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  • On Apr 14, 2009
    Bret Asked

    Erin, Great job on your 2nd year on the panel! Important question: We love vino, but aren't fans of paying restaurant prices for wine. Are you allowed to BYOB to any (all?) of the WDW restaurants? If so, is there a corkage fee? Thanks in advance.

    Thanks for the kind words. They're going to have to claw the keyboard out of my hands to get me off the Moms Panel :-)

    I had never considered bringing my own wine to a WDW restaurant, but I have learned that this is sometimes possible. Disney does not allow alcohol in any form to be brought into the theme parks, so BYOB at the in-park restaurants is a no-no.

    At the restaurants in the resorts, BYOB is not the norm, but the individual restaurant managers have the discretion to allow it. If you are allowed to BYOB, there is a corkage fee of $20-25, depending on the location. After reading several articles and making a few phone calls, I've learned that it is considered poor etiquette to bring a bottle of wine to a restaurant where it is possible to purchase a similar vintage or other similarly priced bottle. It is also poor form to bring in a bottle that is priced cheaper than the least expensive wine at the restaurant.

    In general, Disney seems to be amenable to the idea of a guest bringing a unique or special wine of their own to a restaurant, but discourages guests from bringing a standard bottle they might buy at the supermarket.

    At Disney, Victoria & Alberts appears to be the most open to guests bringing a memorable bottle of wine with them to celebrate a special event. California Grill, with it's extensive in-house wine selection, seems to be the least keen on BYOB. Again, this is all up to the discretion of the restaurant management.

    Additionally, other rules may come into play when wine is being served for a large gathering such as a corporate event or wedding. Always, contact the venue in advance if you are considering bringing your own beverages for a large party or event.
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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