How to decode a Disney Parks press release

February 22, 2018, 5:07 PM · This afternoon Disney dropped a tease for what looks like a new restaurant: The Tropical Hideaway Discovered in Adventureland at Disneyland Park.

This will be the replacement for the long-closed Aladdin's Oasis at Disneyland, which has been serving as a flex space for everything from media events to meet and greets to takeaway picnic distribution since the Aladdin dinner show closed 20 years ago. And that production replaced the Tahitian Terrace restaurant, which opened in 1962 as a companion to the Enchanted Tiki Room next door.

So what will The Tropical Hideaway be when it opens, whenever it does? That's where we have to engage in fans' well-honed practice of decoding a Disney Parks press release.

All Disney is saying is that "this one-of-a-kind destination will be a popular rest stop for Adventureland locals and weary explorers alike. Guests will be able to rub elbows with their favorite skippers in an exotic traders’ market, featuring all of the sights, sounds and flavors of the tropics."

Throw in Disney's low-resolution concept art photo (at link), and it's time to jump to a conclusion.

My take? This looks like a counter service, grab-and-go type of restaurant that nevertheless will offer a neat place to sit and watch the boats on the Jungle Cruise. Tearing down the Aladdin's Oasis entrance will open up this cluttered corner of Adventureland, so it looks like a definite upgrade for the land. Expect the cast here to be clad in Jungle Cruise costumes, too.

But I don't expect this to be the west coast version of the Magic Kingdom's Skipper Canteen. I think the word "market" is key here, which is a term often used for grab-and-go eateries. And the concept art shows a seating area that looks too small for a proper table-service location.

But who knows? Your guesses are as good as mine until Disney confirms something.

So tell us how you decode these things, and guess away!

Replies (8)

February 22, 2018 at 5:13 PM · Majorly disappointed that this is not a return of the Tahitian Terrace. I would have gladly given big bucks to experience the South Sea dancers. Looks like they're utilizing wasted space, but this is nothing special. Just more table space for another Bengal Barbecue. Or if it's grab and go, then maybe just sandwiches. Even less special.
February 22, 2018 at 6:39 PM · I wish they built a stage. The tables are high like a bar. Can’t have a luau show in that space
February 22, 2018 at 9:21 PM · I just love how people start complaining so much before it even opens or we find out details. They start talking of failure......
February 23, 2018 at 12:03 AM · Looks like the Jungle version of the Blue Bayou restaurant.
February 23, 2018 at 5:44 AM · Wow that looks just like the space at MK that is supposed to be the new club 33.
February 23, 2018 at 8:01 AM · My guess is that this area will function much like Harambe Market at Animal Kingdom, providing 2-3 different vendors offering a variety of counter service food and drinks in theme with polynesian cuisine mixed with standard fare for the less adventurous.

I can also imagine them utilizing part of the space for scheduled meet-n-greets for characters that fit into the Adventureland theme, like Aladdin & Jasmine and Moana. I'd love to see Jungle Skippers do improv and stand-up comedy to entertain the diners at random intervals throughout the day.

February 23, 2018 at 8:01 AM · My guess is that this area will function much like Harambe Market at Animal Kingdom, providing 2-3 different vendors offering a variety of counter service food and drinks in theme with polynesian cuisine mixed with standard fare for the less adventurous.

I can also imagine them utilizing part of the space for scheduled meet-n-greets for characters that fit into the Adventureland theme, like Aladdin & Jasmine and Moana. I'd love to see Jungle Skippers do improv and stand-up comedy to entertain the diners at random intervals throughout the day.

February 23, 2018 at 10:18 AM · The recent reorganization of space in Adventureland cost Merchandise a lot of square footage. The facility this is moving into offers a chance to reclaim that lost revenue. I think the image makes it look like a really fun place to spend a few minutes relaxing and refreshing oneself, but I don't have extremely high expectations for anything revolutionary in this space. I hope there is more going on that appears. It would be great to have some SEA presence at Disneyland.

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