~ Totally Undeserving of the James Beard Award

~ Completely Undeserving of the James Beard Award ~

Friday, September 30, 2011

..And now we invite you to relax, let us pull up a chair as the dining room proudly presents...your dinner

As I have briefly posted before, I was lucky enough to have worked in Disneyland, yes it was "only" as a dishwasher...but I worked there! It was at the Tahitian Terrace in 1979. Here you could have lunch or dinner and a show which consisted of various polynesian dances with men and ladies, hula, fire dancers, a small band backed them up. Over on the left side was a cool waterfall which on cue, the water would magically part and out came the lovely ladies to sing and dance for you. It was a perfect setting between the The Enchanted Tiki Room and the Jungle Cruise. You could hear the rumble of the boats ending their dangerous cruise while you ate your teriyaki steak and rice.

It closed in 1993 and re-openned as an Aladdin themed dinner and show which bombed and only existed for about 2 years. It has remained closed ever since. There is a lot of hope out there to bring it back. Disney did add a "Trader Sams" restaurant and lounge at the Disneyland hotel, but it's not the same.

Please see more of my remembrances at a great Disneyland blog and vintage picture site at Daveland.

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