No, they aren’t installing a tap room in “It’s A Small World” (though some parents might not object.) But Walt Disney Parks has announced that beer and wine will be served at the new Be Our Guest Restaurant. The French restaurant, scheduled to open mid-November, is part of Disney’s new Fantasyland.
From The Tampa Bay Times:
“Stuart McGuire, the beverage director for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, then added: ‘As part of the overall theming, we wanted to offer wine that enhances the guest experience and complements the French-inspired cuisine. 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. And, staying in the general region, we’ll also offer Belgian beers.’”
It’s a big shift for the Magic Kingdom, which, unlike its sister parks EPCOT and Animal Kingdom, has never sold alcohol (per Walt’s wishes). Why the change now? Maribeth Bisienere, vice president of food and beverage for Walt Disney Parks, told the Orlando Sun-Sentinel it was because of visitor feedback. Guests, it seems, want the option of an adult beverage as part of a fine meal. (But before you go getting any ideas, they will not provide to-go cups.)
Some Disney purists are up in arms, taking to Twitter and Disney message boards to discuss the change in policy. The supporters say, “finally!” while the detractors say, “It’s not what Walt would have wanted.”
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