Review: Tropical Hideaway Opens in Disneyland

Tropical Hideaway in Disneyland‘s Adventureland opened Wednesday, with its grand opening scheduled for today, December 21.  AllEars.Net was at the Media Preview to check out this new location, as well as indulge in the sweet and savory treats on the menu.

Hello from Rosita at Disneyland’s New Tropical Hideaway

When you enter the Tropical Hideaway, which is in the location of the former Aladdin’s Oasis, you are greeted by Rosita from the neighboring attraction Enchanted Tiki Room.

As the new location’s story goes, Rosita is waiting for her boat to arrive to embark on a solo career. As promised, she is quite chatty.

The area is set up to look like and give the feeling of a collection of market stalls along the waterfront of the Jungle Cruise.

Tropical Hideaway

We were able to spot Jungle Cruise‘s Kissimmee Kate while we were visiting the Tropical Hideaway.

Tropical Hideaway

The new area is  accessed via its main bridge, through the Enchanted Tiki Room, or along “Skipper’s Walk,” a pathway leading from the Jungle Cruise loading dock.

Tropical Hideaway Skipper’s Walk

Once in the area you’ll find open seating. Many areas are under cover.

Tropical Hideaway Seating

We enjoyed the assortment of seating arrangements, from the wood-topped tables above to the tables decorated below with fun prints.

Tropical Hideaway Seating

Be sure to spend some time before or after you relax and indulge in the food and drink here to take in the details all around you. As always with Disney, there are some hidden gems in the details.

The oars bear references to members of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers (S.E.A.). Disney World guests will be familiar with this Society as it is also featured in the decor and theme of the Magic Kingdom’s Jungle Skipper Canteen. Plus, we were told some paddles also provide clues for future attractions… so be sure to wear your thinking cap when reading these!

Tropical Hideaway Details

How about washing your hands at the water treatment facility?

Tropical Hideaway Details

There are several market stalls in the Hideaway, displaying goods from local artisans in the region.

Market Stalls in Tropical Hideaway

You’ll find lamps, rugs, and more on display in the market stalls.

Market Stalls in Tropical Hideaway

Now, on to the food! The menu includes the “Best of the Jungle” and “Fresh Off the River” delights. We chose to start with items from the “fresh arrivals” and “from the steamer” menus. Disney World guests will recognize one of these items from Animal Kingdom‘s Pandora.

Tropical Hideaway Menu

First up were the Bao Buns. Options include a Spiced Vegetable Bao, Kaffir Lime Chicken Bao, or Bulgogi Beef Bao.

Tropical Hideaway Bao Buns

The Spiced Vegetable Bao is filled with garbanzo beans (chickpeas) and cauliflower and is spiced with curry.

Tropical Hideaway Spiced Vegetable Bao

The Kaffir Lime Chicken Bao is stuffed with a combination of butternut squash, lime, and a touch of spice.

Tropical Hideaway Kaffir Lime Chicken Bao

Lastly, the Bulgogi Beef Bao contains a mixture of beef and potatoes with a hint of sweet chilis.

Tropical Hideaway Bulgogi Beef Bao

We thoroughly enjoyed all of these steamed buns, and would be hard-pressed to choose one over the other. You may have noticed the note on the menu to add sauce if you want it spicy. The sauce is Kogi Salsa Roja. We enjoyed it with the baos, but they are also very good without it.

Our next item was Sweet Lumpia — an egg roll filled with cream cheese and pineapple, and rolled in sugar. An addition the Disney World version of this sweet treat is the Dole Whip Dipping Sauce.

Tropical Hideaway Sweet Lumpia

The addition of the sugar and dipping sauce take this to a new level. The sugar adds a crispness to the whole dessert, and the pineapple dipping sauce emphasizes the pineapple flavor over the cream cheese.

“Other Provisions” include a Ramen Shaker Salad. The shaker includes Ramen, carrots, zucchini and cilantro along with optional spicy togarashi cashews and an onion vinaigrette.

Tropical Hideaway Ramen Shaker Salad

This is a fun salad to make, shake, and eat! We also tried adding the  Kogi Salsa Roja sauce from our Bao buns to this and found it added even more flavor (and some kick) to this flavorful salad.

Now, on to the star of the show, Dole Whip! And, if you’re a Dole Whip fan, run — don’t walk — to this new location.

Tropical Hideaway Dole Whip Menu

That’s right — you are reading the menu correctly. There’s a new flavor in town — Raspberry Dole Whip! You can get the flavors “straight up” as just Pineapple, Orange, or Raspberry, or you can swirl Orange with Pineapple, or Raspberry with Pineapple. You can also enjoy a traditional Dole Whip Float here. If that isn’t enough, there’s another new item — Loaded Whips!

Tropical Hideaway’s Loaded Whips

We were able to try these Loaded Whips with an orange and pineapple twist as well as a raspberry and pineapple twist. The “exotic” fruit topping is made of pineapple and mandarin oranges.

Tropical Hideaway Twisted Ambush

There’s even Pocky sticks (a Japanese treat — crisp cookies coated in chocolate) acting as spears in your ambush! The ambush is also topped with shaved coconut and candied hibiscus.

Tropical Hideaway Twisted Ambush

We enjoyed both versions of the Twisted Ambush. The combination of sweet, tart, and tropical all come together really well in this dish. It is definitely shareable as a snack (or you can make it a meal for one!).

The standard Twisted Ambush will be the orange and pineapple twist; you can request the raspberry and pineapple for your Ambush, just as we did, if you would like. The only combination that can not be made is an orange and raspberry twist due to the set up of the machines.

The Tropical Hideaway is a great addition to this park. It has fun reminders of the classic attractions Jungle Cruise and Enchanted Tiki Room all over. Plus, the food here is really tasty and enjoyable to eat. We see this becoming a popular place to relax, refresh, and refuel.

You can see the menu and photos of the Tropical Hideaway on our location page.

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Disclaimer: AllEars.Net was an invited media guest of Disneyland at the Media Preview of the Tropical Hideaway. This did not influence our report; our opinions are our own.

Sarah has built a career in communications and marketing that started when she was the editor of her high school newspaper. She has written for AllEars.net since 2018, and enjoys sharing Disney news and updates with the AllEars community. She's been a Disney fan ever since her first visit to Walt Disney World when she was 5, and has been known to arrange trips around visiting a Disney park!

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