By Seth Kubersky
Like a rabbit emerging from a hat, Walt Disney World materialized its newest watering hole this weekend as AbracadaBar at Disney’s Boardwalk unexpectedly opened its doors to the public on Saturday, July 23.
AbracadaBar is centrally located along Disney’s Boardwalk complex, tucked in between Flying Fish Cafe (currently closed for renovation) and Trattoria al Forno, in a spot formerly occupied by the Seashore Sweets candy shop.
The new lounge has an elaborate Imagineer-invented backstory, which claims the bar was once a “stomping ground for the famous magicians, boardwalk illusionists, and lovely magician’s assistants of the Golden Age.” One night the entire establishment and all its occupants vanished, only to mysteriously reappear 70 years later for today’s guests to enjoy.
The bar’s magical heritage is reflected in the decor, which features cabinets of vintage magic tricks and custom wallpaper with illusion-inspired designs.
Keep an eye on the vintage theatrical posters, which occasionally experience a humorous transformation.
At this time, there are no elaborate Adventurers Club-style scripted shows, though you may catch a strolling prestidigitator inside. There are also no Trader Sam’s-style special effects or souvenir glasses to accompany the cocktails, which are mostly familiar concoctions, albeit carefully crafted with high-quality ingredients.
There’s no food on the menu, but you can request a complimentary cone of popcorn, served with curry salt and crunchy chickpeas.
While visiting AbracadaBar, be sure to check out the theatrically themed restrooms, which also service guests of the adjoining restaurants.
The hallway outside the facilities feature a brain-bending trick mirror, and an ace of a Hidden Mickey!
AbracadaBar opened without the typical test and adjust period, and bartenders told us that their menu may change, so we’ll check back soon to see what additional tricks are in store for the future.