When I first drafted this article I called it a dining review, but it occurred to me that my family and I only actually ate one thing while at the AbracadaBar on the BoardWalk. So it seemed a bit silly to constitute that as a dining review. Instead, I’ve labeled this an experience review because visiting this special bar is indeed an experience. Nestled into the grand expanse of glittering buildings on the BoardWalk, AbracadaBar stands out for its whimsical signage and alluring nature.
I absolutely love the BoardWalk Resort. It is one of my all-time favorites, despite having never actually stayed there. I love the elegance of the interior of the main lobby and the ease of walking outside to the entertainment of the literal boardwalk. There are so many things to do and places to eat, but I just love how it feels. It’s always calm and peaceful. There is usually quite jazz playing somewhere you can’t quite pinpoint. The BoardWalk invites you to take a breather and relax for the time being. And that’s exactly what I love to do.
An Unexpected Visit
My family and I hadn’t even planned on stopping into the bar on the particular day that we were on the BoardWalk. We had a reservation for Trattoria al Forno but arrived ridiculously early by accident, and found ourselves a bit peckish. My fiancé and I had never been to AbracadaBar before, so my parents suggested we pop in for a snack.
I was immediately smitten. I’m a sucker for a good story, so when I realized that this bar was more than just a magic themed bar, I was hooked. The interior of AbracadaBar is supposed to look and feel like the backstage of a magic act. It’s where the magicians leave all of their props and tricks, where they change, and where they hang out between sets. The cool thing is, it feels exactly like that. The set design of this place is magnificent.
Disney is special to me because of the detail that they incorporate in every single thing they work on. The fact of the matter is that they could have skimped out on a magic bar on the BoardWalk and no one would have noticed or likely minded. And yet they went to the utmost extreme with their props and clever details. There must be hundreds of individual magic props in this bar. I’m sure I didn’t even spot half of them. From the magically changing pictures, to potions on display, this place had it all. Disney even gave the bar’s ladder a name tag, for crying out loud! Only Disney.
One important thing to note about the AbracadaBar is that despite the whimsical nature of the bar and the perfectly placed magic props, it is still an incredibly elegant and lavish spot. It does not feel childish or silly. It feels sumptuous and almost a little forbidden, very Gatsby-esque. It would be a great date spot or just a fun place to catch up with friends. Or, like us, for a little pre-dinner libation.
Bar is Best
I think eating at the bar gets a bad rap. We walked into AbracadaBar on a whim, so we weren’t expecting to get a table. In fact, there were literally not enough seats left in the restaurant. The manager took us to the bar and waited until a party left a smaller table to snag a chair for me. He was incredibly kind and helpful. We were perfectly happy to sit at the bar and chat with the bartender and take in the ambiance.
We ordered some glasses of Chardonnay and one order of the Abra Fries to split. My parents told me I had to try these fries. But they’re just fries, right? Wrong! These are magical fries. These regular French fries are topped with parmesan cheese, Gremolata, and a truffle cheese sauce. Oh my goodness I could have eaten six plates of this just by myself. It was so tasty! We all devoured it way too quickly. However, I do recommend asking for additional napkins because that truffle sauce gets everywhere. It is super messy, but totally worth it.
Cast Members Make the Difference
Even though we only ate one thing, we had the pleasure of getting to know a few of the Cast Members working that night. Unfortunately, I can’t remember any of their names, but I’m sure if I visited again I would recognize them. The bartender was quirky and a little silly, but incredibly busy making drinks for the entire restaurant, plus drinks for Trattoria next door. We loved chatting with the supervisor in charge of both Trattoria and AbracadaBar. He hung out by the bar and chatted with us about his hometown in Connecticut, which happened to be where my dad grew up, too. This goes to show that once again, Disney’s Cast Members make the difference in the level of service and kindness you experience in the Parks and Resorts.
Fun Times and Truffle Fries
As you can hopefully tell, I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent at the AbracadaBar on the BoardWalk. My family had a great time just relaxing and chatting with Cast Members and each other. The truffle fries were amazing, but what took the cake for me was the detailed decor all around us. Overall, I can’t wait to visit the AbracadaBar again soon!
Have you been to the AbracadaBar on the BoardWalk? What did you think of your experience? Tell us in the comments!