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Trader Sam's adds Tiki-themed fun to the Disneyland Hotel

Trader Sam's adds Tiki-themed fun to the Disneyland Hotel

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Though there's been no formal announcement yet, jungle drums quickly spread the news last night that Trader Sam's (i.e. the bar component of the Disneyland Hotel's new Tangaroa Terrace complex) was finally open for business.


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Tiki fans stood in hour-long lines outside of this recently completed facility, hoping that Trader Sam's would actually deliver on the promise of that concept art which the Imagineers released earlier this year.


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Well, I am pleased to report that Trader Sam's does in fact deliver in spades.


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Though this new poolside bar supposedly draws its inspiration from the Jungle Cruise (and - if you'll look closely -- ...


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... you'll notice that pieces of concept art which Disney Legend Marc Davis created for that Adventureland attraction are prominently displayed throughout this facility) ...


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... the various artifacts on display ...


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... along with their silly signage ...


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... reminded me more of another Disney bar: the late, great Adventurers Club at WDW's Pleasure Island.

Which is why I strongly recommend - once you have the bartender make you a Krakatoa Punch, a HippotoMai Tai or a Schweitzer Falls - that you then make a point of exploring the interior of this highly themed environment. Where you'll then be sure to find all sort of comic curios ...


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... and/or notice that the Tiki-inspired theming goes deep at Trader Sam's. All the way down to the light fixtures.


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Just be sure not to lose your head and then drink too much during your visit to Trader Sam's. Because - you know - the proprietor has been known to take advantage of these sorts of situations.


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Seriously, though ... I had a delightful time at Trader's Sam last night. Which is why I strongly suggest that you check out this new Tiki-themed bar the very next time you visit the Disneyland Hotel.


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  • Order a Backside of Water.  Its not on the menu but its delicious!  I hear a secret drink that only Jungle Skippers know about.  Basically its a Schwitzer Falls with a shot of Pirate Rum.  SO good.

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