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

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Decor 9.7
Drink Quality 8.3
Drink Selection 7.9
Food Quality 8
Mood 9.3
Music 9.7
Service 9.1
Tikiness 9.5
Tilt 9.4
Vibe 9.1

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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
6.1
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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
9.3
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Trader Sam's is in the pool area of the Disneyland Hotel.

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Parking is available in the lot for Downtown Disney.

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Tiare
Tiare has visited Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar.
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.
kortiki
kortiki is a semi-regular at Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar.
March 1, 2016, 7:54 PM
Like many others, I first became acquainted with Tiki Culture through Disneyland's Enchanted Tiki Room... How amazing then is it to have a tiki bar that combines the magic of Disney with pretty decent tiki drinks!?!?!?!

This magical place comes alive based on what you order (Krakatoa and Shipwreck are especially cool)... It doesn't hurt that it pumps out a seemingly endless supply of cool tiki mugs, including special editions.

A perfect intersection of Disney and tiki.
CWGross
CWGross has visited Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar.
January 21, 2016, 2:57 PM
It was the Enchanted Tiki Room that made me into a fan of Tiki, so it is appropriate that Trader Sam's is my favourite Tiki bar thus far. In fact, it's my favourite restaurant/bar/etc. in all of Disney's properties (followed by Walt's in Disneyland Paris, if anyone is keeping score). Let me state my qualifiers for this review though: I enjoy a nice social drink but I'm not in bar culture or alcohol as a lifestyle choice, I like Disney in general more than I like Tiki in general, and I attend Trader Sam's once every few years as a tourist rather than a regular. All this will colour what I think of the joint.

I judge drinks more by flavour than by alcohol content (actually, "too much alcohol" is a problem for me from a taste perspective), Trader Sam's are a mixed bag. The Krakatoa is okay, the Shipwreck is vile, the Tiki Rum was good but strong, and Piranha Pool is my personal favourite, probably because it is exactly a slightly alcoholic slushie. What makes the drinks is really the experience of them: the mugs, the animations that play, etc. There is food that is good and food that is good for Disney, and I actually enjoyed the food at Trader Sam's relative to both.

I gather the crowd at Trader Sam's is primarily made of regulars, but it's not intimidating for those of us not ingrained into that ohana. Just some ol' tourist will be perfectly fine there, if they can get a table.

The big appeal, of course, is the Disney flair. Trader Sam's is a self-referential experience, a celebration of Disney's history. The bar itself is designed as a retro-Fifties throwback rather than a vibrant, real, current Tiki bar. It was added in a hotel-wide project to affect a mid-century vibe. And if you're into Disney history and wish you could have seen Disneyland before Pixar, and Star Wars, and Marvel, then you'll enjoy it immensely.

The "Enchanted Tiki Bar" has Tiki stuff, but it takes its main cues from Adventureland and Disney's jungle adventures films as a whole. The inside is stacked with references to everything from the Indiana Jones ride to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to the Jungle Cruise (which the menu itself is based on) to Disney's WWII South American Goodwill Tour. All of these references are spun together into a microcosom of Disneyland itself... This tiny little bar that exists in a world where all of these characters exist simultaneously.

For where I'm coming at it from as a Disneyphilic tourist who likes Tiki stuff more than Tiki drinks, Trader Sam's totally works for me. It is the best extension of the Enchanted Tiki Room and Adventureland aesthetic.

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