Word is out: The Magic Kingdom will no longer be a dry park when the Be Our Guest restaurant opens.
From the Disney parks blog:
And just for dinner, select wines and beers will be offered that complement the French-inspired cuisine.
“As part of the overall theming, we wanted to offer wine that enhances the guest experience and complements the French-inspired cuisine,” says Stuart McGuire, Beverage Director, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “The wines focus primarily on France’s famous wine-growing regions, including Champagne, Alsace, Loire, Rhone, Burgundy and Bordeaux.
“We’ll also offer the leading French beer, Kronenbourg 1664,” says McGuire. “And, staying in the general region, we’ll also offer Belgian beers.”
The reaction has been polarizing. People are either fine with it, they’re not that crazy about it, or they fall along the lines of “what’s next, crack at the Studios?”
I have to admit – I’m a little ambivalent about it. On one hand, I guess I’m a little bit of a geek and consider it nice that the Magic Kingdom is a dry park. On the other, they’re only serving beer and wine at dinner. I can’t really see it becoming a new “drink around the world at Epcot” type of experience. (A challenge I’ve partaken in – and failed at – a few times.)
Besides, it’s just for dinner, which means you probably won’t see people going back into the lunchtime counter service to re-fill all day long.
But I can’t help wondering… What if?
As in: What if the introduction of alcohol to the Magic Kingdom became a huge revenue producer for Disney? Could it spread?
After all, Fantasyland is dedicated to the Yeungling at heart. (Sorry.)
- The Many Adventures of Whiskey the Pooh
- The Enchanted Tequila Room
- Country Beer Jamboree
- Splash of Gin Mountain
- Monsters Inc. (passed out on the) Laugh Floor
- The Jungle Booze
- Big Chunder Mountain
- Buzzed Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- The Mad Long Island Iced Tea Party
- Rum-bo the Flying Elephant
- Peter Pan’s Whiskey Flight
- Absolut Orbiter
- Pirates of the Caribeeran
- Cinderella’s Crown Royal Table
- The Cristal Palace
- Schlitz’s Great Escape
- Micheylob’s PhilharMagic
- The Tanquerayland Peoplemover
Say Disney did embrace the beer and wine set. What attractions can you envision?