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Disneyland Hotel Remodel / Restaurant Reminiscent of the original Tahitian Terrace
Bruddah Bear
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From: Los Angeles Basin, Westside
Posted: 2011-05-28 12:04 am   Permalink

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On 2011-05-27 22:15, tikitony wrote:


Awesome, thanks for the photo! I was wondering where my painting ended up! Can't wait to see the place in person!




Tony,

You can thank Pineappleman11 for the photo, I linked to it on his photo blog.


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bigbrotiki
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From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2011-05-29 11:29 am   Permalink

I am happy I got to see this place before I leave for my next job in Europe next week.



I must say they really perpetuated the spirit of Disney in the best way. Yes, it might be a little too much hoopla from the cast bartenders for some of us, but Disneyland is for the kid in the man (and woman), not for the cocktail bar afficionado.



The cocktail names are really clever conceptually, and there's something for everybody to like on the menu. The seating policy is a little weird, it sometimes seemed empty because there were no people standing like in any other bar. I think they should allow a certain number of customers to stand by the bar. Right now, don't come with a group larger than 2, 3 or 4, or you will stay in line too long. I spent most of the time with my group on the porch, touring the bar occasionally with Kevin Kidney.



Kevin and Jody built my favorite attraction in the bar, the bottle ship:



You gotta see it to believe it! I am looking forward to when they will get to design the mugs and drink ware for Sam's, eventually.


(Thanks to Jeniffer Stockert for the photo)









 
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carlosrossi
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From: los angeles, california
Posted: 2011-05-29 7:33 pm   Permalink

I agree with Sven,

It was most definitely just a cool experience to have at the park. Most of time I leave and want to linger around and have something interesting to do. I don't like any of the restaurants in downtown disney, and this place was a godsend! Also agreeing with other TC'ers that the Tongaroa Terrace is kinda disappointing but at least the food was good and is available in Sam's. I did enjoy that Kalua Pork flatbread pizza thing, and the fried long beans.

I can't wait to see what the new merch is gonna look like for the bar, and probably going to lean towards the Jungle Cruise vibe?



 
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Tiki Attorney
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From: San Diego
Posted: 2011-05-31 09:40 am   Permalink

I was there on opening day; sat next to a very attractive woman at the bar who turned out to be the interior designer. It was a nice chat. </slapping_head> I was too stupid to get her to sign a menu of something </end slapping_head>.

 
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King Bushwich the 33rd
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Posted: 2011-05-31 2:15 pm   Permalink

This was in one of the photos but the link below may be easier to read...

Mouseplanet: Trader Sams menu


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Enchanted Tiki Guy
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From: West Hollywood, CA
Posted: 2011-06-01 2:07 pm   Permalink

Thanks to all who posted the great photos!! I can't wait to see it in person in a couple weeks! It looks amazing! I've been busy, otherwise I would've made it down sooner! Thank god I live close to DLR!

 
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Ekomomai
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Joined: Sep 09, 2005
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From: Portland, OR
Posted: 2011-06-02 10:31 am   Permalink

My family and I just came back from Disneyland yesterday. We went to Tangaroa Terrace for breakfast on our first day. It was amazing; the staff practically fell all over themselves waiting on us. It was warm enough to sit outside at one of the bench seat tables and listen to music while dining. Some of the music they played I recognized as coming from the old Tahitian Terrace loop.

Next time my wife and I go without kids, we're going to check out Trader Sam's.



 
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tikiyaki
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Joined: May 18, 2004
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From: The Exotic Port of REDONDO BEACH, CA
Posted: 2011-06-03 3:38 pm   Permalink

Went to Trader Sams/ Tangaroan Terrace last night for the official Grand Opening Party,which was for press and Disney employees.

I spoke with the main imagineer who conceptualized the entire Trader Sams bar. He was really nice and told me that they were very concerned of what the Tiki Central crowd thought of the whole thing. So far everyone I know who has been there has had nothing but great reviews, and I have to concur, the place is amazing. The Drinks I had (Krakatoa Punch and Shrunken Zombie Head) were both great.... The Shrunken Zombie Head was really strong.

They definitely didn't mess around with the cocktails.As far as the decor goes....great again. Very much like a Disney attraction, with lots of bells and whistles (literally...order a Shipwreck on the Rocks and see what happens) , but a great tiki bar at the same time.

Since most of the Tiki nerds I know are Disney Nerds too, I'd say this is a home run. The food was great as well, tho, the restaurant wasn't open, this was an all catered affair. What I had was samplings from the Restaurant....all great.

Add to that Tikiyaki Orchestra and Martin Denny playing in the bar and restaurant.....perfect !

The fact that they actually cared about what this community thinks is pretty cool,being how we can be real nudnicks about authenticity and "getting it right" , I have to give them big Kudos for caring that much.

The only bad part of the evening was me trying to get from Redondo Beach to Anaheim during Rush hour. BAD IDEA !

So, when is TC Night at Trader Sams ?


 
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King Bushwich the 33rd
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Posted: 2011-06-05 12:44 pm   Permalink

It looks like this place is not some poseur wannabee but deserving of someone making an entry for it under Locating Tiki here on Tiki Central. I do no feel worthy of the task because I do not know the subtleties and idiosyncrasies of such a chore.


 
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lucas vigor
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Posted: 2011-06-05 1:08 pm   Permalink

Met up with Jim, Poly, Tiki Ray and a bunch of other cool folk last night...many cocktails were consumed...I have to echo Jim's comments: This is not just a touristy version of a tiki bar...it's a real tiki bar, and finally we have one in my neck of the woods! I intend to make this place a regular stop!

This cocktail was delicious! (and I am not a fan of fruity drinks...)




After, we walked all around and goofed off:




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kirby
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Posted: 2011-06-05 8:13 pm   Permalink


Trader Sams rocks! I was so super stoked to find out they have one of my masks hangin on the walls.. what an honor!! Long live Trader Sams!!

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lucas vigor
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Posted: 2011-06-05 10:08 pm   Permalink

That's so rad, Kirby! 40 years from now some future tiki urban archeologist is going to be wondering where that came from, the same way we do now with artifacts from the original disney "tiki/jungle" attractions! What a dream to be associated with Disney!

 
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Hiphipahula
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Posted: 2011-06-07 03:56 am   Permalink

Congratulations Kirby that's awesome, wow! you earned a spot in history
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Dustycajun
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Posted: 2011-06-17 6:17 pm   Permalink

Way to go Kirby!

Going to check it out tomorrow. Any info on parking?

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Tom Slick
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From: The Beaches of South Bay, SoCal
Posted: 2011-06-17 7:13 pm   Permalink

Park in the Downtown Disney lot for 3 hours free. Its a short walking distance from ESPNzone DTD parking lot.

 
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