A Polynesian setting
Ryan P. Wilson
The Adventureland Veranda opened, just over the bridge into Adventureland, when the Magic Kingdom opened in 1971. It served up such memorable food items as the Sweet and Sour Hot Dog and Teriyaki Burger, but was unceremoniously shuttered in the summer of 1994. Since that time it has opened, on the rare occasion, when Pecos Bill was temporarily closed for a refurbishment or as a character meet and greet location.
Over the busy Easter period at Walt Disney World the Veranda once again opened its doors to the throngs of guests hungry for a place to dine. For the few days that it once again served guests, the partially opened restaurant was listed as the Veranda Refreshments, and supplied hot, hand carved, sandwiches. With the Veranda opened for the first time in the digital age, at least for the first time without any pirate overlay, the Veranda Refreshments offered longtime Walt Disney World enthusiasts a chance to tour through parts of the facility and venture back to the bygone days.
For those of you unable to visit Adventureland during those hectic, yet scant, days that the establishment was open, I thought it would be nice for the Gazette to give all of its readers a tour of the current state of the Veranda. I was extremely pleased to find the flooring tile has retained its tropical, yet unidentifiable, pattern, that the lighting fixtures have remained, and that much of the wooden accents can also still be found throughout the domicile. That, however, is enough of my thoughts, on with the tour!