Today, the Disney Parks Blog announced enhanced food and drink options that would be newly available to Guests at both the Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland Resort. One of the more exciting announcements for many Guests is that Blue Bayou in Disneyland’s New Orleans Square would now be serving alcohol, only the second location in the theme park to do so.
Blue Bayou serves Cajun specialties and is most known for its prime location in New Orleans Square right alongside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
According to the Disney Parks Blog:
Blue Bayou Restaurant in Disneyland park will soon offer new beverage options that elevate the culinary experience. This guest-favorite spot will open after the theme parks reopen, and we’ll share that date as soon as we can. The enhanced offerings fit right in with the story and spirit of the Blue Bayou and reflect what many of our guests have requested.
The new additions will complement the menu and theme of the restaurant, with beverages such as wine, beer, and a specialty Hurricane Cocktail – a New Orleans staple! Or, you may want to try the new celebration sparkling wine package. Soon, you’ll be able to pair them with the restaurant’s delicious menu items, like the popular Surf and Turf. Also, keep an eye out for new, seasonal takes on our Mint Julep non-alcoholic beverage. Stay tuned for more on Blue Bayou.
The OC Register reports that Disney decided to add alcoholic drinks to the Blue Bayou menu after they received thousands of requests over the years from Guests who wanted more cocktail options at the popular park location.
Previously, the only place that the Guests could purchase alcohol inside Disneyland Park was Oga’s Cantina, found in the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge area. Oga’s Cantina did not open until 2019, however. So before that, Guests wanting an adult beverage at the Disneyland Resort had to head to either Downtown Disney, Disney California Adventure, or one of the three onsite hotels (Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel, and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa). Keep in mind that while you can purchase drinks at Oga’s Cantina or Blue Bayou, you cannot walk around the theme park with your alcoholic beverage and all alcohol must be consumed inside either location.
Disney California Adventure Park, as many regular Guests already know, already serves alcoholic beverages throughout the theme park. Several DCA drink hotspots include Carthay Circle, where Guests can indulge in drinks like a classic Scotch Mist (reportedly Walt Disney’s drink of choice) that bring them back to the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Guests wanting to get fun film-themed drinks in Disney California Adventure Park can also head over to the Hollywood Lounge, located by the Monster’s Inc. Mike and Sulley to the Rescue! ride in Hollywood Land. There, unique drinks like the Movie Star Mule and Backlot Michelada can quench anyone’s thirst, as long as they’re over 21.
Recently, Orange County moved into the orange tier, meaning Disneyland would be allowed to open indoor restaurants to 25% capacity. So, this announcement is a hint that Guests may be able to book a reservation for Blue Bayou so they can visit the iconic restaurant sometime after Disneyland Park reopens in April — though Disney hasn’t yet shared any details on dining reservations or an opening date for the restaurant quite yet!
Guests wishing for more information on Blue Bayou can head directly to Disneyland’s website, where they can find the complete Blue Bayou menu and reservation availability when it is released.
Are you excited to finally be able to buy alcoholic drinks at Blue Bayou? Let us know in the comments below!