Trader Sam's Grog Grotto

Orlando, FL
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Walt Disney World
Orlando, FL
Opened in 2015
Daily 4pm-midnight
(407) WDW-MAGIC

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Trader Sam's Grog Grotto

9

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Detail
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Decor 9.8
Drink Quality 8.8
Drink Selection 8.7
Food Quality 8.2
Food Selection 7.3
Mood 9.5
Music 9.4
Service 9.3
Tikiness 9.6
Tilt 9.1
Vibe 9

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Humuhumu’s description

Trader Sam's Grog Grotto opened at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
classic
Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
Orlando, FL
Bar, Hotel/Motel, Restaurant, Themed Attraction & Floor Show
8.6
in 2015. It is the sister of Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar
Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar
Anaheim, CA
Bar
9.1
, found at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. Like the bar in Anaheim, the Grog Grotto is a twin tribute to both the Enchanted Tiki Room
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The Enchanted Tiki Room
Orlando, FL
Themed Attraction
9.4
and Jungle Cruise attractions. It is densely decorated and intensely themed, just as you would hope to find in a Disney tiki bar.
Like the Jungle Cruise, the crew members at the Grog Grotto are trained to give you a theatrical, goofy, fun experience. Some drink orders trigger special effects around the room (order a Polynesian Pearl and watch your bartender retrieve your pearl from a large clamshell), and several drinks are served in souvenir mugs. The decor is a mix of tiki and nautical, with some nods to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and also includes pieces left over from the old Adventurer's Club that used to be part of Downtown Disney in Orlando. The menu is limited, with several small plates. There is also outdoor seating at the adjacent, relatively lightly-themed Tiki Terrace.
The Grog Grotto was added as part of a big refresh of the Polynesian Village Resort in 2015.
Children are welcome at the Grog Grotto during the day, but after 8pm it is only open to those 21 and older.

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January 16, 2019, 11:59 PM
Spent the week of January 10, 2019, at the Polynesian. While you have to embrace the fact that the hotel and bar are part and parcel of the Disney experience, you really can't go wrong with a hotel that has both a Dole Whip stand and a tiki bar! As for Trader Sam's Grog Grotto, visted several times and had a great time. Agree with other reviewers that the layout is less intimate than Anaheim and that a little something is lot in the process. Drinks were solid, décor was amazing; escapism at its near best. Enjoy.
radiotiki
radiotiki has visited Trader Sam's Grog Grotto.
December 3, 2018, 7:52 PM
This place is a blast. Was there for the first time in August. Other than '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' there weren't many direct Disney references but it still has the feel and design of classic Disney escapism. If you go to WDW you have to go here!
testtrack321
testtrack321 has visited Trader Sam's Grog Grotto.
September 17, 2018, 8:02 PM
Grog Grotto is very similar to the Enchanted Tiki Bar with a few adjustments. Bad news: food selection and quality is worse. There are only a small selection of food and they're all pretty mediocre. Good news: Some new drinks that are classics like the Nautilus. Bad news: some new drinks that are trash like the Pearl. Good news: new effects! Bad news: a reduced focus on the bar and bartenders. I still prefer the OG over Grog Grotto but do find myself here a lot whenever I'm in Orlando.
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