Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto coming to Disney’s Polynesian Resort


Those waiting for an East Coast version of the popular Disneyland Resort’s Trader’s Sam will not have to wait much longer.  The rumors are true! Coming soon to the refurbished Polynesian Resort (or Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort as the resort is going to revert to it’s original name come 2015) will be the new Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto.  This new lounge will serve tiki cocktails and Polynesia-inspired small plates to guests.

No more details were made available at this time, but the concept art above gives an idea of what we’ll see when the new lounge opens.

Anyone excited for the new Trader Sam’s?


“After Hours Wind Down” Coming to Epcot

A new nighttime adult-oriented offering is coming to Epcot.  The “After Hours Wind Down” starts April 17th and is currently scheduled to run through September 15th (shortly before the Food and Wine Festival starts.)  Official description of the event from the reservations page:

Following a fantastic fireworks spectacular, stick around Epcot as you take your pick from 4 exclusive lounges and satisfy your senses with tempting cuisine, as created by award-winning Epcot chefs and sommeliers.

The four participating locations will each offer a different drinking and dining experience (subject to change), and AJ of the Disney Food Blog shared some details on what might be available at each lounge:

La Cava del Tequila Mexico Pavilion  Guests can choose from one of the following beverage choices:

  • Tequila flight
  • Shot of Tequila Ambhar Blanco
  • Shot of Tequila Partida Reposado
  • Shot of Tequila Casa Noble Añejo
  • Shot of Mezcal Sombra Blanco

The food sampler will include Ceviche Acapulqueño (Shrimp cocktail Acapulco Style), Tlacoyo de Puerco (Marinated Pork served over a grilled corn dough), and Tostada de Tinga (Chicken tostada, garnished with mixed greens, creme fresco and avocado)

Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room – United Kingdom Pavilion

TBD  (note: we suspect this will include a beer flight offering or two)

Spice Road Table – Morocco Pavilion

The menu for this location may include Lamb Sliders, Chicken Rolls, or Moroccan Sausages paired with a white or red wine flight.

Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar – Italy Pavilion

The menu for this location may include traditional cured meats, cheeses, and Italian antipasti paired with Italian wine flights.


Admission to the Epcot After Hours Wind Down costs $35 per guest, and tax and gratuity are not included. (At present, this event does not appear to be Tables in Wonderland eligible.) To make reservations (up to 180 days in advance) go to, call 407-WDW-DINE, or check in with Epcot Guest Relations during your stay to see if space is available.


Holiday Drinks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Some new holiday cocktails have turned up at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the last few days. Gone are the Sleigh Ride and Snowball from Christmases past, and in their place we have the Gumdrop and Berry Merry Margarita.


We unfortunately did not have the chance to try these cocktails, but both look like they’d be on the sweet side.  If you’re spending the holidays at the World and have a chance to try either of  them, we’d love to hear what you think.

Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge Opening Soon

Brown Derby

A new “lounge” will be opening at the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (rumored opening date is October 30th.)  The lounge, which will occupy space on the existing Brown Derby patio,  will provide service on a first come, first served basis and the menu will include items such as artisanal cheeses, Brown Derby sliders, duck confit tacos, Prince Edward Island mussels, a charcuterie board for two, and Brown Derby shrimp cocktail.   The full Brown Derby restaurant menu will also be available, and of course there will be a selection of beers, wines, and specialty cocktails as well.  (As soon as the full menu is available, we will post it.)

Tables in Wonderland will be accepted at the new lounge, however the Disney Dining Plan will not.