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April 3, 2015

Location: Trader Sam's Grog Grotto, Polynesian

Back in the mid-1990s, Disney began to realize one of their classic attractions, Tropical Serenade (Walt Disney World's version of The Enchanted Tiki Room) just wasn't connecting with younger audiences. To fix the problem, Imagineers decided to bring two characters, Iago and Zazu, from recent animated films in hopes that they would bring new life into the attraction. The attraction, now known as The Enchanted Tiki Room - Under New Management, did see a slight increase in attendance by bringing the familiar faces to the attraction.

In addition to the two joining Fritz, Pierre, Michael, and Jose, the Tiki Goddess of Disaster, known as Uh-Oa joined the attraction as well. Uh-Oa, displeased by Iago's insults to the Tiki gods, sends the bird away and restores peace to the Tiki Room. In January of 2011, the attraction caught on fire forcing it to close and eventually reopening up as Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room. But what ever happened to Uh-Oa? Flash forward to this week!

Trader Sam's

Earlier this week Trader Sam's Grog Grotto opened up at the Polynesian Village Resort. The bar is a sequel, in a way, to a bar found at the Disneyland Resort, but is themed a little bit differently than the original bar. While the bar in Disneyland has a drink named after the Tiki Goddess of Disaster, bartenders and guests simply chant Uh-Oa while spraying water into the air. Grog Grotto, on the other hand, steps it up a notch.

Just after entering the bar, take a look at the wall directly to your left and up towards the ceiling. Here you will see the one and only Uh-Oa from The Enchanted Tiki Room Under New Management. Not only that, whenever a guest orders a drink known as the Uh-Oa, the Tiki Goddess comes to life in the bar and proclaims, :When you mess with Polynesia, the Tiki gods will squeeze ya."

Uh-Oa

This is just one small aspect of an area that is amazingly well themed so hang tight, because we will for sure be visiting the Grog Grotto in the future to discover other treasures waiting for us to find!

 

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