Published: July 16, 2007 at 5:57 AM
This is a very interesting question, and one that has always been debated. In fact I do believe this very issue was discussed in one of my college classes, I was a Hospitality major. One thing I will agree with is no alcohol in the Magic Kingdom. It been a rule since the beginning and no one really complains about it. I mean if you REALLY need a drink, you can always hop on a monorail and go to the Contemporary or Grand Floridian, I know they serve it there.
In general alcohol has always been a huge revenue source anywhere you go. For the fact that they charge so much and so many people buy them. Of course one way to change that is for people to stop buying the alcohol, this of course will never happen. So I would have to say yes to this particular question.
Now as a former theme park Guest Services person I could see why many people say no. I don't know how many times I got calls from guests upset that alcohol was being served in a family park. I do agree that people need to know there limits but some people just don't seen to follow that. In fact over the recent weeks I have seen how people are to each other in a service atmosphere, and let me tell you there are some really not nice people out there, and they were sober! I do know that park employees try there best to ensure everyone has a great time, unfortunatly you can't watch everyone, nor can you control there actions BEFORE they get to a park.
One trend that I know people do, especially those that are underage, is that they will get drunk before coming to a theme park. That way they get there buzz without paying the high prices. This tends to happen most often when it comes to HHN. I guess a lot of people find the event more appealing if their lit. Me personally, while I will have ONE drink, and usually it's the premixed "specialty" drink that they make that is already watered down, I enjoy HHN without the need to libation because watching everyone else make fools of themselves is entertainment in and of itself.
I also think if they were to get rid of alcohol at Epcot, you would see attendance drop dramatically. The attitude towards alcohol is different in other countries and in fact is part of their heritage in a lot of cases. Imagine how many really PO'ed people you would have if they went to Germany and could not buy beer. Imagine how angry the countries themeselves would be. Remember, the French were not to happy with Disney's no alcohol policy for DLP. Now they are the only Magic Kingdom that serves alcohol.
So while I understand the no, because as parents you want to protect your children, I would have to vote yes, but again people really need to know there limit and need to start being courteous to other guests.