Robert Niles at Theme Park Insider proposes that Disney create it's own version of Butterbeer for the new Gaston's Tavern in the Fantasyland expansion. What do you think? Is Disney ripping off Universal's Hog's Head Pub by putting a faux tavern into Fantasyland? Do they need to create a specialty drink to compete with Butterbeer?
I'd say Disney doesn't even attempt to create a "new" drink. I'd just go with brewing their own line of root beer, birch beer, white birch beer, vanilla cream soda. Sell floats and bottles of the stuff to take home. They can easily make a ton of money selling something unique and delicious without flat out copying Universal. That's how I've always imagined the pub, anyway.
Heck, I don't even care if they team up with A&W or Barq's or whatever and sell their root beers. The point is that it's a pub that sells turkey legs and other counter service food along with big frosty mugs of cold drinks. It's gonna serve it's purpose.I don't think people should read too much into it...but it certainly seems from the comments on TPI like a heck of a lot of people are.