Have you visited Club Cool at EPCOT with your little ones? It is located next to the fountain by Innoventions West. This is a fun location to sample Coca-Cola beverages from all around the world. Italy’s “Beverly” soda is well-known among die-hard Disney World lovers as a lip-puckering, bitter beverage that is fun to watch unassuming guests try for the first time. Club Cool is great for people watching. You can also find some unique Coca-Cola merchandise available for purchase.
Not only do you get to sample a variety of sodas (most of them really are delightful), there’s no limit to how many you can try and this experience is completely free. On a hot central Florida day, a free cold drink in an air-conditioned space is totally priceless.
We’ve visited Club Cool two times with our little ones. The first time, they were 2 and 3 years old and had never tasted carbonated beverages before. Their eyes watered and their faces lit up. They didn’t know what to think! I believe the biggest part of the experience for them was that mom and dad were actually allowing them to drink soda! The second time they were 4 and 5 and a little more prepared, but not any less excited. We let them sample to their hearts’ content. They were a sticky mess (much like the floors in there) but they were happy so we just consider it another magical memory in the mental scrapbook.
Personally, I really enjoyed the VegitaBeta (apricot and passionfruit flavor) from Japan. My kids enjoyed the Watermelon Fanta from Thailand. There’s a rule in our family – always, always taste the Beverly (even if we spit it right back out into our cups – it’s tradition)! If you’ve been, what’s your favorite flavor? Did you try the infamous Beverly?
Candice was raised in east Tennessee. While in college, her best friend dragged her to a Walt Disney World College Program recruiting session at the University of Tennessee and the rest is Disney history. In the Fall of 1999, Candice became a quick service food hostess for Sunset Ranch Market and Fantasmic at Disney-MGM Studios – or what is now known as Disney’s Hollywood Studios. While soaking up her time as a cast member, she met Ryan, a neighbor and a fellow college programmer who worked as a custodial host at Epcot. Four years later, Candice moved to the Midwest and married that boy from across the hall. They now live in Greenwood, Indiana with their two little boys. The Disney-loving foursome took their first family trip to The Happiest Place on Earth in 2013 and Candice is eagerly planning their return. Candice also works full-time at a community mental health center and enjoys taking photographs and blogging at Mommy in the Midwest.