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January 29, 2016

Location: Trader Sam's Grog Grotto and Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar

In 1991, Disney released an action packed film under their Touchstone label known as The Rocketeer. The film follows Cliff Secord, a pilot, who discovers a rocket pack at the airfield and uses it to rescue a fellow pilot. He eventually reveals his alter ego to his girlfriend, Jenny Blake, but unfortunately Neville Sinclair, a big time actor and undercover Nazi, overhears the plans and decides to try and woo Jenny by taking her to the South Seas Club.

So how does this all connect to Trader Sam's Grog Grotto? We'll get there. First, a little bit of history. Since The Rocketeer was released in 1991, shortly after Disney-MGM Studios opened up in Walt Disney World, Several of the props made their way over to the park at the Studio Backlot Tour. In addition to the props, a few references to the film could be found near Hollywood and Vine (at Peevy's Polar Pipeline) and in front of The Great Movie Ride (where The Rocketeer's footprints still stand today).

When the Studio Backlot Tour closed in 2014, many of the props for the film disappeared with the classic attraction, including the South Seas Club Dolphin which was located just before guests boarded their trams. It was sad that the often forgotten film was beginning to be referenced less and less throughout the parks.

Enter Trader Sam's Grog Grotto. Just after entering the bar, guests can find the following image on their left hand side:

Trader Sam's Grog Grotto

While at first you may notice the picture of the Nautilus or the picture of Walt Disney himself, but the one item on the wall that is most obscure is the menu from the South Seas Club! This isn't the only new location on property to feature a reference to the Club, however. Over in Disney Springs, Indiana Jones' personal pilot has established a place of business known as Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar.

While Jock was going on his adventures around the world, he began to collect coasters from the various bars he went to. While some of these bars are from other countries like Le Lapin Agile (Paris, France) and The Python Bar (Caracas, Venezuela), one coaster he collected is from none other than the South Seas Club! And lucky for us, visitors to Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar are able to take the coasters home to be reminded of Jock's adventures around the world:

 The South Seas Club Coaster

 

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