The happiest place on Earth about to get happier – with booze

The new Star Wars land is about to break a major Walt Disney rule that will transform Disneyland as we know it. Source: Disney/Lucasfilm.

COME 2019, both aspiring Jedi and their parents will thoroughly enjoy two Disney parks’ latest addition, a Star Wars-themed land called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Disney Parks promises it will “transport guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before Wild Space, where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life.”

It is also expected to transform Disneyland, the happiest place on Earth, as we know it because for the first time in its 63-year history, adults visiting Disneyland in California will be able to enjoy an alcoholic drink.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will feature Oga’s Cantina, a watering hole which will be “serving pilots, bounty hunters, smugglers, locals and galactic travelers alike”, according to Disney Parks.

On Disney Parks’ official blog, Walt Disney Imagineering Portfolio Creative Executive Scott Trowbridge wrote, “Visitors come to this notorious local watering hole to unwind, conduct shady business, and maybe even encounter a friend…or a foe.”

“Oga’s Cantina is the kind of establishment that attracts some of the most interesting and disreputable characters in the galaxy. And you never know when a stormtrooper or a familiar face will show up.”

“Patrons of the cantina come from across the galaxy to sample the famous concoctions created with exotic ingredients using “otherworldly” methods, served in unique vessels. With choices for kids and libations for adults, the cantina will make for a great stop!”

Since the opening of the Walt Disney World Resort in 1971, Disney conglomerate founder Walt Disney had always opposed the sale of alcohol in his parks as he wanted it to be a wholesome, family-friendly experience.

It was a rule that remained in place at the original Disneyland in California except for Disneyland’s VIP Club 33, a set of private clubs located in several Disney Parks including Tokyo Disneyland and Shanghai Disneyland.

In 2012, Be Our Guest, the restaurant themed around the French castle in Beauty and the Beast started offering beer and wine for dinner, the first to break Walt Disney’s mandate.

Then, in May 2018, it was announced that every sit-down restaurant in the Magic Kingdom will also start serving alcohol.

While adults will be able to enjoy a refreshing mug of beer or a glass of full-bodied wine right down to the very last drop, the alcohol drinks can only be consumed inside the cantina.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will also include two signature attractions: one that lets guests take the controls of Millennium Falcon on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.

The parks will open at Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida in 2019, to coincide with the release of Star Wars: Episode IX.