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June 1962 – April 1993
Adventureland – Tahitian Terrace was tucked deep into the jungles of Adventureland, along the river. The terrace entrance sat next to the exit to the Enchanted Tiki Room, in the space now occupied by Aladdin’s Oasis.
The Enchanted Tiki Room was one of Disneyland’s first headliner attractions; guests couldn’t get enough of the Polynesian music and ambiance. To capitalize on its popularity, Disney decided to create another Polynesian attraction to Adventureland, located right next door the Tiki Room. The Tahitian Terrace opened in 1962, and was a fan favorite for almost 30 years.
The Tahitian Terrace experience began with its colorful ambiance; guests took their seats beneath a massive tree and leaf canopy, and the edges of the seating area were filled to the brim with bright flowers. Guests chose from a selection of Polynesian-inspired food and drink, before turning toward the stage for the dinner show.
As the show started, the waterfall curtain parted to reveal a cast of Polynesian dancers. A live band accompanied the dancers as they performed traditional dances. The show ended with pyrotechnic stunts, including a fire walk and fire knife dance. After the show, guests were free to lounge on the patio or continue exploring Adventureland.
Source: Matterhorn 1959
When Aladdin became a box office smash in 1992, Disney wanted to embed all things Aladdin into the park. At the time, Adventureland didn’t have Indiana Jones Adventure, so the land was the least “modern” and had little change since Opening Day. Disney decided to replace the Tahitian Terrace with Aladdin’s Oasis, a quick service restaurant with a new dinner show based on the film.
Unfortunately, most Disney fans considered this move a huge mistake for the park. The Aladdin dinner show lasted only two years, so the space became a largely empty quick service restaurant. Aladdin’s Oasis has never matched the popularity of its predecessor, leaving many fans hoping the Tahitian Terrace will one day return to Disneyland.
The Tahitian Terrace, Enchanted Tiki Room, and Plaza Pavilion (now the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe) are all actually one huge building. As a result, the Plaza Pavilion and Tahitian Terrace shared a kitchen, despite operating as two separate restaurants.
Disneyland hosted a special event in 2012 where they brought back the Tahitian Terrace for one night. The private event cost $260 per ticket, and include a special guest: Disney Imagineer Rolly Crump (one of the original Adventureland designers and creators of the Enchanted Tiki Room).
Source: Stories From Adventureland