First of all, let me apologize for what is largely going to be a positive report of Sunshine Tree Terrace’s out-of-scrims party. I know you hate positive energy as much as I do (you can’t do anything, dreams don’t come true), but in this instance I feel like it really can’t be helped. Trust me – I’ve been thinking about something bad to say about this for three days and just can’t.
Sunshine Tree Terrace has been behind scrims since the end of October, looking like this since then:
It continued to operate during the refurbishment:
With its limited menu:
Before the refurbishment, it looked like this:
With this logo:
What a walk down memory lane, right?
New logo, new paint, and the roof is ummmmmmmmm…thatchier? I guess you could say?
After clicking a couple buttons in Lightroom from the other direction.
A few more looks:
Details over the seating area.
More tiki bros.
The architecture fits in nicely with the Tiki room next door.
Going for broke on Tiki bros.
The new menu straight across: https://www.easywdw.com/reports3/sunshinefull.jpg
And/or in pieces:
Those entrees are all new as are the All Natural Lemonade, Key Lime Pie, and the Citrus Swirl is a permanent fixture again.
One possible wrinkle is the Tiki Room exit is located directly to the left. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Sunshine Tree Terrace “busy” though. A couple people will invariably get in line after a Tiki show, but it isn’t the run we see over at the Character Trails after a Lion King show gets out or anything like that.
Another is that we don’t have any covered seating nearby. You could walk your food up to nearby Pecos Bill or Tortuga Tavern for additional, comfier seating. There’s also a Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom portal right next to the seating area, which brings a bit of obnoxiousness with it.
There’s also some tables with uncomfortable stools and umbrellas next to Aladdin’s Magical Carpets.
In case you’re wondering where the heck this is.
I opted for the Asian Salad with Chicken, which is the “Chicken-Pineapple Salad” according to the sticker and the “Chicken Salad” according to my receipt. At $9.09, it’s the most expensive item on the menu. Each of the salads are served in these portable containers. I’m not sure how long ago the salad was prepared. Since it’s around 11:15am, the salads would be at their freshest assuming they’re only made once. It didn’t come out of the kitchen immediately, so it’s possible that they’re prepared to order.
We’ve got grapes, mandarin oranges, pineapple, chicken, lettuce, and carrots. There was another fruit of some variety mixed in underneath. My guess is papaya, but I’m not an expert on fruit. Everything was fresh and the moisture in the pineapple and oranges didn’t seem to interfere with the crispness of the lettuce. The salad dressing served on the side is of the sesame ginger variety – very similar to Newman’s Own or something like that. Overall, this was a proficient salad that I enjoyed quite a bit. My only complaint would be that it isn’t a ton of food for the money. Ordinarily I get tired of chewing by the time I’m through a Disney salad, but that wasn’t the case with this one.
You may remember the hilariously titled “Beef Salad” over at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe, which would run you $9.19, or ten cents more. Eating this one felt like work because there was so much of it.
I got a glimpse of the Asian Barbecued Pork Sandwich, which looked really good. I’ll get back to you on that one at our next opportunity.
Overall, I was impressed with the new Sunshine Tree Terrace. The menu offers some healthy alternatives to your prototypical Disney hamburger, chicken nuggets, and pizza. The building itself is gorgeous. The only downsides are the poor seating and potentially the portion sizes.