Trader Sam's at Disney's Polynesian Resort - 7 Reasons Why You'll Love It!

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2. Special Effects

Not only is the decor worth checking out, so are the various special effects that come into play while you're there, typically in response to certain drinks being ordered by your fellow patrons. Depending on what gets ordered, you might find that the volcano out the window starts to erupt, or that the vengeful Tiki goddess Uh Oa awakens from above, casting a menacing glare over the room.

It almost feels more like being inside an immersive Disney World attraction than a Polynesian-themed speakeasy.

3. Fun Staff

Not only do the special effects make your time in Trader Sam's Grog Grotto a more engaging one, the bartenders there also lend a lot of fun to the experience. They like to play along with the lounge's various special effects, whooping and hollering and even blowing bubbles all as they continue serving drinks to guests.

4. Souvenir Cups

If you thought the drink effects in Grog Grotto were awesome, wait 'til you see the cups they come in that you get to take home with you:

  • The Krakatoa Punch, HippopotoMai-Tai, and Uh-Oa!beverages all come in Tiki-inspired vessels of various shapes and sizes.
  • The Shrunken Zombie Headcomes in...well, a shrunken head mug.
  • The Nautiluscomes in an enormous submarine-shaped mug.
  • The Polynesian Pearlcomes in a plastic white pearl (or more rarely, a black pearl) that comes out of a giant clamshell at the bar.

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