Jock is Indy’s personal pilot in the film Raiders of the Lost Ark – remember at the beginning when Indy’s running from the natives and shouting “JOCK! START THE ENGINE!”? Well, it just so happens, that after his time with Dr. Jones, Jock Lindsey came to Florida to open up his very own bar – the Hangar Bar.
While the Hangar Bar is known to most for its delicious shareable plates and exotic cocktails (I personally love the pretzels and Jock’s Old Fashioned), it’s fitting that nods to Indiana Jones and his adventures are hidden all over the bar.
So grab your satchel, your whip, and of course, your hat, and let’s go collect a few rare antiquities, just like Indiana Jones!
An Opening Idol
One of the most iconic scenes in the Indiana Jones franchise comes right at the beginning of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Indy is trying to secure the fertility idol (above), and must replace it with a bag of sand, in order to keep the weight the same and not trigger the traps.
In the back left corner of the Hangar Bar, look up. See anything shiny on the shelf?
That’s right! Looks like Indy got the fertility idol after all.
A Handy Satchel
To the left of the shelves with the fertility idol, you may notice one of Indiana Jones’ most iconic accessories…
Do you see it? Indy’s trusty satchel! Also, notice the small replica of Jock’s plane on the shelf.
Over in the bar area, you may notice a few dolls that resemble some iconic characters. These dolls aren’t for play though. These are the voodoo dolls of Indiana Jones, Willie, and Short Round from the Temple of Doom film. There’s also the feathered pin that is used to torture them. Yikes!
A Lucky Light
Sitting on the shelf below the voodoo dolls, you’ll see Indiana’s “lucky” Zippo lighter used in The Last Crusade.
X Never, Ever Marks the Spot
Hanging above the bar, you’ll see a giant world map. But the lines are important – they signify all of the places where Indiana Jones adventured! And, of course they are red to represent the iconic traveling scenes in the films.
Fans of the Disneyland attraction Indiana Jones Adventure – Temple of the Forbidden Eye may recognize the highlighted icon. This temple was dedicated to the goddess Mara, who curses anyone who looks into her eye. To avoid being cursed, Jock creased the map there on purpose, to avoid her gaze. Good thinking!
If you look up at the highest shelf, you’ll notice a Yankees cap hanging. In Temple of Doom, Short Round sports a similar one, and of course, Jock is wearing one in his portrait.
Lost and Found
Head toward the restrooms, and you’ll see the Lost and Found Locker.
If you look at the bottom left of the locker, you’ll see a jewelry box with an iconic piece from Raiders of the Lost Ark.
It’s the medallion Marion inherited from her father, which is ultimately used to show Indiana Jones where the Ark of the Covenant is buried.
Also in the Lost & Found, is the Peacock’s Eye, the large diamond Indy is after in the beginning of Temple of Doom.
There’s a Big Snake in the Plane, Jock!
Part of the Hangar bar seating is actually outside in Jock’s boat. But do you recognize the name? His boat is called the “Reggie” after his big pet snake, which is our first clue at how Indiana Jones feels about the reptiles.
By the way, this location was originally going to be for Trader Sam’s, which is why the boat is almost identical to a Jungle Cruise boat.
Escaped by the Skin of Their Teeth
Did you know the actor who played Jock Lindsey is actually a pilot named Fred Sorenson? He was hired to help fly the crew to set locations, and then was cast in the role of Jock. Raiders of the Lost Ark is the only film Fred ever appears in.
But that wasn’t the end of his impact on director Steven Spielberg. When filming Jurassic Park in Hawaii, a huge hurricane hit the island of Kauai. No flights were going out during the aftermath, and the crew was literally stranded. Spielberg called up Sorenson, and he flew out to rescue the team.
When Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar opened, Steven Spielberg personally sent this dinosaur tooth with a note that reads, “Jock, thanks for getting us off the island. – SS” It hangs behind the outside bar.
A Historical Nod
Above the booth seating inside, you’ll see a sign that reads “Bessie Coleman’s Flying Circus.” This is a nod to a real person – Bessie Coleman, who was the first African-American woman to hold a pilot license.
Below the Bessie Coleman sign, you’ll see a salute to another, very famous cinematic universe.
Read RTO-D2 quickly. R2-D2, get it? And RXE 2-4 is a shout out to “Rex” the original pilot on the Star Tours attraction.
There you have it! A few pretty awesome things to search for next time you’re at the Hangar Bar. Just look out for Reggie!
And for big Indy fans, don’t forget to check out Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You’ll see how they pulled off all those hair-raising stunts, LIVE!
Are you an Indiana Jones fan who’s excited to hunt down these artifacts? Let us know in the comments!
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