Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto welcomed its first guests last week, during what Disney is calling a soft opening phase. Wait times to get into this brand new watering hole exceeded 3 hours on its first day, and crowd levels remained strong all weekend with hundreds of guests clamoring to be among the first get into this brand new location (which seats only 50 people inside and does not take reservations).
If you are thinking of dropping by this new bar during its soft opening phase (projected to last for at least the next few weeks, with a full opening to come in late April) there are several things you should definitely know before you go.
1. All drinks are available during the soft opening
Though Disney has stressed that this location is in its soft opening phase, if your sole purpose for wanting to visit is to grab one of their amazing, handcrafted cocktails, you’re in luck as they are serving every single item on the menu, including Walt Disney World specific items like the Polynesian Pearl, Nautilus, Castaway Crush, Tahitian Torch and the Dark and Tropical Stormy.
Those who have been to this bar’s west coast counterpart, Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar, will also recognize a few familiar favorites including: Krakatoa Punch, Uh-Oa!, HippopotoMai-Tai, and the Shrunken Zombie Head.
2. Not all souvenir cups are in stock
Though you can get all of your drinks at this time, not all the souvenir cups are currently in stock. While guests who attended the first evening of the soft opening reported every souvenir cup was available except the Nautilus, Disney has said that during the soft open phase other glassware may be unavailable from time to time as this new location copes with demand. You can check out a full run-down of all the souvenir glasses in the video below, taken by MouseSteps.