A South Seas Hideaway
Have you visited the new Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort yet? My family and I had the chance to check it out last month and we loved it! If you are a fan of tropical drinks, Hawaii, or the Jungle Cruise, definitely stop by the next time you’re in Disney World. Here’s everything you need to know about Trader Sam’s courtesy of Disney:
Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is the latest addition to the newly reimagined Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Located off the Great Ceremonial House, the themed lounge serves exotic drinks and small plates, while offering scenic views of the marina and Seven Seas Lagoon.
Founded by Adventureland’s famous “head” salesman, Trader Sam, the Walt Disney World Resort version has some similarities to the original Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel in Disneyland Resort. But magical theming reflects its new resort location.
Guests are welcomed to Trader Sam’s, a South Seas hideaway, to explore a menu full of “magical tropical drinks and food,” and while the Walt Disney World version shares a few exotic cocktails and small plates from the Disneyland location, it has its own menu, according to Chef Lenny DeGeorge.
The famous Trader Sam cocktails, available in Disney collectible Tiki mugs, are a mix of old and new.
Only at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto:
- Polynesian Pearl
- Castaway Crush
- Tahitian Torch
- Dark & Tropical Stormy
Favorites imported from Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar:
- Krakatoa Punch
- Shrunken Zombie Head
Sam’s No-Booze Brews:
- Schweitzer Fall
- Skipper Sipper
Small bites at Trader Sam’s Grotto include chicken lettuce cups with hoisin ginger sauce; Hawaiian poke with Sriracha aioli and wonton chips; kalua pork tacos with shredded cabbage and pickled vegetables; pan-fried dumplings with soy-sesame dipping sauce; roasted chicken and pork pâté bánh mì sliders with pickled vegetables; salmon oshizushi (pressed sushi); corn-battered Portuguese sausages with curry ketchup, and a Headhunter Sushi Roll.
The lounge has 50 seats inside and 82 on the patio. Reservations are not required.
The lounge has over 1,200 pieces of memorabilia to check out and ordering certain drinks causes some fun special effects. Because of Trader Sam’s popularity, you could be looking at an hour or two wait or more for a seat inside. If you would rather not wait, head to the nearby Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace for the same menu, live Hawaiian music, plus a view of Seven Seas Lagoon.
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