to Kissimmee's Big Bamboo Lounge, founded by Bruce Muir, pictured at left. Big
Bamboo, if you're not familiar with it, is a small bar where Disney cast
members and ex-cast members come to hang out. It is also a very popular spot for
many British visitors. The drinks are cheap and the ambiance is ..eclectic. The
atmosphere is comfortable and everyone feels right at home. The music is low
enough that you can talk, and there is usually a lot of conversation. The music
is mostly Big Band, Reggae and Buffet plus some 50's Rock and Roll.
You may see references to Big Bamboo in the media now and then; it's well known
in this area and a favorite of many,
though its interior looks like a garage sale gone awry. Some of the tables are
old wire rope spools, the Christmas tree in the corner is left up all year long,
the bar napkins come on a round dispenser, only 3 sheets per visit and no one is
overly fussy about cleaning the place.
Over the course of 15-20
years, cast members have contributed extensively to the decor, which initially
started out displaying Bruce's paraphernalia from his navy aviator days. The
walls now are completely covered with new and old Disney name tags, t-shirts,
hats, and business cards. If you want to contribute your name tag or whatever,
step right up and pin it or fasten it to some open section (if you can find
one). Actually, the ceiling still has a lot of blank spots.
Lest it seem that Disney has a monopoly, it's only because so many cast members
have been going there for years. Actually you can add items from any local
business. There's foreign money taped behind the bar, there are aviator helmets,
Sea World and Universal mementos, a few "unmentionables" and sundry items too
numerous to mention.
People play chess
there, or Trivial Pursuit; there's also a TV in one of the rooms - it only gets
2 stations, but. it is a TV. Sometimes the patrons order in pizzas, because
except for some bagged chips and bar nuts, no food is served.
beer, draft beer, and your standard bar fare. There are no video games or
electronic poker; most of the habitués are either regulars or older patrons who
like to sit and talk and not be overwhelmed by either the music, the crowd, or
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