Walt Disney wanted to keep Disneyland from being like any of the previous amusement parks and carnivals that had been built before it, and one strategy he employed was to keep alcohol out of the park. This principle remained in place until ten years ago, when Magic Kingdom began to offer adult beverages in some restaurants. Soon, cocktails will be available in some Magic Kingdom restaurants.
The alcohol available for purchase at Magic Kingdoms table service eateries has been limited to beer and wine, but starting September 13, three Magic Kingdom eateries, Jungle Skipper Canteen, Liberty Tree Tavern, and Diamond Horseshoe, will each offer a pair of cocktails. According to Attractions Magazine, the cocktails are:
Jungle Skipper Canteen
- Jungle Bird Cocktail Gosling Black Rum, Campari, and cane syrup blended with pineapple and lime juices.
- Golden Haze Margarita - Teremana Blanco Tequila, Grand Marnier, agave syrup, lime juice, and smoked chili bitters.
Liberty Tree Tavern and Diamond Horseshoe
- Gold Rush Elijah Craig Bourbon, lemon juice, and honey, garnished with crystalized ginger.
- Magical Beacon Cocktail Created in celebration of the 50th Anniversary is this concoction of Empress 1908 Gin, Bols Blue Curacao, Minute Maid premium lemonade, Orgeat (almond), lemon, hibiscus grenadine and a souvenir glow cube.
The opening of the Be Our Guest Restaurant at Walt Disney World in 2010 was a major event as a result of Walt Disney's desire to keep his Magic Kingdom dry.
Alcohol is a major revenue maker and it tends to be something that guests desire, especially with meals, so the decision was made to allow beer and wine sales in the park, but only at table service eateries. The drinks cannot be taken out into the park in the same way as at Epcot or other parks.
Disneyland was kept dry until Ogas Cantina opened with Star Wars: Galaxys Edge in 2019. Alcoholic beverages may now be found at the Blue Bayou restaurant. Cocktails have been there, but they aren't currently on the menu.
While nothing official has been said about the future of cocktails inside the Magic Kingdom, it appears to be more than likely that this will go the same route as beer and wine before it. Unless, for some reason, guests do not like the available cocktails, they will likely see Disney World extend them to other table service locations.
People have come to terms with the idea of alcohol inside Magic Kingdom and Disneyland, so adding liquor to the beer and wine list might not cause too many eyebrows.