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March 31, 2015

Trader Sam's Grog Grotto Now Soft Open at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Trader Sam's Grog Grotto is the latest addition to the newly reimagined Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. Located off the Great Ceremonial House, the themed lounge will serve exotic drinks and small plates, while offering scenic views of the marina and Seven Seas Lagoon.

Founded by Adventureland's famous "head" salesman, Trader Sam, the Walt Disney World Resort version will have some similarities to the original Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel in Disneyland Resort. But magical theming will reflect its new resort location.

Guests are welcomed to Trader Sam's, a South Seas hideaway, to explore a menu full of "magical tropical drinks and food," and while the Walt Disney World version will share a few exotic cocktails and small plates from the Disneyland location, it will have its own menu, according to Chef Lenny DeGeorge.

The famous Trader Sam cocktails, available in Disney collectible Tiki mugs, are a mix of old and new.

Only at Trader Sam's Grog Grotto:

Polynesian Pearl
Castaway Crush
Tahitian Torch
Dark & Tropical Stormy

Favorites imported from Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar:

Krakatoa Punch
Shrunken Zombie Head

Sam's No-Booze Brews:

Schweitzer Fall
Skipper Sipper

Small bites at Trader Sam's Grotto include chicken lettuce cups with hoisin ginger sauce; Hawaiian poke with Sriracha aioli and wonton chips; kalua pork tacos with shredded cabbage and pickled vegetables; pan-fried dumplings with soy-sesame dipping sauce; roasted chicken and pork pâté bánh mì sliders with pickled vegetables; salmon oshizushi (pressed sushi); corn-battered Portuguese sausages with curry ketchup, and a Headhunter Sushi Roll.

The lounge has 50 seats inside and 82 on the patio. No reservations are required.

January 7, 2015

Polynesian DVC Sales to Begin - Opening Date Announced

First Phase Scheduled to Open April 1, 2015

Disney Vacation Club Points for the Polynesian Villas and Bungalows go on sale for members on January 12, 2015. All guests will be able to purchase points beginning February 9th.


The 1st Phase (opening April 1, 2015) will include the Bora Bora Bungalows on the Seven Seas Lagoon and the first connecting Deluxe Studios.

The 20 Bungalows will sleep up to 8 guests in a two-bedroom villa. The Deluxe Studios will sleep 5 guests. The Bungalows have two full bathrooms, a kitchen, washer and dryer, and large dining and living room spaces for gatherings.

Private decks will feature a plunge pool where Members and guests can view fireworks over the Magic Kingdom, complete with the soundtrack that can be heard through an individual sound system. They will also have front-row seats to the Electrical Water Pageant, a playful nighttime water parade in the Seven Seas Lagoon.


The new resort also includes 360 Deluxe Studio Villas, the largest at the Walt Disney World Resort. These villas sleep up to five guests each and feature a kitchenette, enhanced storage space for convenience and comfort, and two separate bathroom areas, one a full bathroom with a tub/shower and another one with a shower and sink, allowing more people to get ready at one time. A pull-down armoire bed showcases painted artwork from the popular Disney film, Lilo & Stitch.

Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, where Disney's Polynesian Villas & Bungalows is located, began a multi-year reimagining project in 2014. This year, the resort will debut dramatically enhanced feature and leisure pools, as well as a new children's water play area for Members and guests to enjoy. Trader Sam's Grog Grotto is also slated to open and, like Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland Resort, will feature exotic cocktails and Polynesian-themed small plates in an imaginative setting only Disney could create. Last year, new additions included Pineapple Lanai, a beverage stand that offers popular Dole Whip treats, and Lilo's Playhouse, a whimsical activity center where young guests can enjoyed supervised play while their parents spend quality time out on the town.

December 12, 2014

Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows Update

Disney's Polynesian Bungalows

The Disney Parks Blog has released new artist renderings of Disney's Polynesian Village, phase 1 opening in 2015. The 20 Bungalows (rendering above) will sleep up to eight guests each in a home-like setting reminiscent of the South Pacific. There will be plunge pools overlooking Seven Seas Lagoon, and the view of the fireworks over Magic Kingdom Park.

The Studios will be the largest Deluxe Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. The 360 Deluxe Studios will sleep up to five guests each and have the ability to connect to another Deluxe Studio, a first for the Disney Vacation Club.


Similar to Disney Cruise Line ships and The Villas at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, the rooms will each have a bathroom separated into two areas, one with a shower and sink and the other with a sink and tub/shower. Plus, they also will have kitchenettes and enhanced storage space for convenience and comfort.

Polynesian Great Ceremonial House

A re-imagined Great Ceremonial House will welcome guests to a tropical destination where Disney magic meets South Seas hospitality. Also included is an enhanced feature pool and new food and beverage offerings, including the already open Pineapple Lanai (serving Dole Whip treats) and Trader Sam's Grog Grotto, which will feature exotic cocktails and Polynesian-themed small plates.

Disney's Polynesian Village Trader Sam's

Earlier this year, the resort opened a brand-new children's activity center called Lilo's Playhouse.

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