Aladdin’s Oasis?

Once upon a time, there was the Tahitian Terrace. Located in Adventureland between the Tiki Room and the Jungle Cruise, the Tahitian Terrace was a splendid outdoor dining show. Or so they say, since despite being in operation for more than 30 years and despite my growing up in Southern California, I never once ate there. Or even knew it existed.

In my defense, for years and years we only went once a year on a private company night and as such, there were many things that didn’t operate at that time of day and year. Like the Explorer Canoes or the fact that you can actually go to the island in the middle of the Rivers of America. I was in high school and there in the middle of the day when I was like “What? You can row your own canoe? Since when???” and people were like “since always?” But whatever.

Anyway, never ate at the Tahitian Terrace. And when the Tahitian Terrace closed and was replaced by Aladdin’s Oasis, I never ate there either. More defendable on that front, since apparently Aladdin’s Oasis was only an actual dinner show for two seasons, both of which occurred when I was in college in the Midwest (where incidentally, I did paddle my own canoe down a river, but that’s a whole other story).

So basically, my entire experience with this location has involved walking past it saying, “is that a restaurant? I’ve never seen it open.”

That person in the foreground in black is thinking, "Is that a restaurant? I've never seen it open."

 

Well it’s not a restaurant anymore. Let me just put that issue to rest. Apparently for a while it was used as a storytelling location. If this is still the case, I wouldn’t know, because I’ve never seen it open.

Quite lovely

 

The entrance is delightfully-themed. The colors are bright, the building is detailed, and it’s all-around a lovely place. It even has a lovely courtyard.

It's actually kind of romantic back here

 

But the only thing I’ve ever seen it used for is this:

Jasmine

 

An Aladdin meet and greet. It’s always so weird, because the entranceway is lush and decorated and you really feel like any second now it could open up and be come kind of restaurant or show, or both. It doesn’t look neglected or forgotten, it just sits there, totally unused, except for a sporadic meet and greet location. Go figure.

I do hope that one day they’ll reopen the main area. I know that it shares kitchen space in the back with what is now the Jolly Holiday Bakery. I wonder if they’ll ever do anything with it? Until then, it just sort of stands there making people think “Is that a restaurant? I’ve never seen it open.”

14 responses to “Aladdin’s Oasis?

  1. Sam March 9, 2012 at 7:39 am

    I always wondered why I never saw Jasmine at the princess meet and greet. Now I know! Puzzle solved courtesy of MYWTM!

  2. siripaso March 10, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    I seem to recall some time in the late 90’s or early 2000’s it used to be a short comedy show (sans restaurant) featuring the Aladdin characters. I didn’t realize it’s been turned into a meet and greet!

    • Shelby March 13, 2012 at 11:42 am

      Yes, that was the “story telling” show. I never made it but I heard a lot of great things about it. It’s disappointing that they stopped it, though.

  3. Brenda March 13, 2012 at 11:37 am

    We went about 7 years ago and the story telling show was great, really funny, and the characters came into the audience, the kids loved it. Then afterwards you got an up close meet & great.

    I think the person in photo #1 is thinking – Why is that gal taking a picture of that restaurant that is never open?!

  4. Linus V March 15, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    For those who have experienced the Tahitian Terrace show, I will say it was similar to the Polynesian Luau dinner show at Walt Disney World, but the Disneyland version included more humor, more audience participation, and less belly dancing/hula dancing. Both included juggling and throwing sticks that were on fire. In 1993, some friends took me to the show that replaced the Tahitian Terrace dinner show, It was called Aladdin’s Oasis (Aladdin has two D’s, just like Donald) It was also a dinner show, which was convenient because we were able to make reservations and did not have to wait in line for dinner. I have to say that the show was entirely forgettable. It included the characters from Aladdin, including Genie, Sultan, Jasmine and Abu. There was quite a bit of running around the set and stage, but I could not tell you any element of the show, except for a portion when Jasmine was levitated by way of some sort of magic carpet in front of the crowd. I have no recollection of how the story came to require that Jasmine needed to be levitated in front of a crowd, or by other part of the storyline. The most memorable part of the Oasis show was the dessert, which was a small dark chocolate lamp that was dripping with some sort of raspberry filling or syrup. I remember walking away from the show enjoying my dessert, but feeling disappointed that I would not be seeing the Tahitian Terrace dinner show again. The good news is that the Polynesian luau is still performed at Walt Disney World, so visitors can still get something that is reminiscent of the long gone Tahitian Terrace Dinner show

  5. BassBone March 31, 2012 at 1:00 am

    When Kingdom of the Crystal Skull came out it was used briefly for a fairly interesting Indiana Jones show. It was a partner to the shows that happened throughout Adventureland proper that did nothing but clog up the walkways even more.

  6. Karisa August 6, 2012 at 2:33 am

    I remember the dinner show! Or, more accurately, I remember the chocolate lamp at the end of it!!!

  7. Linus V. August 6, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    As I said, the show was utterly forgettable, and the only part worth remembering was the dessert. It is nice to be able to say that you have seen it, but there are much finer chocolate creations available at many locations throughout the resort.

    • Shelby August 6, 2012 at 10:31 pm

      That’s good to hear. I saw online that they are doing a special dinner show, one night only, for $249 a plate. Even I don’t want to see it THAT badly.

  8. Hugh March 9, 2014 at 12:02 am

    I was in the original cast of the Aladdin’s Oasis dinner show. That sucker was a beast to put up due to cramped space backstage and over-ambitious animatronics. The show was loved by patrons, but the high-priced menu was what ultimately doomed the production. It was an expensive venture with a mostly union cast and a full wait staff. We who were in the show saw the potential for it to become as iconic as the Golden Horseshoe Review, especially since many of the cast members were in both shows. I recall the food being very tasty. Since the kitchen was right next to our dressing room, the chefs would sneak portions to us.

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