Is this what your kitchen looks like after several years of going to Amusement Park after Amusement Park year after year? Mine does……… and this is it! Believe me there are several more I have that are not pictured , but you get my point. These days most parks want you to purchase the cup and either get refills for that day and return trips for free or deeply discounted rates. But, what do we do with these cups after the season is over? Do you use them as pencil holders? Maybe flower planters in your garden? Or get a matching set and when the family sits down for dinner drink out of them? Well, if your my family you throw them in the back of a cabinet and forget about them until you start looking for that long lost pot or pan and find 30 refillable drink cups that you have accumulated over the years. Most of them end up sticking around for a few years and as the newer years cup makes it home and you have to make room for it you need to get rid of the oldest.
Luckily this year some parks have started experimenting with different levels of refill status in their parks. Cedar Fair parks, for example, have cups that you purchase for $15.00 and get unlimited refills for that day for free. If you were to bring that cup back and use it for refills it would only cost .99 cents to fill. They are able to track the cup usage with the barcode on the side. These cups are actually usable at other cedar fair parks as well. We took or Kings Island cup to Worlds of Fun and used the .99 refills. We had also hear that Carowinds was doing a test on an all season refillable cup for somewhere in the $25.00 range. So, it sounds like the parks are tring to help us out so we don’t have to get 5 cups a year, right? Ideally the industry will hear our cries for a cup that you purchase 1 year and then you have the capability to return the following year and (using the same cup) pay a said price to renew the refills on that cup and eliminate the need for another cup. Sounds good to me. Well…… One can only hope. If this doesn’t happen soon you might find them hanging in our yard as decorations. Then you would say ” They need to come up with a new use for those drink cups” 😉
Why Yes……Yes They Do!
Reporting for BPARCS.com Jason Slone