For a lot of people, vacation is all about kicking back with a cold drink of the alcoholic variety.
And since Walt Disney World is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the country, it stands to reason that people who visit are excited about grabbing a beer on a hot day or trying a new, festive cocktail or two.
There’s just one problem: If you’re at Magic Kingdom, procuring said alcohol is a bit complicated.
Unlike other parks like Epcot, where there is literally a festival called Food and Wine, there are no walk-up bars at Magic Kingdom. In fact, it was only recently that you were able to order alcohol anywhere at Magic Kingdom at all.
And while you won’t find any bars at the park, all is not lost. Here’s everything you need to know about where to get alcohol at Magic Kingdom.
Why is there no alcohol at Magic Kingdom?
For a long time, both Disneyland and Magic Kingdom were totally dry parks from the time they were offered, and that was because of the man himself, Walt Disney.
“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,” Walt once said in an interview with the Saturday Evening Post.
But times change, things evolve, and eventually, both Disneyland and Disney World’s alcohol policies did, too. When Be Our Guest opened in 2012, it was the first and only place in the park to sell alcohol, and soon enough, every Table Service restaurant at Magic Kingdom would follow suit.
Which places serve alcohol at Magic Kingdom?
You can find alcohol at all Table Service restaurants at Magic Kingdom, and though offerings lean heavy on beer and wine, you can find a few specialty drinks at certain locations.
Tony’s Town Square Restaurant
The Plaza Restaurant
Also located on Main Street, U.S.A., The Plaza is famous for their ice cream… but if you eat lunch or dinner there, you can also grab a drink!
Cinderella’s Royal Table
Cinderella’s Royal Table is one of the hardest reservations to snag at Magic Kingdom — it’s a princess character meal inside the castle, which really says it all. It’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and can be a bit pricy, but worth trying out at least once.
The Crystal Palace
If you’re planning to eat a meal with Winnie the Pooh and friends on Main Street, you’ll be happy to know that you can also order several different alcoholic drinks at The Crystal Palace.
Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen
Liberty Tree Tavern
In Liberty Square, you’ll find Liberty Tree Tavern, which is themed after colonial America, offering a menu that will give you big Thanksgiving vibes in the best way.
The Diamond Horseshoe
The Diamond Horseshoe is also located in Liberty Square and is themed after an Old West music hall.
Be Our Guest
Enter the Beast’s castle at Be Our Guest in Fantasyland for a yummy prix fixe menu and a healthy number of options for beer, wine, and cocktails (plus an appearance from the master himself).
Dessert parties are another option.
Another way to drink alcohol at Magic Kingdom is by attending a fireworks dessert party. These parties come at an additional fee, but offer all-you-can-drink beer, wine, and champagne, along with a buffet of snacks and dessert items and a reserved spot to view the Happily Ever After fireworks from.
Right now, there are three different parties to choose from.
- Happily Ever After Pre-Party, which takes place before the fireworks and costs $99 for adults (ages 10 and up) and $59 for kids (ages 3 to 9). This includes a reserved spot on the hub grass in front of Cinderella Castle.
- Happily Ever After Post-Party, which takes place after the fireworks and costs $99 for adults (ages 10 & up) and $59 for kids (ages 3 to 9), and also includes a reserved spot on the hub grass.
- Happily Ever After Seats & Sweets, which takes place during the fireworks and comes with a seat to view the show from Tomorrowland Terrace and costs $114 for adults (ages 10 & up) and $69 for kids (ages 3 to 9).
To book the fireworks dessert party of your choice, you can check out available reservations up to 60 days in advance on the Walt Disney World website.
Where to get alcohol near Magic Kingdom
If you don’t want to make a reservation for Table Service dining to get your booze on, you have plenty of other options. Magic Kingdom is surrounded by monorail resorts, which all have pretty awesome bars with yummy food and drinks you can check out.
These are some of our favorite bars nearby:
Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and Tiki Bar
The Enchanted Rose
The Steakhouse 71 Lounge
FAQs about alcohol at Magic Kingdom
Can you walk around the park with alcohol?
While you can walk around the other three theme parks while enjoying your drink, that doesn’t happen in Magic Kingdom, since alcohol is only served at Table Service restaurants (and dessert parties, of course). You’ll have to finish your drink before leaving the restaurant.
Can you bring alcohol into the park?
Though Disney does allow guests to bring outside food and drink into Magic Kingdom, alcohol is prohibited — and that goes for all of the Disney theme parks, not just this one.
How strict is Disney with alcohol at Magic Kingdom?
When Disney says something is prohibited, they mean it. Trying to sneak alcohol past security could result in being banned from the parks, which would be a huge bummer. It’s not worth it, especially when there are so many good restaurants with huge alcohol menus both in and nearby Magic Kingdom.
- If you want to start your day with a yummy drink, make a reservation at Steakhouse 71 at the Contemporary Resort. The refillable mimosas are a great deal, and then you can hop on the Monorail or walk to the park (and take advantage of the shorter security lines at the resort).
- Looking for a fun cocktail but don’t want to miss the fireworks? Head over to the Polynesian Resort after dark, and grab a cocktail on the Trader Sam’s patio for an amazing view.
- Another fun fireworks option: Book a dining reservation at California Grill during the show (check what time Happily Ever After will be showing during your stay beforehand) and you can enjoy dinner and drinks from the top of the Contemporary Resort. The restaurant dims the lights and pipes in music for the fireworks each night.