We awoke on our last full day at the parks super excited to be visiting the Magic Kingdom! No Walt Disney World visit is complete without seeing Cinderella Castle, at least for me! We arrived just before rope drop and waited to go through security. I got separated from my group, but we quickly met back up inside. Our first stop on our Magic Kingdom day was the remodeled Main Street Bakery (aka Starbucks) for some much needed caffeine. We then met up as a big Girls' Weekend group for a picture in front of the castle!
Disney Springs... again
Since we didn't get to explore Disney Springs when we had planned, due to our overly long dinner at Raglan Road, we decided to spend the afternoon there. We shopped a bit and my travel companions bought matching Dooney & Burke purses that they were really excited about! We had a late dinner reservation at 'Ohana so they ran back to the hotel to store their new purchases and I planned to meet them at the Polynesian.
Trader Sam's & 'OhanaThose who know me, know I have what might be called an obsession with Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, despite never having actually stayed here. The fact that the resort conveniently houses my husband's favorite restaurant, ‘Ohana, is also a plus. I make a point to visit my favorite resort every trip, and our recent Girls’ Getaway Weekend trip was no different. We were super excited to snag last minute reservations for ‘Ohana (during Wishes no less) on our last night at Disney!
Trader Sam's Grog Grotto can be found in the back, left corner of the Great Ceremonial House. The fairly non-descript door gives little indication of the adventure that lies beyond. The bar itself is small, with a capacity of only about 50 patrons. Don't let its small size fool you, though. This place is BIG on personality!
I searched for a seat among the 10ish tables, most of which were full. I did find myself a spot at a long table with two other smaller groups. The group to my right was at Disney for a conference while those on my left were newlyweds and members of their wedding party. As I write this, I am realizing how awkward it could have been sitting between these groups, but the magic of Disney (and rum) made me feel right at home with my new-found friends.
Each of the signature drinks had its own special saying or action. For example, the “pearl” cups are offered up one at a time, upon ordering, from a giant clam shell behind the bar. As the bartender made my drink, I was distracted by these unique bar antics (you should order a Shrunken Zombie Head to see what caught my attention). It wasn't until he sat my drink in front of me that I realized I had a Black Pearl! Rumor has it, around 1% of the pearls are black and are given randomly from the giant clam. My new business owner friends said they'd visited for several nights and never seen a black pearl before! Needless to say, I was super excited. I came in to see the bar and take pictures and was leaving with a unique black pearl souvenir from a gifted drink from this newlywed couple. It didn't seem right to accept a gift from them so I returned the favor in the form of some much needed food. By this point, it was time for our dinner at ‘Ohana so I excused myself from the table and headed upstairs for a fantastic dinner.
Bottom Line: While definitely not a place for kids, I think Trader Sam's Grog Grotto may be one of my new favorite things at Walt Disney World. Though I was initially unsure about the concept of a Disney-fied bar, I think Trader Sam's Grog Grotto is a great combination of magic, fun, and tiny umbrella drinks.
I met up with my travel companions in the 'Ohana waiting area. We were joined by one of their old friends who had moved to Florida to work as a Cast Member. The four of us dined at a window-view table, perfect for watching Wishes! After dinner, one of my roommates and I caught a cab back (surprisingly harder than I expected with a wheelchair) so our other roommate could spend some quality time with her friend. Once we made it back to the room, we all tucked in for our last night!
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