Dining Recon: Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

Sometimes a post comes around that just deserves a veritable ton of pictures.  This is one of them.  So, hang on.  I got a lot to show ya!

Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is a destination in and of itself!  Why?  Well, imagine the “pun-filled” grandeur of Jungle Cruise … on steroids … with special effects … in a bar … with refreshments!

The Grog Grotto is located on the lower floor of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort … next to Captain Cook’s quick service restaurant.  Sam opens the joint at 4:00 PM.


We recommend you arrive at least 15 to 30 minutes early, however.  There’s likely to be a line, due to the bar’s popularity, and the fact that the venue only fits 51 guests.


Of course, make very sure to follow the “house rules” while you enjoy the staff’s hospitality.  Remember, don’t harass the hippos!

You’ll discover that Sam has appropriately themed his pub’s decor.  Unfortunately, the lighting isn’t the best – it’s quite dark, actually – but these few shots will give you the right idea.




The Grotto offers a full menu of unique beverages.  Things like the rum-laden, umbrella-dressed, Dark & Tropical Stormy.




Or, the popular and tasty Shrunken Zombie Head!  Three types of rum in this one folks!  And, you can opt to keep the “glass”!



You can try a Krakatoa Punch.  More rum, of course!



In our opinion, all of the drinks were good but none of them were really all that strong.  They were very enjoyable.

Then, there’s the food.  Yes, Trader Sam does offer a limited menu.  Take a look!


Hmm.  What did we sample?  Uh, yes.  How could I pass on a Headhunter Sushi Roll?  Wait a minute!  Pink rice?  Hey, Sam!  What’s making the rice “pink”?


Finally, there’s the show.  Did I mention the puns?  Oh, yes, I did.  Well, imagine the beautiful view outside the bar’s “window” transforming right before your eyes.  From serene …


… to violent.  Take cover, my friends!  It’s an eruption!


Finally, you can find Sam everywhere it seems.  Can’t get a seat in the Grotto itself?  Then, don’t worry.  You can visit the trader outside the resort at Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace!



Hey!  He even has his own shirt!  You can buy it at the Polynesian’s merchandise shop – BouTiki.  That head-collecting scoundrel is everywhere!


Folks, whether it’s the drinks, the food, or the “show”, you’re sure to have a great time if you visit Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto!  Or should I say you’ll have a volcano “blast”?

2 thoughts on “Dining Recon: Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

  1. I visited Trader Sam’s back in May and it was awesome! There was so much going on and we loved the bartenders. They were so much fun!

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