One side of the bar

One side of the bar

We’ve been on a real tiki bar kick as of late. We enjoy the nostalgia that they invoke and so we started to look up tiki bars to experience them wherever we travel. We were recently turned onto a new tiki bar by a friend’s Facebook check-in and were surprised to discover it was practically in our back yard. It was Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki bar in Anaheim, CA. We were a little apprehensive when we found out it was at the Disneyland hotel. Would it be cheesy or overly theme-parkish? They cater to families and children, so even more importantly, would they know how to make a decent drink? I know that sounds ironic considering we’re talking about tiki bars where the entire premise is all a bit kitschy. To say the least, we went with pretty low expectations. We were greatly surprised by what we found.

Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar

Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar

Shrunken Zombie Head - Reserve & Aged Rums, Tropical Juices, Falernum and Cinnamon

Shrunken Zombie Head – Reserve & Aged Rums, Tropical Juices, Falernum and Cinnamon

UH OA! - Light & Dark Rums, Orange, Passion Fruit, Guava, and Grapefruit Juices, Falernum, Cinnamon, and Lime

UH OA! – Light & Dark Rums, Orange, Passion Fruit, Guava, and Grapefruit Juices, Falernum, Cinnamon, and Lime

Their Famous Krakatoa Punch - Reserve & Spiced Rums, Tropical Juices, Orgeat, Sam's Gorilla Grog and Hibiscus Grenadine - Yum!

Their Famous Krakatoa Punch – Reserve & Spiced Rums, Tropical Juices, Orgeat, Sam’s Gorilla Grog and Hibiscus Grenadine – Yum!

Disneyland did this place right, with just enough kitsch to be enjoyable. The bar creates a really fun and interactive experience. Depending on the tiki drink you order, the lights change colors, it rains or storms, and so much more! It’s a very nice touch like only Disney can do. In addition, they offer a number of collectible tiki cups which will make any tikiphile happy. Who knows we may just become regulars here!

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