Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar

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1150 Magic Way
Anaheim, CA
Opened in 2011
Daily 11:30am-1:30am

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Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar

9

Overall

by 256 people

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Detail
Everyone You
Decor 9.8
Drink Quality 8.5
Drink Selection 8.1
Food Quality 7.9
Mood 9.4
Music 9.7
Service 9.2
Tikiness 9.6
Tilt 9.4
Vibe 8.9

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Humuhumu’s description

Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar finally answers the question we've all been asking ourselves: what would it be like if the Enchanted Tiki Room
classic
The Enchanted Tiki Room
Anaheim, CA
Themed Attraction
9.7
actually served alcohol?
Trader Sam's is named for the "head" salesman from the Jungle Cruise ride at Disneyland, and the decor is a mix of influence from that ride and the Enchanted Tiki Room, with a little of Walt Disney World's Adventurer's Club thrown in for good measure. Top-notch Disney designers Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily were able to work on some of the decor. The bar is utterly packed with entertaining bric-a-brac and artifacts from "Sam's" archives. The music is a pitch-perfect mix of Exotica, hapa haole and traditional Hawaiian tunes.
The servers have been given the same training as the skippers on the Jungle Cruise, and keep the atmosphere lively, silly, and very friendly. The bar has lots of surprises and interactive elements, some triggered by ordering particular drinks.
The quality of drink ingredients is higher than one might expect, with fresh-squeezed citrus and syrups from Portland's B. G. Reynolds in use. The alcohol content of the drinks tends to be a little light—keep in mind, they want their guests to continue to enjoy their vacation the next day. Let your server know you're looking for something more in the vein of classic tiki, and they'll steer you in the right direction. If you like the punny performance given by the Jungle Cruise skippers, you'll love the drink names: "HippopotoMaiTai", "Schweitzer Falls" and "Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Rum" are some of the cleverly-named cocktails.
Kids are welcome at Trader Sam's, as long as they don't sit at the actual bar; there are several tables around the room where kids can sit. There is also an outdoor patio, where Hawaiian musicians perform nightly.
There is a small menu of pupus available. The bar is near a casual dining tropical restaurant that opened at the same time, called Tangaroa Terrace
Tangaroa Terrace
Anaheim, CA
Bar & Restaurant
6.6
.
In 2015, a sister location opened at Walt Disney World in Orlando: Trader Sam's Grog Grotto
Trader Sam's Grog Grotto
Orlando, FL
Bar & Restaurant
8.9
.

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Andros
Andros is a semi-regular at Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar.
August 1, 2017, 4:36 PM
We've been to Sam's regularly, almost once a month and we had enjoyed the drinks outside on a regular basis. This time however, we sat inside to escape the heat as we dropped in with the sun still high in the sky. It was a pleasant welcome as it's cool inside and the servers are always happy to serve and take care of you. Drinks were great as we had a mai tai and the Shrunken Head. The classics never let us down. But we're noticing the "force fun" that Disney wants us to have as they will make your visit more an "in-your-face" experience, almost like being at a "Friday's" where they scream or make a huge ordeal about a simple drink. Might as well be like Farrell's Ice Cream parlor if patrons are looking for attention of this kind. Personally, I had to give a low vibe as the screaming and noise was a bit much as it seemed like it happened each minute. It was even to the point we could barely communicate with our table server (who was fantastic!). All in all, Sam's is just Sam's. It's just a personal issue when it comes to wanting to experience "Aloha" on a different scale than to have it pushed in your face like birthday cake with an alarm and a bell clanging.
GeekyTiki
GeekyTiki has visited Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar.
May 29, 2017, 7:24 PM
When you hear "Disney does Tiki", the first thought is that its going to be too something....too manufactured or too expensive or the drinks will be too watered down. Surprisingly Trader Sams is none of these things. The drinks are comparably priced to most quality Tiki/Cocktail bars and, more importantly, they're VERY TASTY! There's a perfect amount of "Disney Magic" (a couple touches of animatronic kitsch worthy of the name "Trader Sam"). The bartenders are friendly, attentive and helpful and the patrons, at least when I was there on a Wednesday evening in July, were willing to jump right into the Tiki experience. Highly recommend if you need a break from SoCal heat, or just want to make your next sit through the Enchanted Tiki Room a bit more interesting.
Oh NOa
Oh NOa is a regular at Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar, and is usually there Monday or Thursday nights.
April 26, 2017, 11:34 AM
Sam's is home to me. It's where I was bitten by the Tiki bug. I've learned so much about tiki here thanks to Kelly and other bartenders like Christian, Roy, and Melissa. Yes, of course you can come in and sit at a table and order a bright blue slushee dispensed from a machine that is laced with Minute Maid strawberry sauce. OR you can wait for a seat at the bar and take the time to engage with the bartenders whose knowledge delves 20,000 leagues deeper than the printed menu reads. I've had more classic tiki cocktails here than I have at every tiki bar I've been to combined. Sam's is everything I could want from a Tiki bar and I believe you get what you give, so I give thanks to Trader Sam's and all the magic inside.
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