Being blessed with the opportunity to visit Disney World locations is incredibly exciting, especially when going to Epcot. Epcot is infamous amongst younger crowds for having a few drinks and a great time (especially during the food and wine festival). But, how strict are they with IDs and proof of age documents?
Epcot has stringent rules and measures to alleviate the occurrence of underage drinking, and using a fake ID is incredibly risky. All Disney and Universal locations are extremely strict with proof of age documents and perform ID card checks for anyone buying or consuming alcohol.
Although it may be tempting to use a fake ID, there are some serious consequences on the table.
Whether you’re trying to figure out if a fake ID will work or are just curious about the rules concerning alcohol consumption at Epcot, we’ve gathered everything you need to know so you can be fully prepared for the whimsical experience that awaits you.
Do Fake IDs Work At Epcot?
Yes, and no. The odds of a fake ID working are always based on chance.
Some fake IDs are almost identical to state-issued IDs, making it quite challenging to tell the difference. In many cases, the one checking the ID may only look at the date without much regard concerning the authenticity of the ID itself.
As a result, many young crowds have gotten away with using fake IDs to enter without an adult or acquire alcoholic drinks, with little to no negative repercussions over the years. But, this is not always the case, and those who have been caught have dealt with some severe consequences.
Disney is particularly strict concerning who is drinking and who isn’t, as they can suffer some serious backlash for underage drinking.
Their measures stand irrespective of how liberally guests are drinking, so good behavior won’t lower your chances of getting caught. They also don’t handpick which guests to check based on appearance, so dressing up to look older than you are won’t work either.
How And When Does Disney Check Proof of Age?
Although it may have been much easier to get away with using a fake ID in the past, times have changed. It’s nowhere near as straightforward and for good reasons.
Underage drinking is a huge problem, with tragic cases ranging from alcohol poisoning to even fatal outcomes due to intoxication and belligerency. Disney has established some strict ID checking measures to ensure no harm comes to their staff or guests.
Proof of Age Document Types
Disney is far more strict with the type of documents presented as proof of age, and this extends to Epcot as well. Those attending Epcot commonly carry more than one document in case their ID is questionable to staff members.
Enquiry With Alcoholic Beverages
Presenting proof of age documents is not limited to entry, making it far more likely for underage drinkers to get caught.
Anyone buying alcohol will need to present their ID upon purchase and may need to point out their group if they’re buying more than one drink.
Buying alcohol for underaged individuals is also monitored, so they are fairly thorough when serving multiple beverages to one person.
Any person actively drinking alcohol can also be asked to present their ID at any moment, regardless of how much they are drinking or how well-behaved they are.
Some guests have felt badgered by these measures, and they may be fairly drastic or annoying. But, it’s important to remember that many stalls and areas within the park are owned by third parties, meaning that they will need to check IDs in addition to Disney staff members.
Ultimately, you may end up having to present your ID countless times throughout your stay.
So, while a fake ID may work the first time or even for the first phase of your visit, don’t get your hopes up, as there will be an endless supply of opportunities for you to get caught out.
Attempting to use a fake ID at EPCOT may be more tempting during the popular food and wine festival.
Here’s a video of the festival.
What Is Disney’s Alcohol Policy?
One of the biggest complexities with underage drinking and IDs is that the legal age differs in various states and countries.
While you may legally drink in your hometown, alcoholic drinks can only be sold to persons over the age of 21 at Disney World resorts. They reserve the right to refuse the sale of alcohol to anyone.
What Identification is Needed at Disney?
Children younger than 14 years old need to be accompanied by an adult, and one must be 18 years or older to book at Epcot. The following forms of identification are needed while visiting the park and resorts:
- U.S. state driver’s license
- U.S. state ID
- U.S. military ID
- Original passport
- Copy of passport (either on paper or captured on a mobile device), accompanied by a government-issued photo ID to verify the person and birth date displayed on the copy
- NEXUS card issued by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (Canadian Guests)
These requirements apply to all U.S residents, including guests from American Samoa, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and U.S Virgin Islands. Foreigners will require a valid passport and another form of government-issued ID from their home country.
I have also written an article on the Magic Kingdom alcohol policies. You can read it here.
What Happens If You’re Caught Drinking Underage?
At the very least, the persons caught will be escorted from the property.
If alcohol was purchased for a minor by an adult, they will be kicked out and may be held legally responsible and prosecuted in a court of law as well. But, the consequences do not only involve those caught drinking underage.
Servers responsible for providing alcohol to underage visitors may lose their jobs and reputability within their fields.
The stores responsible for serving drinks to minors can lose their liquor licenses. Disney can get into a ton of trouble and may even suffer lawsuits if absolutely anything goes wrong.
Needless to say, using a fake ID at Epcot is a bad idea.
Before making any drastic life choices, think about how it could affect your future, your friends, your family, and the livelihoods of many hard-working people at Disney. You don’t need a fake ID to have the most memorable night of your life.
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After all, Disney is the most magical place on earth, and abiding by the rules will make your stay far more enjoyable for everyone.