Booze at Magic Kingdom: one critic laments it's now "all about the $." Really?
An unintentionally hilarious story in USA Today travel on Friday. Oh, the piece starts off just fine, with news that Disney is going to - gasp - serve wine and beer at the French-themed "Be Our Guest" restaurant, which will open in November as part of the Magic Kingdom's expansion of Fantasyland.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, sales will be limited to dinner hours, because God forbid someone has a glass of wine at lunch and gets potted in the company of Mrs. Potts (sorry about that).
"You cannot walk into a French restaurant and not get a glass of wine or beer," Disney's Maribeth Bisienere told the Sentinel. "It made more sense to do it (allow alcohol) than not to do it."
It seems perfectly harmless to me. But then again I live in Canada, where we also worry more about violence and letting people carry guns in their pockets and not someone having a glass of wine after a day of carting their children around a theme park and waiting in line two hours in the blazing sun to see Minnie Mouse or three hours in line to take a 98-second roller coaster ride past cartoon characters singing Zip-a-dee-doo-dah.
Don't take that the wrong way. I actually love Disney World and Disneyland and try to get there every few years for a solid nostalgia hit. It's a great, happy trip.
I can't for the life of me see anything wrong with selling beer and wine at dinner in one measly restaurant at the Magic Kingdom. But this is America, or Florida anyway. So, of course, some folks are up in arms.
One commenter wrote in to say he didn't mind alcohol in other theme parks but that the Magic Kingdom should stay dry.
"It's all about the money," he lamented.
All about the money? Say it ain't so, Joe. Disney? DISNEY???? All about the money???? The folks who charge us a half day's salary to wander Main Street and hit us up for Mickey Mouse hats and Davy Crockett hats (yeah, I'm dating myself here) and Cars model autmobiles and Buzz Lightyear t-shirts and Ariel "Under the Sea" coffee mugs and sell tickets for "Disney on Ice" shows? They're only interested in my money?
I'm sad to have this revealed to me. I'm shocked, hurt and depressed.
I think I need a drink.