Disney fans with a thirst for capital “A” Adventure(land) should start planning their journey to the theme park’s newest restaurant, which is set to open soon. At the top of the year, Disney surprise-announced the Tropical Hideaway, a market-style restaurant with a torch-lit patio that sits right along the edge of Adventureland’s beloved Jungle Cruise ride—and now we’ve finally got a first look at the space, courtesy of the Disney Parks Blog.
While the full menu is still somewhat of a mystery, we do know that the new spot will offer steamed bao in at least three varieties (spiced vegetable, kaffir lime chicken, and bulgogi beef) in addition to chilled ramen salads, tropical-inspired snacks and, for dessert, fried pineapple lumpia that’s stuffed with pineapple and sweet cream cheese.
“This one-of-a-kind destination will be a popular rest stop for Adventureland locals and weary explorers alike,” the initial announcement read. “Guests will be able to rub elbows with their favorite skippers in an exotic traders’ market, featuring all of the sights, sounds and flavors of the tropics.”
The new concept sports a name that’s likely a nod to the theme song of the adjacent Tiki Room—“Welcome to our tropical hideaway, you lucky people, you”—and, fittingly, there are Tiki Room birds and other bric-a-brac hung around the restaurant. Look for a few other nods to the attraction, such as small, labeled birdhouses found around the edge of the roof, a “home” for the famous singing animatronic animals. You can even make conversation with Rosita, one of the birds, who’ll be perched out front with “a repertoire of jokes and one-liners that would make any Jungle Cruise skipper proud.”
The Tiki Room isn’t the only notable tie to the park’s history; the Tropical Hideaway rests on the former site of Disney’s long-running restaurant, Tahitian Terrace, a Polynesian-inspired eatery that stood from 1962 to 1993 before transforming into a theater for the now-shuttered Aladdin live show.
It’s been a big year for Disney dining: Just last month, California Adventure’s Carthay Circle restaurant launched a secret, adults-only terrace bar, while over the summer, Pixar Pier’s unveiling revealed a handful of new concepts and treats. Take a peek at the latest Disneyland eatery, below, then stop by the Tropical Hideaway for bao and some bird talk, yourself: