REVIEW: Tangaroa Terrace Breakfast at the Disneyland Hotel

by | Mar 4, 2022 | Disneyland Parks, Disneyland Resorts, DLR Food, DLR News

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We tried the Tangaroa Terrace breakfast menu at the Disneyland Hotel during a recent trip to Disneyland Resort. Scroll on for our photos and review.

Aloha! While, for many, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, for others (like yours truly), it’s the most forgotten meal of the day, especially when you’re visiting Disneyland and want to power through every ride in the park as soon as the rope drops.

But for me, there’s one Disney breakfast I never miss when staying at the Disneyland Hotel, and that’s a stop in at Tangaroa Terrace.  On our recent stay, we actually had breakfast there three out of four mornings so we tried a lot of the menu and couldn’t wait to share our top picks with you.

Keep reading for our honest review of breakfast at Tangaroa Terrace at the Disneyland Hotel.

Where to Find Tangaroa Terrace at Disneyland 

It’s hard to miss Tangaroa Terrace, as it sits high above the pool complex in the center of the towers of the Disneyland Hotel. It’s in the same building as Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar, so if you veer to the left from there, you’ll see it.

All other dining options at the hotel are located in the conference center attached to the Fantasyland tower, which is located across the bridge over the pool from Tangaroa Terrace.  

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Look for the A-frame roof to find Tangaroa Terrace at Disneyland Hotel. Photo by Danny Shuster

Look for the A-frame roof and patio adorned with colorful lounge chairs and lots of lanterns, then head on inside to place your order (or opt to use Mobile Order on the Disneyland App so you can continue quickly on to your park day).

This Quick-Service restaurant has a fast, casual feel. If you order to go, everything will be boxed up nicely, and if you order to dine in, you can find a table and a server will bring your food out once it’s ready.

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It’s no secret that this cozy little spot is on our list of top reasons to stay at the Disneyland Hotel.  There is nothing more relaxing in the whole world than enjoying breakfast while sitting on a Polynesian-inpsired patio under the shade of palm trees, gazing down at the pool before opening time, on a sunny California morning.

It’s the perfect way to fuel up your mind and body before a busy day of park hopping.

Tangaroa Terrace Hours 

Even if you like to get some extra beauty sleep, you won’t miss out on this excellent breakfast, which is served until 11 AM. After that, the menu switches to lunch and dinner.

No matter the day of week, Tangaroa Terrace opens at 7 AM and closes at 10 PM.

Tangaroa Terrace Breakfast Review

The menu at Tangaroa Terrace is a fusion of American, Japanese, and Hawaiian dishes and flavors. While you’ll find eggs, bacon, and coffee here, you can also expect to see Acai Chia Breakfast Bowls, sweet potato hash instead of homefries, and (gasp!) fluffy Japanese style pancakes instead of Mickey waffles. I know, I know. But trust me, it’s delicious!

Avocado Toast

The Avocado Toast sounds like a California staple, but this one is “plussed.” Sweet Hawaiian bread is lightly toasted, topped with freshly smashed avocado, a perfect 63⁰ slow-poached egg, and crispy Portugese sausage.

Avocado Toast. Photo by Danny Shuster

Then it’s smothered in furikake Hollandaise, sprinkled with nori, and served alongside an edible flower (which I promptly sat atop my cappuccino to-go cup so it didn’t feel underdressed at such a stylish breakfast party).

This dish hit all the best breakfast notes, combining luscious textures with savory flavors that managed not to be too salty. An unexpected upgrade from my usual sourdough+avocado+sea salt work-from-home breakfast.

Thick and Fluffy Japanese Pancakes

Another twist on a breakfast staple are the Thick and Fluffy Japanese Pancakes. While these aren’t really the jiggly souffle pancakes famed around Tokyo (I’d describe them more like angel food cake), they were light, delicious, and sweet.

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Japanese Pancakes. Photo by Danny Shuster

Topped with fresh tropical fruits, slices of starfruit, and a guava syrup, these pancakes were so good that I could have happily consumed many more. These were a huge upgrade on the normal pancake or waffle breakfast at most Disney locations.

I think kids will love these tiny fluffy cakes (which are also available served plain with maple syrup on the kids’ menu).

The bacon that came alongside the pancakes was good. So good that the next morning, I ordered some as a side with my pastries … hey, it’s vacation, right?

Loco Moco Burrito

Something totally unexpected on the breakfast menu was the Loco Moco Burrito. Sticky rice, ground beef, an egg, fried onions, and brown gravy are stuffed inside a flour tortilla then served with a mild salsa roja.

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Loco Moto Burrito. Photo by Danny Shuster

This burrito was incredible, and my husband Danny (who is also our Creative Director and dining columnist for WDW Magazine) ordered it multiple times on our trip

It had that stick-to-your-ribs, home-cooked quality without weighing you down. If you like it spicy, you could add hot sauce from the condiment counter, which I happily did when he shared some precious bites with me.

Other Tangaroa Terrace Menu Items

If you’re in the mood for something lighter (or faster—plan to spend 30-45 minutes here to wait for your order and eat at a leisurely pace), there’s fresh fruit and a lovely selection of baked goods, most of which are under $4.

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Breakfast Pastries. Photo by Danny Shuster

We sampled the pain au chocolate, which was flaky, buttery and chocolatey, and the apple danish, which had a lovely apple filling on a not-too-sweet pastry.

Coffee

Coffee lovers will be happy with the selection here, ranging from regular coffee and tea to lattes, cappuccinos, and iced options made to order with espresso and several milk and flavor options.

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A Cappucino with the added flower. Photo by Danny Shuster

The lineup to get Starbucks in the parks is a time commitment that you can avoid if you caffeinate here before you head to the front gates!

You can check out the menu for Tangaroa Terrace at the Disneyland Hotel here.

Tangaroa Terrace: May We Meet Again

Now that I’ve made myself sufficiently snacky by writing this blog, I might have to go daydream about booking another trip just to experience this breakfast again. It’s a must-do if you’re staying at the Disneyland Hotel.

Next up, I’ll have to go back to try their lunch and dinner menu, which is full of Polynesian inspired fare like Poke Bowls, Pu Pu Platters, and of course… Dole Whip.

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Written by Stephanie Shuster

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A lifelong Disney fan with a passion for globetrotting, I’m driven by a desire to build a community where people like me can let their Disney flag fly with pride. As CEO and Owner of WDW Magazine, I lead a team that connects thousands of Disney fans to the Most Magical Place on Earth from wherever they are.
Stephanie Shuster

Written by Stephanie Shuster

A lifelong Disney fan with a passion for globetrotting, I’m driven by a desire to build a community where people like me can let their Disney flag fly with pride. As CEO and Owner of WDW Magazine, I lead a team that connects thousands of Disney fans to the Most Magical Place on Earth from wherever they are.
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