There’s something coming to Disneyland that’s more rare than Oswald, Rocket Rods, and Skyway buckets combined: alcohol. Yes, at long last, you can finally have an alcoholic drink at Walt Disney’s first theme park.
After sixty-three years, the Mouse will serve its first libations within Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the long-awaited theme park land opening at Disneyland next summer. When Oga’s Cantina debuts, the menu will include themed alcoholic beverages, letting guests live their best Han Solo-style lives within an over-the-top Star Wars bar.
Walt Disney World’s version of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge was always planning to sell alcohol (there will be a Cantina at both parks), but Disneyland Park, which opened in 1955, has never sold booze to its guests. A long-held over standard, popularly attributed to Walt’s sensibility towards “family values”, has rendered Anaheim’s theme park the lone Disney location that’s completely dry to day guests, until now.
Walt Disney Parks & Resorts sell beer, wine and liquor at Disney’s California Adventure, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, but alcoholic drinks only began being served at Magic Kingdom in 2012, when the “Beauty and the Beast”-themed restaurant Be Our Guest opened. The addition was credited to wine and beer being standard offerings at traditional French restaurants, and thus, it fitting within the establishment’s background story.
Since then, Magic Kingdom in Florida has expanded to serve a selection of wine, beer, sangria and champagne at all of its table-service restaurants, making Disneyland the lone holdout — until Star Wars’ debut next year. Non-alcoholic drinks and cocktails will be for sale at Oga’s, though Walt Disney Imagineer Scott Trowbridge, who is leading the project, mentioned “proprietary beer and wine options”, alluding to some out-of-this-world offerings.
Alcohol has always been available within the lounge and restaurant of Club 33, Disneyland’s elite private members organization, and is served as part of luxe 21 Royal dinners, but has long been off-limits to the vast majority of guests coming through park gates. (There was a small exception with bottomless beers at Holidayland, a short-lived space for picnicking just besides the parks in the ‘50s, but it doesn’t fully count.)
The addition of alcoholic drinks at Oga’s Cantina will be a shift, one that will likely expand to the rest of the park over time. If you’ve ever hoped to have futuristic cocktail concoctions in Tomorrowland or some whiskey in that New Orleans Square mint julep, your Disney dreams may finally be coming true.