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!
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.
Details surrounding the purchasing of the mugs were also included in the post. [Read more…]
We had an absolute blast at the Behind the Scenes at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto event at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort this week!
But there was one thing from the event we simply couldn’t wait to share. We got a glimpse of the Haunted Mansion Hitchhiking Ghosts Tiki Mug that’s on the way to Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto!
In case you missed the hype, the Haunted Mansion Hitchhiking Ghosts Tiki Mug has already come to — and gone from — Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar in Disneyland. The mug sold out completely on its very first day (to the tune of two-hour wait times for Disneyland guests). And you can see why… it’s Completely. Freakin’. Incredible.
According to sources, it will be restocked in Disneyland’s Trader Sam’s, but not until “closer to Halloween.” [Read more…]
“Welcome to the mystery, romance, and adventure of Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto. Here on the shores of paradise, our seafaring friend established this happy hideaway for all to enjoy!”
Aside from proudly boasting his offer of TWO of his heads for one of yours, everyone’s favorite Head Salesman from the beloved Jungle Cruise attraction — Trader Sam — has one more bragging right to add to his list: Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is #OnTheList this week! [Read more…]
CHEERS! COWABUNGA! TULLEEHO! KUNGALOOSH!
It’s already time to go back inside (and outside!) Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and Tiki Terrace at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort!
While both the Grotto and Terrace continue in soft openings with an official opening anticipated for late April (when all the sought-after souvenir glasses will be available for guests to take home), these new hot spots remain the talk of the town.
On March 28th, when both the Grog Grotto and the Tiki Terrace soft opened for the first day, tales of lines up to 6 hours long were nearly as much of a story as the bars opening themselves. So a common question now is, “What are the wait times like?”
Unsure of what to expect, my husband and I arrived at the Polynesian at 2 pm on a weekday for the 4 pm opening, and no line had started yet (though the bar is open until midnight, after 8 pm only guests 21 and older are permitted).
At 3 pm, we decided we’d better stake out our spot, so we went to the inside door of the Grog Grotto, where two Cast Members were waiting. We were told we were the first for the day, and could start the line outside at the metal bench pictured below.
The next guest arrived at 3:15, and a line in earnest began to form at 3:30 pm. Around 3:50, a Cast Member came outside and gave us all a stamp to show at the door as our proof that we’d been counted in the line. At this time, I counted around 40 people waiting, and when we were let in at 4:00 pm, everyone made it inside to fill up the 51 person capacity. Huzzah!
Now, I’m not claiming this will be the case everyday. We clearly arrived early anticipating a wait and were shocked that there wasn’t one, especially during what’s considered a peak time (still in the Spring Break window). Now, I had a friend in town Saturday of the same week. She arrived at Trader Sam’s at 7:30 pm and was given a pager for a 90 minute wait, and folks arriving a while after were looking at a couple hours at least.
That’s not altogether surprising, though, since I think we can all anticipate longer lines on weekends for what is sure to be a popular destination for locals as well as vacationers for a long time to come.
Okay, logistics, schmogistics! WE’RE IN! It’s time to see a little more of what Trader Sam has in store for his guests…
TRADER SAM’S GROG GROTTO
You’ve now entered Trader Sam’s “happy hideaway.” The story of the Grotto is told to us by Skip, Manager of the Jungle Cruise Navigational Company (just click the image below to enlarge). As head salesman of the jungle that we all know and love from the Jungle Cruise, Trader Sam discovered a passion for mixology as an extension of his professional interest in head-shrinking potions. As he traveled the globe for ingredients, he picked up many a souvenir and brought them back to the Grotto.
Entering the Grotto for the first time was — for me, at least — overwhelming in the best way possible. While you want to grab a table or a seat at the bar (and lemme tell ya, it’s best to move quickly to get one), it’s difficult to not want to try to take in every bit of the INSANE amount of details and decoration right away. This room is simply the stuff of dreams for fans of Disney detail and history.
Before we take in a few of those gems, the basic setup is small and…well, I don’t know if “cozy” is the word. It’s snug, for sure, but somehow not in a bad way. The way everyone is close together, it seems to encourage a party atmosphere and festive mood.
Oh, my… where to start? Well, I’ll take a cue from a Jungle Cruise Skipper and point out a few of my favorite details! There’s this one.
And this one.
I like this one.
Ooookay, so CLEARLY that joke doesn’t play out in writing the same way it does on the Jungle Cruise when your Skipper deadpans pointing out his or her favorite plants . Still, you get the point. There is just a TON of [Read more…]
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 [Read more…]
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!
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.
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 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…]
We’re counting down some of our all-time favorite spots to dine when we visit Disneyland!
And while snacking abounds and counter service can be delicious, today we are turning our attention to our favorite table service spots.
While Disney’s original park may not offer the same number of dining locations as Walt Disney World, there are certainly some places that you won’t want to miss. And we love them for all different reasons. Some are sentimental favorites, while others offer fantastic food.
Head out with us as we tour our Top 6 Table Service Spots in Disneyland Resort!
Our first stop takes us to a spot steeped in Disneyland history — Steakhouse 55 at Disneyland Hotel.
Dark, cool interiors are replete with luxury and plenty of nods to the past. Named for the year that Disneyland opened, of course, Steakhouse 55 channels a bygone era with the glamour of Old Hollywood. Close your eyes, and you can easily imagine power lunches by the entertainment elite taking place at the next table.
There’s more here than just posh surroundings, however. The food is incredible, too. For dinner, expertly prepared Steaks and classic steakhouse Sides are the draw. And don’t forget the famous 24-layer Chocolate Cake!
But don’t forget breakfast! If you’re after a quiet start to your morning, you can’t go wrong with specialities like Eggs Benedict or New York Steak and Eggs.
When I’m up for a culinary experience with a modern, California vibe, I head to Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.
The Craftsman style and open floor plan gives the restaurant a warm, welcoming feel. It never feels too intimidating or hoity-toity, even though you are dining in one of Southern California’s most celebrated eateries.
Begin your evening in [Read more…]
There’s been a lot of talk recently about Disneyland’s unique and incredible Trader Sam’s Tiki Bar possibly replicating itself in Disney World’s upcoming Disney Springs (which I think would be totally rad).
And since many Trader Sam’s reviews put a huge focus on drinks — understandably (you can see tons of Trader Sam’s drinks here!) — I thought it would be fun this time to take a quick look at two of my favorite FOOD items at the Disneyland hot spot.
Trader Sam’s is small, but packed with action. Intriguing decor reveals sight gags and hidden secrets everywhere!
Scour the walls for correspondence from the Jungle Cruise’s own Trader Sam, and check out unique items he’s brought back from his travels.
Don’t forget to read the postcards!
Once you finally get a table and get settled in (this can take a while if you’re there on a busy evening…we suggest going for lunch), it’s time to take a peek at the menu and get started!
Ready to dive in?!
Trader Sam’s Panko-Crusted Chinese Long Beans
The Chinese Long Beans have become a serious guest favorite at Trader Sam’s! You can get them as part of the PuPu Platter, or grab a whole plate of them!
These are as addictive as french fries, but [Read more…]
You’ve probably heard the rumors brewing, but this is the first time that we’ve heard details about changes that may be planned for Downtown Disney Orlando!! Please note that all of this is subject to change (and probably WILL!).
What’s the Latest?
Along with a new name (Disney Springs), parking garage (thank goodness!), and the re-imagining of Planet Hollywood, new restaurants and shops are now being named in these rumors!
A new “district,” which is being called the Town Center, may part of the proposed plan. Pleasure Island could be known as The Landing, and the Marketplace may return to its roots — The Village Marketplace. Only the West Side area would retain its current label in this structure.
Part of the remodel could bring a two-story entertainment area similar to City Walk at Universal Studios.
Possible New Restaurants?
This photo from Save Pleasure Island showcases a few possible options.
We can’t wait for more details to emerge, but of course we’re pretty excited about the possible addition of a Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar, which we LOVE in Disneyland.
Here a few other options that are apparently on the block for Disney World’s “Disney Springs:”
- Planet Hollywood would become The Observatory.
- Disney Character Dining (TBD)
- Disney Burger (TBD)
- Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar
- Wine Bar (TBD)
- The Edison
- Disney Bakery (TBD)
- Food Truck
- Powell’s Sweet Shoppe
- Italian Restaurant (TBD)
- Argo Tea