Tangaroa Terrace Tropical Bar & Grill | © Adriana Ortiz
On Feb. 6, Disneyland Hotel’s Polynesian-inspired eatery, Tangaroa Terrace Tropical Bar & Grill, re-opened after a multi-month refurbishment. They’ve got a fresh, brand-new look that’s the talk of the resort! Let’s take a closer look at the new menu items, decoration, and outdoor patio.
Tangaroa Terrace Exterior | © Adriana Ortiz
Upon arrival, Guests are immediately transported to a Polynesian destination, with the slanted-roof design, surrounding palm trees, and bamboo detailing. Disney doesn’t joke around when it comes to theming and storytelling.
The first counter is the bar where Guests can order coffee, Dole Whips, and themed spirits and drinks. To the left of this counter is the small interior section and seating of the restaurant.
Food can be ordered at any window or register and can be delivered right to your table. The Dole Whip pickup window is exclusively for Dole Whip or Mobile Order pickup.
Wicker seats, wooden tables, tiki torches, and palm trees all add to the theming and atmosphere of the place.
The outdoor patio is so beautiful and peaceful. The ambiance is one of a calm, serene paradise. The chairs and tables are perfectly themed to that of the Tiki Room.
One thing to note is that by the Dole Whip & walk-up bar, many Guests sat and enjoyed their drinks with family and friends. It’s a bit louder by the front of the restaurant, so if you’re looking for a quieter setting, look for inside seating or at the tables by the side of the restaurant.
CLOSER LOOK: MENU
New menu items show Asian and Polynesian-inspired food options, from Kalua-style Poutine, a Hawaiian Cheeseburger, and Tangaroa Salad. Many items appear vegetarian and even vegan-friendly. Prices range from $9-$17. Some prices seem to vary from the Disneyland app and the menu shown above. Be sure to ask a Cast Member if the entrée doesn’t ring up as listed.
Not pictured, but according to the Disneyland Resort app and the online menu, breakfast menu items include a Breakfast Platter (scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon, and island fruit), Açai Chia Breakfast Bowl, Pineapple Upside-Down Pancakes, and more. Prices range from $8-$13 for breakfast entrées. There are also a variety of Grab ‘n’ Go items, including fruit, danishes, and croissants.
Allergy-friendly entrées are also available, upon request.
Be sure to Mobile Order your food the Disneyland Resort app to save time!
COFFEE & DOLE WHIPS
Prices listed here for Dole Whips are the same as the Tiki Juice Bar in Adventureland. The only difference is that Guests can get a splash of rum in their Dole Whip Floats.
You can also order any speciality tiki cocktails, assorted spirits, draft and bottled beer, and wine.
PUA PUA PLATTER
I sampled the new Pua Pua Platter, which featured Pork Gyoza, Panko-Crusted Long Beans, Chili-Garlic Edamame, and Sweet-and-Spicy Chicken Wings served with togarashi aïoli. Here is a short review of the plate:
Pua Pua Platter | © Adriana Ortiz
What a great presentation. Right off the bat, this dish looks big, and could even be shared by two people, depending on how hungry you are.
Pork Gyoza Close-Up | © Adriana Ortiz
The Pork Gyoza, a Japanese pan-fried dish, is savory and juicy. It has a slight spice to it, but nothing too hot. It was my favorite part of the platter, and the item I was most eager to try. I would definitely recommend trying these out if you’re looking for a savory dish.
Chili-Garlic Edamame | © Adriana Ortiz
The Chili-Garlic Edamame, which are young soybeans tossed in a chili-garlic sauce, have a slight spice to them as well, but weren’t too bad to handle. The sauce was thick and creamy, and the sesame toppings offered a small crunch. The garlic wasn’t too overpowering, which was great. The only confusing part was how flavorful these are on the outside when only the inside of edamame are eaten (unless I’m eating them incorrectly). It’s still a delicious snack item and I would recommend trying some if you like edamame
Before diving into the chicken wings, the Panko-Crusted Long Beans (not pictured) were crunchy and delicious. There is a little salt added, which make a huge impact in bringing out the flavor. They are a great addition to the platter, and there are plenty to share with a friend.
Sweet-and-Spicy Chicken Wings | © Adriana Ortiz
If nothing else brought enough heat, the Sweet-and-Spicy Chicken Wings definitely did. The first bite brought a nice sweetness, yet a kick of spice after a few seconds. The spiciness was mild, but stronger than that of the other food items. If spicy foods aren’t your favorite, I recommend getting a drink or letting your friend eat these. Other than the spice, the chicken was delicious and flavorful.
All of these food items can be ordered individually as well.
HOW TO FIND TANGAROA TERRACE
I wasn’t too sure where to find Tangaroa Terrace at first, as I’ve never stayed at the Disneyland Hotel. Here is a short guide to navigate your way to the restaurant.
Disneyland Hotel Sign | © Adriana Ortiz
Whether you’re entering through Downtown Disney, or your hotel room, there are blue signs like these posted all throughout the exterior of the hotel. The trails can be tricky and confusing, but it’s helpful to find a sign that shows points to the direction of Tangaroa Terrace. You can also ask a Cast Member to point you in the right direction, and they should be more than able to help you.
Exterior and Walkway to Trader Sam’s | © Adriana Ortiz
Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar is the Disneyland Hotel’s bar and lounge. It is right across from Frontier Tower and Adventure Tower, and right next to Tangaroa Terrace. Once you locate Trader Sam’s, follow the palm tree-lined walkway.
Trail to Tangaroa Terrace | © Adriana Ortiz
A trick is to keep the fence surrounding Trader Sam’s always to your right. That means you’re headed in the right direction.
Walkway and Exterior of Tangaroa Terrace | © Adriana Ortiz
The walkway curves to the right, and before you know it, the fence you’ve been following has lead you right to Tangaroa Terrace! If you hear lots of talking, laughter, and Polynesian music, you know you’ve made it.
Tangaroa Terrace Entrance | © Adriana Ortiz
Here it is! Nestled right between palm trees and the towers of the hotel, it’s the perfect place to sit down, relax, and grab a quick meal with friends and family.
Will you be visiting Tangaroa Terrace during your next Disneyland visit? What dishes are you eager to try out?
Special shout-out to the amazing Cast Members! Every single CM was helpful, polite, and courteous! They asked all about this article I was writing and gave helpful suggestions about what and how to order. They were more than willing to step in and lend a helping hand. Keep up the good work, Tangaroa team!