Disneyland Hotel Updates – New Restaurants and Pool


The Disneyland Hotel has been undergoing extensive renovation for a while now. Major facelifts to the three towers, as well as the construction of a new pool area and restaurant complex. The two new restaurants opened last week, and the pool area opened on Sunday, May 29, so I wanted to share some photos from my visit last Thursday.

There’s still a lot of construction walls blocking the normal walkways, so there are signs like these directing guests to the new restaurants.


Tangaroa Terrace is a counter service restaurant open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Breakfast Menu
All Day Menu



Those familiar with Captain Cook’s at the Polynesian Resort at Walt Disney World will recognize the order kiosks.


In addition to foods ordered off the menu there is a grab-and-go case with items like salads, sandwiches, and yogurt parfaits, and also a self-serve pastry case. I tried the pineapple/coconut/macadamia nut muffin and it was really good. Beverages are also self-serve. Unlike Captain Cooks, there is not a Dole Whip machine at Tangaroa Terrace.


There is some seating indoors.


There is more seating outdoors.


Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar opens at 11:30 and is open until after midnight. In addition the bar offerings, food is also available, things like fish tacos, wings, and flatbreads. The menu is HERE. Some of the names of the specialty beverages and their descriptions are pretty amusing.



Seating on the patio outside Trader Sam’s.


There’s a great outdoor seating area below Trader Sam’s, complete with huge fireplace (which was lit and burning, even during the day).


The decor inside Trader Sam’s is somewhat reminiscent of that at the former Adventurer’s Club at Walt Disney World. It’s much smaller, though.



Here’s what’s printed inside the menu:

“Aloha, ahoy, aha! And welcome to the mystery, romance, and adventure of Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar. Here, at the edge of civilization, a poison dart’s throw from the deepest, darkest, most dangerous region where the hand of man has never step foot, my fearless friend established this happy outpost for all to enjoy!

Who is Trader Sam? Why, he’s the head salesman of the jungle, the one who’s always ready to trade two of his heads for just one of yours! His expertise in head-shrinking potions grew into an interest in mixology. Bitten by the bartending bug (just one of thousands he’s been bitten by), Sam searched the Amazon, Congo, Polynesia, and every tropical locale in-between for magical ingredients to mix into his delectable libations. Along the way he picked up many of the trinkets and artifacts you see around you.

In the tiki bar business, it’s a jungle out there. But once Trader Sam began serving his exotic elixirs to tourists, the word really spread! So welcome aboard…ashore…or wherever you are! Cheers! Drink Up! Tulleeho! Kanpai! Prost! Kungaloosh! Ooogy Wawa! And above all, enjoy the time you spend with us at the world-famous Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar.

[signed] Skip

founder, Jungle Cruise Navigational Company

P.S. Just so you know – this place isn’t called ‘Enchanted’ for nothing.

P.P.S. If you’re wearing yellow, don’t act like a banana.”

I didn’t see any “enchanted” shenanigans going on, but I was there in the afternoon and it was pretty quiet.







I tried one of the non-alcoholic drinks – the Schweitzer Falls. It’s described as “Tropical Juices and Sam’s Gorilla Grog topped with Sprite”. It was good, and refreshing, but it mostly tasted like pineapple juice.

Here’s one of the gates into the pool area.


Lots of chaise lounges ready for sun-worshipers!


Like the Grand Californian, there will also be private cabanas available to rent.


The big slide into the pool.


The deeper swimming pool.


There’s a splash play area under the slide.


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Laura Gilbreath is a native of San Diego, CA. She has been making the trek up Interstate 5 to Disneyland since she was a small child and terrified of talking tikis and hitchhiking ghosts. She and her husband Lee enjoy trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World, as well as sailings on the Disney Cruise Line.

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4 Replies to “Disneyland Hotel Updates – New Restaurants and Pool”

  1. I was wondering if any resort guest can enjoy the new Disneyland Hotel Pool? I stayed at the Paradise Pier resort in the fall and I was unable to use the other pools at the other resorts. You can only use the pool at your resort with a room key from that resort.

    Laura replies: Sorry, but you can only use the pool at your own resort.

  2. Awesome pictures! Can’t wait to try it all out!

    That looks like a pretty big swimming complex – did they take out the waterfall area where you could go down below and walk around them? I grew up with that and would be so sad!

    Laura replies: Yes, they removed the waterfall area, also the koi ponds and the quiet pool area.

  3. I stayed at the Disneyland Hotel when it still had the Neverland theme. Like that soooo much better. That had more of a theme throughout the resort. Now they have an Adventureland type them going on with the Tiki dining but the pool theme, cannot figure that one out.

    Laura replies: Connie, the designer addressed that question at a Q&A – the whole “tiki” motif is also retro, since it was a very popular design choice back in the late 50’s – same time period as the early days of Disneyland.

  4. Thanks for sharing these, Laura. Any idea on when the room refurbishments will be complete? We are headed to DL this Fall and want to make sure we get one of the refurbished rooms.

    Take Care,


    Laura replies: Renovations on two of the three towers is complete and the third is well underway and scheduled to complete by the end of 2011. I believe that at this point they are only putting guests in the two completed towers.