By: Amy Kawa
The Tambu Lounge is located on the second floor of the Grand Ceremonial House (lobby) of the Polynesian Village Resort. The lounge serves up some cult-favorites, including the bread pudding found at Ohana and the famous Lapu Lapu drink, which is served in a hollowed-out pineapple. Beginning on August 5th, the lounge is set to go under a massive, three-month refurbishment, where it will receive a completely new look and feel. During the refurbishment, there will be two pop-up bars to serve guests, one directly outside the refurbishment area and one near Moana Mercantile.
Dreamer Amy’s Take: While all refurbishments are significant, this one seems to have more meaning than the usual restaurant update. Very few things in Walt Disney World remain in-tact from their 1971 opening, and rightfully so! As Walt said, “We keep moving forward…” However, the Tambu Lounge is one of the last things to remain in tact since its opening in 1971. Despite refurbishments of the Polynesian lobby itself and aside from some menu changes, the location and look of the lounge has always remained the same. While progress is always welcome, it feels like a little bit of history is being lost this time. So, if you’re at the Polynesian before August 5th, stop by and grab a Lapu Lapu at the Tambu Lounge. Relax and enjoy a little piece of Disney history.