Monday, December 14, 2015

Thirsty River Bar Opens At Disney's Animal Kingdom

   This past Saturday was a glorious day indeed! The Thirsty River Bar opened in the Asia section of Disney's Animal Kingdom.  This is just another addition to a long string of improvements the park has seen in the last year.  Among them, Harambe Market, Starbucks, and expanded retail opportunities...plus the overall retheme of Discovery Island.  However, the one thing this renaissance has lacked is a new bar.
   Luckily, our good friend and lifestyler etraordinaire Megan Stump was on location as the bar first opened, and was sweet enough to snap some great photos for us.


   Thirsty River Bar is located in the former Expedition Everest fast pass structure.  This space wasn't utilized for anything directly following the discontinuation of paper fast passes...but the structure was WAY TOO COOL to demolish.  Thank god those in charge agreed.  


   The bar is smaaaaallll...and doesn't offer seating. However, it does offer duel (sic!!!)  sided ordering, which makes it pretty efficient.  The decor is standard Anandapur...aka, amazing.  Lots of rustic details abound including some campy fun too.  The I Heart Anandapur sticker is everything. 



   I'm pretty in love with the above idol.  And in true Disney "themeing" there can NEVER be enough junk on shelves.
   But lets talk food and drink! The drink selection includes themed cocktails, both frozen and on the rocks.  These include the Durbar Margarita, which touts the addition of ginger to the standard mix, and the Himalayan Ghost, a mix of vodka, guava, and lemonade.  The beer list includes Victory Golden Monkey, Old Elephant Foot IPA, and Kingfisher on draft.  The bottle/can list consists of Funky Buddha Hefeweizen, Hitachino Nest White Ale, and Muduro Brown from Cigar City. 


   Food wise there is a lot of standard Disney park snacks.  Ice cream bars, fruit cups, hummus, and chips...you know the drill.  But there are a few "specials" including sushi, a turkey sandwich, a Banh mi,  and an asian noodle salad.  I would bet that these will change pretty frequently, ala Mr. Kamal's just around the corner.


   I hope you enjoyed our first look at Thirsty River Bar.  I certainly can't wait to visit in person in just a couple months!  I am really impressed with the utilization of the space.  Thanks again Megan for providing the photos.  Make sure to follow her on Twitter @Megadis13 

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