Finally — Disneyland is Serving Drinks!

by James Stevenson

The Disneyland Resort made waves recently when it announced that it was finally bringing alcoholic beverages to its flagship theme park. Although alcohol is available in abundance at the California Adventure park, boozy beverages had been banned at Disneyland until now. Before you take off on your Disneyland adventure, be sure to keep this information in mind. 

Introducing: Oga’s Cantina

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge just opened up on May 31st, 2019, and with it, Oga’s Cantina, the first public bar at Disneyland to serve alcoholic beverages. Modeled after the famous cantina in the original Star Wars movie, this bar has become an immediate hit in the park. With the addition of Oga’s Cantina, visitors can enjoy a myriad of themed boozy drinks while in the Galaxy’s Edge section of the park. While at Oga’s Cantina, you can choose from fun drinks such as the Jedi Mind Trick cocktail, Bad Motivator IPA beer, and Imperial Red Wine.

The Rules  

Unlike other Disney parks that allow you to walk around with your beverage, the drinks from Oga’s are not allowed to be taken to other areas. This rule is set in place to preserve Walt Disney’s dream that families will enjoy the park without boozy drinks. Because of the crowds of people wanting to experience Oga’s, there is an operating system designed to control the flow of people in and out of the cantina. If visiting Oga’s is a priority for you, you need to visit the hostess and put your name on the waiting list. You will then be texted when it is your time to enter the premises. 

Is This the Start of a New Trend? 

It is no surprise that Disneyland management decided to bend the rules of Walt’s vision by allowing alcoholic beverages at Oga’s Cantina. A few years ago, Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom also began allowing alcohol at its table service restaurants. The addition of alcohol began with the French-inspired Be Our Guest restaurant and then quickly spread to the other table service restaurants in the park. This signaled that the leadership recognizes the need to provide alcohol in a controlled situation. 

Disney must continue to strike the delicate balance of creating a family-friendly atmosphere that also caters to adults wanting to enjoy an alcoholic beverage while on vacation. The addition of Oga’s Cantina is certainly a welcome scene to the Disneyland dining landscape for those who want to enjoy a special beverage.

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