In this week's poll, we ask whether Duff Beer will prove as popular with Universal Orlando's adult guests as Butterbeer has at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
When you think of the essential elements of a theme park experience - rides, shows and parades, perhaps - it's unlikely that drinks feature very high on the list. That all changed at Universal Orlando, though, with the introduction of Butterbeer alongside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure in 2010. It has proven to be a massive success, and downing a Butterbeer is a key part of a visit to the land.
Other parks are getting in on the action, but as yet have been unable to replicate Universal's success. At Walt Disney World, there's Le Fou's Brew at Gaston's Tavern. Over at SeaWorld Orlando, South Pole Chill, a unique Coke Freestyle beverage, was recently made available in the new Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin expansion.
The rival drinks, though, are not as closely linked to a recognisable story as Butterbeer is to the Harry Potter universe. The same can't be said, though, of Duff Beer, which has featured heavily in The Simpsons since the animated series debuted in 1989. Almost everybody has heard of or seen The Simpsons, and most of them will have seen Homer or Barney chugging down an ice-cool Duff.
Naturally, then, a key offering in the new Springfield area is a recreation of Duff Beer. Granted, its alcoholic nature will limit its market (although the non-alcoholic Flaming Moe's and Buzz Cola, also on offer, are almost as well-known). But will guests be able to resist nipping into Moe's Tavern to try a Duff for themselves?
Will Universal be able to pull off the same trick twice with the introduction of Duff Beer? Or does it lack the unique appeal of Butterbeer?
Can Universal replicate Butterbeer's success with Duff Beer (with adult guests)?
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