Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto Review

Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is one of the newest and most popular lounges on Walt Disney World property.

This very fun lounge, is located at the Polynesian Village Resort. Just go down the hall at the left rear of the Polynesian Village Resort’s lobby and follow it to the left.

The lounge is named after Trader Sam  from the classic Magic Kingdom Jungle Cruise attraction, where he is the “Head” Salesman.

The Grog Grotto has limited seating and can at times have waits of up to two hours to get in!

Reservations are not accepted!

Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Trader Sam's Grog Grotto Review

The key to a short wait is to get there early!

With a 4 p.m. opening time, people start lining up in the hall outside around 3 p.m. At opening time people will be allowed in until the lounge reaches capacity. At that point they will start taking names and cell numbers and giving an estimated wait time.

On our most recent trip we got there around 3:30 and were told to expect a 40 minute wait, which eded up being closer to 50 minutes.

As the evening goes on the waits get longer and longer.

While you are waiting you can explore the Polynesian VIllage Resort or pass the time in one of the other lounges at the resort.

Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Trader Sam's Grog Grotto Review


The lighting is dim and the vibe can be rowdy, with servers and bartenders performing their schtick. When certain drinks (we won’t spoil the surprise) are ordered the staff launches into set routines and or background atmospheric events happen for example the volcano out the window rumbles when the Krakatoa Punch is served.

There are seats at the bar, a long high-top with lots of chairs for multiple parties, and a scattering of regular tables.

The theme is an island shack bar, with lots of “souvenirs” to look out and island scenery out the windows.

The Menu

Note: The exact same menu is available just outside at Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace.

Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Trader Sam's Grog Grotto Review
Rosita’s Margarita

Specialty Drinks

Polynesian Pearl – RumChata Cream Liqueur, Grand Marnier, and Cinnamon with Tropical Juices. The Pearl is yours to keep!

Nautilus – Barbancourt Pango Rhum, Appleton Estate Reserve Rum, Combier Crème de Pêche de Vigne Liqueur, Tropical Juices, and Falernum. Served in a souvenir Nautilus

Uh-Oa! – Myers’s Original Dark Rum, Bacardi Superior Rum, Orange, Passion Fruit, Guava, Pineapple, and Grapefruit Juices, Falernum, Cinnamon, and fresh Lime Juice. Recommended for Two or more Guests. Served in a souvenir Tiki Bowl

Castaway Crush – Leblon Cachaça, Cream of Coconut, Pineapple, Cinnamon, and fresh Lime Juice

Rosita’s Margarita – Casamigos Reposado Tequila, Bols Orange Curaçao, fresh Lime Juice, Falernum, and Organic Agave Nectar

HippopotoMai-Tai – Coruba Dark Rum, Bacardi Superior Rum, Bols Orange Curaçao, Orgeat (Almond), Organic Agave Nectar, and fresh Lime Juice. Served in a souvenir Tiki Glass

Krakatoa Punch – Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Pyrat XO Reserve Rum, Orgeat (Almond), Sam’s Gorilla Grog, and Hibiscus Grenadine. Served in a souvenir Tiki Mug

Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Rum – Pyrat XO Reserve Rum, Cream of Coconut, and Pineapple and Orange Juices dusted with Cinnamon and Nutmeg

Shrunken Zombie Head – Gosling’s 151 Black Seal Rum, Appleton Estate Reserve Rum, Bacardi 8 yr Rum, Tropical Juices, Falernum, and Cinnamon. Served in a souvenir Shrunken Head

Dark & Tropical Stormy – Gosling’s Black Seal Rum, fresh Lime Juice, Ginger Beer, and Falernum

Spikey Pineapple – Barbancourt Pango Rhum blended with Pineapple Soft-serve

Mosquito Mojito – Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum, Organic Agave Nectar, Falernum, Mint, and fresh Lime Juice topped with Soda Water

Tahitian Torch – ByeJoe Dragon Fire Spirit, Tropical Juices, Passion Fruit, and fresh Lime Juice

Rum Flight (3/4-oz pour of each): Bacardi 8 yr, Pyrat XO Reserve, and Ron Zacapa Centenario 23 yr

Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Trader Sam's Grog Grotto Review


Kona Beer Flight (5-oz pour): Longboard Island Lager – Kona, HI, Fire Rock Pale Ale – Kona, HI, and Castaway IPA – Kona, HI

Kona Longboard Island Lager – Kona, HI

Bud Light – St. Louis, MO

Full Sail Session Lager – Hood River, OR

Yuengling Traditional Lager – Pottsville, PA

Blue Moon Belgian White (Witbier) – Golden, CO

Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale – Kona, HI

Magic Hat #9 – South Burlington, VT

Kona Castaway IPA – Kona, HI

New Belgium Fat Tire – Ft. Collins, CO

Ace Pineapple Hard Cider – Sonoma County, CA

Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Trader Sam's Grog Grotto Review


Sparkling & White Wines

Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial Champagne, Épernay – Bottle $79.00, Glass $19.00

Coppo Moncalvina Moscato D’Asti, Piedmont – Bottle $39.00

Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling, Mosel – Bottle $45.00, Glass $10.00

King Estate Pinot Gris, Oregon – Bottle $49.00, Glass $11.00

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough – Bottle $45.00, Glass $10.00

Newton Skyside Chardonnay, Napa Valley – Bottle $49.00, Glass $11.00

Chalk Hill Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast – Bottle $53.00, Glass $12.00

Red Wines

Meomi Pinot Noir, California – Bottle $55.00, Glass $13.00

Canyon Road Merlot, California – Bottle $39.00, Glass $9.00

Conundrum Red, California – Bottle $55.00, Glass $13.00

Simi Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley – Bottle $59.00, Glass $14.00

Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Trader Sam's Grog Grotto Review

Non-Alcoholic Drinks

Sam’s No-Booze Brews

Skipper Sipper – Tropical Juices, Organic Agave Nectar, Falernum, Mint, and fresh Lime Juice topped with Soda Water

Schweitzer Falls – Tropical Juices and Sam’s Gorilla Grog topped with Sprite®

Polynesian Punch – Sam’s Gorilla Grog and Hibiscus Grenadine.  Served in a Souvenir Sipper



Headhunter Sushi Roll – $15.00

Chicken or Tofu Lettuce Cups with Hoisin-Ginger Sauce – $11.00

Kálua Pork Tacos with Cabbage and Pickled Vegetables – $10.00

Hawaiian Poke with Sriracha Aïoli – $13.00

Seasonal Veggie Rainbow Roll – $11.00

Roasted Chicken and Pork Pâte Bánh Mì Sliders – $10.00

Thai Chicken and Vegetable Flatbread with Bacon and Peanut Sauce – $12.00

Pan-fried Dumplings with Soy-Sesame Dipping Sauce – $9.00

Last Call

This high demand bar is highly recommended if you haven’t experienced it yet, as long as you get there early or have the time to wait.

If you can’t get in or don’t want to wait, Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace, just outside serves the same drinks (cheaper) and food from a walk up window or servers at your table and they have live musical entertainment.


4:00 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

21 years or older only after 8 p.m.

Available Discounts

Unfortunately there are no discounts that are available at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto.

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Check out our Disney Drinks and Dining Discounts Page to learn more about all of these different discounts.

Note: Disney is always innovating with their menus and as such our listings are subject to change in availability and price.

Over to You!

Have you tried Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto? Share your review or leave a comment in the comments section below!

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