't hurt them much.
Last I checked Disney was a for profit company. They charge what the market bears (bares?? I can never remember that one). If you dot want to pay it, bring your own. Disney is one of the few theme parks that allow you to bring unlimited food and drink into it.
In your analysis you forgot the cost of the employees to maintain the machines, distribute the products to the parks, remove the waste. The cost of the machines themselves. Gas for the vans or other trucks the distribute the products around the parks, the cost of the trucks themselves etc etc. so you're $2.79 coke has to absorb the relative cost of all the infrastructure to get the product to the consumer.
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Old 10-21-2013, 09:18 AM   #18
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Ok, so Electric Umbrella has free refills . . . Electric Umbrella serves Bud light . . .

1) Not sure if they installed the beer tap on the soda beverage island, YET.
2) But, one could hope Maintenance gets on it soon.
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Old 10-21-2013, 10:34 AM   #19
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Even if they do have to pay for it, you do realize they are making an enormous profit? I used to work in a distribution center that housed all the products for restaurants on a university campus. So everything food related came through us. Soda syrup comes in 5 gal. bags in a box (BIB) and a Coca-Cola Classic BIB can cost around $30 (That's what our university's contract with Coke set the cost as it could be different every where). A case of 20oz cups (the standard Large size) averages about $25 (or less even). And there's 500 cups in that case. That 5 gal. of syrup goes a long way. They can use more than one case of cups per case of syrup. But for simple math lets just say one of each. They pay $55 and serve 500 people at $2.50 (I like round numbers). That is $1,250. Nearly 23 times what they spent. If my math is correct that's 2272% profit. My math may be off, it never was my best subject (I move boxes for a living...) but regardless, my point still stands that it doesn't matter if they get it for free or have to pay for it, their profit margin is outlandish. A few more free refill places wouldn't hurt them much.
That profit really doesn't mean anything w/ all the other costs. But to my knowledge Disney went bankrupt when they merged with ABC so they can charge all they want and probably still be in the hole. Anyone who has taken at least one business class should know how hard it is to run a business and that cost adds up fast and that 2.79 to is probably isn't that bad. I mean I've paid way more for a drink in a big city for a small coke than that.

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is it sad that i love the counter service restaurants that offer free refills?
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