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Ashley Metz keeps a special book in her South Carolina chateau. It's called the Disney Book of Stinkin' Love. Into that book she pours her passion for the parks, her devotion to Disney World, and from that book, every week, she'll draw forth with characteristic exuberance a chapter exclusively for Disney Dispatch. Ashley welcomes questions, but no matter what you ask, the answer will always be the same, and it will always be correct: Because I Stinkin' Love Disney World!

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FROM: Because I Stinkin' Love Disney World Published Thursdays

Don't Drink the Beverly!

Ve haff vays of making you talk. In my mind, I picture a Monty Python skit with Michael Palin botching a German accent and terrorizing tied to a (comfy) chair Carol Cleveland as he brings from behind his back a bottle full of ... Beverly! Cue scream!

Bob Butts In: For those who remember Carol Cleveland from Monty Python, she has a website, and she's still beautiful! Now over to Ashley...

I cannot tell a lie. I love free stuff. I'm serious about samples. They say nothing in life is free - fair enough - but I'm taking advantage of the extras!

The Fizz is Free

One of my favorite 'free' things at Disney World is in Epcot's Club Cool. Call it soda, pop, soft drink, soda pop, coke (everything is Coke in the south), or a cold drink... Club Cool is the place to go for all the sugary samples you can swig, with tastes ranging from refreshing sparkly fruits to a disgusting tinge of cough syrup.

In a way, Club Cool is a 'hidden attraction', because I always meet people who've never heard of it. I always point the way. The Club is not only Cool, but coool! Especially when the Florida sun is blazing overheard and your water bottles are near boiling.

Everyone has a personal favorite. Mine is Mexico's Manzana Lift. It's light, apple taste is different than the heavy sweetness of many American soft drinks. If Club Cool only had Manzana Lift, I'd still stop there every time. But for me, much of Club Cool's appeal can be summed in two words: Beverly factor.

The Beverly Factor

Now, the Beverly factor, as I have affectionately termed it, is something familiar to any veteran sampler. You see, the unique and distinguished flavor of this soft drink from Italy is often better enjoyed by the audience than by the drinker. I would say that the three words most descriptive of the taste of Beverly are: medicine, gross, and igottaspitthisoutfast.

A typical tasting unfolds as a three act play (a tragedy, of course): first the tasting, then the look of disgust, and finally chasing the concoction with a more potable selection.

I have never met someone who likes the taste of Beverly. And so, of course, I insist that my unsuspecting friends give it a shot. To be fair, I always warn them of the probably outcome before they even put the cup to their lips.

But no one has ever backed down, and so I make sure to have camera on hand to record another instance of ... the Beverly factor!

Sick sense of humor? Maybe. But it makes me laugh every single time!

Before you call me out on this, do a keyword search on YouTube for 'Beverly Epcot' People have created videos devoted to tricking family members into drinking the 'delicious' Beverly. Teenagers chug down shots at a time in bizarre coming-of-age rituals. There are even montages of disgusted reactions. My favorite video moment comes around the 36 second mark of the Disney Parks video. It is classic!

From: DisneyParks on YouTube

If you haven't had the chance to experience Club Cool, I hope you'll do so on your next visit to Epcot. if you need more information on its location, further details, or anything else, please check out my in-depth article about Club Cool on my blog, DisneyDoneRight.

Who knows? Maybe you'll be inspired to try the Beverly yourself. Consider it a rite of passage. But don't say I didn't warn you!

Until then, enjoy these little morsels of mayhem at the hands of a little thing I like to call the Beverly factor.

From: Aejrot on YouTube

From: SYKVideos on YouTube


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