The BEST Bar at Disneyland

Admittedly, the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Disneyland is probably NOT the bar scene. However, Disneyland actually has a fair share of fun bars – in both Downtown Disney and California Adventure (and don’t forget Oga’s Cantina in Star Wars land).    

Going full Minnie at California Adventure

That said, the BEST bar at Disneyland is Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar. Hands down. No question.     

Trader Sam’s Tiki Bar – Disneyland Hotel     

Trader Sam’s is a fantastic tiki bar located at Disneyland Hotel near the pool. Per Disneyland, “mystery, romance, and adventure await you at this bewitching tiki bar inspired by the world-famous Jungle Cruise.” While I cannot speak to the “mystery, romance and adventure” you may or may not find at Trader Sam’s – I CAN attest to the fact that you will find high octane and tasty cocktails served up by personable bartenders. And if you love tiki bars and tiki culture, you’re bound to meet some like-minded folk. Go on, make a new friend!

Getting In

Technically you can make a reservation to get into Trader Sam’s up to 60 days in advance (here: https://disneyland.disney.go.com/dining/disneyland-hotel/trader-sams/ or using the Disneyland App).  That said, I’ve literally never been able to score a reservation that way. I’ve always just walked up, put my name on the list, and waited my turn.  Candidly, sometimes it’s a LONG wait (and good luck if you have a large group). And it IS worth the wait. Kill time in Downtown Disney or, if you’re staying at the Disneyland Hotel, hang by the pool while you wait. Pro-tip: if you go right when they open you’re likely to get in sooner. 

Inside … Well, it Really IS Enchanting

In my opinion, Disney does a lot right. And, one thing Disney always nails is creating a magical experience. Trader Sam’s is no exception. Inside, Trader Sam’s is COZY and everything a tiki bar should be. Be on the lookout for tiki carvings whose eyes follow you and don’t be surprised if an unexpected storm blows through the bar (yes, you WILL get wet!) while you’re enjoying your Mai Tai or Zombie.  Whatever legendary libation(s) you choose, I guarantee you’ll enjoy your time at Trader’s Sam’s. 

Trust me – no trip to Disneyland is complete without a visit to Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar (aka the BEST bar at Disneyland). Say “hi” to Uh Oa (the tiki goddess of disaster) for me while you’re there. Cheers, aloha, and ahoy! 

Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto

P.S. If you’re at Disneyworld, don’t miss Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at the Polynesian Resort!

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