My husband and I arrived at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto around 10:00 pm on a Friday night after dinner at Narcoossees. The place only holds about 50 people and they were at capacity. They gave us a pager and let us know it was about an hour wait. We debated it but realizing we were rarely out at WDW with no kids and the chance to check it out wouldn’t come along for a while. I’m all about no regrets on vacation, so I’m likely to wait stay up later, wait in lines or pay a bit more for an experience. I’ve had too many times where I skipped something and never got the chance again. Live it up when you get the chance!
We went outside to Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace. They serve the same drinks, without the shtick and drama. There was a ukulele player adding ambiance to the terrace. It was very busy so service was slow, but I don’t blame the servers. They working hard and bringing drinks as quickly as possible. We ordered the Polynesian Pearl and the Tropical Dark and Stormy.
The Tropical Dark and Stormy has Gosling’s Black Seal Rum, fresh lime juice, ginger beer and Falernum. I’m no fan of ginger beer but it was still good. My husband enjoyed it.
The Polynesian Pearl is made of RumChata Cream Liqueur, Grand Marnier, and Cinnamon with Tropical Juices. It was creamy and fruity and cinnamony, all at the same time. You’d think those flavors wouldn’t quite work together but they did. It wasn’t a particularly strong drink, but heavy so I wouldn’t have more than one. The cup is included in the (steep) price.
Others were waiting for tables so we paid our bill and wandered around outside a bit. When our pager went off we headed inside.
Inside you seat yourself, there are tables all around the place and you will likely end up sharing with new friends on a busy night, or splitting our party if there are many of you. We shared a spot with a couple from Miami. While we waited for our server we got to take in the feel of the place. If you love cheesy jokes, the Jungle Cruise and the Tiki room antics you’ll enjoy this place. Without spoiling it, your drink can really make the place come alive.The guys behind the bar really seem to enjoy their job, you’d think they’d tire of the dramatics that come with each drink but they appear to like amusing the guests.
After watching the servers deliver drinks we decided to go for the gold and order the Uh-Oa. The Uh-Oa made for sharing and really lights the place up. It arrives on fire! The tiki heads hold cinnamon that sparks when you toss it on the flame. And that’s not all it does. The walls talk when you order this one. You can save money by not keeping the souvenir glass, but it was our anniversary so I kept it as a keepsake. It’s not a planter on my kitchen windowsill. When you show your receipt at the exit they give you a clean boxed up “glass.” Our server also gave me a light up ice cube for the Polynesian Pearl-my daughter uses it as a nightlight now.
I highly recommend this place for a fun night out. There is so much to take in all around the place and you never know what can happen!