Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar

Anaheim, CA
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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

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Decor 9.7
Drink Quality 8.3
Drink Selection 7.9
Food Quality 8
Mood 9.4
Music 9.8
Service 9.2
Tikiness 9.5
Tilt 9.5
Vibe 9.2

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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
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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
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Trader Sam's is in the pool area of the Disneyland Hotel.

Parking

Parking is available in the lot for Downtown Disney.

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August 28, 2016, 2:32 PM
Trader Sam's was my first tiki bar, and I fell in love immediately. The bar is so immersive and the theming is so well done that you really get transported to another world. The drinks are amazing and inspired me to build my own rum collection and make the drinks and syrups at home. My wife also love their long beans and we stop by the bar every day we are at Disneyland. At this point in my tiki fandom, Trader Sam's is my favorite bar no question.
July 28, 2016, 2:49 PM
This was my first Tiki Bar experience and the one that started my Tiki journey. Everything about it, especially in the winter when they have the Christmas stuff up, is perfect. Although you get a solid sense from the exterior decorations what the deal will be it's definitely not the full story.

I had never been in a bar that had taken me on such a journey by just stepping through the doors. That's why I will have a soft spot for Trader Sam's.
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July 3, 2016, 10:08 AM
I am not really into Disney so really just went more for the tiki bar then Disney aspect of it. It was a fun bar, drinks pretty good. Liked the concentration of decor. The painting with the oozing lava was pretty neat. Kinda wish the menu had prices on it since we didn't know how much we were being gouged for a mug. If you buy a mug, ask for swizzles if they don't toss them in. 2 hour free parking at Downtown Disney was plenty of time to have a drink or 2 and not feel rushed. I really liked that kids could just go in there, hang out and order tiki sipper drinks. Saw a table of kids and kinda hoped that it was helping to install some early tiki memories in them that they carry forward.
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