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

9.1

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Decor 9.7
Drink Quality 8.5
Drink Selection 8
Food Quality 8
Mood 9.4
Music 9.8
Service 9.2
Tikiness 9.5
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
9.7
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
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6.4
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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
9.1
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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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Aqua
Aqua has visited Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar.
January 15, 2017, 1:05 AM
What a cool little place in the middle of the Disneyland Hotel. Impressive animated decor and quality drinks. Only complaint is that they could benefit from some more seating space.
retrolandia
retrolandia is a semi-regular at Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar.
November 29, 2016, 5:14 PM
This is my favorite tiki bar - immersive theming, good music, fun special effects, and even something on the menu for non-drinkers.

My one complaint (and it's a big one) is that it's too loud when it's busy (and because this place is awesome, it's always packed). I've had to leave Trader Sam's on three separate visits due to the noise level (the last time, one specific CM who talks far too loudly had a role in this).
November 2, 2016, 2:49 PM
Tiki is all about escapism and no one does escapism better than Disney. Imagine what a Tiki bar would be like if Disney designed it. Yep, Trader Sam's is exactly what you think it would be and it's incredible. Let's just say "things" happen when you order a drink...

Here is my full review of Trader Sam's...

http://www.tikiwithray.com/tiki-bar-review-14-trader-sams-enchanted-tiki-bar-anaheim-ca/
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