Disney Wants Your Money, Announces an Indiana Jones Themed Restaurant
Just when you thought Disney wasn’t milking its ownership of Lucasfilm for all that it’s worth, the corporation that owns everything you love turns around and reveals an Indiana Jones themed restaurant opening this fall at Walt Disney World. And while this is undoubtedly a canny way to squeeze additional dollars out of visiting nerds, the surprisingly subtle theming is going to make any fan of the original movies grin.
No, this is not a dining experience set in an ancient temple or the Well of Souls. This is “Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar,” an old airplane hangar that has been converted for your dining and drinking needs. This is actually an Indiana Jones deep cut. As hardcore fans can tell you, Jock Lindsey is the pilot who helps Indy escape from those angry natives at the beginning of Raiders of the Lost Ark. You know, the guy who has a pet snake named Reggie that scares the crap out of the otherwise fearless Dr. Jones.
Anyway, it seems that Jock got out of the piloting business and opened a bar in Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney), the retail and dining complex located on the same small area that houses the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Although WDWNT initially broke the news of this new restaurant, Disney quickly released official information, including two pieces of concept art for the still-under-construction establishment. Here are the details:
With a prime location along Lake Buena Vista and seating for 150, the venue will feature unique cocktails – such as the ‘Hovito Mojito’ with Barsol Quebranta Pisco, fresh lime juice and simple syrup – and small plates such as ‘Air Pirates Everything Pretzels’ with house-made mustard and beer cheese fondue.
The design team has gone to great lengths to ensure that every element – from the propeller-based ceiling fans and diving bell ‘booth’ to the ‘Rolling Boulder Meatballs’ on the menu – fits within the storyline.
And just what is that story? Ardent fans of the ‘Indiana Jones’ films may recognize Jock Lindsey as Indy’s frequent pilot; he’s also the owner of a pet snake named Reggie – an important detail, trust me on this! In the main room, guests will discover an expansive bar, aviation decor filling the room, vintage travel posters covering the walls and correspondence between Jock, Indy and their fellow adventurers on display. Guests can eat, drink and be merry outside as well, in Jocks’ old steamboat, now in permanent dry dock and aptly named ‘Reggie;’ and in nearby seating on the adjacent deck.
Between this and the rumors that a Mos Eisley Cantina restaurant will arrive in the next few years, Disney has the whole geek dining thing down. Check out the art for yourself below!
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