Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto: The Secret To Getting In!

trader sam's at disney world sign on the entry door
Have you ever tried to get into Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and been met with a long waitlist? Well, you’re not alone. This tiki bar at Disney’s Polynesian Resort has become one of the most popular destinations on property, and it’s not hard to see why. But fear not, there are insider tips and tricks to help you secure a reservation. In this article, we’ll reveal the secret to getting into Trader Sam’s and share strategies for success. From timing to waiting, we’ll cover everything you need to know to sip on your favorite tiki drink in no time. Get ready to become a Trader Sam’s insider! Have you ever heard the saying, “timing is everything”? Well, it’s one very important factor to getting into Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto. And by timing, we mean getting there early. The early bird catches the Mai Tai, so to speak. If you arrive well before Trader Sam’s opens, you’ll have a better chance of being seated without a long wait or even snagging a spot at the bar. What do I mean by well before? At least an hour, (if not hours) before opening! That’s if you’re hoping for a seat upon opening. Trader Sam’s opens at 3pm and closes at 12am. All ages are welcome until 8pm, after that it’s 21 and older. Did I mention getting into this hidden tiki bar is a commitment?! Oh, but it’s worth it! Yes, the most important factor in maximizing your chances of getting into Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is timing.
a look out the scenic faux window at trader sam's grog grotto
Of course, showing up early is just the first step in getting into Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto. To truly maximize your chances, you’ll need to have a solid strategy in place. So strap on your leis and get ready to dive into the next section, where we’ll explore some key strategies for scoring a spot at one of the most popular tiki bars in the world. One approach is to consider the timing of your visit. Weekdays tend to have shorter wait times than weekends. Also, try going during off-peak hours, such as close to closing time, when the crowds have thinned out. Although, this can be risky…and I would only suggest trying this as a last resort. Another tactic is to gather a group of four or fewer people. Remember this is a small bar, it only seats around 50 people at a time. The smaller your group size, the easier it is to find a spot at the bar or a table, as these tend to be the first to fill up. For larger groups, consider splitting up and taking turns waiting in line. If you’re taking turns waiting for opening, why not wander through the lush gardens or take in the view of Seven Seas Lagoon. There are plenty of ways to make the most of your time at the resort! It’s also worth noting that Trader Sam’s is using the virtual queue system. Let’s say you get to the front of the line and don’t get in the first round. The host will take your name and number, putting you in this virtual queue. Then you’ll receive a text saying you’re on the waitlist, with an estimated wait time. This was the strategy my friend and I used. We did not get there early enough. We got there at 3:00, gave our name and number, and received an estimated wait time of 3 hours! But this gave us the wonderful opportunity for a monorail crawl. It worked out well because we were flexible with our plans! We were able to explore the other monorail resorts/bars and make it back in time for our call-back! So when trying to get into this experience, be flexible and keep a sense of adventure!
By having this strategy in place, you’ll be one step closer to enjoying all that Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto has to offer. It’s important to note, the virtual queue system can fill up! And if all else fails, you can always visit Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace. It’s located just outside the indoor lounge, on the patio. They even have the same menu! I know, it’s not the same…but the Mai Tai will make you feel better!! To recap, the secret to getting into Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto lies in perfect timing, careful strategizing, and keeping an adventurous spirit. By following these insider tips and tricks, you’ll increase your chances of securing a reservation and finally experiencing the magic of Disney’s most sought after tiki bar. So, don’t hesitate to be flexible with your dates and make sure to arrive early. Remember, the best tiki drinks are worth the wait. As you venture forth on your quest for the perfect Mai Tai, keep in mind the wise words of Walt Disney: “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”

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Thanks for reading!

Xo Autumn

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