Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto


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We reached Trader Sam’s at about 4:05 and they were already at maximum capacity. So we were given a pager and went outside to the Tiki Terrace to wait.

We checked out the Tiki bar menu…

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We were both hot and thirsty so decided to order a non-alcoholic beverage (aka a Sam’s No Booze Brew). Allison chose the Skipper Sipper and I went with the Schweitzer Falls…

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Skipper Sipper – Tropical Juices, Organic Agava Nectar, Falernum, Mint, and fresh Lime Juice topped with Soda Water – $4.79
Schweitzer Falls – Tropical Juices and Sam’s Gorilla Grog Topped with Sprite – $4.79

It looks like we photographed our drinks before we stirred them up. Once given a good stir with our straws, these were both very good and did the job of quenching our thirst. Both were given a rating of 5.

We sat on the terrace for at least 45 minutes sipping our drinks and enjoying the surroundings…

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They even had live entertainment out on the terrace…

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Finally at around 5:00 our pager went off and we were allowed to enter the Grotto bar inside.

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Our dinner reservation at Kona Cafe was at 5:30 so we quickly placed our drink order once we found a table next to a “window” with a view of the volcano. ;)

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For our cocktails, Allison chose a Shrunken Zombie Head and I went with a Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Rum (yes, that’s 5 Tikis :laughing:)…

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My drink was $11.50 and Allison’s was $19.50 since it was served in a souvenir shrunken head cup…

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So our drinks were not cheap, but Allison really liked hers (rated it a 5) and loves the cup that she got to take home. My drink was a little too strong though for my taste, and since we had so little time before our ADR I had to drink it quickly instead of sipping it slowly. Consequently, the Tiki Rum drink with a little too much “tiki” only received a rating of 3 for me. ;)

But overall our first experience at Trader Sam’s Grotto and Tiki Terrace was a good one. I just wish we had had more time to savor those expensive drinks and experience more of the fun atmosphere and special effects.

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