Trader Sam's Grog Grotto

Orlando, FL
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Walt Disney World
Orlando, FL
Opened in 2015
Daily 4pm-midnight

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Trader Sam's Grog Grotto



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Everyone You
Decor 9.8
Drink Quality 8.8
Drink Selection 8.7
Food Quality 8.1
Food Selection 7.3
Mood 9.5
Music 9.4
Service 9.2
Tikiness 9.6
Tilt 9.1
Vibe 8.9

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Humuhumu’s description

Trader Sam's Grog Grotto opened at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
Orlando, FL
Bar, Hotel/Motel, Restaurant, Themed Attraction & Floor Show
in 2015. It is the sister of Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar
Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar
Anaheim, CA
, 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
The Enchanted Tiki Room
Orlando, FL
Themed Attraction
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.


TikiScout has visited Trader Sam's Grog Grotto.
April 22, 2018, 3:43 PM
My wife and I visited on a wet raining night at Disney World, it was our escape from the rain and sitting in our hotel room or bar. I'd read up on it a fair amount, but really was not sure what to expect, but we had an absolute blast. The drinks were great the Cast Members antics were fun without being to extreme.

My wife started with the Polynesian Pearl and I had the HippopotoMai-Tai followed by the Krakatoa Punch. The Pearl and Krakatoa was great, the Mai-Tai was good but just strong not as flavorful as the others. We also had the Kahlua Pork Tacos and Roasted Chicken Pork Pate Banh Mi Sliders.

We had as much just watching the others in the bar as we had ourselves.

The most fun I've had at Disney as an adult!
JP is a regular at Trader Sam's Grog Grotto, and is usually there Weekday evenings.
November 11, 2017, 2:20 PM
I would say this is "my" tiki bar, since we live (literally) right behind the Magic Kingdom here in Orlando.

Are the drinks as strong as a "real" tiki bar? Probably not. But besides that, this place is amazing (and I don't just say that because I have friends who helped build it!)

You can't beat the atmosphere. You can't beat the fun. Kids aren't allowed in after 8PM. Every drink you order effects the lightning and sound... it's great!

Personally, I like it more than the Disneyland location, just based on the amount of space inside the bar.

My favorite drink is the Krakatoa Punch, but there isn't really a dud on the entire list.
November 9, 2017, 6:14 PM
I LOVED this place and JUST HAD to go there, because The Enchanted Tiki Bar at Disneyland began and continues my love for tiki to this day. But The Grog Grotto paled in comparison to The Enchanted Tiki Bar in several respects: most importantly, their bar staff does not have the pedigree or the hospitable graciousness like they do in Anaheim. While they make GREAT drinks there, the bar tenders don't have the deep knowledge of mixology that most of the lovely people making drinks at The Enchanted Tiki Bar have. We also experienced a bar tender there that was a douche. Sally redeemed her peer quite well-thank you Sally and we are sorry we didn't see you again:( We went back there as often as we could during our week trip, and in addition to the amazing Disney theming, the floor staff and effects brought the show home in a way that makes me want to go back asap (I particularly enjoyed how the floor staff did the show for each drink). If I had to choose, I choose Anaheim (and will be back within the month) without pause, but I will be back to the Grog Grotto again-God willing.
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Having dinner at Ohana and coming here after
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Staying at the poly for 5 days and I will make sure I will stop here at least twice!
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