The Happiest Place on Earth is About to Get that Much Happier (Cheers, Disney!)Meredith Carroll
Fantasies and fairies everywhere and not a drop to drink.
That’s been the case at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom for its entire 41-year history, as founder Walt Disney was said to be something of a teetotaler.
But that won’t be the case anymore when the Be Our Guest restaurant opens in November in the still-expanding Fantasyland, according to the New York Daily News. Beer and wine will be served in the “Beauty and the Beast” French-themed restaurant, although only during dinner hours.
Hey, it’s a start. Or it’s a slippery slope, depending who you talk to.
While other parks in Disney World have allowed alcohol here and there under specific circumstances, the Magic Kingdom has been as dry as the Jungle Cruise is wet (save for some catered events). The reason behind the alcoholic addition? Visitor feedback.
“Visitors wanted the option of wine and beer with the ‘gourmet experience,'” said Maribeth Bisienere, vice president of food and beverage for Walt Disney Parks, to the Orlando Sentinel. “You cannot walk into a French restaurant and not get a glass of wine or beer. It made more sense to do it than not to do it.”
Not everyone is happy about the addition of alcohol, however. The editor of the Disney Food Blog told the Orlando Sentinel that this will undoubtedly have Disney purists in a tizzy, with Walt “spinning in his grave.”
To those who might be worried that having alcohol in the Magic Kingdom might mean the man-made rivers and streams eventually be flowing with beer, and wine will be running down the street, rest assured: No to-go cups will be offered.
Be Our Guest will offer 20 wines by the glass as well as French and Belgian beers. Fantasyland opens on Dec. 6, although Be Our Guest will open before that, and reservations are now being accepted.
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