Trader Sam's Grog Grotto

Orlando, FL
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Walt Disney World
Orlando, FL
Opened in 2015
Daily 4pm-midnight
(407) WDW-MAGIC

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Trader Sam's Grog Grotto

8.9

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Everyone You
Decor 9.8
Drink Quality 8.8
Drink Selection 8.7
Food Quality 8.1
Food Selection 7.3
Mood 9.4
Music 9.4
Service 9.2
Tikiness 9.6
Tilt 9.2
Vibe 9

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Humuhumu’s description

Trader Sam's Grog Grotto opened at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
classic
Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
Orlando, FL
Bar, Hotel/Motel, Restaurant, Themed Attraction & Floor Show
8.6
in 2015. It is the sister of Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar
Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar
Anaheim, CA
Bar
9
, found at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. Like the bar in Anaheim, the Grog Grotto is a twin tribute to both the Enchanted Tiki Room
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The Enchanted Tiki Room
Orlando, FL
Themed Attraction
9.5
and Jungle Cruise attractions. It is densely decorated and intensely themed, just as you would hope to find in a Disney tiki bar.
Like the Jungle Cruise, the crew members at the Grog Grotto are trained to give you a theatrical, goofy, fun experience. Some drink orders trigger special effects around the room (order a Polynesian Pearl and watch your bartender retrieve your pearl from a large clamshell), and several drinks are served in souvenir mugs. The decor is a mix of tiki and nautical, with some nods to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and also includes pieces left over from the old Adventurer's Club that used to be part of Downtown Disney in Orlando. The menu is limited, with several small plates. There is also outdoor seating at the adjacent, relatively lightly-themed Tiki Terrace.
The Grog Grotto was added as part of a big refresh of the Polynesian Village Resort in 2015.
Children are welcome at the Grog Grotto during the day, but after 8pm it is only open to those 21 and older.

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bowlofpretzels
bowlofpretzels is a semi-regular at Trader Sam's Grog Grotto.
August 21, 2017, 7:42 PM
My visits to Trader Sam's always start with that pang of guilt. Disney World was, after all, the tourism Godzilla that slithered out of the Seven Seas Lagoon four and a half decades ago to stomp to death so many of the Mom-and-Pop roadside attractions. No one was safe, even my beloved Tiki Gardens that was just a few blocks' walk away during a summer's stint in Florida as a child. It, and so many other homegrowns, are gone now or repurposed into pay parking lots, state parks, Legoland. Trader Sam's is unmistakably Mousey. From the little skits the bartenders and servers do for the specialty drinks - "TWO SHOTS OF RUM" to the bar stools that mysteriously raise and lower (my husband's favorite ride at Disney World), it is a finely crafted experience. At various times, even before the rum has set in, I've plotted on how to re-create the moving, projected murals behind bamboo panes on the world. I've watched plowed frat father-son combos try to pry things off the wall. I've also learned - over the course of many visits - that if you aren't an obnoxious bachelorette party or making faces at the theater surrounding the drinks that seems to flow in waves of 15-minutes on, 45-minutes off, your second round could involve the usually outside only Spiky Pineapple if you ask sweetly enough. (Ghostbuster god answer rules apply when your server asks if you want it extra spiky....) And, by once the rum kicks in, you'll be looking for something to focus on beyond your nose. What better than looking at the framed postcards that grace the walls. If you can see past swinging octopus tentacles and the clam that burps plastic pearls for drinks, you'll find the Imagineers quiet tribute to all the fallen Tikis and small nod to those who Tiki on. Thanks for keeping it classy, Mickey, and I'll see you real soon.
TikiTravis
TikiTravis has visited Trader Sam's Grog Grotto.
May 25, 2017, 5:43 AM
I was there 5/25/17, and it was as fun and friendly as ever!
JimNeumayer
JimNeumayer is a semi-regular at Trader Sam's Grog Grotto.
May 24, 2017, 2:23 PM
As Trader Sam's Grog Grotto is the closest Tiki Bar to
our home, it is our "regular" tiki bar. While it can be
difficult to get in, it is well worth it. Last year Trader
Sam's was on Epcot's Food & Wine Festival as a seminar.
Well worth it as you got a behind the scenes explanation
of how they make food and drinks.
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