UPDATE: News today from Disney states that Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto should be opening officially in late April.
As Disney fans and DFB readers know well by now, plenty of changes have come to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort over the past several months of major resort-wide refurbishment.
For Disney food fans, perhaps none of the openings have met with as much anticipation as the eagerly awaited Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto! All sorts of signs (some of them literal!) are pointing to its imminent opening!
Of course, no sign is more telling than the one on the door to the Grotto itself…
Other signs are less obvious, but bring to mind the nautical theme that we’ve been told to expect for the east coast version of Trader Sam’s, influenced by 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
Guests can now see the painting below and oars lining the hallway that starts at Captain Cook’s on the ground floor of the Great Ceremonial House and leads to Trader Sam’s.
So, what else do we know? So far, at least five adult beverages will be unique to the Disney World location, including the Castaway Crush, Polynesian Pearl, Tahitian Torch, and the Dark & Tropical Stormy. As is the case at its
Disneyland counterpart — Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar — souvenir cups will be one of the highlights. In fact, Disney shared a few glimpses of the new sure-to-be-collectibles today!
Indoor seating in the Grog Grotto and outdoor seating on the Tiki Terrace will be available to guests. Special interactive decor elements will be entertaining the folks inside. Order a drink and watch what happens!
Food will also be available, and we understand that Pork Pâté Bánh Mì Sliders, Sushi, Hawaiian Poke, Kalua Pork Tacos and Corn-battered Portuguese Sausages will be among the offerings. Here’s a peek!
Details that we’re waiting to confirm include operating hours (it looks like 4 pm – midnight daily, with only guests 21 and over permitted after 8 pm). And also — the biggest question of all — the opening date! While soft openings are expected to begin on March 28th (which essentially means that you may catch the lounge in operation, but it may be closed at any given time to continue any necessary work), Disney has announced that late April will bring the official opening.
Still, much of what awaits remains a mystery… and that’s very much on purpose, as you can tell from this understated door, giving no hint to the treasures that lie behind it.
Oh, and there was one other sign placed on the door yesterday, greeting hopeful passersby.
I must’ve missed the memo from this guy…
We’ll see you soon… from inside the GROG GROTTO!!!
What are YOU looking forward to most about Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto? Please let us know with a comment!