Written by Tonga Princess Diva
Friends if you recall in Disney’s Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto at the Polynesian Villas & Bungalows I shared my goal of spending time at The Tiki Terrace during our next trip.
Well, I’m happy to report I was successful and it was as magical as I hoped it would be! The Tiki Terrace opens at 3:30 pm. You get to enjoy the wonderful Florida sunshine — or shade if you prefer — while indulging in the same great Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto menu! What?!
The Tiki Terrace is tucked behind the lava pool on the patio. Separated with some lovely potted planters from the Captain Cooks patio. You will find live entertainment most evenings.
The patio area is limited and large groups can congregate here so you are not guaranteed a table. With the foliage, waterfall feature on the backside of the lava pool you still get an intimate feel but in a lush tropical atmosphere. Diva Tip: It is much easier to grab a seat here than inside at the Grog Grotto and is a little more kid friendly in the divas opinion.
Unlike the intimate conversation seating arrangements inside Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto the patio is mostly made up of typical patio tables that comfortably seat four and have a patio umbrella affording you some shade. There are a larger high-boy table without chairs and a couple of lounge seats around a surfboard table to accommodate larger groups.
As expected the crew is attentive and constantly on the go taking care of everyone. During one of two visits to the Tiki Terrace we found ourselves there during the Magic Kingdom fireworks. They thoughtfully made us aware that the fireworks were going to start and asked if we either wanted to cash out so we could go to the beach to catch the show or order anything additional. Diva Tip: There are two tips worth noting – 1) The Tiki Terrace is not an ideal viewing spot unless you have one of two tables right against railing near the pier. 2) The crew limits service during the fireworks to not disturb people. So do not delay in either cashing out or ordering something.
Our second visit was to enjoy a cocktail before our dinner at Ohana’s and was earlier in the evening. During that visit we were able to enjoy enchanting live entertain! Let me tell you, it was like a dream. The sun was low, a light warm Florida breeze, live Hawaiian music against a back drop of the water fall. WOW! I really urge you to slow down and check this out on your next trip.
The Tiki Terrace offers the same great drink and small bit menu that Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto offer. Queue smile face on this diva because I love the unique drinks and tasty food! You can check out the menu here. Castaway Crush continues to be my favorite drink. — a frozen drink of coconut and pineapple deliciousness with a touch of cinnamon and lime. Creamy, refreshing, and unique! The Kalua Pork Taco and the Pan-fried Dumpling continue to be my favorite small bites! While the Chicken Lettuce Cups continue to hang out on my “to try” list. Diva Tip: While the same great drinks and small bites are offered the crew does not interact with guest the way they do in Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto! If you are looking to witness the crews shenanigans and specialty drink antics you need to go inside to Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto.
Do you prefer Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto or The Tiki Terrace at Disney’s Polynesian Resort?