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 242 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

Upcoming Visits

  • Hamo
    visiting on
    Friday, August 11, 2017
    for the first time
  • Lindsaylou13
    visiting on
    Thursday, August 17, 2017
    for the first time
    July 11, 2017, 9:58 AM
    FYI....several people still don't know that at The Coffee House on the opposite side of the pool from Trader Sams you can get a Dole Whip Float with rum in it, although, it's not much, so I usually get it without and walk over to Trader Sams and get some rum of my choice in it. They do make their own version of a boozy Dole Whip, but, I'm not sure which is better. Have a great time !! :)
    July 11, 2017, 11:27 AM
    Awesome! Thanks so much!
  • rigormorty
    visiting on
    Thursday, August 17, 2017
    for the first time
  • roddog
    visiting on
    Sunday, December 10, 2017
    I'm obviously going to go to Disneyland for my 31st birthday

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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
9
.

Comments

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.
Vanillamanda
Vanillamanda is a semi-regular at Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar.
March 29, 2017, 11:42 AM
It may be a cliché, but Disneyland really is the "happiest place on earth" for me, and when Trader Sam's opened, it made it even happier. Over the years, I've enjoyed many drinks here, along with the very immersive (what else would you expect from Disney?) experience and pretty great drinks and food. I am especially appreciative that they have a bourbon-based drink on the menu for my non-rum husband. I love the wacky "bits" that certain drink orders trigger, the details, and the general atmosphere.

I do have to agree with the "it's too loud/crowded" complaint. It is really very loud and can be super crowded, sometimes with a cast-member supervised line outside. But the same can be said for any place at Disneyland Resort, and I at least like that they do control the capacity and that they watch about line-cutting and such. At least when there are crazy crowds, they work to make it go as smoothly as possible. I can't say what my favorite tiki bar in the world is, but Trader Sam's is definitely in my top 3.
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Upcoming Visits
Hamo
visiting on
Friday, August 11, 2017
for the first time
Lindsaylou13
visiting on
Thursday, August 17, 2017
for the first time
July 11, 2017, 9:58 AM
FYI....several people still don't know that at The Coffee House on the opposite side of the pool from Trader Sams you can get a Dole Whip Float with rum in it, although, it's not much, so I usually get it without and walk over to Trader Sams and get some rum of my choice in it. They do make their own version of a boozy Dole Whip, but, I'm not sure which is better. Have a great time !! :)
July 11, 2017, 11:27 AM
Awesome! Thanks so much!
rigormorty
visiting on
Thursday, August 17, 2017
for the first time
roddog
visiting on
Sunday, December 10, 2017
I'm obviously going to go to Disneyland for my 31st birthday
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