News: Tangaroa Terrace and Trader Sam’s to Open in Disneyland Hotel

Tangaroa Terrace Restaurant and Trader Sam’s Bar will open in Spring 2011 as part of the Disneyland Hotel renovation. As the Disneyland Hotel keeps its nostalgic atmosphere, the new restaurant is a tribute to the Tahitian Terrace that resided in Adventureland from 1962-1993.

Tangaroa Terrace

Interestingly, Disney World’s Polynesian Resort once had a flourishing restaurant called Tangaroa Terrace; and you’ll remember Trader Sam as the name of the Jungle Cruise’s “head salesman.”

Named after one of the tiki gods from the Enchanted Tiki Room, Tangaroa Terrace will surround guests with tiki torches and themed music while they dine on Polynesian-inspired food and beverages.

Adjacent to Tangaroa Terrace, the bar Trader Sam’s will serve up beverages in a lounge that offers unique, interactive experiences. I can’t wait to hear more about this Disney magic!

With the hotel’s redesign and the addition of these new eateries, the Disneyland Hotel will offer innovative spaces while keeping the sentimental undertones of the resort’s history. Looks like I’ll need to plan a return trip!


  1. jrriddle says

    Excellent! Looks great! Can’t wait to see the menu. Now let’s save the blueprints and build a copy at the Poly! Somewhere near the water with a view of the Magic Kingdom.

  2. Jeff says

    I’m as excited about this as any of the new additions at DLR.
    Hook’s Pointe restaurant and the Lost Bar never quite did it for me.
    This sounds like a major improvement for us feasters and drinkers.

  3. says

    jrriddle — Agreed!

    Jeff — I can’t wait to try it. Also looking forward to the new pool area at DLR. Wish I’d been able to try the Lost Bar, though; it sounded pretty interesting.

  4. Shayne says

    And just when I thought I had settled on all of our DLR dining plans, you go and throw this in the mix! Even if we don’t get to eat there, I hope we’ll get to check out the lounge!

  5. John says

    I wonder how this new place will compare to Kona Cafe. Seems kind of similar. Anyway, I’m glad there’s not ANOTHER New Orleans inspired place at DLR.

  6. Lillian C. says

    Can’t wait to find out what the menu is. Hopefully, something more exotic than burgers and fries. DLR needs it.

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