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In this week's poll, we ask whether you think every theme park should offer free soft drinks to all guests.

Having seen the news recently that the owners of Holiday World are to take over and reopen Kentucky Kingdom as Bluegrass Boardwalk in 2013, an interesting detail happened to catch my attention.

New rides have inevitably been promised and will no doubt revitalise the park and give it a new identity. But perhaps the most intriguing announcement was that free soft drinks will be included in the admission price, an innovation that has already proven very popular at Holiday World.

This may come as quite a surprise to many theme park fans. Can you imagine an unlimited supply of free soft drinks for the entire length of your stay at a park? Think how much you would save, especially if you are treating your thirsty kids to a day out in the sun!

Is "all inclusive" the way to go?

If every theme park started offering free soft drinks, surely the only problem would be the time it will take you to count all that money you have saved? But, that money has got to come from somewhere and the likelihood is that it would be folded into the ticket price. If you were planning on drinking nothing but water all day anyway, it could even be viewed as a negative step as you'd effectively be subsidising other guests' free drinks.

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Offering free soft drinks (as well as free sunscreen and other perks) has been cited as one of the factors behind Holiday World's success. Should it be rolled out by other theme park operators?

Should every theme park offer free soft drinks?

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Thanks for voting in Theme Park Tourist's Big Debate. Why not let us know why you voted as you did using the comments section below?



If free soft drinks are offered, a bigger, more popular way to go is free spring water. Not just some cheap, filtered bottle water from the tap (unless exceptional), but a very good, cold REAL spring water. More people would be more receptive to this; especially during the Summer.

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