Sept. 14, 2012— -- They say Walt Disney World is the place where wishes come true.
And if you're one of the countless frazzled parents who've wished for a beer or a glass of wine after a long day in the Magic Kingdom, your wish has been granted.
For the first time in its history, beer and wine will be available in the Magic Kingdom. It will be served at the soon-to-be-open Be Our Guest restaurant in the New Fantasyland.
Be our Guest is a French restaurant themed after Beauty and the Beast. The story is set in France.
The announcement was made on the Disney Parks blog.
"As part of the overall theming, we wanted to offer wine that enhances the guest experience and complements the French-inspired cuisine," said Stuart McGuire, Beverage Director, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. "The wines focus primarily on France's famous wine-growing regions, including Champagne, Alsace, Loire, Rhone, Burgundy and Bordeaux.
"We'll also offer the leading French beer, Kronenbourg 1664," he said. "And, staying in the general region, we'll also offer Belgian beers."
The beer and wine will only be available during dinner. The restaurant will feature three dining rooms and will seat over 500 guests. Items like Croque Monsieur and pommes frites will be served at lunch; charcuterie plate or mussels in wine are on the dinner menu. Lunch will be quick service, while dinner will be table service.
Reservations for Be Our Guest are being taken now, even though the restaurant doesn't open until Nov. 19, the same day New Fantasyland opens for previews.
New Fantasyland's official opening date is Dec. 6. It marks the largest expansion in the park's history and comes just in time for the holidays – one of the busiest times of year for the theme park. During previews, guests will have a chance to experience some of the new attractions, but operating hours will be limited.
Park expansion will continue into 2014 with additional attractions. Princess Fairytale Hall, a place where the Disney princesses will greet guests, and The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, a musical rollercoaster, are two highlights.
To make a reservation at Be Our Guest, call (407) WDW-DINE or book online at www.disneyworld.com/dine.
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