What Are the Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto Hours?

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When is Trader Sam’s open?! TODAY! Starting today, July 19th, 2021, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort reopens to the public. The tiki bar has a huge fan base, and with its small occupancy capacity, Disney fans often want to know the best time to visit. Let’s see when Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto opens for business!

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Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto Hours

It used to be that this Polynesian Resort hidden gem opened up at 4 pm. But the popularity of the watering hole meant long lines until the week hours. Disney finally wised up (a bit) and moved the opening time back to 3 pm, where it stands now. But if you show up with your friends or family to drink at 3 pm on the dot, you might be a bit disappointed.

Yes, the posted hours for Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto are 3 pm to 12 am, midnight. But the secret to getting into Trader Sam’s interior right at the opening is to show up early. There will be a Cast Member with a touchpad taking names and phone numbers as an entry and waiting list starting around 2:30 or so. That time changes a bit each day, so if visiting Trader Sam’s is on your Must-Do Disney list, you’ll want to prioritize getting there.

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If you find that the wait is longer than you can stand, check out Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace, which is out back on the patio. Serving the same delicious cocktails as inside the grotto, you can buy your polynesian pearl tiki mug and enjoy the restaurant view outdoors. The Disney Parks Blog aptly describes the Grog Grotto as,

“Another Disney fan favorite, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, is reopening today at the resort. You can now once again explore this amazing tropical tiki bar filled with interesting artifacts and exotic treasures and experience the romance of the South Seas through unique food and drinks.”  – Disney Parks Blog

Most Disney folks will stay at Trader Sam’s for an hour or so, taking in 1-2 tiki cocktails or a small plate appetizer before continuing on their monorail bar crawl. The spot welcomes families and children until 8pm, when the entrance age hikes up to 21 (the legal drinking age). If you are underage or don’t choose to imbibe, there are plenty of flavorful mocktails and tropical juices to enchant your taste buds.

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Plan a visit to Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto with the help of the professional planning team at Academy Travel. The vacation mixologists know exactly what you’re looking for on your boat tour around Walt Disney World Resort. Call them at 609-978-0740.

Do you love grabbing a tropical beverage at this Walt Disney World dining turned tiki bar? Leave us a comment about your favorite time to visit!

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