Seasonal Drinks at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar

Looks like Disneyland isn’t going to let Walt Disney World have all the cocktail fun this holiday season.  Via the Disney Parks Blog, we see that Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar has added three holiday cocktails to their menu.

First up, the Red-Nosed Zebra, described as a “chilly concoction of aged rum, strawberry puree, lemon and lime juices.”

Red Nosed Zebra

Next up, we have Gorilla Nog, made with “honey-flavored whiskey, Sam’s Gorilla Grog, ginger and orange liqueurs.”

Gorilla Nog

Rounding out the trio is the Mele Kaliki-Mocha, acombo of iced coffee, cream of coconut and coffee liqueur is topped with whipped cream to make it snowy white.”


If you’d like to try one of these, be sure to stop by Trader Sam’s before January 5th, 2014.

(Drink photos via the Disney Parks Blog)

Trader Sam’s Coming to Pleasure Island?

Trader Sam

Interesting post over at the Save Pleasure Island blog today shows several logos (by way of the folks at WDW Magic ) for possible venues coming to Disney’s currently planned re-imagineering of the Downtown Disney area, Disney Springs.   While many of the concepts are considered “tentative,”  two logos stand out amongst the rest as  potential replacements for some of the nightlife lost in the area since the demise of Pleasure Island.

The first was a logo for a nightclub out of Los Angeles called “The Edison,” which it would seem might find an East Coast home in the old abandoned Mannequin’s Dance Palace.   You can check out more of the possible concept for that on the LA club’s website.

The second was the logo for Trader Sam’s, a popular bar that currently has a location at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim.  While not quite a replacement for the much-loved Adventurers Club, Trader Sam’s does embody some of the spirit of the club, not to mention some of its former decor.  (One has to wonder if this is meant to be somewhat of a “consolation prize” for those who were fans of the club and really had hoped for its eventual return.)   Would the new Trader Sam’s actually go IN the former home of the Adventurers Club?  Well, the current Trader Sam’s venue is much smaller than that of the former Adventurers Club, and if they plan to stick with much of the same concept for it,  it would seem unlikely.    But only time will tell.

Again, these are both shown as “possible” concepts, and as we all learned from Hyperion Wharf, nothing is definite when it comes to Disney.  But,  it sure would be nice to see some new nightlife on Pleasure Island…even if it’s no longer known by that name.

New Souvenir Cups Available at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar

Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Resort celebrates its one-year anniversary this Friday, and over on the Disney Parks Blog they have announced that there will be some new souvenir tiki cups made available just in time for this special occasion.

You can get a Trader Sam’s Barrel Mug, filled with a Shipwreck on the Rocks made with bourbon, freshly muddled lemon and mint with organic agave nectar.

They also have this new “bowl” for the Uh Oa!, made with light and dark rums, orange, passion fruit, guava, and grapefruit juices, falernum, cinnamon and freshly squeezed lime juice.

The new tiki cups are available in limited quantities so get yours while supplies last!

Trader Sam’s Bar Review: A Concession

We on the Disneyland Resort side have been hesitant to perform a Trader Sam’s review as we know many of Drinking Disney’s Floridian fans, including its editor, are sentimental over the removal of the much beloved Adventurers Club, for which Trader Sam’s owes its existence.  We are committed to handling this delicately, and hope the following will be well received, if not entertaining.

Bottom line, Trader Sam’s is charming.  Everything about it, the theme, the decor, the menu, and of course, the staff simply exudes South Pacific Disney charm.    That said, the new Trader Sam’s is a little overwhelming.

Get anywhere within sight of the place and you will be struck by the intricate detail. Sights, sounds, smells, more sights and sounds, Trader Sam’s is a ritual assault on the senses. Only thing, and it feels like blasphemy to say this about anything Disney, it’s a bit overdone.

Inside, the tavern is littered with bric-a-brac.  Every bit of it plays a part in telling the overall tale, and is thus indispensable. But either the bar itself is too small, or the story being told is overly elaborate, because what’s going on inside Trader Sam’s is unnerving.

If the paraphernalia on and coming out of the walls doesn’t get to ya, the stuff hurtling at you from behind the bar just might.  The menu itself is part of the romance and if anyone in attendance orders a specialty drink things start to happen.

A drink called “Ship Wreck” gets everyone in the bar spritzed lightly with water, while the “UH OA!” gets everyone sprayed directly in the face.  Every specialty elicits its own delightful nuance, from causing a volcano eruption, to setting off the wait staff, each having a particular effect on the lights.

The place is truly a blast.  I mean it’s fun, that’s not just a cheap play on words.  I do want to warn first time visitors this is not the most relaxing spot at the resort, unless you choose to roost outside on the deck.  Trader Sam’s is blessed with a Hall of Fame patio.

Here is our recommendation: poke your head inside, and once your brain starts ringing, after your face gets splashed, pop back outside, grab a lounge chair and order something simple.  After you’ve had a few, head inside and join and add to the festivities.

-Christopher Schmidt

Christopher Schmidt also writes at National Vodka Examiner


Trader Sam’s outdoor patio photo by Loren Javier used via Creative Commons.

Just for the record,  I do not hate Trader Sams.  I have never been.  From the pictures I have seen, I am pretty sure I would love it.  I am just sad (yes still… don’t judge) that they closed the Adventurers Club, gutted it, and then sent props from it to help make a really cool lounge in California, leaving Florida with remnants that they stuffed in the D-Street vinylmation store.

So, do not hate it.  Would probably love it.  But, admittedly, I might be just a smidge bitter.