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Magic Kingdom’s First-Ever Lounge Is on the Way: Here’s What to Know

Pirates of the Caribbean lounge coming to Magic Kingdom
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Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort is finally getting its first lounge, and the location’s Pirates of the Caribbean attraction theme will add to the excitement of the new guest experience within Adventureland.

Pirates Lounge at Magic Kingdom

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First-Ever Magic Kingdom Lounge

An exciting new addition is coming to Adventureland at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, per Walt Disney Imagineer Chris Beatty. In September 2023, Beatty took to the stage during the live Destination D23 event held at Disney’s Contemporary Resort near Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort. The new experience will be the first-ever lounge-type location in the park.

Barker Bird

Peg-Leg Pete, the so-called “Barker Bird” in the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, will finally make his swashbuckling return to Adventureland after being forced to walk the plank in 1975

peg leg pete barker bird disney world pirates of the caribbean green parrot

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Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean attraction will inspire the new location and will have the look and feel of a tavern. It won’t only be a place for food and drinks with a swashbuckling theme; it will also serve to extend the experience of Pirates, allowing guests to dive deeper into the story of Captain Jack Sparrow, his scurvy crew, and the adventures they have on the high seas.

D23 took to social media to share the announcement with:

A new Pirates of the Caribbean-themed lounge is coming to Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park. This first-of-its-kind experience will extend the story of Pirates of the Caribbean. Imagineers are in the design process now—more details to come in the future! #DestinationD23

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When Will the Lounge Open? 

No specific date was revealed for the completion of the new dining location, as Imagineers are currently in the design process for the tavern. We will be sure to share more details as soon as Disney reveals them, including a potential opening timeframe or date.

Magic Kingdom’s current projects include the overhaul of Splash Mountain to Tiana’s Bayou Adventure (opening summer of 2024) and the reimagining of Country Bear Jamboree to The Country Bear Musical Jamboree.

Magic Kingdom, The Once Dry Park

fantasyland at magic kingdom at dusk

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You may remember that Magic Kingdom was initially a “dry” park, meaning it did not serve alcoholic beverages. For many years, Magic Kingdom maintained a policy of not selling alcohol to guests within the park. This was in contrast to the other three Disney World theme parks, including EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which served alcohol.

However, this policy changed in 2012 when Magic Kingdom started selling alcoholic beverages at the Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Fantasyland portion of the park. The decision to introduce alcohol was met with some controversy, as it marked a departure from the park’s original stance. Despite this change, Magic Kingdom still maintains a family-friendly atmosphere and continues to be a popular destination for visitors of all ages.

alcohol at fireworks dessert party

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Alcohol is currently readily available at Magic Kingdom’s table-service restaurants, including Be Our Guest Restaurant, Cinderella’s Royal Table, The Crystal Palace, The Diamond Horseshoe, Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen, Liberty Tree Tavern, The Plaza Restaurant, and Tony’s Town Square Restaurant. Guests can also enjoy alcohol at specialty Magic Kingdom fireworks dessert parties.

Unlike Disney World’s other theme parks, alcohol is not available at any walk-up or quick-service locations. The addition of this pirate-themed lounge will be the first of its type at Magic Kingdom!

Are you excited about this addition, or do you wish Magic Kingdom steered clear of a lounge addition? Let us know in the comments. 

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!

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