When one door closes, another one opens…
And the doors are closing to Club Cool in Disney World. (Raise your hand if you’re as sad as we are!)
Welcome back, world travelers! We’re here with another roundup of What’s New in Epcot.
We’ve got lots of construction, food, and merch updates to share with you, so let’s get started!
Ahhh, the infamous Beverly soda. You know the one — it’s the bitter soda from Italy that’s located in Club Cool in Epcot’s Future World at Walt Disney World. The one you trick your friends into drinking as you photograph their reactions for posterity. Yeah, that Beverly.
OK, where my Disney World veterans at?!? This one is for you guys — my compadres who have known and loved Disney for decades…and who know exactly what I’m talking about when I mention…“BEVERLY.”
You either love it…or you REALLY, REALLY HATE IT! That’s the dealio when it comes to Beverly, a carbonated drink popular in Italy (or so they say) made by the Coca-Cola company. Having their friends and family try the super-bitter Beverly at Epcot’s Club Cool has been a sneaky trick that long-time Disney World fans have played for years.
But now? Poor Beverly is getting her own!
Let’s all “Have a Coke and a Smile…” at the brand new Coca-Cola Store Orlando in Disney Springs!
You can’t help but notice the huge Coca-Cola logo in its classic font as you approach the building, which was purportedly built to resemble a Coca-Cola bottling plant in the 1920s. (Ummmm….okay…..? Bottling plants in the 1920s had super futuristic, floor-to-ceiling glass walls, then? If you say so, Disney.)
Featuring three floors dedicated to the iconic soda, the experience begins when you walk under the 30-foot-wide blown-glass chandelier, which was made from repurposed Coca-Cola bottles. It’s kinda like you’re inside a giant bottle of Coke, eh? [Read more…]
Just when you thought they couldn’t possibly fit one more thing at Disney Springs, we’ve got news of another grand opening happening TOMORROW, July 2!
The Coca-Cola Store Orlando officially opens tomorrow, giving guests the chance to experience the world’s most iconic beverage brand in the comfort of an “immersive retail destination.” Sounds pretty cool, right?
The spot is inspired by a 1920s-era bottling plant, in keeping with the historic vibe of Disney Springs – the entryway even pays homage to the iconic Coca-Cola green glass bottle. Once inside the shop you’ll want to look up and check out the 30-foot-wide blown-glass chandelier crafted from re-purposed Coca-Cola bottles.
Club Cool has debuted several new soda flavors for guests to sample!
This fun, FREE option in Disney World’s Epcot has always been a dedicated fans’ pit stop in the middle of a hot, exhausting touring day (even though I really do miss the old “walk-through-a-glacier” entryway! That blast of cool air was awesome!).
The main goal of coming here is either to indulge in some of the more palate-friendly Coca-Cola beverages from around the world, or to trick friends and family members into trying one of the more bitter options — Beverly!
Speaking of — fans of Beverly don’t need to worry. The favorite Italian aperitif is still on tap.
But several options have been retired, and the new flavors include beverages from Zimbabwe, Thailand, South Africa, and Peru.
Here’s a peek at the Club Cool choices!
Our friend @MealTrip tried them all, and wasn’t all that impressed. He much preferred the previous watermelon (China) and apple (Mexico) flavors to these.
But he went through and took pics of each new flavor so that you’d be able to see what you’re in for! 🙂 (Note: the see-through cups were used so that you could see the characteristics of each flavor. Club Cool still only offers the small, paper cups for the drinks.)
Fanta (Pineapple): This pineapple version is from Greece and has a sweet flavor with no caffeine. There are more than 90 flavors available in 180 countries. Fanta debuted in Europe in the 1940s and was introduced in the United States in the 1960s.
Fanta (Melon Frosty): This flavor of Fanta hails from Thailand and is the number one soda in that country.
VegitaBeta: Launched in Japan in 1992, this is a non-carbonated beverage with the flavors of apricot and passion fruit. This is also rich in beta carotene, which gives the beverage a bright orange hue.
Bibo: A fruit flavored, [Read more…]
My word, we’ve been doing this blog for three years and we still don’t have a post dedicated to Epcot’s Club Cool!
To remedy this, we set up another fun poll at our Disney Food Blog Facebook Page when we asked “What’s your favorite beverage to try at Club Cool?”
Club Cool, located in Epcot’s Future World, dispenses flavorful fountain drinks from around the globe. This is a fun (and free!!) activity included in your park admission.
First, let’s review the choices of Coke products that are available for sampling at Club Cool:
— Krest Ginger Ale from Mozambique
— Fanta Kolita from Costa Rica
— Beverly from Italy
— Vegeta Beta from Japan
— Kinley Lemon from Israel
— Lift Apple from Mexico
— Smart Watermelon from China
— Mezzo Mix from Germany
(Let us know if you’ve seen different flavors!)
Welcome to April! I hope the weather is starting to warm up for everyone. The Disney Food Blog team has a couple of fantastic news items to share with you this week on the blog, so stay tuned over the next couple of days! In the meantime, here are a few important pieces of Disney food news…
And now, on to the round-up!
A Wedding Cake Blog highlights a Cinderella Castle cake made by the Cake Boss. With the cake pictured in front of the Grand Floridian marina, it looks like guests are staring at the real thing!
Walt Disney World For Grown-Ups demonstrates the reaction most guests display when drinking Beverly at Club Cool. I know you’ve got similar photos in your vacation albums! If not, you’ve got to add this to your next Epcot itinerary ;-)!
StudiosCentral.com takes us on a “MythBusters” analysis of Disney’s Hollywood Studios counter-service restaurants. Since MythBusters is always airing in my house, I loved this unique review! Stop by and see if Matt “Confirmed” or “Busted” the myth that DHS has the worse counter-service restaurants.
WDW Today Podcast has a very food-oriented episode that aired last Sunday and is now up for download! (I was lucky enough to be the guest on the show!!)
Mousejunkies reviews a homemade Disney Dinner party. Food, fun and friends! You’ll recognize many of the tasty creations. Yum!
Main Street Gazette covers one of my favorite places — including some of the best snacks they offer! Head to Starring Rolls Cafe today.
DisneyParks Blog announces new menu items at Disney signature restaurants. Let us know if you’ve sampled any of these tempting creations.
Beer in Florida is hopeful that an upcoming event at the Gaylord Palms will offer better beer. Cheers!
Greetings, Disney food lovers! As always, let’s start with the Disney Food News of the week:
In DFB news, I just finished a Food and Wine Festival project I was working on: To see information, menus, and photos of the individual Epcot Food and Wine Festival World Showcase booths (and even some photos of food items that will be on the menu for 2010!), click on any individual country name on our 2010 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Booth Menus and Photos page. For example, check out pics of what you can order this year in the Brazil booth!
And now, on to the round-up!
Main Street Gazette has a fantastic review of Disney World’s Nine Dragons!
DisZine has a great review of Disney World’s ‘Ohana with some gorgeous photos.
TouringPlans writer, Caroline Baggerly, has some great tips for how to navigate the Disney World dining reservations system, even when you don’t already have an ADR!
The Caribbean Beach Resort Fan Site surveyed their readers to find out about the favorite food choices at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort!
StudiosCentral has a great post about the “history” of the Victory Garden in DHS.
The Daily Disney reports that the Egg Rolls have vanished from the Anadapur Local Cafe counter service menu (i.e. the “Yak and Yeti counter service menu”). Can anyone confirm? So sad.
Everything Walt Disney World reports on a question for the ages: can you use kids’ quick service dining credits to purchase adult quick service meals?
Disney Wedding Blog gives us ten food and beverage Disney Wedding facts! Who knew?
Chip and Co reports on a an August 12th wine tasting event in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney.
DisUnplugged reviews Disneyland’s Celebration Round-Up.
To round out the week, here’s a great video from the Disney Parks Blog about everyone’s favorite Club Cool choice, Beverly!
And another great vid from Jeff Lange DVD of the outside of Via Napoli!