Disneyland visitors who explore the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge expansion that opens next year will be invited to belly up to a dimly lit Star Wars-inspired cantina where, for the first time in the park, they can order alcoholic drinks.
The general public will be able to drink booze at Oga’s Cantina, a bar named after an alien in the upcoming Star Wars: Glaxy’s Edge. This is the first time the general public will have access to alcohol at Disneyland, and the bar has sparked strong reactions on social media.
The libations will include pre-mixed alcoholic drinks, a significant development at the attraction because Disneyland has never sold booze to park visitors, except to members of the private Club 33, an exclusive dinner club at Disneyland’s New Orleans Square.
Parkgoers who order drinks in the cantina won’t be allowed to take them out into the park.
Walt Disney himself opposed the sale of alcohol in his parks, saying he felt the introduction of booze would ruin the family atmosphere. The founder of the media giant was quoted in 1956 saying: “No liquor, no beer, nothing. Because that brings in a rowdy element.
While it's a first for Disneyland, it's hardly a first for Disney parks. California Adventure Park, adjacent to Disneyland, sells beer, wine and spirits, as does Florida's Epcot and many Disney parks in Europe and Asia.
This historic change has prompted mixed reactions on social media. Some opposed the decision while a few Disney fans embraced the change.
The watering hole is scheduled to open in 2019.