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sep 20 2012

Magic Kingdom to Serve Alcohol for the First Time

You'll soon be able to enjoy a tipple at the Magic Kingdom (Courtesy GL Salava/myBudgetTravel)

The alcohol ban at the Magic Kingdom ends in mid-November. No, you won't be able to get a souvenir plastic cup full of Bud to make waiting in long lines more palatable. But you will be able to pair your dinner with a glass of Merlot at Be Our Guest, a Beauty and the Beast-themed French restaurant in the park's new Fantasyland section.

The controversial move came after guests rallied to improve the "gourmet experience." "You cannot walk into a French restaurant and not get a glass of wine or beer," Maribeth Bisienere, vice president of food and beverage for Walt Disney Parks, told the Orlando Sentinel. "It made more sense to do it than not to do it."

Wines will range from $8 to $17 per glass (bottles are $75 and under, with one $99 for big spenders) and are mainly from France or California. Beers will be Kronenbourg 1664 (likely the only French beer you could name) and three Belgian brews. The menu includes French classics like mussels Provencal and ratatouille as well as pork chops and strip steak. Reservations are available starting for November 19 (though the 500-seat restaurant is a hot ticket). Fantasyland officially opens December 6 with Beauty and the Beast and Little Mermaid-themed attractions.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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