Magic and mystery are the themes evoked at the newest addition to Disney's Boardwalk at the Walt Disney World Resort. Abracadabar moves into the space between the Flying Fish and Trattoria al Forno with a backstory shows why it has a longstanding history of belonging at Disney's Boardwalk.
AbracadabarAt Disney World there is no such thing as just a bar! Disney World is about storytelling and the Abracadabar comes to Disney's Boardwalk with a great one.
Before we review the drinks, libations,and decor, let's delve into the backstory of this mystical place. As posted on this newspaper article framed on the wall dated November 13, 1940, the great magicians of the Boardwalk have disappeared. There are very few clues to there whereabouts beyond the discovery of a secret room with some interesting cocktails and other magician's props lying about.
There is no answer to why the magicians have disappeared, but you obviously have been transported into a place that they frequented with many of their magical props left behind.
Abracadabar: The DecorYou definitely get the feel that you have been transported back in time when you enter through the doors to Abracadabar. There is an amazing array of artifacts to investigate and explore while you are there. They tell the backstory and further develop the theme for this former hangout for the most talented illusionists on the Boardwalk.
Abracadabar The MenuDon't expect a Disney World bar to be boring. Even the menu can provide interesting insight to the theming and backstory of the location.
Abracadabar is no exception. To convey the thematic elements that this is a place conjured up for the benefit of the most talented magicians in the land there are a series of drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic that deliver magical elements for patrons to enjoy. (Note: There are no food offerings on the menu here!)
Interesting Alcoholic Concoctions
- The Conjurita - A colorful margarita that never reveals its secrets...
- Coney Negroni - A Boulevardier inspired by the piers of Coney Island
- Elixir 13 - The mysterious cocktail that may have made a room of magicians vanish into thin air...
- Parlor Trick - An Old Fashioned cocktail that celebrates old fashionedmagic
- Magic Hattan - A classic whiskey Manhattan - rabbits not included
- Collin's Double - Shh this Gin cocktail is the secret lookalike of the amazing Tom Collins
- Pepper's Ghost - Don't be surprised if you detect spirits and ghosts that aren't meant to be seen
- The Sour Assistant - This daring cocktail does all of the work but gets none of the credit!
- Seashore Sweet - A cotton candy creation dedicated to two Boardwalk beauty queens.
- Magic Mirror - Drink, Drink, on the table...
Enchanting Elixirs & Curious ConcoctionsJust like the billboard states there are many interesting libations to choose from. The above is a demonstration of the presentation for the Conjurita. This magical drink starts out being a very dark colored drink, then due to the impressive magical kills of Annie this drink turns into a light purple hue.
We also sampled the Pepper's Ghost and have to say that this interesting libation packs a peppery flavored wallop that made this a drink to remember.
The Review Summary for: AbracababarThe newest stop at Disney's Boardwalk is one that adults will certainly want to visit. This low key bar/lounge has plenty of interesting decor amongst its magical motif to provide a great location to experience. This is pure Disney fun. The staff at Abracadabar enhances the backstory of this interesting place and make it fun.
OnlyWDWorld would definitely recommend Abracadabar as a place to visit before enjoying a meal at either the Flying Flish or Trattoria al Forno.!
The 2016 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival takes place from September 14 - November 14 making it the longest ever! There are 30 Marketplaces that will be open to all Epcot guests with tastes of regional cuisines and beers and wines. At OnlyWDWorld we will count down the days to the most popular Walt Disney World Resort event for adults by providing previews to each of these marketplaces.
Africa MarketplaceIntroduced to the Epcot Introduced to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival in 1997 the Africa Marketplace will be returning two popular food dishes to the 2016 Festival. (note: the menu picture with prices is from the 2015 Epcot F&W Festival)
Pictured above is the Berbere-style Beef Tenderloin Tips with onions, jalapenos, and pap. The Africa Marketplace has long been one of our favorites due the great food choices it offers each year and this beef dish is no exception.
The flavors that you can experience here are reminiscent of the great African dishes that are available at the restaurants that you will find at Disney's Animal Kingdom Resort (Boma, Jiko, and Sanaa). This marketplace is one that yo should definitely try something to experience the flavors that are not your typical American restaurant fare.
Epcot Food & Wine PassportEach year Epcot guests can pick up a free passport to serve as their guide to all of the Food & Wine Festival Marketplaces. When you visit a marketplace, you can get your passport stamped to mark your progress around the world.
We got ours stamped at the Africa Marketplace, how about you? Post your Africa Passport Stamp when you visit this year's Festival and leave your review of the food you tried!
The Walt Disney World Resort has swiftly made changes after the tragic accident involving an alligator on the beach of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Despite not having any major incidents for the 45 year history of Disney World, Disney responded quickly with tangible changes that can be seen throughout the Resort and Theme Parks.
Seven Seas Lagoons BeachesMajor changes can be seen all along the beaches of the Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Disney's Polynesian Resort which are located facing the Magic Kingdom on the Seven Seas Lagoon.
Where we previously saw white sand beaches that lead directly into the water of the lagoon, you will now see fences that provide a barrier from the edge of the beach and the edge of the water. Along with a multitude of clearly labeled signs which denote:
Alligators and Snakes in Area
STAY AWAY FROM THE WATER
Do not feed the wildlife
In addition Disney has added a wide rocky barrier between the fences and the edge of the water to form a barrier that will make it difficult for an alligator to quickly approach the fence from the water.
Magic Kingdom Theme ParkAlligator and Snake awareness has now been raised in the Magic Kingdom Theme Park as well! Along the Rivers of America you can see signs that warn of potential Wildlife related dangers.
You can even see changes that have been made on the Splash Mountain Attraction. Special netting has been installed to reduce the ability for any wildlife in the Rivers of America making its way into the attraction.
Frontierland has several visible signs to make people aware of the potential dangers. We captured pictures with Tom Sawyer's Island, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Country Bear Jamboree, and Frontierland Shooting Gallery in the Background of the new signs.
Disney's Boardwalk Area ResortsDisney's other Beach areas are also seeing the changes implemented. The beaches in front of the Disney's Yacht Cub and Beach Club Resorts now have the same fencing that have appeared at the Monorail Resorts.
Increasing Wildlife Danger Awareness Along Disney's WaterwaysWe also witnessed the new signage placed along waterways at Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort, the walkway from Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park to Disney's Boardwalk, in a marshy area behind the Speedway Gas Station near the Boardwalk, and many others.
Changes are clearly visible denoting that Disney has taken the potential threat of future incidents seriously and responsibly.
Whether you believe a repeat incident was likely or not, Disney has taken precautions creating barriers and increasing awareness to greatly reduce the likelihood that a similar tragedy can happen at the Walt Disney World Resort again.
Visit the Walt Disney World Resort at one of the best times of the year and receive a discount of up to 20% off of the price of Disney World Resort Hotel Rooms. This can result in a significant savings for you and your family while staying at one of the spectacular Disney World Resorts!
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Blaze Pizza is opening their 150th restaurant at Disney Springs. Only WDWorld was there to check it out and to provide a First Look impression of Disney World's newest restaurant.
Located in the new Town Center section of Disney Springs, Blaze Pizza is a family friendly, low cost, quick service dining option that features Fast Fire'd (cooked in 180 seconds in an 800 degree oven) pizzas that are completely customizable with your choice of 4 sauces, 8 cheeses, 8 meats, 18 vegetables, and 5 finishes.
Unfollow The RulesAccording to Jim Bitticks, Blaze Pizza EVP of Training & Operations, Blaze Pizza provides artisanal pizzas that can please the entire family by providing the flexibility for each person to make the pizza that fits them.
Blaze Pizza is proud of their high quality ingredients, as well as a gluten-free dough option and a vegan friendly soy-cheese option. They even make their own Agua Frescas on-site.
The employees are encouraged to have fun and embrace the "Unfollow The Rules" mantra found on their shirts. It is this spirit that has led to the rapid growth of their chain and is why they aspire to grow from their current 150 to over 1,000 restaurants over the next 10 years.
The Blaze Pizza ExperienceWe had the chance to test out the "Blaze Pizza Experience" prior to the official opening on Friday August 5th.
The menu is all about the pizzas, there is a wide variety of options, but pizza is the name of the game here.
Upon entering the restaurant for your first time it can be a little intimidating. The first choice that you need to make is deciding if you want to order one of the already designed Signature Pizzas (8 choices ranging from Red Vine with Fresh Mozzarella, Basil, and Cherry Tomatoes to the Meat Eater) or build your own pizza. The great feature of Blaze Pizza is that it is the same price for picking a Signature Pizza or Build Your Own. There is no per item topping add-on fee.
Build Your Own Pizza
The staff was very friendly and helpful throughout the process. I opted to build my own to check out the different topping choices and to get the full experience.
Step 2 is to pick your Sauce. There are 4 choices to pick from: classic red sauce, spicy red sauce, white cream sauce, or garlic pesto sauce.
I opted for the spicy red sauce on my pizza with the traditional dough.
The next step is picking your cheese or cheeses. You are not limited to picking just one. There are 8 to choose from: feta, goat, gorgonzola, ovalini mozzarella, parmesan, ricotta, shredded mozzarella, & vegan cheese.
I picked shredded mozzarella and gorgonzola cheese for my pizza.
There are a multitude of great meat choices to pick from: applewood bacon, grilled chicken, italian meatballs, italian sausage, pepperoni, salami, smoked ham, and turkey meatballs.
My pizza received italian sausage and applewood bacon.
Once again no shortage of choices here either: artichokes, banana peppers, black olives, cherry tomatoes, chopped garlic, fresh basil, green bell peppers, jalapenos, kalamata olive, mushrooms, oregano, pineapple, red onions, red peppers, roasted garlic, sauteed onions, spinach, & zucchini.
After some deliberation I choose: banana peppers, cherry tomatoes, jalapenos, mushrooms, oregano, & red onions.
After your pizza is built they take your name and your pizza heads off to the flaming ovens that range from 600-800 degrees for 180 seconds of cooking.
Then you proceed to the cashier to pay and add choice of drinks, salad, and desserts.
This is the look of the pizza after coming out of the oven. They call your name and you come pick up your pizza. It is about 11" in diameter with a think crust.
This is the pizza that should be named the Only WDWorld! It held up well, even with all of the toppings and tasted great! At the end of the day, the best mark of a restaurant is how the food tastes, and this pizzas was excellent!
The above picture is the Red Vine Signature Pizza. Simple, but tasty.
There are choices of seating inside or outside at the Disney Springs location. The outside seating is much more scenic, but the inside is air conditioned.
It will be noisy inside, so don't worry about bringing the kids. Even with all of the noise it was not difficult to hold a conversation inside.
Here is a look at the fresh Agua Frescas and lemonades that are made on the premises.
First Look SummaryThis was our first Blaze Pizza experience and based on the great food and service it will not be our last. The assembly line feel was a bit like fellow Disney Springs restaurant Earl of Sandwich and it will also provide a similar price point for families.
This is definitely a quick service option that you should strongly consider. Come for the great pizza and enjoy the reasonable prices, & comfortable, family friendly atmosphere.