AbracadaBar, now open at Disney’s Boardwalk, offers curious cocktails in a magical atmosphere. Here you will find some interesting features such as artwork that magically transforms, magicians and illusionists artifacts, comfortable seating areas, interesting libations, and a backstage effect to the restrooms area. AbracadaBar opens at 4:00pm and is a great place to relax with a pre-dinner drink before enjoying a meal at one of the restaurants on Disney’s Boardwalk.
AbracadaBar magically opened its doors to the public on July 23, 2016. The opening itself was not announced until that very day. The storyline is that magicians and illusionists used to frequent this area, until they disappeared 70 years ago. A custodian working on the Boardwalk set his mop against a false door leading into the secret space that is now open for business. The story of the missing magicians is framed on the wall, as a newspaper-style storyline, for all to read if interested. You can find this magical location between Trattoria al Forno and the refurbished Flying Fish, that re-opened August 3rd, on Disney’s Boardwalk at the Walt Disney World Resort.
What trickery is this? One of the really fun atmospheric displays is the poster art framed on the wall. You will see many of the magicians and illusionists appear, then disappear, before your eyes as seen above on the Encantadora artwork. Note that the poster states the bull will disappear, when in fact it is the magician who actually disappears, adding a keen sense of humor to the space. Keep your eyes open, because the change really does happen in the blink of an eye.
There are some interesting artifacts reminiscent of the magicians and illusionists of the Golden Age of Magic, which primarily took place in the late 1800’s through the mid 1900’s. You will see the magician’s hat sitting proudly atop the shelf, above the liquor bottles, behind the bar. The glass-enclosed shelves, covering one wall in the seating area, are loaded with eclectic artifacts. Look for the Magic Wand, Aladdin’s Lamp, and Hidden Mickey’s in this display. The walls boast thin glass shadow boxes holding such items as a straight jacket, a group of shackles, and some magic keys.
AbracadaBar is big on magic, but not on space. Arrive early for the best seats. You will find bench seating with small stools, cozy corner seating with comfy chairs and a couch, as well as your typical bar stool seating at tall tables. There is also outdoor tables and chairs although if you sit outside, you lose out on the magical atmosphere.
The bar is well stocked with many types of liquor. From a variety of gins and vodkas, to bourbons and tequilas, AbracadaBar has it all. Be sure to read the Curious Cocktails menu as it describes some interesting libations. One example is the Magic Hattan, which states it is “A classic Whiskey Manhattan~rabbits not included!” My favorite is the Elixir 13, which boasts it is, “The mysterious cocktail that may have made a room of magicians vanish into thin air…” If you are not into mixed drinks, AbracadaBar also has “Worldly Wines” and “Baffling Beers.” Non-alcoholic drinks are available upon request.
The restroom areas are set up to resemble a backstage area. The lighting with mirrors reminds me of a backstage dressing room. The tile on the ladies restroom wall has an arrow with the words “TO STAGE” pointing to the door. Be sure to linger in the area just outside the restrooms to admire the displays on the walls, the magic mirror, and look for the Hidden Mickey Ace of Spades.
AbracadaBar is a busy place as the evening hours commence. If you wish to enjoy the space, an early drink before dinner, a chance to speak with a team member about the storyline, and the opportunity to find comfortable seating of your choice, then I strongly recommend you arrive within the first two hours of opening; between 4:00pm and 6:00pm. The interior space, the Curious Concoctions, and the magician’s artifacts definitely warrant a visit to this establishment.
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