One of the most unique trends the midcentury era has gifted us with is tiki. Although, it can hardly be called a trend thanks to the enduring popularity of things like great interiors, restaurants, cocktails, mugs—or Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room!
Fortunately for fans of both tiki and Disney, the attraction is getting a bit of an addition. The musical sensation (and beloved Dole Whip stand) will stay the same, but an outdoor deck featuring exotic grab-and-go food will open later this year.
The latest update to the tiki corner of Adventureland is called The Tropical Hideaway. For folks familiar with the park, it is taking over the former Aladdin’s Oasis (Fun fact: this first opened in 1962 as Tahitian Terrace, a Polynesian-themed restaurant).
So what tiki-style foods will be available? Disney officials have announced warm bao buns with fillings such as spiced vegetables, kaffir lime chicken and bulgogi beef. Ramen salad and sweet pineapple lumpia spring rolls with cream cheese, will also be on the menu (with more fun surprises to come).
“After picking up a snack or two, choose a spot on the open-air dock, soak in the sights of the Jungle River waterfront, sit back, and listen to the musical sounds of the tropics — all while experiencing delicious new tastes! After the sun goes down, flickering torch lights will illuminate the area, transforming The Tropical Hideaway into an enchanting nighttime venue,” states the Disney Parks blog.
The question of the day is this: Just how much does it cost to build a tropical tiki paradise in the middle of Disneyland?
According to The OC Register, “Disney typically doesn’t say how much its renovations cost, but a $1.7 million building permit was issued by the city of Anaheim Dec. 27 to convert the existing space and remodel the restroom. Projects often require more than one permit before completion.”