With the announcement that the all-new Club Cool is set to open “soon” at EPCOT, we wanted to take a look back at the former location. In case you missed it, Club Cool was part of the former Innoventions West structure that has been completely demolished. It sat in the southwest corner of the building and offered guests a sample size of various international Coca-Cola flavors.
Back in fall 2019, Disney closed multiple Future World locations to prepare for their eventual demolition. On September 8, 2019, we rope dropped Club Cool for its final day of operation and wanted to provide a “last look” at the location before we turn our attention to the all-new location soon. Here’s a look around!
Two main columns served as the free sampling stations. Each column and dispensing location had the same offerings (save for any temporarily unavailable flavors). Guests could simply walk in, grab a paper cup, and sample whatever flavor they wanted to.
On the final day of operation, some flavors were unavailable, but here’s a rundown of what was typically offered:
- Beverly (Italy) – Beverly, with its bitter flavor, is a popular non-alcoholic apertif that is a traditional part of Italian refreshment culture.
- Fanta Pineapple (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 caffine-free and features a sweet pineapple taste.
- Fanta Melon Frosty (Thailand) – Fanta is the number one soft drink of Thailand. With a fun melon flavor, this carbonated beverage is beloved in Thailand’s sunny, tropical climate.
- VegitaBeta (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 contributes to its unique yellowis-orange color.
- Bibo (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.
- Sparberry (Zimbabwe) – A raspberry flavored cream soda, Sparberry launched in Africa in 1955. It is exclusively available in several countries in southeast Africa.
- Inca Kola (Peru) – Know 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.
- Guarana Kuat (Brazil) – A guarana berry flavored soft drink first launched in Brazil in 1997. The word guarana comes fromt he Guarani word guara-na, which translates to “fruit like the eyes of the people”.
Beyond the free samples, other offerings were available for purchase such as frozen slushies and some limited flavors. Disney did not sell the sample flavors in large quantities.
Coca-Cola souvenirs and merchandise were also available for purchase.
A few standing tables were also installed, and generally did a good job of handling modest crowds. Overall, the location certainly served its purpose, and the continuation of the concept in a new location points to a strong relationship between The Walt Disney Company and Coca-Cola. If you’re looking for even more Coca-Cola in your Walt Disney World vacation, you can visit the massive Coca-Cola store in Disney Springs.
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