The Indiana Jones Restaurant Seems Like A Letdown

The Indiana Jones Restaurant Seems Like a Letdown

There's an Indiana Jones restaurant? There will be this fall at the Walt Disney World Resort. But don't get your hopes up just yet. Actually, don't get them up ever.

Your initial reaction was probably something like this, no?

The Indiana Jones Restaurant Seems Like a Letdown

[Photo: Indiana Jones Wikia]

The Indiana Jones Restaurant Seems Like a Letdown

[Photo: Indiana Jones Wikia]

No, no, no. Instead of an Indiana Jones restaurant based on The Raven, Marion's bar in Nepal from Raiders of the Lost Ark, Disney is creating a restaurant based on an aeroplane hanger from none of the movies.

The Indiana Jones Restaurant Seems Like a Letdown

Let's conclude that concerns over drunk person trying to light a Raven bar recreation on fire means we're getting an aeroplane hanger instead.

Opening at Disney Springs, the bar and restaurant will be called "Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar." Via WDW News Today, here are excerpts from the official release:

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 recognise 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.

Jock Lindsey is only in The Raiders of the Lost Ark for a few minutes, which is fine. He's just not exactly the character I'd think to name an Indiana Jones themed restaurant after, especially when most people probably don't remember his name (as a kid, I always thought Harrison Ford was screaming "Jack" and not "Jock"). He certainly isn't as memorable as his pet snake Reggie. (This restaurant, and not the dry dock, really should be called "Reggie's.")

More importantly, there are such better options. Like?

Well, the previously mentioned would be the most logical one. The Walt Disney World Resort is in Florida, you say! It's not cold enough to evoke Nepal. Whatever. This is Disney. They have Imagineers. Top men and top women working on this!

The Indiana Jones Restaurant Seems Like a Letdown

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And yes, The Raven went up in smoke, but the scene is one of Raiders' and cinema's most famous. The Disney themed establishment is also a bar, but wouldn't you rather do shots in a recreation of The Raven? That totally feels like Indiana Jones. An aeroplane hanger with propeller parts stacked about does not.

The Indiana Jones Restaurant Seems Like a Letdown

No, actually, the propellers remind me of this.

The Indiana Jones Restaurant Seems Like a Letdown

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Besides the cutting up Nazis part, I guess Disney is trying to evoke the globetrotting nature of Dr. Jones' profession. Case in point:

The Indiana Jones Restaurant Seems Like a Letdown

[GIF via Bryan Olari]

Though, it always seems like the guy is sleeping on planes, and in the movies, he doesn't appear to have some deep love of aviation. If anything, you feel the opposite. Aeroplanes lull him to sleep.

The Indiana Jones Restaurant Seems Like a Letdown

[GIF via Giphy]

The Indiana Jones Restaurant Seems Like a Letdown

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Wouldn't it be cooler to experience something you see in the movies, instead of a bar set up by a guy who is kind of a jerk to Indy in Raiders of the Lost Ark? I guess I'm kind of disappointed because Disney's Indiana Jones attractions have been so damn good. The bar, pun intended, Disney set is very high.

Maybe Disney could've based the restaurant on Pankot Palace from Temple of Doom and served all sorts of creative dishes that might look disgusting (or sound gross), but were made from, I dunno, cheese or something.

The Indiana Jones Restaurant Seems Like a Letdown

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Then again, maybe Disney was worried something like that would cause offence today? That people would think that this was actual Indian food (people, it's not, don't think that) and not a meal served by a palace run by an evil brain-washing cult?

The Indiana Jones Restaurant Seems Like a Letdown

[Photo: Indiana Jones Wikia]

Or Disney could've based it on Club Obi Wan from Temple of Doom, which would also make for a neat cross promotion with Star Wars. I know I'd rather eat Chinese food than, ahem, airport hanger food. But that's just me!

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Comments

    Chilled Monkeybrains followed by freshly ripped out of chest human heart or no-go Disney!!!

      Eww.

      I'll just have the ceasarian snakes, thanks.

        God you're so gross! I'll just have the Ark-of-the-covenant-melt please.

          Well you've both put me off my food. I'll just have a Holy Grail of Fanta please.

            They've only got Dr Pepper...

            You chose.... poorly.

    As someone who had a hard time finding a drink at DisneyLAND I am 100% for a bar at DisneyWORLD... course now that means Id need to go for at least a week

    From the concept art it looks like along the left-side there they have recreated the seating from the zeppelin in the Last Crusade, though the windows aren't the same. At least that's pretty cool.

    Last edited 17/05/15 6:26 pm

    I'd be interested to see what the décor is like. Since its based on Indiana Jones' adventures, some movies heavily featured Nazis, and there are those rumours that Walt Disney was anti-Semitic.

    Man, people will complain about anything. This still seems pretty neat.

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