Club Cool at Epcot recently revamped its soda sample line-up, nixing Mozambique’s Krest Ginger Ale, Costa Rica’s Fanta Kolita, Germany’s Mezzo Mix, Israel’s Kinley, Mexico’s Lift Apple, and China’s Smart Watermelon. The remaining flavors include Matt’s favorite Beverly and one of my favorites, VegitaBeta (although the Disney Parks Blog claims it’s new…).
We typically don’t visit Club Cool (we’ve maybe stopped in 2-3 times over the past 5 years), but the new line-up was enough to get us to brave the perpetually sticky floors to sample the flavors and get some photos! Seriously, those floors make it like pulling teeth to get Matt to go in! Click for larger photos of the new line-up.
Italy: Beverly, with its bitter flavor, is a popular non-alcoholic aperitif that is a traditional part of the Italian refreshment culture.
This is Matt’s favorite. Seriously. And I really don’t mind it either. I don’t mind the bitterness and both of us can easily drink a cup of this, and Matt will even go back for more.
Greece: Fanta has more than 90 distinct flavors available in more than 180 countries. It made its European debut in the 1940s and was introduced to the USA in 1960. Fanta Pineapple is caffeine-free and features a sweet pineapple taste.
I like pineapple and this flavor wasn’t too artificial tasting, but this soda was a bit too sweet for me. I was hoping to like it more.
Thailand: Melon Frosty – Fanta is the number on soft drink of Thailand. With a fun melon flavor, this carbonated beverage is beloved in Thailand’s sunny, tropical climate.
While I like melon, the flavor came off as being too artificial for me here.
Japan: Originally launched in Japan in 1992, VegitaBeta is a non-carbonated beverage with apricot and passion fruit flavors and is rich in beta-carotene that contributed to its unique yellowish-orange color.
This has always been on of my favorites from Club Cool, and it still is. The lack of carbonation allows the fruitiness to come through without being too sweet for me.
South Africa: Originally created in 1998, Bibo is a fruit flavored line of juice drinks popular in South Africa. The brand features fun characters such as Johnny Orange, Taka Strawberry and Paolo Peach.
I just was not a fan and had to dump this one. It started out okay and then there was an unpleasant aftertaste.
Zimbabwe: A raspberry flavored cream soda, Sparberry launched in Africa in 1955. It is exclusively available in several countries in southeast Africa.
The cream soda aspect of this soda was so faint it was almost non-existent, but I did appreciate the raspberry flavor. I wouldn’t be opposed to another cup of this.
Peru: Known as “The Taste of Peru,” this soda has an unusually sweet fruity flavor that many compare to the taste of liquid bubblegum. The name “Inca Kola” refers to the Quechua words for king and queen.
Yup, it does indeed have a bubblegum taste. I really didn’t mind it, but the small pour probably attributed to that. I’m not sure I could go for a an entire bottle.
Brazil: Guaraná Kuat is a guarana berry flavored soft drink first launched in Brazil in 1997. The word guarana comes from the Guarani word guaran-ná, which translates to “fruit like the eyes of the people.”
I liked the fruitiness of this soda, and while I could easily pass on most of the other new beverages in the future, I would certainly revisit this one should I brave Club Cool’s floors again. 😉
I’ll certainly miss some of the old flavors, like Germany’s Mezzo Mix, but I’m glad to see some change come to Club Cool after so many years. I think it’s good for them to shake up the options like this once in a while for the sake of trying new things.
Which flavors are you going to miss, and which ones do you want to try?