Disney Adding Alcohol In The Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort is the most visited theme park in the world but there is one thing some guests have been missing. They would like to have a drink. Until 2012 that was completely impossible. Since 2012 it was not easy to get alcohol in the Magic Kingdom but starting next week it will get a little easier according the the Orlando Sentinel.

The Magic Kingdom will still be drier than the other theme parks. There will still be some major restrictions for alcohol in the Magic Kingdom. In fact Disney is only adding alcohol to the menu at four locations which means there will be five places total in the Magic Kingdom where you can get something a little stronger than a Dole Whip Float.

Where Can I Get A Drink In The Magic Kingdom

There will be five places you can get a drink in the Magic Kingdom. Those locations are: Be Our Guest, Tony’s Town Square Restaurant, Liberty Tree Tavern, Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen and Cinderella’s Royal Table.  These locations will not have open bars for mixed drinks but will offer drinks that complement the theme of the location. For example you will be able to get sparkling wine or champagne at Cinderella’s Royal Table.

The experienced Disney diner will note that there locations are very limited and can be very hard to get into. Almost all of them require a reservation made months in advance. So if you want a little something extra at the Magic Kingdom you are going to have to work for it.

Why Was There No Alcohol In The Magic Kingdom

The fact that there was no alcohol in the Magic Kingdom  has surprised a lot of guests but there is a reason. Walt himself said no to the booze when he built his very first theme park, Disneyland.

Even though Walt died before the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World opened the Disney company respected his wishes.  That changed in 2012 when Be Our Guest, a french themed restaurant in New Fantasyland opened.

Be Our Guest was the first restaurant in the Magic Kingdom to offer guests the opportunity to indulge. That opportunity is very limited. Beer and wine are served but only during dinner. Lunch and breakfast are still dry.

Now that four more options are being added getting a drink will be easier but still not easy. There will be no stands selling beer. The drinks will be limited to select table service locations (if you missed the list they are Tony’s Town Square Restaurant, Liberty Tree Tavern, Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen and Cinderella’s Royal Table.) You can read more at the Orlando Sentinel.

The Patriots Platter at the Liberty Tree Tavern (one of my favorite Magic Kingdom meals) with one of the soon to be available lagers. (Photo from the Orlando Sentinel)

My Thoughts On Alcohol In The Magic Kingdom

This change has been a long time coming. Disney purists may not like the idea that alcohol will be served in the Magic Kingdom. Of all the parks this one is the most child friendly but Disney is a business and alcohol means easy money.

Personally I do not drink at all so I am kind of neutral. I have heard a lot of horror stories about Epcot and drunks around the World. I do not see that happening at the Magic Kingdom because the options are so limited.

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