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AbracadaBar – Inside the Magic Lounge at Disney’s Boardwalk

I recently had the chance to visit the new AbracadaBar Lounge at Disney World’s BoardWalk. It’s a lovely addition to the popular entertainment and dining district. Disney’s Imagineers have come up with a fun backstory, which we’ve included with our video tour of the bar:… Read More »AbracadaBar – Inside the Magic Lounge at Disney’s Boardwalk

Inside the new AbracadaBar at Disney’s BoardWalk

Disney’s Boardwalk is a great alternative for guests who want a night out but don’t want all the craziness of Disney Springs. Recently, Disney has been making a few small tweaks to the collection of restaurants. Trattoria al Forno added some tasty Italian dining, Ample… Read More »Inside the new AbracadaBar at Disney’s BoardWalk

Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and Tiki Terrace Preview


File under: They must really need a drink. A couple Tiki Bar die-hards have actually been spotted waiting outside the future home of Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and Tiki Terrace inside the Polynesian Village Resort. Disney World just announced they’ll be waiting a bit longer as the official opening date is still not set. However, it’s expected to be sometime late-April with soft openings coming a bit sooner  (tomorrow). Apparently, they’re waiting for the themed Tiki souvenir glassware to arrive.

According to Disney,

Founded by Adventureland’s famous “head” salesman, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto has some similarities to the Anaheim original. But at Walt Disney World Resort, the magical theming reflects its new resort location. This enchanted South Seas hideaway welcomes guests to explore a menu of “magical tropical drinks and food,” and while this new version shares a few cocktails and small plates, Beverage Manager Brad Ward, Chef Lenny DeGeorge, and the Concept Development team have created new menu items just for the Walt Disney World Resort Trader Sam’s

Sounds great. I can’t wait to get inside either. I guess I’ll have to line up with everyone else. The good news is Disney did release a photo from inside the tiki bar and some shots of very delicious looking drinks and small-bites.


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Dining comes to Pleasure Island AMC Theatres at Downtown Disney

Last night I went to Downtown Disney’s AMC Theatres to catch the 8:30 PM showing of THOR on the big ETX screen in 3D (short review: It’s a great superhero flick. See the movie, don’t bother with 3D). I arrived a bit early hoping to get a look at the newest thing to hit Orlando, the concept of a dine-in movie theater. Alas, I was a few nights too early, as a Cast Member preview was under way and the dine-in section won’t open until May 16th.

Since the 1980s when the Bagdad Theater in Portland, OR was converted to a pizzeria and brewpub that showed B-movies, I’ve had it in my head to open a movie theater that served great food along with movies. Now it’s gone main stream. Bagdad was ahead of the curve as lately upscale movie theaters with seat side dining service have been springing up over the last few years. That trend has finally made its way to Orlando.

AMC Theatres (AMC), who calls themselves a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company, announced today that guests will be able to watch the latest movies while enjoying their favorite food and beverages at AMC Downtown Disney 24 located in Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort. AMC Dine-In Theatres, the only theatre of its kind in the Orlando area combines restaurant cuisine and cocktails with AMC’s noted immersive movie theatre experience and hit movies.

“We are excited to present AMC Downtown Disney as another one of our flagship AMC Dine-In Theatres,” said Gerry Lopez, chief executive officer and president, AMC. “Since the launch of this concept, we’ve received tremendous feedback from our guests about the enhanced experience and variety of food and beverage options. More than 90 percent of our surveyed guests who attended a Dine-In location said it met or exceeded their expectations.”

AMC Dine-In Theatres offers a meal-and-a-movie option and a bar and lounge. Note that there are now separate entrances. One for the 18 theatres that don’t have dine-in. That’s on the House of Blues/DisneyQuest end of the building. And one for the 6 theatres that feature the new dining options. That’s on the Planet Hollywood end.

More details below the jump:

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La Cava del Tequila opens in Mexico Pavilion at EPCOT

I’m beginning to sense a trend at Walt Disney World and that trend is Tequila. Paradiso 37 at Downtown Disney opened earlier this year and now the much anticipated La Cava del Tequila bar at the Mexico Pavilion in EPCOT has opened. I’m betting there… Read More »La Cava del Tequila opens in Mexico Pavilion at EPCOT