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EPCOT’s “Drinking Around the World” at Disney is Becoming a Problem

Mexico Pavilion
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It’s time we talked. We’ve got a problem that isn’t just going away. In fact, it’s getting worse.

Spring Break is Upon Us

As we fly through March, it’s time to face what’s ahead… SPRING BREAK. 

Flower and Garden Festival

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Spring Break at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT brings a kaleidoscope of excitement with blooming gardens, vibrant performances, and festive international cuisines, all in celebration of the EPCOT International Flower and Garden Festival. Guests flood the Disney park to experience all there is to offer… including the alcoholic beverages.

But as we approach Spring Break, we’re reminded that the tradition of “drinking around the world” has become a problem.

Don’t Go Viral

By now, you’ve likely seen viral videos such as the one below of a lady who appears to have had one too many taking it upon herself to hop off the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros at EPCOT. As others raise their voices and escalate the situation, you can tell she is oblivious to the problem she is causing.

Maybe oblivious isn’t the correct word; perhaps ignorant is. Yes, ignorance is a much better fit as it illustrates her intoxicated cluelessness and demonstrates that she doesn’t care.

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I would like you to imagine that this is your child’s first trip to EPCOT or Walt Disney World.

Witnessing a drunken woman scream at guests whose trip is now disrupted because she couldn’t stop herself from dipping in the sauce could be a bit of a traumatic experience for little ones, especially when we consider that Disney does everything in its power to present an immersive environment that is free from the bad things outside of the Disney-bubble.

Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros

Credit: Disney

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As events like this seem to be stacking up, it’s time to talk about our park drinking and why it seems so many choose irresponsibility, especially at EPCOT.

To be fair, many guests consider EPCOT an adult park as it doesn’t maintain the same theming as others in Walt Disney World. There’s one small problem with this logic; it isn’t. It’s a theme park with Mickey Mouse and others who are large draws for children.

Disney seems to be a tad ignorant of the problem itself, as alcohol has become the unofficial mascot of EPCOT. Step aside Figment. If you don’t believe me, visit a bathroom around the World Showcase after 8 p.m. on a Friday or Saturday night. I challenge you to find someone who is not sick because they’ve overindulged.

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Towards the end of the video in question, you can clearly hear someone give this lady an ultimatum. Stop with the Jack Sparrow impression or face the consequences. It’s unclear whether this is a guest or Cast Member, but I’d lean toward the guest as she is threatened with “being taken down.”

Now, listen closely; DO NOT put your hands on someone, especially if alcohol is involved. It typically isn’t the best solution to any problem, although I get it. If my kids were on this ride and privy to this drunken escapade, I’d be very upset.

The problem, as Barnabas has clearly stated on Twitter, is that, for some reason, we think we have to drink all of the alcohol at EPCOT. It’s become a bit of an unspoken challenge. Large groups of people are instantly recognized as they don their Etsy drinking team shirts and head out around the World Showcase, ready to make poor decisions.

This usually happens with complete disregard for other guests, including the children present. That’s a sad notion. I can’t get past someone having this experience during their first trip to Walt Disney World.

epcot forever fireworks and spaceship earth

Credit: Disney Parks

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Drinking responsibly is strongly encouraged throughout the Parks, but it isn’t necessarily enforced. If it were, there would be fewer of these instances instead of seeing them on the incline.

No one is suggesting not to enjoy yourself at EPCOT, or any park for that matter. However, when your good time impedes the ability of others to enjoy themselves, you’ve become part of the problem. Not to mention, Disney Springs is available to guests looking for a more adult vibe on the property, and they’re open much later.

So, as you head out to enjoy Spring Break at EPCOT, please remember… EPCOT isn’t an adult-only park exclusively made for you to get sloppy. Don’t ruin it for others; be a decent person.

About Michael Arnold

Michael is a father, husband, and an Army Veteran. Michael spends his weekends at Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando checking out new merchandise and food. Michael is a graduate of the University of Alabama and has an education background in Public Health. You can find Michael riding Pirates of the Caribbean over and over again or binge watching new Marvel and Star Wars content. Han shot first. Thor is the strongest Avenger. Roll Tide and Wash Your Hands!

13 comments

  1. Just another way for Disney to make more $$$$$$$$$

  2. The worst mistake they ever made was selling alcohol at Disney.

  3. EPCOT used to be more of an adult park. It was made up of museums and shows highlighting the countys, it was also easier to talk to the cast members about their country’s. Over time people complained that their kids did want to learn and interact in the way that EPCOT was set up, and started to bring in rides that are less educational and more kid friendly. So even though there were three parks geared to kids and one more for adults, Disney brought kids into an adult environment adults are now expected to act differently. Drinking around the world is not a new thing, I will say that I saw this coming as some as the changes stared. Just my two cents.

  4. I think the story is being blown out of proportion. I spend two to three days a week at Epcot and have never witnessed anything even close to the described situation.

  5. If when adults enter EPCOT and were given a punch card – maybe 3 punches- and had to present it each time they get a drink when it is full then so are you.

  6. If Disney realy wanted to address alcohol problems it could, but the almighty $$$$$$$ gets in the way. I doubt thinds will change untiil some catastrophic incidence happens,
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  7. I thought Disney had the Wine & Dine only once a year? Did this happen then? You would think adults had more common sense though being that children are everywhere in the parks. Consuming alcohol if you are with your children does not look well all around, especially in public at Disney World. Makes you wonder about the safety of their children, if they were with them.

    • 12 years while wailing for Illuminations a lady passed us as we were sitting awaiting the show. Mid stride of her stagger she passed out. Her head it the ground so hard it sounded like a watermelon smassing on the ground. We went to one of the stores to get her medical assistance. Park people arrived but she was still unconscious. They then called for medical transport. That took over 12 minutes not counting the 30+ minutes for the first aid to arrive. When they loaded her on a gurney hair remained in the sidewalk. The first timmer 4 year old with us kept asking what that lady was napping on the sidewalk. We call it the drunk fest!! Disney needs a few good legal cases to shut it down. We stopped going during the drunk fest. It is reminiscent of the Drunk barffing on busses on return trips from Paridise Island (if that was the old name at Disney Springs) We nolonger attend during that time of year.

  8. money money money. alcohol sales bring in a lot of money so get over it

    • DISNEY INTENTIONALLY IGNORES THE OVER INDULGENCE OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES,
      Disney has been in a financial crisis for several years and the sales of ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES HAVE A HUGE PROFIT
      Disney has been in a financial crisis for several years senior executives and management will comprise the core values of Walt Disney to break even as they openly embrace the WOKE Agenda that driving away Guests going to Disney .
      With Disney’s Desperation they teamed up with Apple another extremely Woke company because there were being challenged by people that wanted to bring Disney back to Family values that built the name Walt Disney.
      At the end of the day Alcohol sales are a Huge revenue for Disney … BUT AT WHAT COST ?

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