Guests Wait Hours For Popular Disney Bar as Massive Wait List Boasts Over 70 Parties

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When Guests visit Walt Disney World Resort, there is always so much to do!

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From visiting Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios to Resort hopping, enjoying all of the delicious dining options, Resort pools, and so much more; you will never run of things to do. For those who are maybe looking to do something a little out of the ordinary, there is a secret bar that you can head to, which will give you memories for years to come.

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At Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto lies in one of the hotel’s hallways. There is signage to alert Guests of its whereabouts, but with no windows and only one single door, the bar feels like a speak-easy. Trader Sam’s allows Guests to enjoy an immersive bar experience where volcanos erupt, curses are made, drinks pop out of clams, and Cast Members chant! It truly is an amazing experience, and Guests love it.

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Trader Sam’s remained closed for quite some time during the pandemic but has since reopened to immense popularity. Since Guests cannot make a reservation at the bar, they must put their name on a waiting list in person when at the Resort. This may seem easy enough, except for the fact that you will be waiting around for hours. Since Trader Sam’s reopened, the waitlist (especially during evenings) has been massive. Personally, I have put my name in six hours in advance in the past and was able to enter the location around 11:30 p.m.

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Last night, there were 72 parties on the waitlist by 5:00 p.m.! The wait times that were being quoted were between 4-5 hours; however, entry was not a guarantee. If you put your name on the waitlist, you will receive a text message when it is your time to check-in. My recommendation for those looking to enjoy an Uh-Oa, or any other delicious drink at Trader Sam’s is to get there when it opens. Trader Sam’s hours of operation are currently 3:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., and if you arrive at 3:00 p.m. you may be able to either enter right away or if there is already a line, you will be one of the first on the waitlist.

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As you can see from yesterday evening’s experience, waiting a few hours could put you behind by over 70 parties. If you are a Guest who is not staying at the Polynesian, arriving early is especially recommended, or else you will be waiting around for quite some time. Of course, there may be times where entering Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto will be a breeze. You can always call the location before arriving to see what the wait times are looking like before tracking to the hotel!

Related: How to Score a Reservation at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar

If the indoor bar is full, right outside is a terrace with Happily Ever After (and soon, Disney Enchantment) firework views for you to enjoy; seating is often open and is first-come, first-serve, and offers the same drinks as the indoor bar.

Disney describes Trader Sam’s as:

A relaxing Island Oasis
Venture in to this tranquil hideaway for an enchanting evening packed with fantastic fun and delightful surprises. Explore the whimsically themed lounge—festooned with ancient artifacts and exotic treasures—or set sail for the open-air Tiki Terrace for a relaxing sip or nibble under the starry sky.

Does the name Trader Sam sound familiar? If you’re a long-time Disney fan, it should. Many years ago, famed Adventureland explorer Trader Sam was bitten by the bartending bug. And ever since then, Sam has searched for exotic ingredients to mix into magical libations.

Tucked away under the lush fronds of swaying palm trees, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is conveniently located steps away from the lavish lobby of the Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto welcomes the whole family—including children—from opening until 8:00 PM. After 8:00 PM, only Guests 21 years of age or older may visit.

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Volcanic Eruptions of Flavor
Enjoy a refreshing, handcrafted cocktail or a savory bite that is sure to satisfy your taste for adventure.

Delicious cocktails include the Polynesian Pearl, HippopotoMai-Tai, Tahitian Torch and the Dark & Tropical Stormy. To prove to your friends that you visited the grotto, you can even order your cocktail served in a collectible, Disney-exclusive tiki mug.

If you’d prefer something that reminds you of home, the finest beers and wines are also available. Plus, be sure to try the inventive, alcohol-free cocktails like the Schweitzer Falls and Skipper Sipper.

Hungry for a taste of the island lifestyle? Order a sharable feast to fill the wind in your outrigger sails. Sample pan-fried dumplings, chicken lettuce cups with hoisin ginger sauce or our kálua pork tacos.

Once you’ve tasted selections from our menu, you’ll swear that Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto must be enchanted by island magic!

What is the longest you have waited for Trader Sam’s? Is a 5-hour wait too long?

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