Late last week Walt Disney World quietly opened the AbracadaBar at Disney’s BoardWalk. This new watering hole is owned and operated by Disney, and continues the resort’s recent tradition of opening interesting and lavish bars around the property that have a strong theme and storyline (like Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and the Indiana Jones-inspired Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar). If you are planning on grabbing something to drink at this new establishment, there are a few things you should know before you go.
1. The experience is truly magical
Like other Disney watering holes, the AbracadaBar has a rich backstory. This new bar is designed to transport guests back to the so-called Golden Age of Magic in the early 20th century, by giving them the chance to step inside a what is being called a "secret stomping ground for famous touring magicians, local boardwalk illusionists and the loveliest magician’s assistants of the day". However, in true Disney fashion, there is more to this lounge then meets the eye!
According to the official story, this location has been sitting vacant for nearly 70 years after an incident where every single magician in the lounge vanished under mysterious circumstances one fateful night, leaving behind their magical props and tricks for new guests to discover.
True to the story, from the moment you enter the AbracadaBar, you are instantly immersed in a world that feels a lot like the first half of 20th century. The décor is lavishly themed, with glittering golden-patterned wallpaper, richly detailed wood furniture, and even “magical” mirrors that must be seen to be believed.
However, beyond the décor, there are a number of special effects and details at the AbracadaBar that help to bring the story behind this establishment to life. Guests who take a stroll around this establishment will discover that there are some interesting magical artifacts hidden in plain sight, framed newspaper clippings that expand on the story of the bar, and even a special effect that happens every hour at the thirteen minute mark (keep an eye on the magicians in the posters around the bar!)
While this bar is a lot quieter than others on property and doesn’t have a lot of in-your-face effects (we’re looking at you Trader Sam’s!), the AbracadaBar has a quiet elegance that feels truly magical without being cheesy or tacky.
2. You’ll find plenty of Disney references
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Disney bar without some clever nods to classic Disney properties. Eagle eyed guests who examine the various props around the bar will see clever nods to classic Disney films like Aladdin, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and Alice in Wonderland, as well as attractions like the Enchanted Tiki Room.
3. Cocktails are very fun and moderately priced
Though nothing at Walt Disney World is ever “cheap” specialty cocktails from the menu at the AbracadaBar cost $12, which is pretty moderate when compared with other establishments around the resort. Here’s a sampling of some of the location-specific cocktails at this watering hole:
The Conjurita: A colorful twist on the Margarita, made with Gran Centenario Plata Tequilla, Cointreau, Simple Syrup and Lime Juice.
Elixir 13: A mixture of Lucid Absinthe and water
Coney Negroni: A Boulevardier made with Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon, Campari, and Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth)
Parlor Trick: A fresh new take on an Old Fashioned made with Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon, Simple Syrup and Soda Water)
Magic Hattan: A classic Manhattan made with Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey and Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth
Pepper’s Ghost: A sweet and spicy concoction made with Ciroc Pineapple Vodka and Habanero Lime
Collin’s Double: A twist on a Tom Collins made with Hayman’s Old Tom Gin, sweet and sour mix and soda water.
The Sour Assistant: A whiskey Sour made with Breuckelen Distilling 77 Whiskey and sweet and sour mix.
In addition to the premium ingredients and somewhat reasonable price point, many of these drinks are served with a "magical" component as well. You can see how the Conjurita is presented to guests above. Though this effect isn't as flashy as something you might see at Trader Sam's Grog Grotto, its still a fun little addition that makes the AbracadaBar unique among Walt Disney World drinking establishments.
4. This new establishment is home to some fun mock-tails as well
Though the cocktails described above certainly sound delicious for those who choose to imbibe, if you are craving something non-alcoholic (or are under 21) this establishment has some interesting mock-tails as well that are just as inventive, including the following:
Seashore Sweet: Odwalla Lemonade and blue cotton candy.
Magic Mirror: Soda water, honey mango, Sprite and lime juice
5. You’ll need to snack elsewhere
Though there are plenty of amazing drinks at the AbracadaBar, unfortunately there isn’t much in the way of food at this new establishment. Though you can grab some popcorn here, if you are looking to munch on a few small plates or appetizers similar to what you might find at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto or Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, you’ll sadly be disappointed. However, considering this bar shares a wall with the reimagined Flying Fish (which is set to have its grand re-opening sometime next month), this development probably isn’t all that surprising, and as there are plenty of other places to get a quick bite at Disney’s BoardWalk, this isn’t too much of a loss.
The AbracadaBar is a very unique establishment, and will certainly cater to adults looking for a fun, richly themed drinking experience. And though this establishment mainly caters to the 21 and over crowd, it is kid-friendly as well and those with little ones can bring them inside without restriction (unlike some places at Walt Disney World, which have age limits depending on the time). Are you going to be stopping by the AbracadaBar on your next visit to Walt Disney World?
Source: Theme Park Tourist
Banner Photo Credit: WDW Magic