It’s no secret that Disney World has a LOT of merch up for grabs.
Some of it may not be worth it, while others certainly are (at least to us, anyway). But today, we’re traveling to a galaxy far, far away (aka Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge) to check out a particularly debated souvenir.
Yup, we’re talking about the Thermal Detonator Coca-Cola Bottles! Now, these little guys were once banned by the TSA, so they’re no strangers to controversy. They’re soda bottles specially created to look like thermal detonator grenades, and you can buy ’em for $6 apiece.
But is paying $6 for a soda (and a small one at that) worth it? Well, we asked our readers on Instagram! And the consensus was SPLIT, 50/50. Man are these little bottles a hot topic.
So what was our readers’ justification?! Well, a ton of you explained that yes, this souvenir’s worth it as a one-time purchase, but you wouldn’t buy one on every trip. One reader explained, “For a first trip yes! My boys LOVED them, but when we go back in February it’s gonna be a no.” Fair! Another added, “As a one time purchase reusable souvenir it’s a decent value. I’d not buy them multiple times.”
But we discovered an unusual use for these little collectibles…several of you fashioned them into Christmas ornaments! And as one reader put it, “They make a great Christmas ornament. A drink and a souvenir all under 10 bucks: win-win.” If you’re lookin’ for a fun DIY project, give this a try.
We had a few readers tell us that no, they weren’t worth it, but they bought ’em anyway (haven’t we all been guilty of something like that?!).
Others are TOTAL fans. One explained, “There’s a lot more soda in them than it looks! I was surprised when I kept sipping and the drink just kept coming out.” So we guess they’re tiny but mighty! And a BIG advocate added, “Where else in all of Disney property can you get such a deal?! A refreshing drink to quench your thirst AND a souvenir!” They bring up a pretty good point!
Then, you’ve got the camp that said NO WAY. While one reader mentioned that “they make a very cool souvenir for Star Wars fans,” if you’re not into the franchise you may consider them a waste of money. After all, if you’re not gonna keep the bottle afterward, why not just buy a regular old soda?
The consensus? A majority of our readers that voted yes explained that these Coca-Cola bottles were a one-time purchase — not a frequent buy. Their value seems to be in the fact that they’re a souvenir, while the drink is a bonus. If you’re not keen to decorate your desk/counter/nightstand with this little guy, it may not be worth the $6.
So what do YOU think? Have you ever bought one of these Thermal Detonator bottles? Let us know in the comments — and stay tuned to our Instagram for more fun polls!
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