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Disneyland Will Sell Alcohol For The First Time In Its 63-Year History

Parents, rejoice!

The happiest place on earth has some news for adults: Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, will now be serving alcohol for the first time in its 63 years.

In 2019, Oga’s Cantina will open its doors at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to serve beer and wine, as well as pre-mixed alcoholic drinks, including outer-space themed cocktails.

“Visitors come to this notorious local watering hole to unwind, conduct shady business and maybe even encounter a friend … or a foe,” Scott Trowbridge, a portfolio creative executive for Disney Imagineering, wrote on the Disneyland blog. “Run by an intriguing alien proprietor, Oga Garra, the cantina adheres to a strict code of conduct that tries to keep its unruly patrons in check.”

What Are The Details?

“Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be a completely immersive true-to-story experience,” park spokeswoman Liz Jaeger told the Orange County Register on Thursday. “Given our commitment to offering fans an immersive cantina experience, we felt this was an opportunity to offer alcohol and non-alcohol-based beverages in the context of the story.”

Recent launches of alcoholic beverages within various areas at Disney parks have included the unveiling of a wine slushie at Amorette’s Patisserie in Disney Springs last summer. Available in strawberry shiraz and mango moscato, the wine slushies can be paired with one of Amorette’s numerous sweet treats, including New York-style cheesecake and chocolate covered strawberries. The restaurant also serves sparkling wine and champagne.

Alcohol In The Parks Wasn’t Part Of The Plan

When Walt Disney created the beloved theme parks, he was against alcoholic beverages being served in the parks for “fear that people would become unruly.” But when a handful of Magic Kingdom restaurants began to serve wine and beer in 2016, Scott Smith, an assistant hospitality professor at the University of South Carolina, told the Orlando Sentinel, “I don’t think Walt (Disney) is going to be spinning in his grave as long as it’s done tastefully.”

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Several areas within Disneyland and Disney World — including Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, Epcot and Disney Springs — offer alcoholic beverage options. All drinks served at Oga’s Cantina will have to be consumed within the building.

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And that sounds like a good way to make sure Disneygoers of all ages have a magical time at the park.