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Trader Sam's - Orlando
PremEx
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Posted: 2015-03-29 08:28 am   Permalink

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On 2015-03-28 21:07, AceExplorer wrote:

* Extremely low turnover inside, many folks are sitting and absorbing the place.



Which is what Walt feared back when Disneyland's Tiki Room was originally designed as a restaurant: that no one would want to leave and low turnover.

Only in this case those that linger are presumably still spending moolah.

Hope it doesn't get too many Disney uber-geeks that make this their new home...spending all day sucking on one Coke.

Hopefully turnover will improve once the Nunis wears off.


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chrisandsarahb
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Posted: 2015-03-29 08:53 am   Permalink

Did somebody say Malibu Rum? Kungaloosh!
http://youtu.be/XBHT6PN8Q9c

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Posted: 2015-03-29 09:03 am   Permalink

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On 2015-03-28 23:29, Hurricane Hayward wrote:
Lots to look at: 119 photos in this Facebook gallery ...
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153120395733277.1073741961.311571493276&type=1

Here's some video:
The Menu ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnAekpb4nnU&feature=youtu.be
The first public order of the Nautilus ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ng_Z8NoHqHs&feature=youtu.be
The Uh Oa! ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXxnAJ-4TaQ&feature=youtu.be





It looks PERFECT. <3
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Posted: 2015-03-29 10:14 am   Permalink

Here's another video from Mouse Steps showing the "full experience" ...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u05F8z7-Eek&feature=youtu.be

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Posted: 2015-03-29 3:16 pm   Permalink

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On 2015-03-29 08:53, chrisandsarahb wrote:
Did somebody say Malibu Rum? Kungaloosh!
http://youtu.be/XBHT6PN8Q9c



Kungaloosh!

Hey, I'm still getting used to the idea of liking some alcohol. I spent most of my life as a default teetotaler.


 
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Posted: 2015-03-30 09:41 am   Permalink

Here's a review and more photos (including some good menu photos) from Eating WDW ...
http://eatingwdw.com/2015/03/30/trader-sams-grog-grotto

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Posted: 2015-03-30 3:37 pm   Permalink

I can't see from the pictures, but are the projectors from the 20K effect visible?

Also: new music in the place?

And how about swizzle sticks? Are we using the DL version?
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kkocka
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Posted: 2015-03-30 5:56 pm   Permalink

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On 2015-03-30 15:37, EPCOTExplorer wrote:
Also: new music in the place?
And how about swizzle sticks? Are we using the DL version?



So far reports are the music is the same. Swizzle sticks also the same for now. Great preparation huh?
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joshua_w
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Posted: 2015-03-30 6:32 pm   Permalink

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On 2015-03-30 15:37, EPCOTExplorer wrote:
I can't see from the pictures, but are the projectors from the 20K effect visible?

Also: new music in the place?

And how about swizzle sticks? Are we using the DL version?




Yes, the projectors for the effect are visible, but not obvious unless you're looking for them. If you look in some of the photos you'll see little black boxes on top of some of the rafters.

Swizzles are the same, with "Disneyland Hotel" on the back in the photos I've seen, just like the re-used mugs which read "2nd edition" on the bottom as well as "Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar".


 
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Posted: 2015-03-30 7:03 pm   Permalink

Thanks guys.

Disappointed the swizzles are the same, but perhaps that'll change.

Music being the same sounds good to me... I love that loop.
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Posted: 2015-03-30 10:08 pm   Permalink

A couple more reviews from the Disney media:
http://www.insidethemagic.net/2015/03/trader-sams-grog-grotto-brings-unique-tiki-experience-to-polynesian-village-resort-walt-disney-world/
http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2015/03/29/first-look-trader-sams-grog-grotto-at-disney-worlds-polynesian-village-resort/

I'm getting my first gander tomorrow.


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Posted: 2015-03-31 07:40 am   Permalink

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On 2015-03-30 22:08, Hurricane Hayward wrote:
A couple more reviews from the Disney media:
http://www.insidethemagic.net/2015/03/trader-sams-grog-grotto-brings-unique-tiki-experience-to-polynesian-village-resort-walt-disney-world/
http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2015/03/29/first-look-trader-sams-grog-grotto-at-disney-worlds-polynesian-village-resort/

I'm getting my first gander tomorrow.

Have fun! Eager to hear your thoughts.
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mikehooker
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Posted: 2015-04-01 12:15 pm   Permalink

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On 2015-03-31 07:40, EPCOTExplorer wrote:
Quote:

On 2015-03-30 22:08, Hurricane Hayward wrote:
A couple more reviews from the Disney media:
http://www.insidethemagic.net/2015/03/trader-sams-grog-grotto-brings-unique-tiki-experience-to-polynesian-village-resort-walt-disney-world/
http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2015/03/29/first-look-trader-sams-grog-grotto-at-disney-worlds-polynesian-village-resort/

I'm getting my first gander tomorrow.

Have fun! Eager to hear your thoughts.




Seriously! Get ta typin' Jim!


 
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Posted: 2015-04-03 10:12 am   Permalink

I was there on Wednesday night. The decor is perfect, the drinks are pretty good. But the wait staff is loud and obnoxious. They are all doing their best at being hilarious and it is forced and out of place. They were constantly yelling to get attention to the point we all developed headaches. Their "zany antics" flat out ruined it for me. Our waitress was so rude and inattentive I wanted to belt her. I hope they tone it down a lot. We ended up chugging our drinks to get the hell out of there. I could have gone to Chuck E Cheeses if I wanted that level of noise and stupid behavior. Ugh.

And a lot more mugs were not available than the ones that were. I went there to get a nautilus and it has already been mentioned not available. But several others were not there either.

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Posted: 2015-04-03 11:30 pm   Permalink

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On 2015-04-03 10:12, robotiki wrote:
Their "zany antics" flat out ruined it for me. Our waitress was so rude and inattentive I wanted to belt her. I hope they tone it down a lot. We ended up chugging our drinks to get the hell out of there. I could have gone to Chuck E Cheeses if I wanted that level of noise and stupid behavior. Ugh.

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Thanks for the honest assessment. In a couple of the videos posted the woman behind the bar forced me to mute or fast forward cuz her screaming was down right obnoxious. I was hoping that the experience of being there and in the moment would offset the annoyance but apparently not.


 
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