Disney to add booze at the Magic Kingdom *(Update with Vote of the Week)
Yep. It's happened. Today, Walt Disney World announced that it will start serving alcohol at the Magic Kingdom, once the new Be Our Guest restaurant opens in November.
From the Disney Parks blog, which tried to bury the news deep in a post about the restaurant's menu:
And just for dinner, select wines and beers will be offered that complement the French-inspired cuisine.
“As part of the overall theming, we wanted to offer wine that enhances the guest experience and complements the French-inspired cuisine,” says Stuart McGuire, Beverage Director, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “The wines focus primarily on France’s famous wine-growing regions, including Champagne, Alsace, Loire, Rhone, Burgundy and Bordeaux.
“We’ll also offer the leading French beer, Kronenbourg 1664,” says McGuire. “And, staying in the general region, we’ll also offer Belgian beers.”
Disney serves alcohol at Disneyland Paris, but not at the other Magic Kingdom theme parks - the original Disneyland in California, Tokyo Disneyland, and Hong Kong Disneyland. (Alcohol is available in the private Club 33s at Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland, but guests cannot access those without an invitation from a member.) So this decision will leave Hong Kong Disneyland as the only totally alcohol-free Disney theme park, and will reduce to three the number of Disney parks where alcohol is not available to "regular" guests.
What do you think?
Update: Let's make this our vote of the week:
Blasphemy! Just what we need, a bunch of rowdy drunks slobbering all over Minnie Mouse. #rockbottom
So it turns out that the biggest, most significant new attraction at the much-hyped New Fantasyland will turn out to be... alcohol.
I'm honestly surprised.
Know what goes good with alcohol?
I'm highly angry at this decision. And yes, I have had an occasional drink with a nice dinner, such as at the California Grill. I also have dining reservations for Be Our Guest in December. This had better be the only place to purchase a drink. I do NOT want to see kiosks with margaritas and beers throughout the park. I do NOT want drunks cursing and throwing up on my kids while riding Splash Mountain. And yes, I have experienced this behavior at Epcot. I will say what I have always said, alcohol, crowds, and theme park rides do not mix. I don't mean to offend anyone on this site by saying that. I just don't understand why you would need or even want to get on something moving rapidly with alcohol.
I don't think it's naive to suggest that if Disney sees strong alcohol sales in Be Our Guest, and minimal guest complaints, then you'll eventually be seeing other locations in the MK offering alcohol. This is a test.
I doubted it would happen, but what a great way to raise revenue! I know, I'm only sixteen, but I always look at this theme park/alcohol thing at a business perspective. As I said before, serving alcohol is a good way to raise sales and revenue. However, there are some parks that operate on certain values (Dollywood and Holiday World, for example), and I understand that.
This is a TERRIBLE idea. It is unartistic. It is based upon a calculation and not a qualitative judgement that enhances a theatrical production.
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I agree Robert with this being a test. I think Disney will see how the public will react to not only this announcement, but also to how many buy the first round (so to speak). I expect to see rum drinks in Adventureland, along with some high octane type drinks that glow in the dark in Tomorrowland. I don't want this to happen, but I won't be surprised if by summer of '13 we will be able to purchase these easily as we walk around the park.
Im somewhat shocked at this. I can't imagine drunks in MK, but then again BATB had quite a bit of beer in it. I assume Gaston's is getting beer too?
This is the classic example of a camel's nose situation.
"The Camel's Nose" - the new drink at the reopened Adventurer's Club, located across from Pirates of the Caribbean. Now serving for just $19.99. (Post from the future)
I am not surprised that some fans are being over-dramatic in their reactions to this news. I can't believe it only took just about two hours for someone to throw out the "What Would Walt Do" line.
I am appalled! OMG!!!!! Booze at the Magic Kingdom! This is a tragedy! Don't get me wrong! I enjoy a drink in EPCOT, perhaps a Grand Marnier Slushy or wine or beer. I enjoy a drink in The Studios or Animak Kingdom....but in MK!!!!! It just doesn't seem right.
While I know a lot of people will be unhappy about this change, I honestly don't have a problem with the park serving alcohol at a sit down restaurant. If people want to have a beer or a glass of wine with their dinner, I think that's fine, even in one of the Magic Kingdom parks. However, I never, ever want to see a bar inside one of these parks, as it would be inappropriate in any of the Magic Kingdom parks and drunk guests would ruin the experience for others.
Oh my goodness.....we're going to have drunkerds with there lighted mouse ears abusing themselves and guests getting drunk off of some french wine and beer. And you throw in those crazy Belgian beers and who you got is insane drunk people devicating in front of children on the small world ride. Minnies drunk and Mickeys in the sac, Goofy is going mad contemplating whether he's a human or dog, pluto's going all over the place, not on his fire hydrant, and Donald is singing the mexican song with vulgar dialect. All hell has broke loose at Magic Kingdom ladies and gentleman, hide your kids!
I sincerely hope you're right Nick. I'm just too much of a pessimist to believe that they will stop with just Be Our Guest being allowed to serve alcohol.
"Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!!" Seriously, folks, it's not going to turn into Belle's Pleasure Island. It's (expensive) beer and wine during dinner ONLY and CANNOT be taken out of the restaurant. The slippery slope is a logical fallacy people use when they do not know what they are talking about.
I saw what is claimed to be the drink menu and the prices are high. A glass of wine there cost about the same as a bottle elsewhere. A glass of beer costs about the same as a 6-pack. I'm talking $9 (or $39 bottle) for cheap Beaujolais-Villages and $6.25 for Kronenbourg 1664 beer. These are the cheapest, wines range up to $17/$75 and beer to $10.50. I don't think drunks would like these prices. They would just get hammered in the parking lot, like they do now.
I think it will be ok. Might as well put beer in Gaston's Tavern!
Absolutely horrible idea, I hope Disney gets a lot of blowback on this.
I don't drink much, but some people really need a drink at this park. To be such a magical place, you'd never know it watching people leave. You go to Busch Gardens in the summer and at the end of the night everyone is happy, walking around with a dance in their step. At the MK there is an unusually high amount of frustration, anger, yelling etc.. Maybe a few drinks will mellow these people out.
Oh and I think you're on to something Anthony. With the US economy continuing to tank, WDW is depending more and more on international tourists, so alot of the policies at WDW will continue to shift to fit the demands of the international guests.
Perhaps with the Next Gen deployment of radio cards WDW figured they could monitor how many drinks someone orders. I can imagine requiring a card scan every time you order a drink, then limiting total drink purchases to 3 or 4, or controlling for a minimum amount of time between drinks. From a theme park administration perspective, it's a total win: you end up being able to sell alcohol (huge money-maker, almost pure profit), with almost no downside (public drunkenness, protein spills, etc). You heard it here first!(btw, I'm not a big drinker, but I love being able to get a beer at the hogs head pub in WWoHP.)
The company's history is clear on this point. Its namesake (who is championed across the parks as a visionary in family entertainment) said no alcohol in the Magic Kingdom park.
I have to say I think that people are overreacting - at least a couple of restaurants in Disneyland Paris have been serving wine and beer with meals for quite some time now, and it hasn't expanded further into the park. A beer or some wine with dinner is hardly going to lead to people being ill on rides.
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I'm with you TH. This change is a big mistake, like serving shots at a daycare.
Is Chicken Little a new Disney character? Sounds like it from some of these postings. Over reaction? Yes! Epcot, Animal Kingdom(primarily a kid's park)and Hollywood Studios have not met their demise due to demon alcohol. Our local park Kennywood, one of the nation's oldest, introduced beer to a limited portion of the park for the first time this summer. The outcry from the park prohibitionists was loud. The end result. No real problems, and no, the sky did not fall. Seperating the Magic Kingdom parks from the other Disney family oriented parks(aren't all Disney Parks family oriented?) is a wee bit of a stretch. I'd rather deal with a customer that had a drink or two then one of those wild stroller people pushing their 8 year old kids around the park impervious to anyone near by.
Times change. Walt may not feel as strongly today as he did then. Heck, if this happened 10 years ago, I might be in front of the property entrance on 535 with protest signs. Walt wouldn't have allowed it at an Epcot theme park at that time either. But it is there.
Terrible move on Disney's part. One of my biggest dislikes regarding USF is seeing parents with their kids on a day out and one or both of the parents are drinking.
TH Creative you really should move past that horrible saying. Trying to do things the way you 'think' a deceased visionary would have done it will never allow you to evolve. Think about this, around the same time that Disney was planning Disney World, Walt also started thinking up something new and exclusive for Disneyland... Club 33. As we all know Club 33 sells ALCOHOL! The club opened just a few months after Walt passed away, so it seems that his unwavering direction to ban alcohol waivered.
Oh and thank god for Augy Busch's comment to Walt in St. Louis. While St. Louis is a wonderful city, I for one am glad to be in sunny Orlando-- where we also have SeaWorld, and USF- all of us attracted here thanks to Walt, and so it seems Busch's comment. Thank you Augustus Busch Jr.!!
Mr. Smith writes: "Walt may not feel as strongly today as he did then."
Nick Orlando writes: "TH Creative you really should move past that horrible saying. Trying to do things the way you 'think' a deceased visionary would have done it will never allow you to evolve."
To me, as long as they limit it to the one restaurant, I have no problem with it at all. Like others, I do hope it doesn't start to spread around the entire park. That being said, I do enjoy the beer at EPCOT because to me that's part of the experience of walking around the different countries. It fits the theme, and in that case, I'm all for it. I just don't see where alcohol as a whole fits the theme of the Magic Kingdom. Just my two cents.
TH, you are doing the same thing you accuse me of. People change. You can't know what Walt would do today based on what he said 50 years ago. The park was different too. There was a low gate price and ride tickets. Today, the admission price alone makes the park exclusive to guests with higher disposable income. Most of these guests expect wine and beer with their meal. Like I said, 10 years ago I'd be saying the same things you are, But now it's no big deal to me.
TH is pretty much saying it all, so I'll let him continue on why alcohol in MK doesn't work :P Here's a quiz: Drunks are in the park every day. Can you guess where?
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Personally, I am against this. But, let's be real here, the Magic Kingdom already has it's fair share of drunks. If people want to get boozed up, it is not exactly a challenge even in a park that does not sell said booze. All Disney is doing is making it (potentially) easier along with trying to make more money.
Cats out of the bag! Beer carts soon in the Magic Kingdom
I wouldn't be worried about this if I haven't experienced first hand the idiocy of some patrons when boozed up at Epcot. To the point of slinging out the F-word several times within earshot of children. Of course, my attempt to talk sense into them by telling them "Hey, there are kids around" was met with more curse words. I hope it's kept to a minimum at Magic Kingdom...that park of all parks is supposed to be the kid/family-friendliest. Hope they amp up undercover security to quickly and quietly deal with any drunkards.
The anonymous poster writes: "People change."
I think people are overreacting to this decision. I think I will be able to handle someone who's had a bit of beer and wine over the many non-disciplined children running a amok throughout the park. Lol!
It's about maximizing profit. I'd rather they didn't sell alcohol at MK. It's easy to run over to the Contemporary if you want a drink.
If beer stands show up everywhere, then throw a hissy fit. Up until now there he's never truly been a fine dining experience in any of the magic Kkngdom parks, but it fits here. It's contained and served only with food. That's what is under discussion, not what your worst fears may be.
After reading more comments, I am quite frankly shocked at the intensity of the sentiment that serving wine with dinner is somehow equivalent to "serving shots at a daycare.". If I may be so bold, I think that the US (and please understand that I am a proud American) has a strange relationship to alcohol dating back to the puritans and to our Prohibitionist history. But this approach, where we liken a drink with dinner to public drunkenness and chaos, CREATES more problems than it solves. Because we don't model healthy, balanced ways to enjoy alcohol, our children end up binge drinking in high school (this is a much more prevalent problem in the US than it is in countries where moderation in alcohol consumption, rather than demonization of drink, is taught). I don't want to see beer carts at the MK. But I wouldn't mind a glass of wine at dinner in a nice restaurant. Let's complain about real, not theoretical, problems. If the beer carts come, I, along with many others, will be complaining loudly. And of course, as they say, vote with your dollars...
James - I disagree with your rational on moving forward and evolving. Once Disney shows that limited alcohol sales will not lead to leud drunken behavior maybe you will understand how this is an evolution in thinking. Having a glass of wine or a beer at dinner is not comparable to 'boozing it up'. I can tell you that your statement "Sadly, getting liquored up at theme parks is a common ritual across the expanse of the nation" is grossly exaggerated-- I have worked in the industry for the past 15 years and your claim is simply not true.
To TH: Sorry, I was the anonymous poster you are replying to. I replied in a hurry from my phone, and didn't realize I wasn't logged in.
Drinking wine with a meal will not make people end up drunk. Wine is not the same as tequila. Also, the setting of Be Our Guest is French, so wine is a must if you want authenticity. The irony is that this restaurant is targeted to kids, yet they will not have the full experience because they will not be able to drink the wine.
Coming soon: Sam Adams on tap at the Liberty Tree Tavern.
My feeling is booze is necessary to sell us on non-rides at the New Fantasyland. Make-up for lots of empty plaza space.
Slippery Slope = Logical Fallacy. I really wish people would stop using this as an argument. This sort of "reasoning" is fallacious because there is no reason to believe that one event must inevitably follow from another without an argument for such a claim. So saying that next there will be beer carts and drunks everywhere is absolutely baseless with the evidence presented. Sorry to go on this rhetorical rant, but it's a pet peeve of mine when people use the "camel's nose" argument, because it just does not work that way.
Some people really must have nothing better to do than complain and spark fake outrage.
"...a time of economic struggle..."
Brian L writes: "So saying that next there will be beer carts and drunks everywhere is absolutely baseless with the evidence presented."
Michael Owen writes: "It will raise revenues during a time of economic struggle and provide increased capital to reinvest in a park which is in desperate need of a little cash."
Hey J-Rao! Howzit goin'?
I blame Oswald the Lucky Rabbit for all of this. ;^)
Missed you, TH! Maybe we can grab a beer at the Magic Kingdom and catch up?
Actually, Oswald is probably mad that alcohol made it into the park before he did!!
A glass of cabernet sauvignon please. :)
I don't see why everyone is so up in arms about this. It's wine and beer, not whiskey and vodka. Americans would do well to take some lessons from the Europeans and relax a little bit. If people want to get sh*t faced at Disneyland, they're going to find a way to do it. I've seen lots of people sneak in flasks of booze. Some wine and a few French beers isn't going to harm anyone. We should just call this country Puritancia.
Oh my Lord..... So many people are freaking out about this. A cousin-in-law of mine has something to do with Disney vacation packages and is preaching all over Facebook about the dangers of alcohol at MK.
For the record, and from my perspective, I am not worried about the parks being filled with drunken louts. And none of my posts express that sort of fear.
jinie francis writes: don't see why everyone is so up in arms about this. It's wine and beer, not whiskey and vodka.
Great news. It would be naive to think this wasn't coming. WDW is not in the business to solely make memories; its there to make money and this clearly raises revenue. Furthermore, a French restaurant without wine? That would compromise the theming.
"WDW is not in the business to solely make memories..."
Anonymous writes: It would be naive to think this wasn't coming.
The only problem I have with it is that it breaks a 41 year tradition.
@ TH: You're entitled to your own opinion, but I will say this based off of my time working for the Mouse. I experienced many more angry, sober guests at Splash Mountain (as in too many to count) than I ever did drunk jerks working at Mouse Gear in Epcot (I remember 1 and he was escorted out of the park pretty fast by security). Also note that I only had night shifts at Epcot where apparently all of those on the devil's nectar congregate. I can't wait to have a Hoegaarden at Be Our Guest.
@ Brian L: Please show me anywhere on this thread where I express concern about drunken guests. I am expressing trepedation about lost ambiance. I am fearful that indiscipline in the name of ... whatever undermines the form of the medium. I fear that the decision deviates drastically from Mr. Disney's vision ("No liquor. No beer. Nothing.")
@ jinie francis
Maybe Be Our Guest should serve an imitation of red wine without alcohol; it would be a new drink for the entire family.
TH, you express concern as soon as you use Walt's quote about the "rowdy element" in opposition to alcohol in the MK. If you use quotes as evidence, be prepared to own the entire argument along with it and not just pick and choose where you please. True, I can't find anything that says there won't be an expansion of alcohol sales in MK, but I also can't find anything that says there will be expanded alcohol sales either. So as of right now, I can only assume that it stays there at BoG.
I just read the article from the Orlando Sentinel, and it sounds to me like they've been looking for a way to get booze into the MK for a while.
@ Brian L: TH, you express concern as soon as you use Walt's quote about the "rowdy element" in opposition to alcohol in the MK
So much gratitude to Mr. Smith for making a fair and reasonable presentation. You've advanced your perspective in a manner that does not require undermining another person's opinion.
The bottom line is that if people don't like what Disney has decided to do, then those people don't have to visit the park.
@ jinie francis - So you're backing off that whole "slippery slope" is not "a valid argument" thing?
It is a change that will be against Walt Disney's Philosophy. I think it is the wrong choice. Too many changes are made while the Disney executives bend Walt's wishes to conform with their own. I honestly don't think Walt would approve. He knew what he was doing when he designed the parks (or 'park' since he died way too soon.), and it just isn't right to change such an important decision.
Over the years I have found one thing is constant: TH Creative is always fair and objective about everything but hippos. His argument today is sound and this debate is over. The rest of you simply need to concede and move along. You are just embarrassing yourselves if you continue to argue.
Creative - OUT!
Nite nite, TH! Don't be a stranger!
@James and @TH, I'm sorry that you guys can't take criticisms and feel the need to belittle those that don't share your opinion. Fact is, this decision has been made, better get used to it. Me? I'll be enjoying a good Belgian beer to complement my meal. Brian L - OUT!
Belittle? Us? No way. I am sorry that TH's objective commentary caused you such pain. Sometimes the truth, whether it is intended to or not, hurts. Enjoy your $10 beverage....and have fun on the tea cups!
There are some stipulations with the voting that are not neccessarily represented because I think it's one thing to have alchohol offered with fine dining as oppose to random bars set up for drinking.
While I think this wasn't what Walt would've done, I don't think it will make Magic Kingdom an intolerable place. Just a different one. Eventually there may be beer carts, but that's not terrible. It's just against tradition.
TH Creative still won't respond on the topic of Club 33... obviously because it proves that Walt did change his mind, and that having one location sell alcohol will not definitely result in more. History has already spoken for its self.
Much ado about nothing.
Can we add Marion's bar from Raiders of the Lost Ark to adventure land? Main attraction would be a shot drinking challenge. Side attraction, don't burn your hand on the medallion.
I do owe Mr. Orlando a response to Club 33. Apologies.
Also to Mr. Brian L ... I don't believe I belittled anyone on this thread. I think I was very respectful. I get that our opinions differ, but I don't think it's fair to say I was somehow discourteous.
47 "Likes" on the Facebook page! Including a guy who shall be nameless. But let's just say his name rhymes with "Snob Piles"
As TH stated, Club 33 is an exclusive rights, private venue, not open to the general public. It is not even listed on the park map and is, in essence, a lounge for corporate sponsors and VIPs. For people like you and me, it does not exist.
And with that...
...at an end.
I hope the 100 comment rule is still in effect...
(Dangit, the 100 comment rule seems to no longer be in effect...curse you, Mr. Niles!)
Whatever, I am off to slam a few shots and hit the sack before the kids start bugging me to play Guild Wars 2 - again.
Criticism aside, this topic has received 103 responses in 2 days. Announcements are made to get the buzz flowing and it no doubt has.
Booze at the Magic Kingdom is to be expected. They don't have much else to offer.
I really can't believe this has stirred up such a heap of comment. I mean... you'll be able to buy wine in ONE restaurant in the magic kingdom, (as you can in Disneyland Paris for example). It's not exactly Armageddon folks. Get a little perspective please...
Disney decided to add authenticity to their new french restaurant in the Magic Kingdom by adding a selection of beer and wine? Authenticity and Fantasyland - now that's a dichotomy. Will we also get rude waitstaff and bad body odor? I seem to remember that also being present in the restaurants on my last visit to France.
TH Creative, thank you for your responce regarding Club 33. I do adknowledge that in the official Disney blog it only states that these items will be available 'just for dinner' and does not say that they will not be served anywhere else.
does it change anything for anyone that the number one Guest complaint at MK table service dining establishments is the lack of alcohol? The Guests are asking for it, WDW is using the new establishment to give people what they want.
Seems to be a lot of people apparently living in their own Fantasy Land. This is a real non issue.
100+ comments? I feel the presence of TH Creative is abound in spades.
From my trip report I just posted on IOA.
Coming soon: Jack Sparrow's Rum Island (meet and greet buffet)
I have enjoyed all the comments back and forth on this topic and believe it is a big non-issue. Maybe because I like theme parks and am not a Disney-centric fanatic, this issue seems to be blown all out of context. But, I was disappointed in James Rao taking it upon himself to try to end discussion by putting in useless comments in order to get to "100" and thereby silencing everyone else. Robert, thank you for extending debate.
So many comments about such a non-issue. I'd probably have one if I were there. There's something about the combination of long lines, screaming kids, and the "It's a Small World" theme song that makes me want a drink.
@Tony - After 100 posts everyone had been given quite a bit of time to post an opinion or two or three. Furthermore, it seemed like everything was getting a bit redundant. Moreover, my comments are certainly not the only "useless" ones in this thread, to be sure.
TH and James: I'm not saying that Disney is struggling in the economic climate, nor am I say that Disney are desperate for money because they have none.
I can't wait Disney anounce nudist day at the Magic Kingdom so you can get drunk and naked, wonderfull!
Why shouldn't they sell it. Busch Gardens/Seaworld gave it away in their parks for years and never had problems with drunks.
TH and James Rio or Rae or Reo, you guys need to stay off the drugs...really
Is not alcohol freely available in the other three Disney Parks in Orlando? And are these parks over-run with drunken louts? No - in fact I have never seen any drunkenness in any Disney park.
The World changes over time; theme parks changes over time as well. For better or for worse.
I am not convinced TH and I are the ones with the drug problem, Toad Donnerhew.
It probably wouldn't pay for expansion, but it would help them to make some money and be profitable. Alcohol is added to any operation for one reason and one reason only, to make money. People seem to assume that money simply falls out of the sky and makes big piles for Disney...it doesn't. Such a big and complex operation that runs so many attractions and hotels at a high level requires a lot of capital. They spend a ton just to maintain their standards.
For those who believe that Disney will limit alcohol to just this one restaurant for just dinner, to me is living in a fanstasy world. Here is what I believe will eventually happen. People will begin to complain and state to cast members, guest surveys and such about how they were unable to get dining reservations for their trip and really wanted to try the wine or beer at BoG. I believe that since Disney is in the businness of making money, that they will in turn offer either to serve it with the counter service lunch at BoG, and possibly have a special window just for those who want a glass of wine/beer. Then the crowds will need to be thinned out in this congested area. How to do this, spread out the areas to purchase an alcoholic beverage.
The notion that Disney is suddenly scrambling for ways to make more money is just plain silly. Disney is not hurting for money. Sure, companies always want more, but with billions of dollars in PROFIT every year, Disney is one company with plenty to spare. This move is certainly not an attempt to stave off financial ruin. It is an act of greed, wholly and completely.
OT writes: "What it's for you, well Disney don't care."
Anonymous poster writes: "the number one Guest (sic) complaint at MK table service dining establishments is the lack of alcohol?"
^That explains a lot about O T's post, TH! Thanks for clarifying.
Wait ... "middel income family?"
I'll be right back ... Gotta suck down some "Go Go Juice."
James, I believe you are right when it comes to the greed. There is no reason to do this other than that. I believe you and TH have definitely hit the nail on the head, or the camel in the nose ;)
We are fighting for a lost cause, Amanda. *sigh*
This discussion is STILL going on?!?!
I valiantly tried to end it at 100, but was thoroughly chastised for the attempt. And look at all the "great" discussion we've had since....
The comments are probably still open since the voting hasn't closed yet. Steelers won easily today, so all is well in the world.
Actually, comments close once the post is off the front page.
I'd like to say that while some controlled booze in a theme park is OK, as theme parks have changed a lot since Walt's time. However, it will likely become more available as the years go by and therefore more drunk situations will occur. So prospective future drunks and tradition keeps my vote as a solid no.
I think this is a $$ move. Alcohol makes $$ - and Disney is there is make $$. Personally, I think Walt would have added booze a LONG time ago if he were still here and saw it would have made money. He was a very VERY smart man. Family fun in every other park includes alcohol - why not in the MK? Is there no 'family fun' at Animal Kingdom? At MGM? Just seems like a naive view to assume that I can't have a nice glass of wine with my dinner and allow my 15 year old son to have a soft drink sitting across from me - and we can't still have a nice family dinner. But maybe we in NY do things a little different than folks do in other parts of the country...
Look at it this way - a tavern without alcohol would be wildly inauthentic, and we don't want Disney creating any thematic inconsistencies, right?
Seriously folks...how are you going to open a properly themed French restaurant and not serve wine. As far as serving in the rest of the park, who cares if they do it or not. This isn't 1923. People can control themselves, and they want a drink with dinner, or a beer at the park. Let them serve and let me drink.
Jill writes: Family fun in every other park includes alcohol - why not in the MK?
@Derek, Disney is a publicly traded company, you can find out pretty much anything you want with some Yahoo searches...
There are five other full service restaurants in the Magic Kingdom. Be prepared because, eventually, they are all going to start selling beer and wine.
Serving of alcohol will have no significant bearing on Magic Kingdom's atmosphere. The more important issues are, and will always be, the quality of attractions and the ability of the park to provide their guests with an immersive entertaining experience.
Serving alcohol in mulitple locations throughout the park will ABSOLUTELY have a significant bearing on Magic Kingdom's atmosphere.
I don't even want to think about the poor clean up crew on the Tea Cups ride once the booze hounds take over! Ugh!
"No liquor. No beer. Nothing." - Walt Disney
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