News: 2nd Edition of The Nautilus Now Available at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is a tiki bar full of enchantment, adventure… and crazy popular souvenir glasses!

Trader Sam's Grog Grotto

Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

While many of the specialty cocktails on the menu such as Krakatoa Punch, the Uh-Oa!, and the Polynesian Pearl come in souvenir glasses, the granddaddy of them all is: The Nautilus. And the “glass” is now available in its 2nd edition, according to the @WDWToday Twitter account. [Read more…]

News: Holiday Elephant Tiki Mug Coming to Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar on November 30th

You may recall the debut of the 2016 Haunted Mansion Hitchhiking Ghosts Tiki Mug at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar, causing lines for daaaayz of guests hoping to grab the limited edition piece (and causing more of the same when it arrived at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto in Disney World shortly thereafter). Well, get ready to face those lines again, my friends… because the 1st Edition Holiday Elephant Tiki Mug will arrive at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar in Disneyland Hotel on November 30th!

Holiday Elephant Tiki Mug ©Disney

Holiday Elephant Tiki Mug ©Disney

Here’s the scoop direct from the @DisneylandToday Twitter account[Read more…]

Dos (and a Few Don’ts) for the Epcot Food and Wine Festival

We wait all year for the start of it. Yep — the Epcot Food and Wine Festival is underway!

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If you haven’t been, be sure to put the event on your Disney Bucket List. At this time of year, Epcot is transformed into a food lover’s paradise. With Festival Marketplace Booths throughout both Future World and World Showcase, the opportunity to Eat Your Way Around the World(s) is even more exciting!

But then there are also so many events to attend. From free options like book signings and Back to Basics Seminars, to Low Cost Seminars and Demonstrations, there are lots of less expensive options.

But there are also some choices if you’d like to splurge a little. Party for the Senses draws big crowds every year, as do pairing events and signature dining options at restaurants throughout the resort.

Booths Are Going Up!

Booths Are Going Up! It’s Almost Time!

It’s a lot to plan for! So we’d love to offer you advice on a few Dos and Don’ts for navigating the Epcot Food and Wine Festival like a pro. Consider these pointers as you make plans to attend this year’s event. [Read more…]

New DFB Video: DON’T MISS THESE Disney World Bars and Lounges!

Hey Guys! In today’s DFB Video, we’re visiting some of our favorite Disney spots — the bars and lounges of Walt Disney World!

Krakatoa Punch

Krakatoa Punch, a Signature Cocktail at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

Bars and Lounges at Disney World are more than just watering holes. We love them for a ton of reasons. From fantastic signature cocktails and amazing pub grub, to themeing that you have to see to believe, these stops are well worth your time. [Read more…]

New DFB Video: Join Us For the Monorail Crawl!

We have another fun adventure today, coming to you via our DFB YouTube Video series!

Have you ever completed it? I’m talking about the most famous Disney Crawl of Them All — the Monorail Crawl!

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It’s super easy — and fun! Because who doesn’t love a trip anywhere via Monorail? [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-up: February 12, 2017

Happy weekend before Valentine’s Day! We hope you’re having a great one. If you happen to be in Disney World this week for Valentine’s Day there are a few spots that are great for celebrating!

Belle Cupcake from Big Top Treats

Belle Cupcake from Big Top Treats

There are just a couple weekends left for the Epcot International Festival of the Arts and we have photos of every food item at the Food Studios! We also have the full menus for the Food Studios!

After the Festival of the Arts comes the 2017 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival with its Outdoor Kitchens. And then we head out to the 2017 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival. And don’t forget, the 2017 Epcot Food and Wine Festival starts in August this year! Whew! We’re going to be a very busy bunch here at DFB! We have a lot to share with you this week, so let’s jump right in…

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Giveaway! Enter to Win a Haunted Mansion Hitchhiking Ghost Tiki Mug!

We don’t say it enough to you all. We LOVE all of our readers, and we appreciate so much how you support the work we do here at the Disney Food Blog. Seriously — we couldn’t and wouldn’t do it without you!

And so, every once in a while, we love to share an opportunity to win something special. But this time, we gotta say — we’ve outdone ourselves. :-D

You know all the crazy that’s been happening around the incredible Tiki Hitchhiking Ghost Mugs, right?

Hitchhiking Ghosts Tiki Mug

Hitchhiking Ghosts Tiki Mug

The limited-time vessels are a mash-up Tiki-Haunted Mansion creation, and people are losing their minds over them. They’ve already sold out at both Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar in Disneyland (although they are expecting more on the West Coast around Halloween) and Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto in Walt Disney World. And with people waiting in line for hours to get theirs, it’s clear that Disney has struck gold here. [Read more…]

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Review: Behind the Scenes at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

We’re continuing our coverage of the 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival with a brand new special event at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort!

That’s right… we paid a visit to Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto to check out a new Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Event that’s NOT happening at Epcot. While Signature Dining Events have long been held in and around various restaurants on property, this year is the first time that Special Events have expanded to Disney World Resorts. These debut offerings include Brunch with a Twist at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, The Secrets of Flavor at Disney’s Yacht Club, Culinary Adventures with a Master Chef at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and the Special Event we’re reviewing today: Behind the Scenes of Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

Of all the new Resort Special Events, this sold-out option (at a cost of $99.00 per guest) was likely the most in demand, held on four select Wednesdays from 12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM. Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto has been a HUGE hit with Disney World guests since it opened in March of 2015 due to its interactive Tiki-themed atmosphere, crafty cocktails and popular souvenir mugs. An added bonus for Disney fans is that this place is chock-full of nostalgia and Disney history… so much so that it can really help to have a cast of high-energy Skippers at hand to point some of them out (all while mixing drinks and serving up some delicious eats, of course).

So join us once again as we step inside the Grog Grotto…

Behind the Scenes of Trader Sam's Grog Grotto

Behind the Scenes of Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

…to show you a little bit about what happens behind the scenes at Trader Sam’s! [Read more…]

Tips from the DFB Guide: Indulge in a Walt Disney World Mocktail Crawl!

Are you the designated driver in your crew, or do you just prefer your fun without alcohol?

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If so, we have GREAT news. Disney offers tons (and we mean tons!) of Non-Alcoholic Drinks, or Mocktails. And we’re not just talkin’ Shirley Temples here. Following the current hot trend, many of the drinks offer the same attention to flavor and artistry as craft cocktails — sans liquor.

Want to try out a few for yourself? Then you’ll want to check out our Mocktail Crawl! It’s just one of the fun food adventures that you can embark on, thanks to the DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining E-Book! If you love what you see here, check out our newly updated DFB Guide for even more great suggestions. And to celebrate our early launch of the 2017 DFB Guide, we’re offering it for a limited time at 20% off with promo code SAVE2017!

But enough talking. Time to check out the drinks!

The DFB Mocktail Crawl

Begin at Port Orleans Riverside, where you’ll stop by the Muddy Rivers Pool Bar for a Bull Frog Brew.

Muddy Rivers Pool Bar

Muddy Rivers Pool Bar

This refreshing drink combines Odwalla Lemonade, Monin Green Apple, and Monin Kiwi served in a Light-up Mason Jar for an extra magical touch. [Read more…]

News! Hitchhiking Ghosts Tiki Mug Has Arrived at Trader Sam’s in Disney World

UPDATE: From our discussions with cast members and feedback from readers, it seems that the Tiki mugs are sold out and won’t be returning. But be sure to call the Polynesian directly to double check if you’re in dire need of a mug.

BEWARE OF HITCHHIKING GHOSTS!

Why? Because they’ve materialized at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto located in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort in Walt Disney World!

Just a few days ago we discovered that the Hitchhiking Ghosts Tiki Mug that was a sell-out hit at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar in Disneyland would be coming to the bar’s Grog Grotto counterpart on the east coast… only we (and the Skippers) didn’t know when.

Well, our reader Daniel S. let us know that the Tiki Mugs have just arrived at the Grog Grotto… and indeed, this picture on Instagram showed up on the @tradersams Instagram Account.

@tradersams on Instagram

@tradersams on Instagram

Details surrounding the purchasing of the mugs were also included in the post. [Read more…]