Magic Springs granted alcohol permit

Posted Thursday, February 19, 2004 8:19 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The state Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control voted Wednesday to allow Magic Springs amusement park in Hot Springs to sell beer and wine, reversing the commission director's decision last month. Local residents opposed the decision.

Read more from AP via The Baxter Bulletin.

Thursday, February 19, 2004 8:22 AM

"Despite the best intentions, there's no way to police underage drinking at this kind of venue."
Ugh... whatever. I can't count the number of events I've been to where if you have a beer in your hand and no writstband, they boot you out. It's not rocket science.
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Thursday, February 19, 2004 8:50 AM
I honestly dont think that I have seen any underage drinking at any amusement park that sells liquor beverage. I am not saying it does not happen but it is definitely in the park's best interest to do whatever it takes to prevent it.
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Thursday, February 19, 2004 9:04 AM
I suspect the reason that there is little underage drinking at an amusement park is that a beer is northwards of $5. If you're not yet of age (and maybe even if you are) that's not a good value proposition.

Drinking in the lot, on the other hand, is a whole other story...

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Thursday, February 19, 2004 9:09 AM
And drinking in the lot really is something outside of the parks control since people can put their own beverages in their cars. No one ever checks people's trunks when they park their cars.

The only control the park has is to patrol the lot and look for people drinking in the lot that should not be.

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Thursday, February 19, 2004 10:27 AM
Which alot of parks have really increased doing in the past few years.

You'd be surprised how many cameras there are on parking lots these days.

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Thursday, February 19, 2004 12:16 PM
With JUST beer and wine, it's unlikely that any underage drinkers could AFFORD to put on any kind of serious "buzz"...;)

And I'll echo Brain Noble....all the serious *partying* takes place in the parking lots anyway....does the phrase "tailgating" mean anything anymore...

And with all the money this will generate, maybe the park could afford another "bang up" coaster...;)

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Thursday, February 19, 2004 1:09 PM
This park is a must visit for me now! Best announcement os the off season. Just kidding, im not even 21 yet.
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Thursday, February 19, 2004 2:28 PM
Yeah, every park in Cali has patrols that monitor the parking lot. My friends and I are definitely of age, and the security at PGA still made us dump out our open beers when they found us drinking in their lot (can only drink in designated areas of the park).

Gotta love Vegas though, the only place where you can stumble down the street on your way to ride a coaster, with a giant margarita in each hand!

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Thursday, February 19, 2004 4:52 PM
I think you are all missing the point. We're talking about Arkansas here. It's like a whole different world down there.

-SWOOSH

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Thursday, February 19, 2004 6:40 PM

I think you are all missing the point. We're talking about Arkansas here. It's like a whole different world down there.

I think that's a given, but I'm sure alot of people say the same about Cali!

I guess I was agreeing with everyone, the flack over offering alcohol at parks is completely ridiculous for all the reasons everyone has already stated, and from my own experiences. The parks do indeed regulate who and where you can drink very thoroughly. Although I do respect MADD and all great work they do, I think this is one case where they're being over paranoid.

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