Your Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto Guide

So, you’re in need of a tropical escape? We have the perfect place for you! Grab your Hawaiian shirt and your Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto Guide because we’re about venture off to the far and distance shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is a tropical haven for all those seeking both the thematic adventures of the parks and the entrancing romance of the South Seas. Even if you’ve never spent the night at this island oasis, there is a good chance that you’ve heard of its one-of-a-kind dining experiences; O’hana, Pineapple Lanai, and Kona Café. But did you know that inside the walls of The Great Ceremonial House there lies a hidden water hole? Lurking in plain sight is Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, the most whimsical attraction in all of Walt Disney World.

What is Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

This tranquil hideaway is packed (and we mean JAM PACKED) with fantastic and delightful surprises, from ancient artifacts and exotic treasures to tantalizing tipples that magically make the bar come to life before your very eyes.

Trust us, if you love all things Tiki, Adventureland, and SEA… this is the place for you!

Who Is Trader Sam

If the name Trader Sam rings a bell… there is a darn good reason. As any Disney-fan can tell you, the famed Adventureland explorer Trader Sam once appeared in the Jungle Cruise attraction, bartering for shrunken heads. However, little known fact… he also had a side business. Bitten by the bartending bug,  Sam now spends his time searching full time searching for exotic ingredients to mix into magical libations.

Where is Trader Sam’s

Tucked away under the lush fronds of swaying palm trees, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is conveniently located steps away from the lavish lobby of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

How To Get In

Getting into Trader Sam’s can be a little difficult because Sam doesn’t accept reservations. The only real way to get into the bar is to show up early and get in line.

When To Get There

Typically, Trader Sam’s opens at 3PM. If you’re hoping to get in there early so you can pick your seat, we suggest you get there at least 45 minutes early.

What To Drink

Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto’s menu is overflowing with tropical cocktails, many of which come with their own special effects. Hard to imagine? Guess you’ll just have to go and check it out for yourself!

In the meantime, here is a quick and easy guide on what to order when you get there.

Krakatoa Punch

Spicy, delicious, and equipped with some fun special effects. Order this drink and witness a volcano erupt inside the bar.


A drink big enough for two. If you order this one, the Grotto will be transformed into an underwater experience.

Polynesian Pearl

If you order this one, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for a special treat. This is a great choice for those who love fruity and flavorful beverages.


Order this drink and a special visitor will come to your table. Be sure to yell “Two shots of rum!” when you order this one. Trust us!


This is the booziest drink on the menu. Ordering it will set off some creepy effects in the bar, so it’s great if you’re a fan of all things spooky.


The ultimate showstopper! It brings the most theatrics out of all the drinks, and yes, the drink comes on fire! It’s recommended for two or more people and offers fruity deliciousness with a kick.

If You Like Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

If Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto appeals to your senses, be sure to check out Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen where you can immerse yourself in the legacy of the Jungle Cruise!

The same skippers who guided your steamer down the Nile, Amazon and Congo Rivers have opened the doors and kitchens of their tropical headquarters to fellow adventurers and famished families like your own!

Delight your big and little explorers with premium table-service dining in 3 curiously quirky rooms: the crew’s colonial-era Mess Hall (which is not messy at all, thank you very much); the Jungle Room, former family parlor of Dr. Albert Falls himself; and the S.E.A. Room—a once-secret meeting place for the Society of Explorers and Adventurers!


And there you have it, You Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto Guide! Be sure to let us know if you go and visit this little slice of paradise! We would love to hear your thoughts in our Facebook comments!