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
Photo by Shelly Valladolid
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.
Though this new poolside bar supposedly draws its
inspiration from the Jungle Cruise (and - if you'll look closely -- ...
... you'll notice that pieces of concept art which Disney Legend Marc Davis created for that
Adventureland attraction are prominently displayed throughout this facility) ...
... the various artifacts on display ...
... along with their silly signage ...
... 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 ...
... and/or notice that the Tiki-inspired theming goes deep at Trader
Sam's. All the way down to the light fixtures.
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.
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.