For the first time in 41 years, Disney World’s Magic Kingdom will serve alcohol to park goers. Be Our Guest, the park’s “Beauty and the Beast” themed restaurant opening next month, has announced they will serve wine and beer during the spot’s dinner hour. The eatery is located in the park’s Fantasyland Forest, which features a castle modeled after the one where the Beast resides.
Be Our Guest borrowed its name from the film’s most memorable tune, when heroine Belle is treated to an elaborate meal courtesy of the castle’s eager hosts. Though Be Our Guest patrons shouldn’t expect dancing silverware and flirtatious candelabras, they can look forward to elegant French cuisine. The restaurant boasts several themed dining rooms, including a room replicating the vaulted ballroom where Belle and the Beast share a dance. A casual, bistro-like menu will be available in the afternoon, with the sophisticated meals served in the evening. A variety of French wines and beers from both France and Belgium will be offered during dinner.
Stuart McGuire, Beverage Director of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said offering libations “enhances the guest experience and complements the French-inspired cuisine.”
Though Disney World’s other parks, including the Epcot Center, currently serve alcohol on the premises, The Magic Kingdom has remained dry since its gates first opened in 1971. Alcohol is offered in the park’s sister location, Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., but only in the park’s so-exclusive-it-might-not-even-exist Club 33.
Be Our Guest offers options for kids, but its aim is to bring a more magical experience to adults who may be too old for dress up, but not for feeling like royalty. And if, unlike Belle, you have yet to find your cursed prince with a heart of gold, you may as well compliment your meal with a glass of champagne.