Trader Sam’s…Could It Be?

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The rumor mill has been percolating with speculation about upcoming plans for Downtown Disney. The once proposed Hyperion Wharf has long since been scrapped. Now the project has new name “Disney Springs” and will feature  a new “district” bringing more restaurants and shops to the area. While this is all still hearsay, there is some excitement about a familiar west coast establishment that just may come east: Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar!

Trader Sam’s at the Disneyland Hotel

This is just a rumor mind you, and even solid plans can (and do) change, but let’s go ahead and take a look at Trader Sam’s while we wait, shall we? For those who long for the days of the Adventurer’s Club (I missed that era) this would be a welcome addition. I have had the opportunity to check out Traders Sam’s in Disneyland California and it is a hoot. This is a small bar  that packs a big punch. It combines the esthetics of the Tiki Room, the wit of Jungle Cruise and, of course, cocktails! Although technically this would not be considered dinner and a show, there is plenty of entertainment to be found in this watering hole.

Trader Sam’s is packed with details and inside jokes that a true Disney fan could spend hours poring over. However, if you are a casual guest you will thoroughly enjoy that laid back Tiki theming.

Bar area
Jungle Art
Jungle Cruise Rules
head salesman
Head Salesman!

Trader Sam’s drink menu features cheekily named cocktails like the Uh Oh! and the Ka-blue-Ie! with equally comical descriptions. When you order certain drinks, such at the Shipwreck! you may just get more that you bargained for.

ship wreck
Ship Wreck!

This window looking out to a tropical scene turns violent when when the Tiki gods are angered.

All is calm until…

The lights dim and flash, thunder booms and the volcano erupts!

exploding Volcano
Look out!


In addition to the fun drinks and atmosphere, Trader Sam’s features a menu of  delectable small plates, flatbreads and desserts. Everything we tried was fantastic!

Sweet and Spicy Asian Wings with Papaya Slaw
Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos
Kalua Pork Flatbread

Here’s to hoping that Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar will be part of the new Downtown Disney experience. According to Disney, plans will be announced soon…


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