Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto has been the center of attention as far as lounges at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort go. But, the Tambu Lounge that is located on the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House is a great spot to stop for a drink and hors d’oeuvres. Here are 5 things that I think you will love about the Tambu Lounge:
5. Location & Atmosphere
On the second floor of the Polynesian’s Great Ceremonial House, the Tambu Lounge occupies some prime real estate. It is a great option if you are at the Magic Kingdom and want to take a break in the evening—just hop on the monorail or the resort boat launch for a quick ride over to the Polynesian to enjoy some drinks and food. The lounge itself has a very cool Tiki vibe that makes you relax as soon as you walk into the open space (even before you have a drink). There is seating around the bar itself, along with some very comfy chairs out in the lounge where you can gather in groups to discuss your day in the parks. The only disadvantage to the location is that it is right at the check in podium for ‘Ohana, so there are times that it can be crowded with people waiting for their reservation.
4. The View!
Tambu Lounge has a bank of windows that look out over the lush tropical Polynesian resort grounds and off toward the Magic Kingdom. Talk about a beautiful place to enjoy a couple of cocktails or a full meal from the delicious menu. . . .
3. The Eats!
The Tambu Lounge has a fantastic menu, in fact you could make a full meal out of the offerings here—and it is the perfect substitute for the hard to get reservations at ‘Ohana. Did you know that at the Tambu Lounge you can walk up and order both the honey coriander wings AND . . . .the ‘Ohana Bread Pudding??? Yes! You Can! The menu has some other great options as well, pulled pork nachos and pork sliders made with the Kona coffee barbecued pork, beef satay and crisp breads with dips. I could totally make a full meal sharing several of these dishes with friends or family in the lounge.
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2. The Drinks!
After all, Tambu Lounge is, a lounge. While you may be able to order your drink of choice, there are several specialty cocktails at the Tambu Lounge that are worth making the trip over on the monorail (as if you need coaxing to ride the monorail). Tiki themed umbrella drinks are the main attraction with the “Tropical Macaw” and the “Island Sunset.” A personal favorite is the Backscratcher with two types of rum, whiskey and passion fruit juice—best part though is the bamboo backscratcher that is served with the drink!
1. The Lapu Lapu
Yes, this is technically one of the specialty drinks from #2, but the Lapu Lapu really deserves its own number. This is like the Dole Whip or the Mickey Bar for the 21 and up crowd—one of those things you just have to try at least once as a Disney fan. This fantastic drink makes the Tambu Lounge a destination. It is served up in an actual fresh pineapple and it just screams Polynesia! Myers’s Original Dark Rum and tropical fruit juices topped with Bacardi 151 Rum—should you need to make your own at home to relive the Disney/Polynesian magic the recipe is: 2 parts Myers’s Dark Rum, 2 parts pineapple juice, 3 parts orange juice, 1 part sweet and sour mix, topped with 1 part Bacardi 151 rum floated on the top. Mix all ingredients together, adding the Bacardi 151 last. Add crushed ice to chill. Serve in a pineapple for authenticity. There is nothing quite like ending your day, or gearing up for Magic Kingdom and evening fireworks, like sitting back with a fruity drink served in a pineapple in your hand.
What do you love about the Tambu Lounge at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort?