Drinking around the world in EPCOT is one of America’s greatest pastimes. People love having drinks at Disney. Drinking is such a big part of Disney culture that Disney is lobbying to lower the drinking age to 18 on property. You can read our story on that here. Now, Disney World may allow guests to carry-in their own alcohol into the parks.
Typically theme parks and sporting events have restrictions on carry-in items. Some are extremely strict and allow no food or drinks. Others, like Disney, allow guests to bring in food and drinks, excluding alcohol. Usually, places don’t allow carry-in alcohol for a few reasons. First, they can make a lot of money off of it. Second, they can’t control underage drinking as easily. Lastly, people are more likely to be heavily intoxicated bringing in their own alcohol, which can lead to a negative experience for others. Despite this, Disney might just allow carry-in alcohol.
Why Would Disney World Allow Carry-In Alcohol?
The decision by Disney to allow carry-in alcohol is based on a recent guest survey. Disney often does guest surveys inside their theme parks to understand them better and enhance their experience. According to the most recent survey, 85% of guests (adults of course) want to be able to bring their own alcohol into the parks.
Imagine not having to pay $10 for an alcoholic drink inside Disney World, rather you make your own mixed drink on Main Street USA right before Happily Ever After. Clearly, most guests want this, however, some greatly oppose this idea. After all, Disney World is a family place. They don’t want overly intoxicated guests, especially those underage, turning Disney World into Runnamuck Park like in Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.
As we have mentioned in other articles, Disney cares a lot about the guest experience. Certainly, that wasn’t the case in 2019-2022 with Bob Chapek, but they are working on it. At least Splash Mountain is making a return. Now Disney is trying to patch holes they made and bridges they burned. They think that allowing guests to bring alcohol into Disney World might be able to increase guest satisfaction, which continues to be at an all-time low. We’re surprised this is even in conversation as we recently reported here that Disney may ban alcohol in their parks completely. They can’t seem to make up their mind.
What Will Happen if Disney Allows Guests to Bring in Alcohol?
There are quite a few nuances if Disney does change their carry-in policy, which they almost removed completely as we reported here. If Disney allows alcohol in their parks, they will have to check the ID’s of those who bring it in. This will certainly slow down security. They also will more closely monitor guests to ensure they aren’t too intoxicated. In fact, Disney will crack down harder on those who appear to be impaired because of this.
One other change is Disney will allow guests to drink alcohol on their rides. This will not apply to all rides, but slow-moving rides like Spaceship Earth or it’s a small world are perfect for a drink. Disney will have signs at each attraction letting guests know if they can drink on that ride or not.
Ultimately, while it seems controversial to allow guests to bring in their own alcohol at Disney, they are actively looking to try it. However, Disney has a lot of plans in place to keep it under control and maintain it.
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