Disneyland Announced The Tropical Hideaway and I'm Celebrating
Today Disneyland announced a new dining location, The Tropical Hideaway, will be arriving in the former Aladdin's Oasis area of Adventureland. Nestled between Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room and the Jungle Cruise, there are not many details about what exactly will be served, but we do know The Tropical Hideaway won't serve alcohol and it won't be a full-service restaurant.
The above screenshot shows the current lay of the land, as well as how much room there is to play with in this area. As a fan of all things vintage Disney - particularly when it comes to the Enchanted Tiki Room - I am excited to see this area utilized as a dining location. Just as Walt intended.
I am the queen of the nerds when it comes to Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room knowledge, history and trivia. For the sake of brevity, I will save you the history lesson and point you to this post where you can learn all about the origin of the attraction and Walt's fascination with Polynesian culture. But I will tell you a little about Tahitian Terrace.
Inspired by Walt's love of Hawaii and the culture of the islands, Tahitian Terrace opened alongside the Enchanted Tiki Room and provided guests with Polynesian dining and entertainment. The dinner theater delighted guests for three decades until the area was re-themed as Aladdin's Oasis in 1993.
After seeing these photos I think you can appreciate why I am so excited for the possibilities with The Tropical Hideaway! I have so many questions. Let's dig in!
Will it be like Aloha Isle?
Aloha Isle is categorized as a "quick service restaurant". It is located in Adventured at Magic Kingdom Park, beside their version of Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room. As of this writing, the counter service location serves the following:
Pineapple Float, Pineapple DOLE WHIP Cup, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, DOLE Pineapple Juice, Dasani Bottled Water
I would imagine The Tropical Hideaway would serve these items, but I do hope it's in addition to more substantial food. Having an additional spot to buy a DOLE WHIP would certainly alleviate the Tiki Juice Bar congestion that occurs outside of Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room. But with Tropical Imports just across the way from The Tropical Hideaway, there's no need for another fresh fruit only stand. And with Bengal Barbecue just steps away - there's no need for a barbecue style menu. (Side note: the veggie skewers at Bengal Barbecue are life.)
Will it be like Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen?
Also located at Magic Kingdom park, Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen is a full-service restaurant in Adventureland, across from their Jungle Cruise. The short answer is no. We know that The Tropical Hideaway won't be a full-service restaurant and we know it won't serve alcohol.
Will it be like Tangaroa Terrace?
I'm leaning a little more towards The Tropical Hideaway will be completely unique in its food offerings, but will be picky eater friendly in the way Tangaroa Terrace is. Maybe they will throw in a "Hawaiian Cheeseburger" besides something Tahitian like po’e or Kālua-style pulled pork sandwhiches. Whatever it is - I hope there are delicious vegetarian and vegan options.
Will the waterfall come back?
YES. PLEASE. If the cave of wonders could please return our waterfall that would be great.
What will the costumes look like?
I prefer Hawaiian cast costumes instead of skipper-style costumes. If they are skipper-style, I hope they aren't going to tell us jokes while we order.
Will people on the Jungle Cruise be able to see and interact with guests at The Tropical Hideaway? (like Pirates/Blue Bayou)
Please, no. I hope not. The name The Tropical Hideaway implies the opposite of what the rendering depicts. Time will tell!
Will the world famous Enchanted Tiki Room Birds serenade us while eat?
I'm pretty sure there aren't that many people as excited as I am about The Tropical Hideaway announcement. But if you are out there - please chime in with your thoughts! Maybe we can meet for lunch when it opens.