Trader Sam's Grog Grotto and Tiki Bar, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Trader Sam's Grog Grotto and Tiki Bar
The premise is this: Trader Sam, a shrunken head salesman from Disney’s Jungle Cruise attraction, discovered his passion for cocktails and traveled the world in search of ingredients. He brought exotic ingredients plus trinkets and artifacts back to Trader Sam’s and started serving up exotic beverages to guests.
The food menu is brief, featuring a handful of appetizers, but the cocktail menu is extensive and heavy in rum drinks. Drinks are delivered by skippers, who serve up Jungle Cruise-esque shtick alongside the specialty cocktails which come with surprises of their own, like erupting volcanoes and entertaining chants. If you’re looking for a quiet bar where you can chat, this isn’t it.
Many of the drinks come with optional souvenir glasses, like the Uh-Oa!, a rum drink for two that comes in a souvenir Tiki Bowl. And when it comes to souvenir glasses, Trader Sam’s does in right - no stuffing a sticky cup in your bag. Once you pay your bar bill, take your receipt to the host stand at the front door and you’ll be handed a clean and securely boxed up cup.
With the bar seating only 51, don’t be surprised to find a line out the door or people waiting with pagers in hand during peak seasons (summer, Christmas and Spring Break).
Operating hours: 4pm – midnight (ages 21+ after 8pm)