Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is often thought of as an alcohol free zone and the question of whether it is a dry park is one of the park’s most Googled questions. Whilst Magic Kingdom was dry for over forty years, in more recent years Walt Disney World has relaxed their views on alcohol at Magic Kingdom and alcohol has now been available at the park for a decade. However, alcohol is more restricted at Magic Kingdom than at the other Walt Disney World parks and this is often where the misconception comes from that Magic Kingdom is still a dry park. Whilst alcohol is available, when compared to EPCOT, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom, it is not so easily accessible so the question is, where do you find alcohol in Magic Kingdom?
You can only find alcohol in Magic Kingdom at sit-down restaurants. Even then those restaurants only serve beer, wine and hard ciders. Liquor is not for purchase in Magic Kingdom, with the exceptions being within the Club 33 (not accessible to 99.9% of park guests).
Once upon a time, the great Walt Disney declared Disneyland an alcohol free zone and with the exception of the exclusive Club 33, Disneyland Park in Anaheim remained dry from its opening in 1955 until recently when more alcohol options were introduced in 2019. When Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World opened in 1971, Walt had sadly passed but Roy Disney made the decision that Magic Kingdom would also be a dry park because that was what Walt wanted. Over the years, other parks opened at Walt Disney World, all offering alcohol but for a long time, Magic Kingdom remained an alcohol free park.
The first ‘castle park’ to break from this tradition as an alcohol free zone was Disneyland Paris. In the year following the opening, Disneyland Park Paris began to feature alcohol on the menus of their table service restaurants. This decision was made as it was expected of the French experience as enjoying wine or beer with a meal is part of a lot of European cultures. Whilst Disneyland Paris changed history, Magic Kingdom stayed dry for almost two decades following the introduction of alcohol at another ‘castle park’.
With the presence of Walt Disney World’s very own private membership Club 33, Magic Kingdom has technically always offered alcohol on the property. However, due to the exclusivity of the club, alcohol was not readily accessible to the standard Magic Kingdom guest. From opening in 1971 right up until the expansion of New Fantasyland in 2012, Magic Kingdom remained an almost alcohol free zone. With the expansion of New Fantasyland came one of Magic Kingdom’s most iconic restaurants, Be Our Guest, and when the restaurant opened its doors, alcohol was offered on the menu. Be Our Guest was the very first location in Magic Kingdom to serve alcohol to Disney guests and whilst it was met with mixed reviews and served only a limited selection of beer and wine, this introduction of alcohol paved the way for Magic Kingdom to expand their alcohol offerings.
Since 2012, Walt Disney World has expanded the offerings of alcohol available across Magic Kingdom with beer, wine and cocktails more easy to find. However, unlike the other Walt Disney Parks, alcohol is still restricted to a certain extent in the park and can only be found at table service restaurants. With table service restaurants offering more of a fine dining experience, it was decided that alcohol should be available as guests paying such a premium for the dining experience would expect a glass of wine or an alternative alcoholic beverage to enjoy alongside their meal. Under these circumstances, it no longer made sense for Walt Disney World not to serve alcohol at these Magic Kingdom dining locations.
In contrast to EPCOT, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom, table service restaurants are the only place where alcohol is available in Magic Kingdom with kiosks and quick service dining locations remaining dry. Alcohol was introduced to table service restaurants only as it was felt that this would have no impact on the overall guest experience of the most magical place on Earth and this has proved to be true. The exception to this rule of table service restaurants only is the special ticketed dessert party events.
As alcohol is only available at select locations and events in Magic Kingdom, you will most likely need to plan in advance if you wish to enjoy alcohol during your visit. Table service restaurants often book up early with reservations opening for guests 60 days in advance. For guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort, this timeframe is increased ever so slightly as you can make dining reservations for your entire stay 60 days prior to your check-in date. Whilst walk ups sometimes are possible, if there is a particular restaurant you wish to experience it is highly recommended that you book a table in advance. When it comes to ticketed events, these are an optional extra and again, planning in advance is essential to secure your place on the event.
As the location where alcohol was introduced in the Magic Kingdom, Be Our Guest Restaurant is one of the most notable restaurants that serves alcohol in the park. The Fantasyland restaurant serves alcohol during lunch and dinner with a drinks menu offering champagne, wine, beer and cider. Reflecting Be Our Guest Restaurant’s French theme, most of the beer and wine is French or Belgian whilst the private label Champagne list can be purchased by the glass or the bottle with a select few of the most premium options available bottle only.
Traditionally a character dining restaurant, the signature dining experience at Cinderella’s Royal Table serves alcohol at all meal times, including breakfast. During breakfast, the menu includes a selection of wine cocktails often associated with the first meal of the day including mimosas, bellinis and The Royal Breakfast Flight which is a sample of all the specialty cocktails available. For lunch and dinner, the alcohol options change to a collection of champagne, sparkling wine and wine with a very limited selection of beer.
Adventureland’s tropical outpost Skipper Canteen is a casual dining table service restaurant serving lunch and dinner. Alongside the delicious offerings of exotic cuisine, Skipper Canteen’s menu includes wine, beer and two specialty cocktails. For the cocktails, you can choose from Skipper Sangria, a traditional sangria, and Veranda Shandy, a unique concoction of the zesty Blue Moon ale with chipotle and pineapple juice. To let you in on a secret, Skipper Canteen also has an exciting range of cocktails you won’t find on the traditional menu including Cerulean Blue Sangria, Passion Fruit Sangria and Frosty Pineapple. You won’t find the secret menu items listed and they can change frequently so make sure you research before you visit and ask your skipper if you’d like to order one.
Upon entering Magic Kingdom, the very first table service restaurant you will find is Main Street USA’s Lady and the Tramp themed Tony’s Town Square Restaurant. With a delicious Italian menu, the alcohol options are also distinctly Italian. Serving for lunch and dinner, Tony’s Town Square Restaurant serves a vino collection from various wine-making regions of Italy whilst the beer list is limited to just two options, Stella Artois and the Italian Peroni. In addition, the sparkling Italian cocktail Bellini also features on the menu.
Nestled between Main Street USA and Tomorrowland, The Plaza Restaurant is a charming casual dining table service restaurant. The restaurant features an American-themed menu accompanied by a very small selection of alcoholic beverages. The wine list features six options with a balance between red and white whilst four different beers are also available.
At home in Liberty Square, Liberty Tree Tavern is a colonial American themed all-you-can-eat buffet. The colonial American themed restaurant offers a menu celebrating the taste and flavour of the USA including a drinks list of American wine, beer and cider.
The charming Victorian-inspired restaurant of The Crystal Palace located on Main Street USA is a highly rated character dining restaurant and the perfect place to eat with exceptional views of Cinderella Castle. The American buffet serves a variety of mouthwatering dishes alongside a refined alcohol drinks list of beer, cider and wine. The menu also offers a duo of specialty cocktails with both mimosas and sangria on the menu.
Frontierland’s The Diamond Horseshoe is the land’s incredible all-you-care-to-enjoy table service restaurant set in a beautiful Old West music hall. Standard beverages are included in the buffet price but alcohol is available for an upcharge. The menu features a range of Californian wine, a selection of US brewed beer and a few specialty cocktails. On the cocktail menu, you will find sangria, mimosas and the Spirit Of ‘76 Cider Shandy, a lager and cider creation.
Dessert parties have long been an optional extra at Magic Kingdom, a special ticketed event held on the Tomorrowland Terrace. The event includes a fireworks pre-party where guests can enjoy a variety of exquisite desserts and drinks including an assortment of wine and beer. The event concludes with the dazzling and magical fireworks spectacular enjoyed from a prime position without ever having to leave the terrace.
So there you have it, the park seamlessly introduced alcohol to the family-friendly environment of the most magical place on Earth and alcohol can be found at Magic Kingdom. Adult drinks can definitely be enjoyed for lunch and dinner at Magic Kingdom, you just have to know where to find it.