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Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto Officially Opens Today at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

The collectible souvenir mugs are in at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, and the doors officially open today.


Those coveted cups include the Uh-Oa!, Krakatoa Punch, Nautilus, Polynesian Pearl, HippopotoMai-Tai, Rum Flight shot glasses in the three colors and the Shrunken Zombie Head – all available only at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto.

It’s a pretty popular spot, with waits some evenings up to two hours at peak times as guests ooh and ah over more than 1,200 pieces of memorabilia and have a good time with the staff. The handcrafted cocktails are delicious, and just order an Uh-Oa! and see what happens with the special effects.

If you want a table and there’s a wait, Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace is almost as cool as the lounge, with a lava rock waterfall and live Hawai’ian-themed entertainment every night with the gorgeous backdrop of Seven Seas Lagoon and a seat for the Magic Kingdom Park fireworks.

Walt Disney Parks & Resorts recently won a VIBE VISTA Award in the category of “Best Spirits Program in Hotels.” The award represents “exemplary creativity, execution and results in an extremely competitive field,” as judged by the faculty at Johnson & Wales University. And Trader Sam’s helped land the prestigious award.


  • What would be the least busiest time to try and get in? We will be staying at the Polynesian.

  • Do they serve the Nautilus mug on the terrace?

  • It’s taken them over 40 years to bring this little gold mine to WDW, hopefully they’ll realize quickly that they need to open for lunch. I’ve been to the Trader Sam’s in DL and it fills up fast.

  • Any chance Sam will decide to open any earlier? 4:30 seems pretty late. We’ve been to his Enchanged Tiki Bar at Disneyland Hotel for lunch and were hoping to be able to do the same in WDW. It’s even more important in Orlando to have a nice dark place to escape the afternoon sun. And it would help spread the crowds a little better.

  • I LOVE Trader Sam’s at Disneyland, I’m really excited to wait it out for a WDW Trader Sam’s experience.

  • Soo excited to check this out next trip!

  • Can you remind everyone what the restrictions for those under 21 is?

    • All ages are permitted until 8p.m.

  • Now that Grog Grotto is officially open, will it accept Tables in Wonderland?

  • What are the hours of operation? I can’t wait, it looks amazing.

    • Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is open from 4p.m. to midnight.

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