Disney Bars May Reopen to Increased Capacity

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Trader Sam's Grog Grotto

Credit: Disney

Those who enjoy drinking at Disney and imbibing at Trader Sam’s may soon have something to celebrate. Only a few alcoholic lounges have reopened (Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar and Oga’s Cantina, for example) since the initial June 26th order suspending on-premises alcoholic consumption was amended to allow bars serving food to remain open. There’s been good news this week on an official twitter feed discussing the future of Florida Bars and a large reopening capacity.

Florida Bars Will Reopen to 50% Capacity

This past Thursday, Halsey Beshears, Florida’s Secretary of Department of Business & Professional Regulation, announced on his Twitter feed that bars in the State of Florida can once again reopen on Monday, September 14th, 2020, at a whopping 50% capacity. Up until this point, bars not serving food (Think Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto tiki bar at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, which makes over 50% of its revenue from enchanting tiki cocktails, and not the very few food dishes on a requested menu). This has left a lot of Disney Resort bars shuttered, as well, such as Dockside Margaritas.

Disney World and City Walk Bars

Of course, this announced new order will be in effect statewide, but Walt Disney World Resort, nor City Walk, has not announced what they will do with their specific eateries or theme park lounges that have not reopened to this point.

Many Walt Disney World bars, such as Jellyrolls Lounge and Piano Bar, had initially announced a reopening date in October of this year, but those opening dates were pushed back inevitably when the bans were set in place. You can see this Instagram post from barely a week ago, as they push the opening.

With the new September 10th announcement, we will wait to see what Universal Studios Orlando and Walt Disney World Resort will do. Stay tuned to Inside The Magic as this story continues to develop. Leave us a comment about the watering hole you’re looking forward to returning to on your Disney vacation!

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