Disney World's Magic Kingdom was a notoriously dry amusement park until 2012, when a single restaurant, Be Our Guest, began serving booze. But now the destination is making history by giving not one but four more eateries liquor licenses.
Beginning later this week, Tony's Town Square Restaurant, Liberty Tree Tavern, Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen, and Cinderella's Royal Table will serve alcohol during lunch and dinner hours. The boozy menus will debut on December 23, just time for all of the park's holiday visitors to get appropriately sloshed.
Apparently the change comes after years of customer requests. And, according to the Orlando Sentinel, the strict rule on no booze comes from Walt Disney himself, who was adamantly against alcoholic beverages in the park. "There was always a fear that people would drink to excess and become unruly," Scott Smith, an assistant hospitality professor at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC told the Sentinel.
Though, for some reason, that hasn't stopped other parks within Disney World to serve spiked drinks-including Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Epcot, which visitors have been getting tipsy inside for years. Plus, booze is a big moneymaker because it can get slapped with a high price tag, can be stored easily, and isn't as perishable as food.
Of course, there is a slight catch to Magic Kingdom's new mandate: only beer and wine will be served via table service. So you can't pop into a bar and walk around with pints in hand. "I don't think Walt (Disney) is going to be spinning in his grave as long as it's done tastefully," Smith added.
Here's an idea of what you can expect to order at each restaurant:
- Tony's Town Square Restaurant: Italian wines and beers, including a Chianti Superiore
- Liberty Tree Tavern: domestic beer, cider, and wines to go with its American menu
- Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen in Adventureland: more global beverages, like Riesling wine
- Cinderella's Royal Table: champagne and sparkling wine
Cheers to a whole new boozy Disney world!
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