The “Head Salesman” of the Amazon Jungle has diversified. This Jungle Cruise mascot has expanded his business and is now peddling grog, grub, and gags at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar. Based at the Disneyland Hotel, this spot is so much more than a watering hole. Immerse your senses, if you are a true explorer, and let me be your personal guide. (Be sure to follow Trader Sam’s House Rules: blow dart guns are NOT to be used as drinking straws!)
Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar
Sam enlisted the services of the Jungle Cruise Navigational Company to decorate the bar with memorabilia from his global travels. Nods to the Jungle Cruise are many; bartenders are Skippers, shrunken heads are used for decoration, and “Sweitzer Falls” is on the menu. But Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, Indiana Jones, and Typhoon Lagoon are also featured.
|Shrunken Zombie Head|
The magic elixirs served here are the products of years of potion research. Beware adventurers! Grogs with mystical powers often disturb the tiki gods!
Enjoy your cocktail creation by the bar (where the crazed action is) or on the more tranquil outdoor terrace.
Have no fear. (Mostly.) Sam’s offers beer, wine, and No-Booze Brews on the menu too! ** Please note, that after 8 pm the establishment observes a 21 and over policy.
Sam knows from his exploits that man does not live on libations alone, so he has an equally tantalizing Appetizer Menu or “cruise-in.”
|Chicken Lettuce Wraps and Sweet & Spicy Asian Wings|
And my absolute favorite:
|Kahlua-Style Pork Flatbread|
All this tameness brings me to the highlight of any exploration to Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar; the show.
On select evenings, this duo provides Polynesian entertainment on select evenings in the outdoor terrace. Close your eyes and you may think you have been transported to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Inside, the hijinks and lava heat up. While sitting at the bar, choose your stool wisely… Your beverage too… Order a Shipwreck On the Rocks, but don’t get lost at sea…
|Shipwreck On the Rocks|
When ordering the Krakatoa Punch, be sure to duck.
|Thar she blows.|
The true sensation of Sam’s establishment has to be the Uh Oa! Behold skippers, if you dare.
Grog, grub, gags; Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar has it all. It remains one of best bars and lounges at any of the Disney parks. I could spend an entire afternoon into evening immersed in this adventure. (Who am I kidding? I have!) It is perfection; the merger of the best of Disney storytelling, yummy food, and good clean FUN. It is no wonder Walt Disney World Resort recently opened its own Seven Seas hideaway called Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto. Can I hear a Kungaloosh?!
Heidi Strawser says
This place looks so cool! Maybe someday I'll get to enjoy it with you. 🙂 That would make it even more fun!
Oh, I would toast to that any day Skipper Heidi. What an adventure we would have!! 😉
I love this place! We visited last year and it was a ton of fun. It was very crowded so after spending some time inside, we sat outside at the outdoor fireplace which was incredibly relaxing!
It really is two completely different experiences, isn't it? After a busy day, listening to the live music outside is absolutely one of my favorite Disneyland things Rosanne!
Oh Man! I sooo can't wait to check out this place! Nicole said we will be checking this place out in January during out Marathon weekend! What an awesome post.. it made me super excited and I can't wait till January 🙂
Thank you! I love that each coast now has its own Trader Sam's- one for Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend and one for Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. Happy running. And toasting!!
Melissa Knight says
I LOVE Trader Sams. We visited twice on our last trip to Disneyland. I'm still dreaming of the food!
Rarely do you find food AND drink equally stellar!
I hate that I never got to try this when I was staying at the Disneyland Hotel (yeah, amazing isn't it!). It looks like so much fun and am happy to hear they have food too!
One of the best parts of staying at the Disneyland Hotel, for sure!
Morgan Nelson says
I LOVE Trader Sams. I always try and make a night of it there when I first arrive at Disneyland. It's a great way to get in the spirit without having to pay for a park ticket you'll only use for a few hours. I can't wait to try the Disney World version soon as well!
That's exactly what we do Morgan! Trader Sam's is a theme park experience without the park ticket price!
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