Disney World Makes It Impossible to “Enjoy Drinks,” Says Guest

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Guests walking on Main Street, U.S.A.; A screenshot from a video of a woman discussing Disney World straws.

Credit: Disney, @bryceeaton8 via TikTok

Walt Disney World Resort started using paper straws to tamper down single-use plastic waste a few years back. The change first came to Disney’s Animal Kingdom before spreading throughout the Disney theme parks, Disney Resort hotels, and Disney Springs.

Though most guests understood the reasoning for the switch to paper straws, many feel it could’ve been better executed. Paper straws disintegrate quickly when wet and often collapse on themselves before guests can finish their drinks.

One Walt Disney World Resort guest shared her opinion on TikTok this week, arguing that it wasn’t possible to “enjoy” her drink with paper straws. From @bryceeaton8:


My sister’s (@PrinnyKHo) perspective of Disney straws. #cardboardstraws #straws #disney @Disney Parks @Disney #lacavadeltequila #distok #disneyadult #cardboardstrawssuck

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“None of it makes sense,” the guest argued.

But the guest found a trick to enjoying her drinks. Third-party vendors like Joffery’s Coffee offer compostable and plant-based straws, which hold up better in beverages. Instead of using paper straws, she stashed a few of these more sturdy options in her bag for future use.

“I can enjoy my drink without making it taste like cardboard,” she concluded.

Two Guests at Disney World drinking wine in the France Pavilion at EPCOT during the international food & wine festival.
Credit: Disney Parks Blog

Other Disney Parks fans agreed.

“The straws at Disney suck,” @frostyone77 wrote.

Some shared their straw “hacks.”

A bride and groom wearing Mickey shirts and wedding-themed ears toast two champagnes.
Credit: Disney Parks Blog

“I found collapsable straws at Walgreens I keep in my purse,” said @ash.dillon91. “Game changer.”

If you’re not a fan of paper straws, you’re in luck. In August 2023, the Central Florida Disney park stopped automatically handing out paper straws and plastic lids in an effort to become as zero-waste as possible. They’re still available upon request.

What do you think of the straws at Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney Springs? Share your opinion with Inside the Magic in the comments.

Please note that the story outlined in this article is based on a personal Disney Parks guest experience. No two guest experiences are alike, and this article does not necessarily align with Inside the Magic’s personal views on Disney Park operations.

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