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Does Disney Have a Drinking and Driving Problem? Guests Weigh In

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These reports are incredibly startling and very upsetting to hear.

EPCOT, the second theme park constructed at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, is a true haven for those seeking a global adventure.

With its World Showcase, EPCOT offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience the tastes and flavors of different countries without ever leaving the magical realm. From Canada to Mexico, this journey through EPCOT’s World Showcase will have enough food and drink to satisfy any traveler.

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EPCOT Brings Tasty Beverages to the Hands of Guests

Walt Disney World’s World Showcase is divided into 11 pavilions, each representing a different country.

Starting from the right or the left, you can embark on your epic adventure. While walking through EPCOT World Showcase is a fun and entertaining activity for all ages, many guests of legal age really enjoy “drinking around the world.” This means stopping at each of the eleven pavilions to grab an alcoholic beverage.

alcohol at la cava del tequila in EPCOT

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This can be an incredibly wholesome activity for many fans, or it can be an absolute disaster.

Drinking eleven drinks in a short amount of time can be an absolute disaster for guests who are unable to properly place themselves. Nearly every day, there are reports of guests getting too wild and belligerent at EPCOT’s World Showcase.

Drinking Around the World Has a Dark Side

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One guest has just pointed out a very dangerous pattern being seen at the World Showcase. The guest explains on Reddit’s social media:

“Does WDW have rules about drinking alcohol and driving an ECV? I’ve seen some things at EPCOT.

I have seen two incidents recently at EPCOT and both times the ECV “drivers” were holding alcoholic beverages. On their ECV rental page, Disney does not mention anything about being drunk on your ECV. Seems weird.”

An EVC is an electric conveyance vehicle used to help guests with mobility challenges move around the parks better. Disney rents out these vehicles to guests in need.

Hearing that some guests drink and drive in these vehicles is not something to take lightly. A significant injury can occur from these vehicles, and it is terrifying when you consider the number of young children running around the parks.

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One commenter pointed out that Florida law states that no open containers can be held or consumed while in a vehicle. Another commenter adds:

Little known fact, but Disney has dozens of plain-clothes security around the World Showcase specifically for the “drink around the world” types. One of the reasons why incidents are so rare there as opposed to a typical bar.

Same kinds of security officers are often posted in stores where there’s an elevated risk of theft (like the store outside of Pirates, for example).

I’m sure there are protocols in place to stop guests from getting too sloppy on the ECV, where they could do some damage. Just because it isn’t advertised doesn’t mean it isn’t there.

With events like the EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival and EPCOT’s “Drinking Around the World” fan challenge, we hope Disney stops EPCOT drinking and driving.

Do you think Disney has a drinking and driving problem? Let us know in the comments. 

About Eva Miller

Eva was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon but has since relocated and lives in New York City. Since she was young, Eva has loved to perform in musicals, especially Disney ones! Through performing, Disney’s music became the soundtrack of her childhood. Today, Eva loves to write about all the exciting happenings for the Walt Disney Company. In her free time, Eva loves to travel, spend time in nature, and go to Broadway shows. Her favorite Disney movie is 'Lilo and Stitch,' and her favorite Park is Disney's Animal Kingdom.

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