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Recently Disney Springs has gone through a major transformation bringing in a plethora of new shops and dining locations. One of the brand new locations in the Disney Springs Landing area that is attracting a lot of attention is the Indiana Jones-themed Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar. This lounge is rich in theming, back story, and décor. It’s really the kind of place where you might want to go to relax and be immersed in another world (and time) other than the one you are currently in.
For anyone, like myself, who might need a refresher in the Indiana Jones film series, Jock Lindsey was a seaplane pilot featured in “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, who flew Indiana Jones as part of his travel on expedition. Jock also had a pet snake named “Reggie”. Now, even if you need a refresher in Indiana Jones lore, I’m sure you remember that Mr. Jones was terrified of snakes. The interesting thing is, Jock only appeared briefly in the film, but Disney has used that character to develop a fun and detailed back story to go along with his Hangar Bar.
As the story goes, Jock Lindsey was once a circus pilot, who later turned into an adventurer. Decades ago, Jock was flying across the state of Florida in a search for the Fountain of Youth, when he ran across the town of Disney Springs. He actually fell in love with this area, and he decided to make Disney Springs his home. He built a hangar for his plane, which also served as his workshop, and then later, turned his hangar into a bar. You see evidence that this bar used to be his working hangar because, it is decorated with memorabilia and items near and dear to his heart from the past. All you have to do is look up at the conveyer belt-style ceiling fans made out of airplane propellers, or look at all of the aviation equipment and news articles on the walls to know that this is a place Jock would definitely consider home.
Walking into Jock Lindsey’s is definitely like stepping out of the 21st century and back into the 1920’s. It even harkens back a certain nostalgia that many Disney fans recall from The Adventurer’s Club , which used to be located just down the street. You could easily spend an hour just walking around analyzing all of the memorabilia, newspaper articles, letters to Jock Lindsey himself, and even the “Lost and Found”, and that’s before you even get to the bar or the menu.
The menu is expansive and contains a lot of signature items exclusive to Jock Lindsey’s. For instance, the “Air Pirate’s Pretzels” is an appetizer of Everything Pretzels that comes on an airplane frame with house-made spicy mustard and Beer Cheese Fondue. “Rolling Boulders Sliders” is another item on the appetizer menu with “Three-Runaway Brisket Meatballs” and items like shredded lettuce, tomato, house-made pickels, and tomato-bacon jam.
The drink menu is one of the larger drink menus I’ve seen in Walt Disney World, and it also contain signature items like: Safari Sangria, Pancho’s Margarita, Cool-headed Monkey, and Reggie’s Revenge. You can also find a large selection of beers and hard ciders from various countries around the world like Brazil, India, and Germany. They even have the Orlando Brewing I-4 IPA from right down the street in Orlando, FL. If you continue to explore the menu, you’ll find a vast array of red and white wines along with dessert wines, and even sake.
Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is definitely the type of unique story-packed establishment Disney fans have been longing for at Disney Springs, since some of the more unique experiences in Pleasure Island closed down years ago. I feel it offers something for all types of people. Even if you don’t want to be in a dimly-lit bar, you can relax outside on the water on Jock’s canvas-covered steamboat that is now permanently docked, and aptly named, “Reggie”. It’s definitely the kind of place you can go when you’re looking for that one-of-a-kind experience that only Disney can offer.
Check out this short video from Disney on the story and creation of Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar.