One of our favorite things to do on vacation is spending time at other resorts.  This trip was an evening at the Polynesian resort.

Our first stop was to Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto.  This is a tiki bar and lounge that is open to the family in the early evening but then you must be 21 years old after 8pm. This just opened up about a month and a half ago and to say it is popular is an understatement.  The name comes from the Jungle cruise attraction and Trader Sam is the ‘head’ salesman who offers you 2 heads for the price of one.

We arrived at 5pm.  The wait to sit in the bar was already 1 hour.  We decided instead to enjoy the tiki terrace.  It is beautifully themed with a waterfall, plenty of places to sit, and a musician proving awesome entertainment.

The menu offers kid-friendly drinks as well as specialty drinks for the adults.  Some drinks come in souvenir cups that have become favorites in our household.  Check out the menu here.

We spent about 45 minutes enjoying the terrace.  We ordered:
orders of the pan-fried dumplings
For the kid’s drinks –
Schweitzer Falls – Tropical Juices and Sam’s Gorilla Grog topped with Sprite®
Polynesian Punch – Sam’s Gorilla Grog and Hibiscus Grenadine.  Served in a Souvenir Sipper
For the adult drinks –
Shrunken Zombie Head – Gosling’s 151 Black Seal Rum, Appleton Estate Reserve Rum, Bacardi 8 yr Rum, Tropical Juices, Falernum, and Cinnamon.  Served in a souvenir Shrunken Head
Tahitian Torch – ByeJoe Dragon Fire Spirit, Tropical Juices, Passion Fruit, and fresh Lime Juice

The bill came to $75.95.  The souvenir cup was about $20 of that total, but still pretty steep.

We then walked around the resort until it was time for our dinner at ‘Ohana.

The menu:

Starters : Bread and Mixed Greens Salad with a Passion Fruit dressing
Appetizers : Pork Dumplings and Chicken Wings
Main Meal : 3 types of meats on skewers.  There was Chicken, Steak, and Shrimp.  Each was lightly seasoned and there were dipping sauces provided early in the meal.
Side dishes : Noodles and Stir-fried Vegetables
Dessert – ‘Ohana Bread Pudding à la mode with Bananas-Caramel Sauce
Children’s Dessert – Brownie with a Marshmallow Topping

We loved the dinner.  The boys had a blast.  There was a point in the middle of our dinner that the everyone was invited up for a parade through the restaurant and then to learn how to hula dance.

The price for the 4 of us was $144.50 with tip.  The food is all you can eat.  They will keep bringing more if you ask.  We loved it and will definitely be back.

You can listen to the episode of the DIStracted Life Podcast discussing our evening by clicking the player below.

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