Inspired by the original Trader Sam's at the Disneyland Hotel in California (and, just a little bit, by the old Adventurer's Club at Pleasure Island before that), Trader Sam's Grog Grotto seats 50 inside and 82 on the patio, and wait times for a table inside ran up to four hours, according to readers on Twitter this afternoon.
Once in, you can order from a wide selection of tropical inspired drinks (mostly alcoholic, but with a few sans the booze). Many popular choices are served in souvenir mugs and glasses, including the Krakatoa Punch and the Shrunken Zombie Head (pictured above - photos courtesy Disney). A selection of appetizers, including sushi, kalua pork tacos, and bahn mi sliders, also is available.
If you're looking for a different flavor of nostalgia — and a much lower price point — Aunt Polly's reopened today on my beloved Tom Sawyer Island, after an absence of many years.
Aunt Polly's on Tom Sawyer Island is serving food! I never thought I'd see the day! pic.twitter.com/Cxu5wbN8ys— MICKEYUPDATES.COM (@MickeyUpdates) March 28, 2015
The walk-up quick-service window is serving turkey sandwiches, PB&Js, and lemonade.
Here is the menu. pic.twitter.com/hbckAubeg0— MICKEYUPDATES.COM (@MickeyUpdates) March 28, 2015
That's a step up from the days when I worked the Tom Sawyer Island rafts, and Polly's served only peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and soft drinks. "Where's the lemonade?" might have been the second-most popular question guests asked me when I was working on the island back then. ("How do I get off this island?" being the first, of course.) Update: We're told that Polly's will be seasonal-only, through April 11, for the spring break crowds. But if enough people rave about it at City Hall (hint!) and the income numbers look good, here's hoping that Polly's will return for the summer and other high seasons in the future.
Where have you been eating in the parks this weekend? Tell us in the comments.
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Also happy to get to Trader Sam's soon, too, as I love the DL spot.