Disneyland's Tropical Hideaway looks out of this world

August 28, 2018, 1:15 PM · Disneyland this morning released the first details about the menu at its upcoming Tropical Hideaway restaurant, which it is building on the site of the old Aladdin's Oasis/Tahitian Terrace, next to the Enchanted Tiki Room. And the first glance at that menu includes some details that might be familiar to Walt Disney World fans.

The new Adventureland eatery will overlook the exit of the Jungle Cruise and feature a couple of elements from another Disney expedition into a far-off land of exotic flora and fauna: Pandora - The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida.

Tropical Hideaway's menu will feature the Sweet Pineapple Lumpia spring roll from Pandora's Pongu Pongu bar. The dessert features a pineapple and cream cheese filling. In addition, the Disneyland restaurant also will serve Bao (filled steamed buns), which appear on the menu at Pandora's Satu'li Canteen.

Instead of the Cheeseburger Bao served in Florida, California's menu is getting the more "grown-up" flavors, including a Spiced Vegetable Bao, a Kaffir Lime Chicken Bao, and a Bulgogi Beef Bao.

Tropical Hideaway food

Tropical Hideaway also will serve a chilled ramen salad as well as other "tropical-inspired" snacks yet to be revealed. No prices or firm opening date yet, but Disney said that the restaurant will open before the end of the year. (FWIW, the Bao goes for $11 and the Lumpia for $3 in Florida.)

Down the street in Adventureland, Bengal Barbecue has expanded its menu along with its seating this year, adding a Kalua Pork Sandwich ($16), a shrimp Spring Roll ($7), a Hummus Trio ($6.49), along with a Bengal Rice Plate ($16), which includes a choice of two skewers ($4-6 separately), served with rice and a side of slaw. A Musubi Special is coming on September 7 for Halloween Time, too.

Replies (8)

August 28, 2018 at 1:26 PM

I remember that place as the Tahitian Terrace. On our Grad Nite - in 1970 something - my friends and I watched 2 full shows while we had dinner and dessert seated next to the stage. When the lead dancer came out for the second show she exclaimed "you guys are still here!", too which one of our group replied "of course, we think your show is worth a second viewing". Actually I'm excited to try the Tropical Hideaway; I hope(food and service wise) it lives up to the legacy of the original Tahitian Terrace.

August 28, 2018 at 2:02 PM

They are odd flavors for a bao. I wish they had a bbq pulled pork bao as that will make the most sense for a Hawaiian fusion Asian food. Cold ramen? No way.

August 28, 2018 at 4:44 PM

I think this menu looks great and can't wait to try it! I very much enjoyed the cheeseburger bao in Pandora last fall. I like the adventurous take Disney has with their bao flavors. I agree the cold ramen is a bit off-putting.

August 28, 2018 at 5:49 PM

There won't be broth... It's pasta salad

August 29, 2018 at 5:27 AM

In no way do I see these bao options as being odd especially for this type of establishment. Although very common, pulled pork just seems rather mundane. I'm willing to give the cold ramen a try. If its executed right, like the dish I've had at the infamous Momofuku, it could be quite delectable.

August 29, 2018 at 11:30 AM

I for one can't wait to order the cold Ramen toss it on my head and do my best Kenny G impersonation. You can't do that with hot ramen, you'll get burned. It's going to be awesome!

August 29, 2018 at 11:49 AM

Since they overlap, why not shut down Bengal Barbecue and demolish that building, thus lessening the maddening bottleneck that occurs in that part of the park? It's as bad, maybe worse than the bottleneck in front of Star Tours, and would make everyone's life a whole lot easier trying to walk through there.

August 29, 2018 at 12:41 PM

The old Tahitian Terrace served teriyaki beef, chicken, shrimp tempura and pork back ribs. Maybe not as unusual as Kaffir Lime Chicken Bao, (WTH?) but sounded better to me...

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