Disneyland Hotel's Trader Sam's and Tangaroa Terrace
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.
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.
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