LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto provides a tropical retreat perfect for Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort guests seeking a unique place to kick back, relax and explore tasty small plates and exotic concoctions. Located off the Great Ceremonial House, the themed lounge also offers scenic views of the marina and Seven Seas Lagoon.
Founded by Adventureland’s famous “head” salesman, Trader Sam, the Walt Disney World Resort version has some similarities to the original Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel in Disneyland Resort. But magical theming reflects its new resort location.
Guests are welcomed to Trader Sam’s, a South Seas hideaway, to explore a menu full of “magical tropical drinks and food,” and while the Walt Disney World version shares a few exotic cocktails and small plates from the Disneyland location, it has its own menu, according to Chef Lenny DeGeorge.
The famous Trader Sam cocktails, available in Disney collectible Tiki mugs, are a mix of old and new.
Only at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto:
- Polynesian Pearl
- Castaway Crush
- Tahitian Torch
- Dark & Tropical Stormy
Favorites imported from Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar:
- Krakatoa Punch
- Shrunken Zombie Head
Sam’s No-Booze Brews:
- Schweitzer Fall
- Skipper Sipper
Small bites at Trader Sam’s Grotto include chicken lettuce cups with hoisin ginger sauce; Hawaiian poke with Sriracha aioli and wonton chips; kalua pork tacos with shredded cabbage and pickled vegetables; pan-fried dumplings with soy-sesame dipping sauce; roasted chicken and pork pâté bánh mì sliders with pickled vegetables; salmon oshizushi (pressed sushi); corn-battered Portuguese sausages with curry ketchup, and a Headhunter Sushi Roll.
The lounge has 50 seats inside and 82 on the patio. Reservations are not required.