Vote of the week: Alcohol in theme parks?
When Disneyland opened, Walt insisted the park not serve alcohol. And to this day the park does not (with the exception of the private Club 33). Nor does Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
But plenty of other theme parks do serve alcohol, from wine in restaurants to beer on street carts.
So here's the vote of the week:
In the comments, explain your answer. If you support alcohol sales in certain situations and not others, explain those. Thanks again!
I think its okay to serve alcohol in the parks. Why not? Sure there will be some people who will say "Its a FAMILY PARK! NO ALCOHOL! FAMILIES!!ARRCHH!" But, really whats the harm? HHN, sure people get a little tanked and some get a little rowdy, but I think that has more to do with the crowds than the alcohol.
What would Epcot be without drinking around the world?? Well, still fun, but not as fun!
I voted yes, because having alcohol in the park doesn't harm anyone. We allow smoking in our parks in designated areas, so why not alcohol? Usually people have only a few when they go to a park, as a 'break' or a 'breather' between rides or as a cold, refreshing beverage during a meal. And the high cost of alcohol keeps most people from buying enough to actually get drunk. ;)
As long as we're drawing the theme park/amusement park line in the sand, I'm completely voting "yes." The only exception should always and forever be the Magic Kingdoms.
I don't think it's necessary to serve alcolhol at most parks; then again, Busch Gardens was the park that beer built.
Kind of a tough question for me to answer. On one hand the sales usually bring in more revenue. On the other, consumption effects everyone differently, so regulation becomes more of a issue.
I think it's okay as long as it's in a designated area and not allowable to carry around in the park. It must be consumed where it was bought.
I voted no. But I could have gone either way.I have to say that I do not think that all alcohol in parks is bad but it is the few people that over consume and then cause rowdiness by line jumping or trying to pick fights with people they think are looking at them wrong, etc. Those are the people that give alcohol the bad name. I do agree with the person that said that there should be specific areas for the alcohol to be consumed. I saw alot of beer consumption in the Q lines at USF and IOA over the 4th and I saw Some rowdy people in the lines that had bottles of beer and I don't think that is the right place to have it. Also, I don't agree with parents walking around drinking beer all day while they are pushing their kids around in strollers or like I saw over the 4th, A group chaperone drinking beer while they were in charge of about 30 kids. Beer should be allowed but only in food areas and specific beer tents or areas.
I think its okay but at the same time they should have some rules and regulations for it. I think they should have some sort of oganization so that they can control how much people drink.
I voted yes just because it can add so much to a park. As was mentioned, what would World Showcase be like without Alcohol? It would be extremely inaccurate. The serving of alcohol adds to California Adventure as well as CA is known for its wine and trying to ignore that portion of CA would be a bit foolish. And it wouldn't make sense for Busch theme parks to not serve alcohol - I mean, they're run by a beer company! I can definitely understand not wanting alcohol in the Magic Kingdom parks because they are very family-oriented parks. However, I am perfectly fine with them serving alcohol in DLP in order to be more in line with local custom.
Mixed (pardon the pun) feelings on this one. If it's just a straight theme park, with no animal exhibits, then I would say serving alcohol is something that should be left to the discretion of the specific park involved.
It depends on the demographic and experience the park caters to. Those geared predominately toward families with preteens and a non-"adult" experience (Legoland, DL/MK), naah, although I wouldn't object for high-end sit-down restaurants. Teen-oriented parks (Six Flags), again, maybe only at one or two high-end sit-down restaurants, but most certainly not out on the concourses. Those parks that can cater to everybody including adults without kids, could be looser. Like others here, I think it's a good idea to keep it either out of inappropriate areas such as rides/lines or within designated areas. These could be sizeable areas with controlled access like performance venues, themed pavilions and food courts. As a comparison (not exactly apples to apples but) our annual county fair allows alcohol anywhere where food and drinks are allowed, except for the midway. I don't recall ever seeing any problems with drunkenness before. I agree it's a cost thing: people go to the bar to get drunk, not to the fair.
I enjoy a beer or two every now and then but don't drink at any parks because some rides get me sick enough already. I think serving alchohol in parks is fine (to a point). Someone mentioned people drinking from bottles in queue lines. Beer should NEVER be served in glass bottles in a park and definately no drinking in the lines.
I think thats part of the appeal of being able to drink in the parks. You can take it with you everywhere. Its not like in real life where if you go into a bar, you have to finish it in a bar.
Good one. My anwser is a no sorry, Nothing owrse then a few beers and hot summer day and thrill rides...And most parents don"t want to explain a grown man witha case of nasties running out his mouth...Sorry guys no go on this one. When I go to a park Im there for fun. And if you need a beer for fun stay home or go to a bar..but dont subject me and all around to you.
Busch's beer schools don't bother me, nor do Epcot's restaurants. But seeing beer sold from a cart does.
I can only form my opinion on experience. I have been a law enforcement officer for more than 20 years. I will not impose a personal opinion without merit.
Why not?!? Sure, theme parks should be aloud to serve alcohol. If people are gonna get totally wasted than that's there fault...
I voted NO.
I voted yes, but I would like to qualify that answer. Yes in certain areas of the park, and only those areas (seated restaurants, special venues). I do not feel there should be drinking in lines. Just as most parks have designated smoking areas, they could have designated beer/wine areas.
I voted no but at the same time yes, if this makes any sense.
I'm with Noel G and Chris P on this one.
Some people can't fly unless they throw a few back. Why should riding a roller coaster be any different?
It's an interesting poll, but certainly a moot point. The profit margins on alcohol are way too big to give up. Plus, can you imagine the nice restaurants in the World Showcase not serving drinks?
I voted "yes"! I think everyone should have the choice whether they would like an alcholic beverage in a theme park or not. Everyone paid their same way into the park to enjoy it how they prefer....however, I do agree with the fact that some people need to learn how to handle their alcohol. I don't belive that everyone shouldn't be able to consume at their choosing in theme parks because of a few idiots that can't handle their liquor. Walking around with a drink in a plastic cup or aluminum bottle should be fine. If u leave people in a designated area to drink these....they will chug them to be able to get to the next thing they want to go to, which is worse than them consuming them at their leasure. Then u will not only have drunks u will have sick drunks!
I dont mind drinking at Theme Parks, as long as it is done in Rests. and not people walking around the park with a beer or cocktail etc. If peopel are walking around with there drink it detracts IMHO from a family atmosphere and instead makes me feel as if im at the local state fair/carnival etc.
All I can say is, would YOU WANT to sit next to Mr. Beer Breath on a roller coaster?
I'm sorry but if you need a few drinks to do something, then there's a problem.
I smiled at Kelly's comment "What would Epcot be without drinking around the world?" That reference dates back 25 years. I was a member of the Magic Kingdom College Program in the Fall of 1982 when EPCOT opened -- so her use of the phrase brought back a few (somewhat hazy) memories.
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.
Alcohol and Beer are different items. Beer hell yes.. I need a beer after putting up with waiting lines and hot sunny days. Yes yes yes Hell Yes….
Look, if u com to a theme park to drink, then u r stupid, jus go to ur local. Also there r lots of children in theme parks so i feel alcohol is unessiciary!!!! however, i have now read some ppls comments and i understand that alcohol is a gd idea. I am only 16 but in a few years time i am sure i will probs want a drink at a theme park. So i think if alcohol is available at a bar that wud be ok, but not at a stall. A nice beer wud be nice i suppose!!! If alcohol is drunk in moderationa nd ppl arnt gettin drunk jus for the fun of it, i think alcohol wudnt be a bad idea!!!!!
Being a manager in the tourism industry, this was a tough one for me. I realize there are plenty of cultural situations where a park is forced to offer alcohol, such as Disney's experience with DL Paris years ago.
I do not want alcohol in parks, because I did not pay to see drunks spill their drinks on my clothes on my kids clothes and also the effect on the cleanliness of the park experience. Limit drinking to the eating places inside and do not allow taking it out of the eatery. Also use tickets and limit people if possible to prevent drunk diving after leaving the park.
I voted NO on this one. I take my kids to these parks to have a good time, not dodge drunks. I can't understand why people have to have beer to enjoy themselves. Yeah, I used to drink when I was younger, but then grew out of it. Can't you get through a few hours without a fix? Sounds like a lot of people have a problem. My other problem with the whole alcohol thing is the kids working the parks. Most times they are teen-agers. I don't care how much the management says they won't be where drinks are served, if there is a shortage of staff, they'll put the kids where they are most needed. Been there done that. I worked in a couple of parks when I was a teen and they put us where they needed us regardless of our age. Not to mention the fact that the older workers will be slipping their underage friend drinks on the side. I don't want my teens around that either. The management cannot police this properly no matter what they say.
Leslie Sebby - When I go to the parks I enjoy a beer or two during the day. We are on vacation and want a beer, so what… Does that make someone a drunk? I barely drink at home, maybe one beer a week. But when I am on vacation I will have two or three a day.
Currently, 58% disagree to it. Wow.
Thank you Brian Emery,I voted yes...has anyone actually encountered a drunk at a theme park...not pleasure island or city walk, but a theme park? Of the 18 years i have been avidly going to theme parks I have NEVER seen anyone drunk, NEVER. Not even Sea World or Busch Gardens and they give you the first 2 free. I love that deal cuase thats all I drink anyways. Like others have said, alcoholic drinks are really expensive at theme parks which is a HUGE deterrent for the so called drunks. I like the fact that Magic Kingdom doesnt sell alcohol, but I am extremely grateful that the rest of the parks do. I know that Beer and florida heat dont mix, but that is completely up to the person doing the drinking. I drink like 10 bottles of water and have 2 beers...ooooo...i'm drunk somebody stop me...ok enough of the antagonism.
I have to admit I can't say I remember seeing anyone drunk at a theme park either. Even if someone inside the park is drunk doesn't mean they got the alcohol from the park either.
funny thing is, before my wife and i go to disneyland, we get a few drinks in our systems. we will go to the local 7-11 and then we drink in the parking structure. i guess my point is serving drinks inside would not make a difference on drunks. if they want to get wasted, they will find a way. i know they serve alcohol at DCA, but we never and up over there, hell they serve beer at chuck-e-cheese. i guess it makes it easier with all these kids.
I said "yes," but it's a qualified "yes"...
When my daughter was 5 (yes 5), some drunk at the Epcot Food & Wine festival tripped over her. When he got up, he starting screaming at my daughter for "being in his way you f*%$ing bitch." My daughter was in tears, but fortunately, Disney security withnessed the whole thing and removed the person from the spot (hopefully, out of the park, but I really do not know).
I just felt I had to say this......I live in Florida and go to a theme park every month. I have kids and enjoy taking them to the parks. I have been going to theme parks all my life and have never encounterd as Leslie Sebby would say "Dodging Drunks". I'm not sure what theme park u are going to! I do not think just because someone enjoys a beer or a glass of wine at a park makes them a drunk!! I have encountered more stupid sober people at them parks then drunks! People with no patience, cutting in lines, and talking trash. Somepeople enjoy a beer like u may enjoy a cold soda in the heat of the day. It doesn't mean they are drinking it just to be able to have fun, come on get real!
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