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

9.1

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by 327 people

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Decor 9.8
Drink Quality 8.6
Drink Selection 8.2
Food Quality 7.9
Mood 9.5
Music 9.7
Service 9.1
Tikiness 9.6
Tilt 9.5
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
9.8
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
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In 2015, a sister location opened at Walt Disney World in Orlando: Trader Sam's Grog Grotto
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Comments

June 5, 2018, 10:05 AM
Surprised to see such a high rating for this bar - and just as surprised when I went that it wasn't as immersive as I had expected, especially factoring in Disney's usually impeccable magical touch. I had a nice time, and the service was great, but the very open space and huge crowding sacrifices mystery and intimacy.

I felt very much like this could be any bar that just happens to serve Tiki drinks and has some decor. I'd have to maybe go back when it was less crowded, but I think this one might belong on my "overrated" list.
Oidarnam
Oidarnam has visited Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar.
May 25, 2018, 4:20 PM
The only reason we took the monorail out of the park besides to nap...'nuff said :)
Jcsmith529
Jcsmith529 has visited Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar.
May 15, 2018, 7:40 AM
Like others, this bar ignited my interest in Tiki bars. I remember walking in and literally being overwhelmed with the vibe, decor and experience. This place, line the best Tiki bars out there, is an escape. Good drinks, classic feel.
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