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Disneyland will start serving alcohol at its new Star Wars cantina

Disneyland is known for being the happiest place on Earth, particularly for those looking for some family-friendly fun. But grown-ups who would love a tipple at the famously dry California theme park will get their first chance in 2019 as a new Star Wars-themed cantina opens up.

A rendering of how Oga’s Cantina will appear. Image by Disney Parks Blog

When the long-awaited Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge lands open up Disneyland and Walt Disney World in 2019, each will include a new drinking hole called Oga’s Cantina. Since it couldn’t be the Star Wars universe without a drinking establishment on a smuggler’s planet – the perfect spot to hang out like Han Solo – the parks will each have a spot to serve “pilots, bounty hunters, smugglers, locals and galactic travelers alike”.

Mary Poppins smiles at a young child as she leads a line of children in song and dance in front of Cinderella’s castle during Disney’s 60th Diamond Celebration. Image by ©smckenzie/Getty Images

But the new cantina will also bring a big change to Disneyland. According to the Disney Parks blog, the cantinas will serve up “libations for adults” as well as plenty of stuff for kids. This is breaking with tradition in Disneyland, because, while the parks have liquor licenses for private events, historically alcohol cannot be purchased. Those who want a drink must belong to the private Club 33, or head to Disney California Adventure, the hotels and Downtown Disney.

Things are a bit more lenient in Florida, where earlier this year, Disney World began serving wine and beer at sit-down restaurants, and it had previously been available at the other parks like Epcot and Animal Kingdom.

But, as described in the blog, this new spot will be a welcome treat for true Star Wars fans, whether or not they want a drink: “visitors come to this notorious local watering hole to unwind, conduct shady business, and maybe even encounter a friend…or a foe. Run by an intriguing alien proprietor, Oga Garra, the cantina adheres to a strict code of conduct that tries to keep its unruly patrons in check. But with a history of being a smugglers’ safe haven and a popular stopping point for those seeking to avoid the authorities, you can bet that the cantina has a story or two to tell”.