Sip Your Way to a Tropical Paradise with These Disney Polynesian Cocktails
The Polynesian Village Resort is known for its lush and lavish tropical atmosphere and amazing food. Did you know that it is also home to some of Disney’s most popular adult beverages? Polynesian drinks are no doubt worth the monorail ride over to the Poly to enjoy a few tropical cocktails for a fun night out!
The Polynesian Village Resort is inspired by the cultures of the South Pacific islands. The most notable influence comes from Hawaii, where the tiki bar culture originated. Tiki bars are known for their tropical drinks and Polynesian-themed decor.
The Polynesian culture is evident in the resort’s architecture, which resembles that of a traditional South Pacific village. The buildings are made with wood and thatched roofs, and the grounds are filled with tropical plants.
Hawaiian Cocktails Served with a Side of Jokes
The Polynesian Village Resort is also home to one of Disney’s most popular bars, Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, named after the head salesman of the Jungle. Rumor has it he’ll trade two of his heads for one of yours.
At this hard to get into bar, groan-inducing puns are served along side of their original recipes. The bartenders take a classic cocktail and give it a little bit of a Polynesian twist. With lots of rum, fruit juices, blue curacao, and tiki mugs, this is the place on property to hang out and have a fine drink or three.
For example, the Uh-Oa (complete with a fun chant) is made with dark rum, light rum, orange, passion fruit, guava and grapefruit and pineapple juice. It doesn’t get much better than that!
The HippopotoMai-Tai is made with rum, orange liqueur, orgeat syrup, and fresh lime juice. It is also served in a collectible tiki mug and garnished with an umbrella.
Other popular cocktails include the Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Rum, made with rum, cream of coconut, a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg, pineapple and orange juice.
The Polynesian Pearl, a mixture of Grand Marnier, tropical juices with cinnamon and RumChata cream liqueur, served in a special pearl glass that is yours to keep!
Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto is also the place to find the Tahitian Torch tiki cocktail, a simple mixture of tropical juices, passion fruit, vodka, and fresh-squeezed lime juice.
No matter what you order, your drink will be served with a side of tiki culture. The bartenders at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto are known for their theatrics, which include chanting and setting off the bar’s “volcano” when certain drinks are ordered.
More Places to Grab Hawaiian Drinks
At Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, you can find several relaxing bars serving up delicious cocktails. If you’re looking for a Blue Hawaiian, you’re in the right place! Check out some of these entertaining bars that are off the beaten path, but so worth checking out!
The Tambu Lounge is a tiki bar themed lounge on the second floor of the Polynesian Village Resort, that also serves some amazing specialty cocktails that you will want to try. It’s located next to O’hana Restaurant on the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House.
Tambu Lounge is a more laid-back bar that offers stunning views of Walt Disney World’s Seven Seas Lagoon.
Like the Lapu Lapu, a tropical cocktail that starts with dark rum mixed with tropical fruit juice, in a pineapple, that then gets topped with more rum. You know you are having an exotic cocktail when it is served in a pineapple!
You might also like the Backscratcher, a rum cocktail featuring two different types of rum, guava-passion fruit juice, topped with Jack Daniel’s, and served with a pineapple wedge and a bamboo back scratcher!
Note that this location can get a little busy around dinner time as people pop in here for a drink while they wait for their dinner reservations to be ready at other establishments, like the Ohana.
Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace
Trader Sam’s Tiki Terrace is next to the infamous Volcano pool and serves the same cocktail recipes as the indoor bar, without the big show. It’s a more relaxing place to spend a nice evening before the Magic Kingdom fireworks, or grab a drink after taking a swim.
Popular Polynesian Drinks
There are many different types of cocktails that you can find at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Some of the most popular drinks are also available in the restaurants in the Poly.
Ohana is a sit-down restaurant on the second floor of the Polynesian Village Resort and you can find some delicious cocktails here as well.
The Polynesian Mai Tai is a tiki cocktail made with two different kinds of rum, orange curacao, freshly squeezed lime juice, almond orgeat, and simple syrup. You might also enjoy the Hawaiian Mule, a tropical drink made with Paui Maui Handmade vodka, a lychee-citrus reduction, and ginger beer.
Kona Cafe is a casual dining sit down restaurant at the Polynesian Village Resort where you can find sushi and Asian-inspired dishes but that’s not all. They also offer some Polynesian cocktails that you may want to try like the Pina CoLAVA. Pineapple juice, raspberry rum, blended together with coconut, and fresh raspberry puree that looks like an erupting volcano once it is made!
Pool Bars at Your Service
Restaurants and cafes aren’t the only places where you can find exotic cocktails at the Polynesian Village Resort. The pool bars are a great place to grab a yummy cocktail and some rays while you relax.
Barefoot Pool Bar & Grill
They can also be found by the pool at the Barefoot Pool Bar! Grab a Frosty Pineapple to sip on while you relax in the sun. The Frosty Pineapple is a Disney-famous DOLE whip with some Captain Morgan’s rum included…yum!
You could also grab a Sunshine Margarita while the kids splash in the pool. Tequila, Cointreau, and sweet and sour mix are blended with orange juice and fresh-squeezed lime juice for a delightful Hawaiian cocktail.
Oasis Bar & Grill
The Oasis Bar and Grill is another relaxing pool bar and located at the quiet pool. It serves alcoholic beverages & snacks poolside. This is a great place to enjoy a drink while soaking up the sun!
There is definitely no shortage of tiki cocktails and tropical drinks to be found at the Polynesian Village Resort, and many of these drinks can even be made at home when you are looking for a reminder of your amazing Disney vacation.
Try these delicious tropical Polynesian cocktail recipes in your kitchen to take you to the islands and enjoy your favorite Disney cocktails at home.
Do you have a favorite adult beverage that you look forward to at the Polynesian Village Resort? Let me know in the comments!