It's a meet and greet space/extra seating for Bengal Barbacue, has been for a while. There are usually people in there, so I wouldn't call it "unused", but you are correct that there is no show that area.
just had a thought that might ease some of the circulation problem in that area. what's involved would be to move and expand the Bengal Barbecue into that area, remove the stage area and open it back up to the Jungle Cruise river views, remove the entry structure so it is move connected to the rest of Adventureland.
the old Bengal Barbecue site would mostly be removed so there would be more space in front of the Indiana Jones entrance. maybe just leave enough space for an outdoor vending site.
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Yes, it truly is a shame. When I think of the Tahitian Terrace, I think of one of those special things that Disneyland offered that you just couldn't get anywhere else. That's not to say nothing like that exists anymore in the park, but a lot of the really neat offerings that transported you to another time and place (and didn't put you in a film franchise) are dwindling away or already gone. It's insane to me that they haven't done something to that area there since Aladdin's short run in the 90's.
Loved the Tahitian Terrace, a great Polynesian dinner show, food was so so, but great experience.
If I remember right, the reason Aladdin's Oasis failed was because they tried the dinner show thing but, unlike the Tahitian Terrace, they chose to bring in people for dinner and a show at set times, people were so busy watching the show they didn't eat their dinner/lunch whatever and when the show was over they wouldn't leave until they were done eating and that messed up the schedule for the next seating and show.
More than anything else, why Disney refuses to bring back the Tahitian Terrace is just beyond me. They are turning away money. The only thing I can think of is that maybe insurance for some of the more dangerous parts like firewalking is just too much.
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