By Martha Williams For Dailymail.Com
00:43 05 Jan 2024, updated 00:51 05 Jan 2024
- Members of Epcot’s ‘Disney Day Drinkers’ club are devastated by the removal of their mascot – a trash can ‘Binny’
- D3 is a glorified club for Disney adults to meet up and get drunk at the theme park
- Binny was their beloved mascot who was baptized by a Roman Catholic Priest with a sprinkle of his pint
Members of the Disney Day Drinkers club are outraged after the theme park re-located a trash can that the group had officially baptized as their mascot ‘Binny’.
The Disney Day Drinkers club, known as D3, was pioneered by self-proclaimed Disney adults who enjoyed drinking their way ‘around the world’ – AKA around the different areas of the park.
Club-members were inspired to embrace their mascot during the pandemic – when the UK themed pub at Epcot, the Rose and Crown, only permitted drinking outdoors.
With few tables outside the pub, Disney-drinkers were drawn to the tempting flat surface of a nearby trash can – and thus, Binny was born.
Casually adopting the trash can as their informal mascot was not enough for the passionate alcohol consumers, so a member of the club who doubled as a Roman Catholic priest used the powers vested in him to baptize Binny.
Club Founder Skip Sher recalled, ‘Someone said “this club needs a mascot,”‘ and luckily the priest was there to get the job done.
Father Sean Knox of Tallahassee, Florida, officially initiated Binny with a few drops of his pint and said ‘I now bless you the official mascot of the Disney Day Drinkers Club.’
In September, Binny was snatched from his well-deserved spot in front of the Rose and Crown and moved to a much more mundane area in front of the Sportsman’s Shoppe, the Wall Street Journal revealed.
‘People were just going crazy, saying, “Oh my gosh—why would they do this?”‘ Knox, the priest, recalls. ‘It’s something you had a part of at the very beginning, then someone takes it away.’
Binny’s relocation was for safety purposes, a Disney spokesperson explained. Too many Binny fans were lining up for pictures in front of the mascot and blocking the pub’s entrance.
In a dramatic turn of events – Binny was temporarily moved back to his original home in front of the UK pub, which led to club members booking flights to Florida to take pictures with their mascot on his original stomping ground.
But the jet-set superfans were distraught when Binny was moved again.
The Disney Day Drinks club has been a hit with Disney adults and has amassed more than 85,000 members on their Facebook group.
It has even expanded to include two subgroups – one for Disney super fans who run marathons and the other for single park-goers looking for their own prince charming or Cinderella.
At least four couples who met through the unique club have since become engaged.
Before Binny was unjustly re-located, it had become a tradition for D3 members to visit Binny to pay homage to their mascot, who is ‘always trashed’ according to the Facebook page.
Drinkers make their way around different bars and pubs throughout the many countries at Epcot and get to socialize with like-minded theme park fans.
Park-goers can ‘Drink Around the World’ by enjoying adult beverages at all 11 ‘countries’.
In Mexico – drinkers are offered Mexican classics, like a Blood Orange Margarita at La Cava del Tequila which will set them back $13.50.
Norway has Scandinavian draft beer at Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe for $7.75.
The China area of Epcot sells plum wine for just $4.99 at Lotus Blossom Cafe.
Germany has a wide range of beers to give visitors an authentic taste of the nation, including a Schöfferhofer Pink Grapefruit Hefeweizen at their beer garden Sommerfest which costs $8.
Italian Sangria from Gelati is $7.50 and French beer from Crepes des Chefs de France is $7.
The American Adventure offers a Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale for $8.75 and the U.K. area of the park features a classic Magner’s Pear Cider for $8.50 from the UK Beer Cart.
Canada has a Frozen Strawberry-Lemon Sunset for $9.49 at Joffrey’s Espresso Coffee and Pastries.
In Morocco you can get a $6.99 mimosa and in Japan a Kirin light beer will cost you $6.50.
The Around the World Showcase drinking experience at Epcot costs a total of $89 – if you stick to those exact drinks.
Binny is not the only quirky feature of D3 – club members also take part in other rituals, such as their ‘challenge coins’.
The D3 coins, which are emblazoned with the motto ‘You can’t drink all day if you don’t start in the morning,’ are used to determine who buys the round – whoever can produce a coin is safe from paying.