More Details of Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto Revealed at…Disneyland!?

We have some fun new updates for you today of what’s soon to be at Walt Disney World — but they’re coming to us from Disneyland!

Intrepid Dining in Disneyland columnist Heather Sievers attended the fun Mahaloween Luau event earlier this year at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar in the Disneyland Hotel. While there, she grabbed a sneak peek of what we can expect at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto. We also gleaned a few more details from The Atomic Grog!

Trader Sam's Grog Grotto Concept Art

Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto Concept Art — Coming Soon to Walt Disney World!

While details have been kept mostly under wraps since we were given our first glimpse of concept art last Spring, the presentation by Imagineers Brandon Kleyla and Kyle Barnes at the Mahaloween Luau served to add a few more pieces to the puzzle.

I'll Have Whatever She's Making, Please!

Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

Although we know that Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto will be similar to the wildly popular Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar in Disneyland Hotel, we’re also starting to get an idea of how they’ll differ. And the key is right here in some of the photos we are sharing with you today.

Trader Sam's Tiki in Orlando

Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

The most interesting thing to come out of the presentation is the subtle difference in themeing between the two different Trader Sam’s locations. While the Disneyland Trader Sam’s has a style more reflective of Disneyland’s Jungle Cruise ride — think African Queen — Imagineers have something entirely different in mind for the Grog Grotto.

At the Polynesian, Trader Sam’s will celebrate more of the nautical aspect of the intrepid head salesman’s adventures. Look for the primary themeing cues to come courtesy of the [Read more…]

Blue Sky Wine

Once again, Disneyland pulls through with another themeing creation that brings me back to “original” Disney Parks perfection.

With puns like this, you’ll think you’re in line for Muppets 3D, but, in fact, you’re in Disney California Adventure’s Blue Sky Cellar, formerly the Golden Vine Winery — Seasons of the Vine. This location is now themed to represent an old winery that the Disneyland Imagineers have taken over as an impromptu office. Guests are free to roam about, sneaking peeks at models and blueprints for upcoming attractions, taking video screen quizzes, watching a film about the upcoming changes to Disney California Adventure, etc.

To your left as you walk in you’ll see a big sign — labeled “reference center” — draped over a full wall of “resting” wine barrels. Video screens that offer fun quizzes and trivia are set within some of the wine barrels, but the others seem pretty plain. Until you look more closely. [Read more…]