Disney's Polynesian Resort - Trader Sam's Grog Grotto

DSC_6732One of my favourite places at Disney World is the Polynesian resort. Situated on the opposite side of Seven Seas Lagoon to Magic Kingdom, it is one of two resorts that originally opened with the Magic Kingdom on 1st October 1971 - the other being the Contemporary resort. It has retained its tropical feel over the years, with its sandy beaches and Southern Pacific style.

One of the newest additions to the resort however, is Trader Sam's Grog Grotto. Inspired by Disneyland's Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar, they serve tiki cocktails and savoury food in an interactive bar environment.

Due to the size and popularity of the bar, it can often be difficult to get a seat inside. If you're willing to wait, though, you have the opportunity to take away a buzzer which will let you know when your table is ready. There is also the option to sit outside, which has some stunning views at sunset especially.


On our first night in Disney World last year, we wandered over for a couple of drinks and a bite to eat. Lewis ordered the HippopotoMai-Tai in the souvenir glass, whereas I opted for the Nautilus (both rum based cocktails). I was going to grab myself a souvenir glass too, but at a whopping price of $52 for the drink and the glass, I passed. It was still served that way, however - and I could see why it cost so much. It appears that the Nautilus is definitely suited to more than one person and this showed when I realised I was tipsy after just the one drink, ha!

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We ordered some food too, as when we visited in 2015 we noticed some of the small plates being brought out and thought they looked delicious. Sadly we had a dinner reservation on that night so we couldn't try them.

We decided to order the pork dumplings and Kalua pork tacos. Both were equally as good, and they complimented the drinks perfectly.

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One of the high points of Trader Sam's is the interactiveness of the bar. When you order a drink, there are numerous special effects. The Cast Members expand on this, injecting even more fun into the bar. 

PA050428I honestly couldn't recommend Trader Sam's enough for some adult only time in Disney World. It's so much fun, and a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the parks.

1 comment

  1. Trader Sam's looks amazing!
    Definitely adding this to my list of places I'd like to visit when I'm in Walt Disney World later this year.

    It's so great that you're back blogging!



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