Today we will take a look back at some of the conceptual artwork Disney created for the original Tahitian Terrace in Disneyland. This piece of artwork is on public display at the Disneyland Hotel for all to enjoy, however, it is difficult to photograph due to its placement and reflecting light. I have tweaked the images the best I can. However, next time you are at the Disneyland Hotel, stop by and spend a minute or two admiring this wonderful piece of artwork.
To get to the outdoor restaurant, you cross over the stream that flows into the Jungle Cruise river. The large structure is on the left and the outdoor seating and floor show is on the right, under the large tree.
The bridge leading into the Tahitian Terrace restaurant. Note, at least in this rendering, that the facility is called Polynesian Gardens.
Detail of the Entrance sign. The Tahitian Terrace opened in Disneyland in 1962 but Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room didn’t open until the following year right next door. However, the rendering for the Tahitian Terrace shows that tiki room birds were planned as part of the theme and décor.
A tiki birdhouse on top of the entrance bridge.
The large ornamental A-frame patio structure that overhangs the stream.
……with a carved tiki at the top of the header beam.
The other side of the structure has 2 additional A-frames. However, they both display African themed ornaments at the end of the header beams.
Detail under one of the other A-frames shows more tiki room birds.
The outside seating area that encircles the stage under the large tree.
Detail of the stage and floor show. Note the tiki room birds in the tree above the stage.
Final detail of hula girls, waterfalls and tikis.