Marking a change of policy for the Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World Resort, beer and wine will be served regularly at one of its open to the public restaurants. The change was announced earlier this month and applies to the yet to be opened Be Our Guest Restaurant being constructed as part of the new Fantasyland expansion.
Reservations for the Be Our Guest Restaurant were opened for the first time on August 20, 2012. The restaurant itself will not officially open until November 19, 2012.
Themed around the Beauty and the Beast animated feature movie, the restaurant will include three separate dining rooms. One of the rooms will be themed on the mysterious West Wing of Beast’s castle; one will be known as the Rose Gallery; and the third, an elegant Ballroom with domed ceiling and twinkling chandeliers.
The restaurant will serve French inspired dishes in keeping with the Beauty and the Beast storyline. At lunch, the establishment will be considered quick service with orders taken at kiosks. After ordering, guests will be directed to their table where the food will be delivered along with china used in place of paper plates. In the evening, Be Our Guest will become a fine dining sit-down restaurant.
Along with the intriguing menu items to be featured at the new restaurant, Disney has also announced that beer and wine will be available. Alcohol has not normally been served within the Magic Kingdom with the exception of private parties and events.
“As part of the overall theming, we wanted to offer wine that enhances the guest experience and complements the French-inspired cuisine,” says Stuart McGuire, Beverage Director, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “The wines focus primarily on France’s famous wine-growing regions, including Champagne, Alsace, Loire, Rhone, Burgundy and Bordeaux.
“We’ll also offer the leading French beer, Kronenbourg 1664,” says McGuire. “And, staying in the general region, we’ll also offer Belgian beers.”
As of this posting, plans for alcohol at other locations within Magic Kingdom are not known. It has, however, been served at the other parks of Walt Disney World such as around the World Showcase of Epcot.