Disney to serve alcohol at the Magic Kingdom Park
Fewer teeth will nash during the looped recording of "it's a small world" when Disney starts serving alcohol at the Magic Kingdom Park in Orlando, Florida.
Beer and wine will be served at the new Be Our Guest restaurant this November.
Among the Disney establishments, alcohol is so far only served at Disneyland Paris and at the private club Club 33, at Disneyland Park in California, as well as Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios.
The French-themed Be Our Guest restaurant, inspired by Disney's 1991 film "Beauty and the Beast," will serve alcohol to complete the guests' French experience.
"You cannot walk into a French restaurant and not get a glass of wine or beer," commented Maribeth Bisienere, vice president of food and beverage for Walt Disney Parks, to the Orlando Sentinel.
We think the move was actually inspired by Kristen Wiig's stellar performance as a drunk Cinderella in "The Real Housewives of Disney."
See a sneak peek of the Be Our Guest restaurant here.
It's part of an expansion of the Magic Kingdom that includes a new Fantasyland Forest.
The wines to be served at the restaurant will be from France's major wine-producing regions, such as Bordeaux, Alsace and Burgundy, and beers will be Belgian. No American beers will be served as that would ruin the Euro theme.
Over at the Disney Food Blog, commentors equally love and hate the idea of the family-friendly theme park getting wet.
One Disney fan who is against the introduction of alcohol, writes: "There’s nothing sacred anymore in this country."
But another netizen writes that Disney is just moving along with the times. " 'What would Walt do?' he was the one who said that the parks should continue to grow and change over time."
Next, perhaps waiters at Be Our Guest will be trained to speak in faux-French accents just like Lumière, the talking candelstick in the animated film.
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