Beer in the Magic Kingdom?!
UPDATE: Naturally A.J. at Disney Food Blog has the menu. My fears of the AB-InBev beers taking over were unfounded. Here’s the list!
The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World has had a long-standing policy of no alcohol, but it seems that is about to change. An article about the upcoming Be Our Guest Restaurant in Fantasyland on the Disney Parks Blog makes mention of serving beer and wine in the restaurant. For us beer fans, this was the most important part:
“We’ll also offer the leading French beer, Kronenbourg 1664,” says McGuire. “And, staying in the general region, we’ll also offer Belgian beers.”
Belgian beers in the Magic Kingdom. Yes, he also mentioned Kronenbourg 1664, which to me isn’t a big deal. But Belgian beers? That could be huge. Unfortunately, I also have the concern that the Belgian beers in the Be Our Guest Restaurant will be the exact same beers as the Belgium booth at Food and Wine. And yes, I said that the Belgium booth missed the target.
So let’s set expectations accordingly. The Be Our Guest Restaurant will probably serve something along the lines of the following.
However, if they serve something more exciting I would be pleased. Disney, if you’d like to refer to my Belgium article above…
Of course, all the talk above sidesteps the bigger issue: alcohol in the Magic Kingdom. Personally, I’m torn. While I appreciate good beer, there are plenty of places to get beer in Walt Disney World. The Magic Kingdom being a dry kingdom has never bothered me, and I’ve never really had the thought that I absolutely need a beer while there. I heard that it’s only for dinner and they won’t allow you to take it back into the park, which is okay but it doesn’t prevent people from getting hammered in the restaurant (the prices may). To me it also doesn’t seem like something that Walt would want. How do you feel about alcohol in the Magic Kingdom?