Magic Kingdom to finally serve alcohol at forthcoming Be Our Guest restaurant

Posted Friday, September 14, 2012 2:08 PM | Contributed by Jeff

The addition of the "Be Our Guest" resaturant to the newly-revamped Fantasyland in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom raised some eyebrows recently due to the theme park's long-standing ban on alcoholic beverages, sparking a debate as to why the ban has been lifted at the most family-friendly of Disney's four theme parks.

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Friday, September 14, 2012 2:18 PM

There goes the loaded "family friendly" term again.

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Friday, September 14, 2012 2:23 PM

Oh great. Start the countdown until somebody punches Mickey, grabs Minnie's butt, and takes a bite out of Dumbo's nose before puking in the bushes.

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Friday, September 14, 2012 2:36 PM

Why does no one think of the CHILDREN!?!!!11!!oh!noes!!!

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Friday, September 14, 2012 3:11 PM

Don't they serve alcohol at Club 33 in Disneyland? If it's at Disneyland, I don't see why Magic Kingdom would be any different.

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Friday, September 14, 2012 3:20 PM

As predictable as the complaints against serving alcohol can be, so too are the complaints about the complaints.

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Friday, September 14, 2012 3:44 PM

Yes, but aren't you complaining about the complaints about the complaints? I have a problem with that.

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Friday, September 14, 2012 4:02 PM

As a Fantasyland CP alumni and Disney historian, I surprised and disappointed by this. And does anyone see the irony of serving alcohol in the children's section of a family theme park? And for the first time in the park's historty. Sorry to use the "family" word, but it's to emphasize my point. But, I always felt that Walt had families in mind for his parks, and the Disneyland no-alcohol policy was his insistence. I hope and actually expect that Disney will mitigate the appearance of drinking and do it in good taste.

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Friday, September 14, 2012 4:07 PM

Ensign Smith said:

Yes, but aren't you complaining about the complaints about the complaints?

No, just making an observation.

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Friday, September 14, 2012 4:26 PM

But Ensign, NO ONE expects complaining about the complaints about the complaints. Especially during the Spanish Inquisition.

Last edited by Captain Hawkeye, Friday, September 14, 2012 4:27 PM
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Friday, September 14, 2012 4:47 PM

There goes my favorite Disney trivia question: "Only one Disney 'castle park' serves alcohol to the general public. Which is it?"

Answer: DLP, naturellement´╗┐.

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Friday, September 14, 2012 4:50 PM

Disney plans better than anyone in the world - any problems we can foresee, they've already foreseen - and have written policies and procedures for dealing with them. There will undoubtedly be an article here or there about a drunk guest, and it will be VASTLY overblown...but honestly, the issues will be few and far between.

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Friday, September 14, 2012 6:13 PM

Until Tigger starts slamming down shots.

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Friday, September 14, 2012 7:46 PM

Yawn... The other three parks and both waterparks serve alcohol and I have rarely witnessed a plastered guest. All the resorts serve alcohol too.

...ok, maybe there are a few tipsy guests at Illuminations and last NYE at EPCOT I did see quite a few "happy" guests, but clearly the exception. Kids should be put to bed by 9:30pm anyway.

Walt Shmalt.....he passed away almost 40 years ago. RIP, but time to move forward. Seriously, can we please get beyond no booze in the Magic Kingdom and allow us over 21 to enjoy a few $6 draft beers while waiting in our "perfect spot" to watch Wishes?

Like every other "adding alcohol to a park" debate, it really is nuts that people still get so worked up over it. Wasn't prohibition in like, the 1920's?

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Saturday, September 15, 2012 12:47 AM

I have never had the desire to drink while at an amusement park. I don't get that.

Then again, I don't have any children.

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Saturday, September 15, 2012 12:48 AM

Carrie J. said:

As predictable as the complaints against serving alcohol can be, so too are the complaints about the complaints.

So too are the observations of said complaints about complaints.

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Saturday, September 15, 2012 8:06 AM

Concrete Enchilada said:
And does anyone see the irony of serving alcohol in the children's section of a family theme park?

I don't think you know what irony means. I had a beer yesterday at Cedar Point, with my 2.5-year-old. You know what happened?

Absolutely nothing.

You make it sound like they're serving Natty Lite and dollar shots of grocery store schnapps. I've got news for you, no one buys a glass of good wine to get trashed. That's total ignorance.

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Saturday, September 15, 2012 2:52 PM

I dunno I kind of find it ironic that the only place in the park serving alcohol is in the kids section instead of, say, anywhere else. I'm all for alcohol though. I've never seen the big deal. And margaritas at Epcot are tasty. And kinda strong.

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Saturday, September 15, 2012 4:01 PM

Serving wine makes sense at a restaurant specializing in French cuisine regardless of its location in the park. I'm not much of a drinker but I'm certainly considering a glass of wine during our upcoming reservations to Be Our Guest.

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Saturday, September 15, 2012 6:19 PM

Isn't all of the Magic Kingdom a kids' section? What does it matter where they serve it?

I think you should be able to drink yourself around the world in It's A Small World.

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