The Flying Fish restaurant at Walt Disney World’s Boardwalk Inn and Villas closed its doors weeks ago to undergo an extensive refurbishment. It has now been revealed that not only will a new menu debut when it reopens later this summer but a new cocktail lounge next door called AbracadaBar will open as well.
Flying Fish will also be losing the word “Cafe” from its name as it will be re-branded into something more sophisticated and with an interior that still pays homage to the golden era of seaside boardwalks.
Chef Tim Majoras will be new to the Flying Fish team and he is the one responsible for cooking up the new menu that will include treats such as a starter of seared yellow fin tuna served with compressed watermelon (with a hint of Tahitian lime oil and fresh limes), paper-thin avocado slices, crisp radishes, pickled daikon and a small edible viola flower on top.
Other things you will see on the menu will be Majoras’ new Fruits of the Sea appetizer features rock shrimp and clams from Florida, grouper cheek, mussels, a splash of Brandy and a rich lobster stock. The seafood is served over a generous dollop of velvety celery root puree which adds a depth of flavor to the dish.
The menu will also be featuring a more in-depth wine list as the restaurant has expanded with more space for wine storage.
The most exciting thing about the reopening though will be the new AbracadaBar lounge opening next door, which has taken the spot formerly occupied by the candy and ice cream shop.
The Disney Parks Blog shared some details about the new lounge:
The new “curious cocktail lounge” combines the Golden Age of Magic with the magic of Disney storytelling, so look for whimsy in the design from the Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) team, who create stories in true Disney fashion. According to WDI, the lounge was once a secret stomping ground for famous touring magicians, local boardwalk illusionists and the loveliest magician’s assistants of the day. After every magic show, these prestidigitators would gather at the bar, where they’d conjure up new cocktails, swap magic tips and tricks, and often stay up all night attempting to “out-charm” each other with their extraordinary illusions.
According to BoardWalk lore, it was on just such an evening that every single magician in the lounge vanished into thin air, never seen again… And after sitting vacant for nearly 70 years, the secret magician’s lounge is now back in the spotlight.
AbracadaBar guests will get a special peek into the sophisticated social club, and while it’s rumored that the magicians who frequented the lounge vanished without a trace decades ago, their magic still remains strongly intact, and can be seen, heard, and even savored in the bar’s signature cocktails. From its enchanted magic show posters and mystifying mirrors to vintage props and tricks left behind years ago, AbracadaBar promises to be just as surprising and magical as its name suggests.