The new bar Trader Sam's and the casual-dining restaurant Tangaroa Terrace just opened at the Disneyland Hotel, and I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised by both.
Sure, both of these Polynesian-themed hangouts would be more appropriate located in Adventureland than where they are (kiddie poolside, just outside the hotel), but then they wouldn't be able to serve alcohol! (Note: Disneyland's exclusive dining spot, Club 33, is the only location in the park that sells alcohol.) I say keep it off-property, and let the booze flow freely!
I managed to grab a drink (or two) at Trader Sam's this past Saturday and shoot a few photos in the process. Look for them after the jump.
The entire bar is decked out in Polynesian "artifacts"--trinkets and baubles collected over the years during numerous adventures and journeys. And by "collected over the years," I mean, "made in China in 2010." Still, there's a ton stored in every nook and cranny to keep the eye busy . . .
. . . including a few familiar faces (and moving eyes) from the Enchanted Tiki Room.
Like your drinks dressed-up? You're in luck. They've got everything from paper umbrellas to straws that are so tall you have to hold your drink near your waist to get a sip.
We got a Ginger's Pear-adise . . .
Decorative lighting hung from the ceiling . . .
. . . and interesting novelties were bolted to the walls. But the best part was the volcano outside the window.
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Every once in awhile, it would get active and shoot lava high into the air! The bartenders would ring a bell and warn patrons of their impending doom. And by "impending doom," I mean the sticker shock that awaited them once their bills came.
. . . and took in the pair of musicians who were strumming the sounds of island life. Funny, seeing as how we were about 500 feet away from a giant concrete parking lot.
Now if they could just get some of those price points down, or if I could become really good friends with one of the bartenders, it would be perfect.