Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort officially reopened in Disney World today!
Disney Vacation Club rooms have been open, but now it’s ALL open again. We got a look at the new Moana-themed rooms, a brand new Dole Whip creation, and some free POG juice, baby! Safe to say the first day of the Poly being fully open has been exciting, and it’s about to get even BETTER because Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and Tiki Bar is OPEN again!!!
That’s right folks, the famous interactive tiki bar is BACK! And you know we scurried on over to be one of the first people to get in!
When we arrived, we discovered that Trader Sam’s is operating on a virtual line system. This was the line to get placed in the virtual line to get into the grotto (kind of confusing, right?).
We gave our name to Cast Member Rosie to be placed into the virtual line.
Then we got a text confirming our spot and reminding us that Trader Sam’s seating is first-come-first-serve or standing room. We were also told, that we would be guaranteed a spot at the bar but not a table!
Rosie told us that the virtual line system is sticking around, it’s not just for opening day crowds! Trader Sam’s officially opens at 3PM and will be open until 12AM.
UPDATE: When we visited the Polynesian the day after Trader Sam’s opened we spoke to a Cast Member who said that guests had been lining up for Trader Sam’s around 12:30-1PM to then be placed in the virtual queue. But, we were informed that the Cast Member won’t actually come out and put people into the virtual queue until 2:30PM (about 30 minutes before Trader Sam’s actually opens).
When we checked around 4:30PM, the wait was about 2 hours long. Just keep in mind that you can still go outside to get a drink at Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace! The Cast Member we spoke to said they felt these long lines were primarily attributable to the fact that Trader Sam’s just reopened. This is a popular spot though, so you will want to set aside some time for waiting when you can.
Click here to see our review from our experience at Trader Sam’s on its opening day! And stay tuned for more updates.
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