Trader Sam’s Other Job – The Enchanted Tiki Bar: A Disney Foodie Spotlight

Everyone who has been on the Jungle Cruise knows Trader Sam.  He’s the famous head hunter at the end of the attraction who promises to give you two of his heads for one of yours.  But did you know Trader Sam also trades in specialty drinks and great tropical inspired bar food?  He sure does!  According to the story, Trader Sam’s interest in head-shrinking potions led to a passion for mixology which he now shares with all of us.  Sam opened his new place at the Disneyland Hotel but it is open to all guests who want to have a little something different.

Location: Disneyland Hotel – but open to all
Type: Table and bar service
Specialty: Exotic drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and bar food
Cost: $10 per person for food, drinks depend on type but around $10/glass for wine and beer
Craig’s Favorite: Sweet and Spicy Asian Wings

Yummy, the Angus 1/3lb Hawaiian Cheeseburger
Yummy, the Angus 1/3lb Hawaiian Cheeseburger

Inside, the decor may remind you a bit of the Tiki Room in Adventureland and no wonder since it is a Tiki Bar.  But even though it serves alcohol, it’s open to the whole family before 8pm (afterward it’s a 21 and over only place).  My daughter and I went to check it out one afternoon for lunch and while she got the Sweet and Spicy Asian Wings, I ordered the Angus 1/3lb Hawaiian Cheeseburger.  Both were yummy, but I have to give the edge to the wings which were really delicious.  There were so many other great looking choices and enough to make us want to go back – Kalua-Style Pork Flatbread, Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Ahi Poke, and the Pu-Pu Platter just to name a few.

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Just part of the extensive specialty drink menu

But of course you’re also here to try some of the famous libations.  Although I’m not a big drinker, I did try the Schweitzer Falls (named after the famous Dr. Albert…Falls).  It was sweet and delicious (and non-alcoholic).  Ordering some drinks will activate a lively scene in the bar.  Lights turn red, the sound of thunder occurs, and boats sink – thanks to the magic of Disney.  There are a wide variety to choose from, all of which sound interesting and many of them come with collectible mugs (for an additional price).  There are lots of great artifacts on the wall to look at and the cast members are friendly and helpful.  Genuinely a fun place to grab a bite!  Stop by if you’re at the Disneyland Hotel.

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