Tambu Lounge at Polynesian Village Resort Set to Undergo Massive 3 Month Refurbishment

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Tambu Lounge is the bar outside of ‘Ohana. It is located on the 2nd floor of the Grand Ceremonial House at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. This famous lounge features unique far-east-inspired libations, including the Lapu Lapu drink served in a hollowed-out pineapple.

Tambu Lounge

Tambu Lounge

Tambu Lounge

Tambu Lounge has long been a mainstay of the resort. The bar itself is one of the last remaining pieces of the original Polynesian resort, the name dating back to 1971 opening. That all changes starting August 5th, 2018, when the bar and lounge is set to undergo a massive refurbishment. Slated to be a three month refurbishment, giving the bar a brand new look and feel while also giving the bartenders more space and updated equipment. In the interim there will be two pop-up bars in the lobby, one outside of the refurbishment area and one near Moana Mercantile.

Tambu Lounge

Stay tuned to WDWNT for updates as the closure nears and construction begins!

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  • This sounds disappointing, especially that it is one of the last remaining elements of the original resort. I LOVE this place! I can understand an update, but I hope they stick with the name and most of the original elements (doubtful though).

    • Agree completely. I don’t care if they update the bartender equipment, but don’t change the look or layout. The recent renovation of the lobby was extremely disappointing. I can’t imagine they could have done much worse to remove that beautiful original rainforest and replace it with a tiny statue and some fake plants. I expected a newer, more updated rainforest, even if it wasn’t as large. Same with the volcano outside by the pool. The new pool mountain is ugly. They mediocre-ized (I made up that word lol) all of the areas they renovated last time. Disney needs to realize that if they can’t improve on something, leave it alone. Don’t waste your money. We like the classic beauty of the original resorts and rides.

      • Totally agree Ralph. The renovations to the lobby were certainly nice, but they took so much away from the original beauty of the resort. After the renovations, the lobby even lost that distinctive smell it had. Just the scent of that original lobby brings back so many great memories. But hey, what do we know, right? haha

        • Definitely! I miss the distinctive smell also! It brought me back to when I was a little kid and I stayed at the Polynesian. The sound and smell of the waterfalls were amazing.

        • Agree as well. It had been a long time since I had visited the Poly, and was really disappointed and kept telling my kids about what it looked like back when my parents brought me and my brother there. I too miss the sound of the water and the smell.

  • Disappointing!! I really enjoyed this place and was really looking forward to stopping in during my September trip. Another piece of poly gone.

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