Dining Recon: Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace!

Good morning, my friends!  What a fantastic and memorable day!

No, I’m not referring to today, necessarily.  It is only a Thursday, after all.  But, then, as I think about it, every day is “fantastic” and “memorable” in some way or another!

Actually, the day I’m referring to was a Friday last fall.  It was the last time that Mrs. All in WDW and I spent an entire day visiting Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.  We had a blast!

Morning coffee and pastries at Kona Island.  Lunch at Captain Cook’s.  Afternoon cocktails at Tambu Lounge.  The crowning “finale” of that day was a visit to Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace!

Not to be confused with its partner venue – Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto (found inside the resort) – Tiki Terrace is Sam’s colorful, outdoor “patio”!  It is a fun and lovely setting!

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It serves the same menu of drinks and appetizer-size “meals” as Sam’s Grog Grotto.

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For instance, on this visit, Mrs. All in WDW and I couldn’t pass up the Nautilus.

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It was a delightful blend of rums, liqueurs, and tropical fruit juices.  And, yes, filled to the brim, it was as big as it looks.

Be warned!  It is served in a souvenir submarine, but you have to pay for the “glass”.  It isn’t cheap!

Our “dinner” was a duo of Sam’s apps.  First, we shared the Kalua Pork Tacos.  They were very good, and we’d recommend them to anyone.

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Next, we tried the Roasted Chicken and Pork Pâte Báhn Mì Sliders.

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We found the unique “buns” to be a bit dry, so we asked our server for some sriracha aioli.

Looking at the menu, you’ll see that the aioli condiment is served with Sam’s Hawaiian Poke.  Trust me, it made the sliders much easier to enjoy.

Folks, we love spending our non-park days at the resorts, and the Poly is one of our favorite places to visit.

If you’re ever looking for a quiet fun evening, please visit Sam.  With the Grotto (inside) and the Terrace (outside), he’s got you covered!

The Jungle Revealed! Trivia Answered!

Did you take a shot at answering yesterday’s trivia, my friends?  No?  Then, by all means, please stop back HERE to “test” your knowledge.  How well do you know the Jungle Cruise?

Did you know that one of the inspirations for this great attraction was the movie “The African Queen”?  Starring Humphrey Bogart – one of my personal favorite actors of all time – it is a great film!

Here’s one more nugget of trivia … Walt originally wanted live animals to line the banks of the Jungle Cruise’s rivers!  Can you imagine what the attraction would be like if that had been possible?

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So, how did you do on yesterday’s trivia “test”.  Do you feel that you’re a Jungle expert?  Could you “skipper” the rest of us up and down the world’s rivers?  Let’s see!

Question #1:  “The queue for the Jungle Cruise takes place in the office of the fictional Jungle Navigation Co.

According to a sign in the queue, the company takes guests on riverboats which depart from the Adventureland Dock.  [In] the backstory, the Adventureland Dock is itself located on the Amazon River.”

That turned out to be a tough one, folks.  Only 17% of respondents got it right.  Sorry.  I didn’t mean to kick off the “quiz” with such a brain-buster!

Question #2:  Every boat on the Jungle Cruise has an individual name, but only one of them has ever sunk in the Magic Kingdom.  It sank in 2004, but it did return to service.  It was the Sankuru Sadie.

OK.  I confess.  I knew that this one would be hard.  Only 15% of those who answered chose Sadie.  Hey!  I can’t make them all easy.  We are “testing” our knowledge, aren’t we?

Question #3:  Which of these statements is FALSE?

1. The Schweitzer Falls marks the transition between the Nile and Mekong Rivers.
2. The Jungle Cruise has the lowest elevation of any attraction in the Magic Kingdom.
3. The squid from the film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is discreetly hidden in the Jungle Cruise.
4. The attraction was ready and opened on the Magic Kingdom’s Opening Day on October 1, 1971.

47% of you knew that #3 was the false statement, of course.  Think of it, though.  How cool would it be if the squid from the film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was discreetly hidden in the attraction’s midst?  Pretty cool.

I’ll tell you this … Walt originally wanted to use that squid as part of the cruise.  Great thinking, Walt!

Question #4:  The Winter holiday layover, “Jingle Cruise”, first-appeared in 2013.  48% got this one correct.

Yes, the holiday overlay (sign pictured above) first-appeared in 2013.  It has been back every year since.  We’ve gotten a chance to enjoy it a couple of times and highly recommend that you do, too, if you visit Mickey’s World at Christmas-time!

Jungle Cruise Trivia! How Well Do YOU Know The Jungle?

Good morning, my friends!  How are things out in your personal slice of the “Disney-verse”?  I hope all is well.

As I’ve mentioned in the past, one of the All in WDW family’s overall favorite WDW attractions is the Jungle Cruise.  When I run a Favorite Attractions poll, it always gets our votes.

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Sadly, however, it never seems to get quite as much love as other Magic Kingdom icons – such as Haunted Mansion, Splash Mountain, and Pirates of the Caribbean.

In fact, where that trio finished 2016 as the All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Top 3 Attractions in all of Walt Disney World, poor Jungle Cruise only mustered a 12th Place finish in our Magic Kingdom “competition”.  Very sad.

For results of all our 2016 Attraction polls, click these links:

Top 10 Disney’s Animal Kingdom Attractions
Top 10 Disney’s Hollywood Studios Attractions
Top 15 Epcot Attractions
Top 15 Magic Kingdom Attractions
Top 25 WDW Attractions

It makes us very happy that Disney, themselves, has paid some additional homage to Jungle Cruise in recent years – with the opening of Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto in the Polynesian Resort as well as Skipper Canteen in the Magic Kingdom, itself.

Anyway, I thought we could spend a brief bit of time today sending a little bit of love the cruise’s way with a tiny dose of trivia!  How well do you know the Jungle Cruise?  Let’s see!

“The queue for the Jungle Cruise takes place in the office of the fictional Jungle Navigation Co.  According to a sign in the queue, the company takes guests on riverboats which depart from the Adventureland Dock.

[In] the backstory, the Adventureland Dock is itself located on the _______________ River.”

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Every boat on the Jungle Cruise has an individual name, but only one of them has ever sunk in the Magic Kingdom.  It sank in 2004, but it did return to service.  It was the _______________.

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Which of these statements is FALSE?

1. The Schweitzer Falls marks the transition between the Nile and Mekong Rivers.
2. The Jungle Cruise has the lowest elevation of any attraction in the Magic Kingdom.
3. The squid from the film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is discreetly hidden in the Jungle Cruise.
4. The attraction was ready and opened on the Magic Kingdom’s Opening Day on October 1, 1971.

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The Winter holiday layover, “Jingle Cruise”, first-appeared in ______________ .

Merry Christmas from the All in WDW Family!

This holiday message is sponsored by Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto.  Located deep in the heart of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, they welcome you to visit them for the holidays!

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Actually, I wish that I could truthfully say that Sam was sponsoring anything on All in WDW, but I couldn’t resist working the photo above into our holiday message.

Quite gruesome, isn’t he?  The backstory is this … on our first visit to the Grog Grotto, I elected to try their Shrunken Zombie Head cocktail.

Made of three kinds of rum and a selection of tropical juices, it is served in a souvenir “Shrunken Head”.  Of course, you have to pay for the souvenir.

“What are you going to do with that?”, Mrs. All in WDW immediately asked.  Quick on my toes, I responded, “Why, I’ll put it on my desk and use it for a pencil holder!”

Well, it is on my desk, but I found a much better use for it than pencils.  Once she saw this, she exclaimed, “Hey, that’s pretty festive!”

See, my friends?  Even “zombies” can get into the Christmas spirit!

Have very Happy Holidays, everyone!  Please be safe and take the time to slow down enough to truly enjoy family and friends.

Thanks for your continuing support of All in WDW!  We’ll see you again after Christmas!  Ho, ho, ho!

Seeing the Light at Trader Sam’s!

Wow!  I have to tell you … when I posted my “recon” of Trader Sam’s a few month’s back, I thought my pictures were pretty good.

Leave it to my son to teach me a lesson!  Great lighting!  Phenomenal color!  Outstanding job!  Enjoy!

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