Trader Sam’s Is OPEN & Disney Cast Members Celebrate!

Aloha, Disney lovers! We’re thrilled one of our very favorite Walt Disney World Resorts, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, is now officially open! While the resort’s Disney Vacation Club (DVC) Villas have been open to DVC members for some time, the resort remained closed to all guests, until yesterday’s reopening (July 19). Guests are now able to stay in one of the stunning new Moana-themed rooms, as well as enjoy resort favorites like dining at the newly reopened ‘Ohana. And what makes a reopening even more exciting? A drink to go along with the celebration! We’re not talking about just any drink, but one from the ever-so-popular Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto. That’s right, Trader Sam’s surprised us all by reopening their doors yesterday. Disney Cast Members took to social media to share a couple of photos as they celebrated the lounge’s reopening.

Trader Sam’s at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort (Credit: Disney)

As shared via Walt Disney World Cast & Community Facebook on July 19: “We are celebrating some awesome foodie news today — Cast Members welcomed Guests back to Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto and Tiki Terrace, which reopened today at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort! Did you know? Many of the details in this tropical hideaway pay homage to favorite Disney attractions past and present. Ask a Cast Member their favorite detail the next time you visit. #DisneyCastLife #Reopening”

Credit: WDW Cast & Community Facebook


?ALERT!? TRADER SAM’S GROG GROTTO IS REOPENED! #Disney #DisneyParks #DisneyWorld #PolynesianResort #SummerVibes

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Credit: WDW Cast & Community Facebook

These Cast Members look like they are ready to make some memories! There are a few minor changes, such as the renaming of a couple popular beverages, but overall the Trader Sam’s experience is just as fantastic as ever. Be sure if you’re looking to enjoy this lounge, you arrive an hour before opening (usually 3pm) to get on the list. This lounge is small to say the least – but the memories made here are plentiful! Welcome back to all the Trader Sam’s Cast Members. We’ll see you again soon!

About Mike/ Jamie

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 16 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.