Trader Sam’s – Polynesian Village Resort
Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar originally opened in the Disneyland Hotel in May of 2011 – This “bar” was one of the most unique things that Disney had ever done combining details from the now closed Adventures Club and The Enchanted Tiki Room. Trader Sam’s is so much more than just a bar, yes you can get unique drinks in specialty collectable mugs but also there are special effects that go along with many things throughout the restaurant. This “Bar” is one of the most talked about places in all of Disneyland from the day it opened!
Trader Sam’s had been rumored to be coming to Disney World since it opened in Disneyland. At first reports were pointing towards opening the bar in Downtown Disney however when Disney decided to do a massive overhaul of The Polynesian, they couldn’t think of a more perfect place to introduce Trader Sam’s to Walt Disney World!!!
Trader Sam’s Hours are 4-12 – 4-8 is for Families and 8-12 is 21 and up – This is very nice as there are very few places on Disney Property that are reserved for 21 and up!
Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is much more than just a bar – In short it is a combination of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Enchanted Tiki Room, and the Jungle Cruise – there are special effects when drinks are ordered, all of your bartenders are actually “Skippers” like in the Jungle Cruise and so many details scattered thought the 51 seat bar that you could spend hours just wandering around finding new things! Trader Sam’s also has an outdoor patio where you can order specialty drinks as well as the whole food menu without having to wait to be seated in the bar itself…
Like I said there are tons and tons of little details scattered throughout the restaurant so instead of me describing all of the details let me show you…
One of the coolest things about Trader Sam’s is its specialty Drink menu! There are many drinks that are specific to Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto as well as many drinks that are available on both coasts — Seeing as I knew that I was going to be writing a review of Trader Sam’s I took the liberty of ordering just about every specialty drink… I know you can thank me later 😉
Hippopoto Mai Tai – Light and Dark Rums, Orange Curacao, Orgeat (Almond) Syrup, Organic Agave Nectar, and Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice. Served in a souvenir Tiki Glass
This drink was fantastic! As with most of the drinks here the bartenders are quite generous with the amount of alcohol in each drink – This is a good thing but also a bad when you can’t really fast the booze! One of my favorite things about this drink is that its mug is specifically for Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and says Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto on it…
Shrunken Zombie Head – Reserve and Aged Rums, Tropical Juices, Falernum, and Cinnamon – Something that is special with this drink is that when you order it the “Shrunken Heads” have a special effect!
Reserve and Spiced Rums, Tropical Juices, Orgeat (Almond) Syrup, Sam’s Gorilla Grog, and Hibiscus Grenadine. Served in a souvenir Tiki Glass
Kona Beer Flight – Just a standard beer flight…
Perhaps the most talked about Drink in all of Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is the 52$ Specialty Drink (with the souvenir mug that isn’t available yet or 29$ without) Called the Nautilus – Barbancourt Pango Rhum, Appleton Estate Reserve Rum, Combier Creme de Peche de Vigne Liqueur, tropical juices, and Falernum – It is touted as serving two people but I can say that we split it with 4 and had PLENTY to drink! This drink is by far the most dangerous in all of the Trader Sam’s drinks as you literally cannot taste the alcohol at all! And there is a TON of alcohol in it! Be warned just stick to one of these you don’t need a second! Trust me 😉
As if all of the drinks were not enough Trader Sam’s also serves food – I can say that I tried many of the food offerings (again for research purposes) and by far the best thing was the Pork Tacos I would defiantly recommend them! Skip the rest and just order two of these!
Kalua Pork Tacos
Corn – Battered Portugese Sausages
Pan Fried Dumplings
Overall Thoughts –
10/10 Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is one of the best things that Disney has done in a really long time! The details are phenomenal! The food is good, the Drinks are outstanding, the merchandise and specialty mugs are amazing! Trader Sam’s is simply a home run!!!
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