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  • On Jun 8, 2022
    Kay from WA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Is our time limited on the patio at Trader Sams if we just want drinks?

    Hi Kay!

    Thank you so much for dropping by planDisney with your Disneyland Resort vacation planning questions! It sounds like you're looking forward to some patio fun in the Southern California sun, and I fully support this great plan!

    Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar is such a great hangout! And I love that it's right in the middle of the historic Disneyland Hotel. Be sure to have a look around the lobbies of the various buildings for all kinds of cool treasures and mementos. The answer to this question is 'it depends'; if you're visiting on a Saturday night with a prime-time dining reservation, then yes, you might be reminded that others are waiting, especially if everyone in your party has already finished their drinks and bites. However, if you get there right at opening time and it's a slow start on a midweek day, then you might be permitted to stay a while. At either rate, you can certainly have more of a relaxing experience than say at Oga's Cantina in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge where there is not only a very strict timed 90 minutes no matter when your reservation, there's also a two-drink maximum limit per guest.

    When it's time to take the fun elsewhere, you can certainly get a roadie and relocate to the nearby sitting spots around the pool or to the couches in the lobbies of each hotel tower building. There are multiple outdoor non-pool seat setups at the Disneyland Hotel, too, along the North-most tower. (When looking at a map, head to the tower that houses Disney's Fantasia Shop.) One of my favorite places to relax at the Disneyland Hotel is in front of the big fireplace and patio just steps away from Trader Sam's; you actually can't miss it when you enter the restaurant. And the best part about hanging out hEAR is you can still get drinks to go from either the Trader Sam's walk-up bar window or the quick-service dining location next door, Tangaroa Terrace; they don't have as big of a selection of beverages, but they do offer the classic Pineapple Dole Whip with a floater of rum which is my version of the perfect Disney day.

    Bonus Tip: Another fun poolside patio is the GCH Craftsman Bar at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. They even sometimes have live music on weekend evenings! Or, if you're looking for somewhere to linger even longer, the Hearthstone Lounge also in Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is a kind of hidden gem. And best of all, you can grab drinks to go from this lounge and enjoy them from a big, comfy couch in the just-as-beautiful hotel lobby around the corner!

    I hope this helped to add some relaxation and refreshments to your upcoming Disney days, Kay! Be sure to follow the official planDisney Panel Instagram account for even more tips and tricks. And if you have any more Disneyland Resort vacation planning questions, We're All Ears!

    ~Kristen
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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I am a preschool mom and military wife who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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