If you’re looking forward to enjoying some adult beverages on your next Disney World trip, there are some rules you’ll need to follow!
There’s definitely no shortage of delicious drinks at Disney World! Whether you’re planning a whole day at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival, or stopping by Disney Springs for a quick cocktail, there are plenty of options!
But of course, safety is always a priority for Disney, so there are some rules guests are expected to follow. Here are a few policies that might surprise you!
International Travelers Need Two Forms of I.D., Including A Passport, To Purchase Alcohol
While the legal drinking age varies internationally, in the United States, you must be 21 years of age or older to buy or consume alcohol. If you’re traveling from outside the United States, are not a US citizen, and plan to drink in Disney World, be sure to come prepared!
According to Disney World policy, Guests visiting from outside of the United States must show both a valid passport AND another form of government-issued photo ID.
Guests visiting from within the U.S. only need one valid form of I.D., but if you’re traveling internationally, be sure to pack accordingly! (Now, do Disney cast members actually require guests to show both forms of ID in practice? Let us know in the comments what your experience has been!)
Guests are Often Limited to Two Drinks At A Time
This rule is fairly common at places like sporting events, concerts, and, of course, theme parks. Cast Members are trained to limit guests to no more than two alcoholic beverages per transaction at quick service locations (this often includes Epcot festival booths).
This policy is intended to both deter guests from becoming too intoxicated and limit the ability of guests to buy drinks for other people using their own I.D.
Cast Members are also trained to refuse drinks to guests who already appear intoxicated, regardless of whether they are at a quick service or table service location! So if you’re suspect, don’t be surprised if a Cast Member cuts you off!
You Can’t Take Open Containers Out Of A Park
Yep, you can purchase and wander with alcohol in Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but you can’t leave the park with it.
Many guests are intimately familiar with that “chug at the gate” policy. You won’t be allowed through the tapstiles to head back to your hotel, Disney transportation, or the parking lot if you have an open container. Drink up, or throw it away.
This seems to happen on the reg at the International Gateway in Epcot, where “drinking around the world” is a popular activity.
Guests Can Bring Their Own Alcohol to Resort Hotels
Disney security will not allow outside alcoholic beverages into any of the theme parks or water parks. But there are some places on property where guests can provide their own drinks!
Outside alcohol is allowed in the Disney Resort hotels as long as it isn’t carried or consumed by anyone under the age of 21, of course.
While you can drink at most locations around the Resort hotels, there are a few exceptions. Obviously, you can’t drink while operating a vehicle. But you’ll also need to be careful around the pool! There are no glass bottles allowed in the pool area for safety reasons (so many bare feet!). And you can’t bring your drink into the pool while you soak, so prepare to sip on a lounge chair from a safe distance!
Guests Can Bring Their Own Wine to Some Disney Restaurants
Do you have a special bottle of wine that you’ve been saving for a special occasion? Well, you can enjoy it at select restaurants in Disney World!
Some table service restaurants outside the parks (can’t bring alcohol into any theme park, corked or not) allow guests to bring their own bottle of wine, although corkage fees may apply.
This policy varies by location and is subject to change, so be sure to check with the restaurant before you pack your bottle!
Click here to Read 13 Questions and Answers About What You Can and Can’t Bring Into The Disney Parks!
Magic Kingdom Is A Dry Park, Except For Table Service Restaurants
When Magic Kingdom was first opened in 1971, there was no alcohol sold anywhere within the park. In fact, it remained a dry park for over 40 years.
But, when Be Our Guest Restaurant opened in 2012, it became the first Magic Kingdom menu to include alcohol.
Since then, alcohol has been added to the menu of all table service restaurants in the park. But as of right now, there is still no alcohol sold at any quick service locations in Magic Kingdom,and you cannot take alcohol outside of a table service restaurant (it must be consumed entirely at the table). This makes Magic Kingdom unique since guests can grab a drink at walk-up locations in all three of the other parks.
There are definitely tons of unique and delicious drinks at Disney World! As much as we enjoy sipping on a cocktail while strolling through the parks, we understand that Disney has to enforce rules to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all guests. Just remember to abide by these policies and drink responsibly, and you’ll be in for a magical vacation! Cheers!
Do you know of any surprising rules at Disney World? Let us know in the comments!