Indiana Jones and Disney's Society of Explorers and Adventurers

August 11, 2015, 2:25 PM · Walt Disney World today announced the menu for the new Indiana Jones-themed Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar that will open in Downtown Disney/Disney Springs later this year. Buried amid the cutesy names of the bar's new menu items — including "Dr. Elsa’s She-Deviled Eggs" and "Squid! Why’d It Have to Be Squid" — however, was a fascinating tidbit of news: Jock Lindsey, the pilot who appears at the beginning of Raiders of the Lost Ark is a member of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers.

Jock Lindsey's Hangar BarDisney's concept art for Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar

The society (also known by its acronym SEA), was introduced to Disney fans at Tokyo DisneySea, where the society makes its headquarters in the Citadel next to the park's Mysterious Island. Inspired by the characters and atmosphere of Joe Rohde's original Adventurer's Club at Walt Disney World, SEA provides the backstory for DisneySea's version of Tower of Terror, in which society member Harrison Hightower finds his, uh, downfall, thanks to a vengeful idol he'd plundered in his global travels. Despite Hightower's shady past, not every member of SEA is a villain. The host of Hong Kong Disneyland's Mystic Manor, Lord Henry Mystic, is also a society member, and a much more benevolent one at that.

Magellan's, in Tokyo DisneySea, is the society's official dining room.

Connecting SEA with the Indiana Jones universe seems an obvious match. With his British upbringing and career in archeology, Indiana Jones' well-traveled mentor Marcus Brody would be a logical potential connection between Jones and the members of mostly upper-crust, colonialist SEA, who would be a generation older than Indy. But Disney is making the connection now through Jock Lindsey, a fringe character who appears only for a few moments at the beginning of the first Indiana Jones film.

"Jock made a home at this waterfront property in the 1940s after discovering this charming little town while flying Indiana Jones over the Sunshine State in search of the elusive Fountain of Youth in 1938. As a member of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers, Jock often welcomed his globetrotting friends to his hangar for a drink and fun times."

This isn't to say that other members of the Jones franchise couldn't be members of SEA, as well. Placing Brody and Jones' dad, Dr. Henry Jones, in the society, or in close contact with it, opens enormous narrative potential, as well as the opportunity to finally bring SEA to American audiences through the promised development of new Indiana Jones films.

But that could happen only if the decision to merge these two franchises has been made at a high level in the Walt Disney Company, and not just by mid-level Imagineers or publicity writers who needed to pad a backstory for a press release.

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Replies (7)

August 11, 2015 at 2:33 PM · Here's the easiest idea on this Earth........ Hon Solo,Indiana Jones, Dreamfinder..... All of them part of SEA. Here we come Disney Hollywood Adventure
August 11, 2015 at 3:45 PM · So lets say Indiana Jones is part or at least related to SEA. The resorts that have SEA are: Tokyo has an entire theme park dedicated to SEA. Hong Kong has the incredible Mystic Manor. Disneyland has a wonderful Indiana Jones dark ride. Paris has a mediocre coaster, and WDW gets a bar...

Oh I'm sure more will be announced in the very near future. But as the time of this post it's quite funny.

August 11, 2015 at 4:00 PM · It's a very weak link. It makes no sense and it doesn't do anything to advance a so-called story. The restaurant could be a club, but they didn't do that. I would differ that SEA is a natural fit for Indiana Jones. Actually, a better fit is Lara Croft who went on many adventures by the sea. Indiana Jones is mostly land based archeology. He belongs with SAND: Society of Ancients & Deserts.
August 11, 2015 at 4:17 PM · I'm most likely setting myself up for disappointment, but wouldn't it be great to have the kind of interaction between the staff at this new club and guests at this bar that The Adventurer's Club had? If that would be part of it, I'd be very happy.
August 12, 2015 at 3:14 PM · WDW's also got Thunder Mountain as part of SEA now. Barnabas T. Bullion is a member
August 12, 2015 at 3:49 PM · It will be interesting to see if they will reference the night in 1937 that Dr. Jones visited Merriweather Adam Pleasure's Adventurers Club on Open House Night to take away the Club Maid, Tallulah Buttertart, and his immediate membership of the institution as he joined the Bon Voyage Hoopla...

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August 14, 2015 at 8:16 AM · I agree that the link isn't great. However, the optimistic side of me thinks that maybe (just maybe) this will be the set-up to possibly bring over attractions relating to the SEA at Disney World. I'm probably going too far with my hopes, though.

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