The lounge itself is not very large, and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is room for Guests to be seated at either couches or tables, whichever they choose. Share This!This weekend, the AbracadaBar opened at Disney’s BoardWalk. The cocktail lounge is located next to the soon-to-be-opening Flying Fish (opening in August) and the Italian restaurant Trattoria al Forno. The magic of the place can be felt throughout, as posters mysteriously change and drinks transform before your eyes. You’ll also find great magician artifacts, as well as other great knick-knacks throughout. (My favorite effect to experience was one right outside the bathrooms which shows what you really look like…with no mirror distortion. It’s kind of shocking, since you’re used to seeing yourself a certain way.)The cocktail lounge focuses mostly on the art of the beverage, however a popcorn/chickpea mix is offered to patrons.The story behind the bar’s existence is that this little lounge was a former stomping ground for the famous magicians, boardwalk illusionists, and lovely magician’s assistants of the Golden Age. Their goal was to “conjure” up new cocktails, swap magic tips and tricks. Until, as with all Disney stories…they disappeared.The bar can get exceptionally busy in the later evening and Guests are welcome to sit outside, however, to me, you lose the feel of the lounge by sitting outside. The charm is all inside.The AbracadaBar is as magical as its name suggests it would be.
Why did you choose a career in HR and what has been the most rewarding?Both of my parents worked in the field and I always saw how passionate they were about their work. I decided to go to business school and as soon as I got to my HR classes I was sold! It’s such a good match for my personality and for my “why.” I feel my best when I get to share what I know to help someone else be better or feel better about their current situation. I remember starting off my career in HR doing things like processing tuition reimbursements, coordinating a smoking cessation program, and helping new hires get acclimated and enroll in benefits. Although these may sound like administrative tasks, to the person on the other end, they were life-changing. That made me feel so good, like I was making a difference! I had a purpose! People appreciated me and my work.Moving up into more strategic roles where I can design process and coach managers has been so rewarding. I know I contribute to our business’ success which stems from setting people up for success. I also love being able to use my personal and HR experiences to help those finding their way in the world of work whether it be sharing resume, interview or LinkedIn tips. I just love being able to share and help. HR allows me to do that every day!Why would you recommend a career in HR to students or those looking to transfer into the HR profession from another field?HR has the potential to create such positive change and impact. So if you want to serve others and help them and organizations be better, welcome!! I also love that there are a lot of areas within the HR field that all need different strengths and talents. There are a lot of directions you can go. However, it’s also a big responsibility. People turn to you, trust you, and need you to help them through challenges. HR also has a wonderful community of supportive and like-minded professionals who also want to do good and help others. You’ll be in good company and will be able to find the resources you need to learn and grow. Online resources, the SHRM blog, going to conferences, participating in Twitter chats, etc. Thanks, SHRM!What advice can you share with others who are planning a career in HR?I learn from listening to what’s going on around me and asking good questions. Finding out what’s going well and what isn’t means I always have information to work from in order to create value. Think in terms of what does the business need from me, not what HR services can I give them. Also, make sure to do your research and understand your local laws and other regulations for compliance. September 26 is #HumanResourceProfessionalDay. Every day, HR professionals positively impact the lives of employees in workplaces around the world and contribute to the business strategy that allows their organizations to compete, grow and thrive. We asked our bloggers to share their HR stories.