BACKSTORY (June 1962—1993): The Tahitian Terrace provided guests with dining & entertainment inspired by the islands of Polynesia and operated during the summer and on busier weekends. “Planters Punch Tahitian” was a popular drink (a blend of tropical fruit juices), served in a tall cylindrical glass. For the show, the waterfall curtain parted and the band filled the air with island rhythms. With graceful hip and hand movements, the dancers gave a tour of Polynesia. To add to the authenticity, the dancers emerged from backstage wearing sarongs, grass skirts, or other traditional garments, as appropriate for each island. Then the lights dimmed for the daring barefoot firewalk and the thrilling fire-knife dance. Flames leapt from the water. In 1993, Aladdin’s Oasis Dinner Show replaced the Tahitian Terrace, but lasted only two seasons. The former Tahitian Terrace facility is no longer used as a dinner theater.
From the back of the menu:
Welcome to the wondrous realm of Polynesia . . . the Tahitian Terrace! Here Walt Disney has opened wide the portals to an enchant-ing island world across the blue Pacific...a world of romance, beauty, and exciting entertainment!
Towering high above you is an amazing tree, a tree that grew (in less than a year) to a height of 35 feet through a secret formula of Walt Disney and his “imagineers”! The branches of this “species Disney-dendron” are laden with more than 14, 075 hand-grafted leaves and fiery-colored flowers that bloom perpetually. Today this tree is Disney- land’s second largest of this rare, unnatural species, exceeded only by the Swiss Family Treehouse.
Nestled beneaththe tumbling waterfall is a matchless stage setting…a stage whose “curtain” is a cascade of water, and whose “footlights” are a leaping flame of fire burning on the water itself! For your summer evening entertainment, the falls magically draw aside . . . and out from behind the waters, sarong-clad natives appear to perform the swaying rhythms and amazing rituals of the islands . . . the hypnotic bare-foot fire walk and thrilling fire-knife dance, and the traditional grass-skirted “twist” of Samoa, Tahiti and Hawaii. (The dedicated student will note how the story-telling technique varies from island to island . . . here a hip movement, there the entire torso.)
This unique amphitheater, Disneyland’s Tahitian Terrace, is open on Summer afternoons for your dining pleasure, and every Summer evening, for dining and polynesian shows. Sunday evening, dining only.
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