Sip, sip, hooray! You’ve saved, planned, and now is the time to enjoy a Walt Disney World Resort vacation. A visit to Disney’s iconic Magic Kingdom Park is a must-do. Looking for an adult beverage to unwind at the Disney Park? Here’s where to look.
A Once Dry Park
Many Disney fans likely remember that while alcohol flows freely at EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, Magic Kingdom Park was once a completely dry Park – free of any signs of alcohol.
Why the dry Park? Walt’s vision for the Disney Parks was not to include alcohol.
In 1956, Walt was quoted talking about Disneyland Park, saying, “No liquor, no beer, nothing. Because that brings in a rowdy element. That brings people that we don’t want and I feel they don’t need it. I feel when I go down to the park I don’t need a drink. I work around that place all day and I don’t have one. After I come out of a heavy day at the studio sometimes I want a drink to relax.”
To keep with Walt’s vision, Magic Kingdom opened in 1971 with no alcohol offerings. This all changed, however, in 2012 when Magic Kingdom’s new Fantasyland portion of the Park opened.
The ever-so-popular Be Our Guest Restaurant, themed after Beauty and the Beast (1991) opened with beer and wine on its table-service menu. After 40 years, the once completely dry Park offered alcohol at one restaurant. The list of alcohol options has gradually grown from 2012 to the present day.
Now, following suit with Be Our Guest Restaurant, alcohol options are available at all eight of the Magic Kingdom table-service restaurants. Check out the restaurant lineup and our top picks below:
1) Be Our Guest Restaurant
Enter the Beast’s enchanted castle from Beauty and the Beast for an unforgettable dining experience with American and French cuisine at Be Our Guest Restaurant.
Alcoholic drink options include beer, wine, cider, and champagne. We especially enjoy the Be Our Guest Private Label Wine Sampler with a sampling of three wine selections. Be Our Guest is also a great place to order a bottle of wine to share with the table.
2) Cinderella’s Royal Table
Dine inside the iconic Cinderella Castle during this one-of-a-kind Fairytale Dining experience at Cinderella’s Royal Table.
Beverage options include beer, wine, champagne, and specialty cocktails. Check out the refreshing flights with selections such as The Castle Flight, Step Sisters Flight, Belle of the Ball Flight, and more. The Canella Bellini Sparkling Peach Cocktail and Opici Family Selection Sangria are also delicious sips.
3) Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen
The Jungle Cruise Skippers are running the restaurant. If you’re hungry for adventure, this is the spot to savor the tropical cuisine of this exotic outpost.
Jungle Navigation features several beer and wine selections, with excellent specialty cocktail selections. Rum fan? Try the Jungle Bird. Tequila fan? Don’t pass up the Golden Haze Margarita. The sangria selections are also heavenly.
4) Liberty Tree Tavern
Take a break from the Park crowds in Liberty Square as you dine at Liberty Tree Tavern’s stately colonial-style inn with traditional New England-inspired fare.
Beer, hard cider, wine, and cocktails are available. A must-do here if you like bourbon is the Gold Rush. There is also a Liberty Sangria, Mimosa, Magical Beacon Cocktail, and Spirit of ’76 Cider Shandy.
5) The Crystal Palace
Idyllically set on Main Street, U.S.A., Guests can join Winnie the Pooh and friends for a whimsical all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet at The Crystal Palace.
Looking to top off your meal with an adult beverage? Check out the beer and wine menu. There are also a couple of specialty cocktails, including a Mimosa and House-made White Sangria.
6) The Diamond Horseshoe
Mosey inside this Old West music hall to feast on an all-you-care-to-enjoy dinner at The Diamond Horseshoe.
The adult beverage menu at The Diamond Horsehoe is almost identical to Liberty Tree Tavern mentioned above, with the Gold Rush, Sangria, Mimosa, Magical Beacon Cocktail, and Spirit of ’76 Cider Shandy.
7) The Plaza Restaurant
The Plaza, a table service restaurant located perfectly off Main Street, U.S.A., is not only known for its enticing ice cream selections, but Guests dining at the restaurant can also enjoy an adult beverage or two.
Wine and beer are the main alcoholic beverage offerings at The Plaza. We recommend trying the yummy House-made White Sangria.
8) Tony’s Town Square Restaurant
Themed after Disney’s Lady and the Tramp (1955), Tony’s Town Square Restaurant is the place for Italian lovers to dine!
Plenty of wine (Vino), beer (Birra), and libations (Libagioni) are nestled on the menu. The best of the best includes the Limoncello Sidecar (Caravella Limoncello, Cointreau Liqueur, Laird’s Applejack Brandy, Lemon Juice) and the Little Italy Cocktail (Knob Creek Rye Whiskey, Amaro Averna Siciliano Liqueur, Sweet Vermouth, garnished with Luxardo Cherries).
No Quick-Service Restaurants
All eight restaurants listed above are table-service restaurants. This means that reservations are required for these restaurants, or Guests may get lucky and find an open table with the “Walk-Up Wait List” in the My Disney Experience App.
Unlike EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs, Disney’s Blizzard Beach, and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, Magic Kingdom does NOT offer alcohol at its quick-service restaurants or at any walk-up stands/kiosks.
Unlimited Alcohol at Magic Kingdom
If you’re looking for unlimited alcohol at Magic Kingdom Park, there is an option.
Guests can take advantage of experiences such as Magic Kingdom’s Fireworks Dessert Party. This special reservation allows Guests VIP viewing of the nightly fireworks along with all the desserts and adult beverages one could dream of.
You’ll also find alcohol available after select after-hours Magic Kingdom parties, such as the reservation-only dessert party for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
Last but not least, if you’re willing to leave the theme park, the complimentary Disney transportation service, the Monorail, is located just outside Magic Kingdom’s entrance.
Here you can catch a ride on the Resort Monorail, which runs in a full loop from Magic Kingdom to Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, then back to Magic Kingdom. There are plenty of lounges and bars readily available for Guests at these Resort locations to sip on alcohol near Magic Kingdom.
The Monorail Crawl is a great way to enjoy a mid-day break with a few sips along the way, putting you right back for an evening at Magic Kingdom.
As always, the most important thing to know when drinking while on Walt Disney World property is to understand your limits. Drink plenty of water (it’s hot!), and be sure to keep eating if you’re planning on enjoying adult beverages.
Stay safe and happy sipping, Disney fans!