Several weeks ago, we made our third journey into Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at the Polynesian Resort Village (here are visits one and two). Our hope was that the elusive Nautilus glass would be available for purchase to bring home, but instead we wound up with an exorbitant amount of other vessels (and check). Still, we did try some new to us items, and have some info on the glassware.
First up, Matt and I shared the Uh-Oa. This concoction features Myer’s Original Dark Rum, Bacardi Superior Rum, Orange, Passion Fruit, Guava, Pineapple and Grapefruit Juices, Falernum, Cinnamon, and Fresh Lime Juice.
The drink’s vessel features three tikis that have a little bowl on their heads where cinnamon is placed. Three sugar cubes adorn a lime floating (or resting on ice) atop the drink.
The cast member sets these on fire, and guests can throw pinches of cinnamon onto said fire, creating a mini fireworks display.
You get to play for maybe ten seconds before the cast member snuffs out the flame. Depending on how much cinnamon you toss, your drink may end up on the cinnamon-y side. Ours did, because playing with fire. The novelty was fun, and we liked the drink. We found it to not be overly sweet, and it had a good alcohol kick to it, but I don’t think we’d necessarily order again (even without the souvenir glass to take home). It went down way to quickly between the two of us. The one way I see us ordering this again is if we have friends or family in town.
So on to a look at the glassware. When Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto first opened, it was using a lot of glassware from Dinseyland’s Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar. This meant that the Uh-Oa originally sported four tikis. I really like that style, so now I have to go to Disneyland to get it (that’s how they getcha!).
Our three-tikied version – the one that we brought home – is a 1st Edition for Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto.
For our next round, Matt ordered the Castaway Crush. The drink features Leblon Cacacha, Cream of Coconut, Pineapple, Cinnamon, and Fresh Lime Juice. The term “castaway,” at least I believe in his mind, makes him think of Disney cruises and Castaway Cay, where he always orders a Konk Kooler. I think that’s the flavor profile he had at the back of his mind when he ordered this.
At the time he ordered the Castaway Crush, I had placed an order for the Polynesian Pearl. The drink has RumChata Cream Liqueur, Grand Marnier, and Cinnamon with Tropical Juices.
Having just had a cinnamon-heavy Uh-Oa!, I was sort of over the flavor, but I still enjoyed the couple sips I had until Matt and I traded beverages (he liked mine more than his). Yes, the Crush has cinnamon as well, but it wasn’t as prominent as the Pearl. Both drinks were a bit sweet for my overall liking, but are good for a “one and done (before moving on to something else)” in my book. We were more “trying them to try them.” Research. For later.
The mug I brought home from that visit was a 2nd Edition from Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar.
I decided to order the Zombie when I saw the souvenir glass was different. This one is a 1st Edition Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto.
If we didn’t have fun, we wouldn’t keep returning. Yes, it does get a bit redundant on the jokes, but now we’ve been there enough times where it’s become a lot more fun to see the reactions of first-timers. We’ll still be back, as Matt is pretty adamant about ordering the Nautilus (when we can bring the glass home) and seeing the animations that ensue (that we’ve seen many times). Our drinks this visit were good, though some not really favorites. My favorite of the day was the Zombie, second was Uh-Oa!, third was the Castaway Crush, and finally the Polynesian Pearl. I could see those last two flip-flopping in the future, though.
Have you had a chance to experience Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto? What is your favorite drink? Do you pair it with their food options?