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L.A. Eats: Disneyland Special Edition

For today’s L.A. Eats, we’re going to travel south of Los Angeles to a little place known as Disneyland.

I don’t think I’ve mentioned this on the blog, but if you know me personally, then you know I am a huge Disney fan. I grew up watching the movies and begging my parents to take me to Disneyland (I asked to go when I was five and they made me wait until I was seven — the humanity!) Now that I’m grown up, I still watch all the movies and go to Disneyland every chance I get.

As such, it may be surprising that my favorite spot at Disneyland isn’t actually in the park.

Tiki Spouts

Trader Sam’s is a little tiki-themed bar located by the swimming pool at the Disneyland Hotel. I heard about it through a friend a few years ago, back when it was new and most people hadn’t heard about it yet. Now it’s almost always packed, and we were lucky to grab a spot at the bar on this particular afternoon.

The theme is a mash-up of The Jungle Cruise and The Tiki Room. There are tikis everywhere: on the walls, on columns (complete with moving eyes), and even on the beer taps. The walls are covered with news articles and memorabilia from many famous adventurers (including my personal favorite — Indiana Jones).

Trader Sam's Bar

My favorite thing about Trader Sam’s are the themed drinks. A few come in collectible glasses. One of my favorites is the Krakatoa Punch — when you order it, the lights in the bar flash red and music and sound effects start playing as though a volcano is erupting. It’s a little corny, but totally fun. Most of the drinks that come in souvenir glasses have some kind of “interactive” experience like this when you order them.

We already own most of the souvenir glasses, so this time we opted to try a few of the other specialty beverages on the menu.

Tiki Rum   Trader Sam's Drink

I tried the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Rum, which is delicious and worthwhile, no matter how absurd you sound when ordering it. Eric ordered a newer drink that we hadn’t seen on the menu before, which was also really tasty, though I honestly can’t remember what it was called.

They also have a selection of both beer and wine, none of which I’ve ever ordered. They have a handful of non-alcoholic drinks for the kiddos as well (the bar is open to families before 8pm, afterwards it’s 21+).

There is a small food menu here, too. We ordered the Pu Pu Platter, which we devoured before I remembered to take a photo. They have a number of appetizer-type things, a few burgers, sandwiches, flatbreads, and salads. The food is good, but probably not substantial if you’re looking for a big meal.

This place is a favorite of mine, and I highly recommend it if you want to get out of the afternoon sun and relax with a few cocktails. It’s definitely pricey, too, but it is at Disneyland.

The bar has been getting increasingly popular, so if you visit during a busy time of day, you might have to wait a little while for a seat. There is patio seating, but if you sit outside you miss out on most of the fun — definitely try to grab a seat inside if you can!

Editor’s Note: This post has not been paid for or sponsored in any way, nor am I employed by Disney or Trader Sam’s. Any and all thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own and no one else’s.

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