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“Show And Food Not Too Bad, But Music Way Too Loud” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Disney's Spirit of Aloha Show

Disney's Spirit of Aloha Show
Disney's Polynesian Resort, Orlando, FL (Walt Disney World Resort)
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Ranked #109 of 239 Activities in Orlando
Type: Dinner Theaters, Performances
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Owner description: Disney's Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show is an all-you-care-to-eat, family-style luau featuring hula dancing and a fire-knife performer at Disney's Polynesian Resort.Situated on the Seven Seas Lagoon, the open-air covered dining theater provides a comfortable setting for authentic music and dances, with beautiful costumes, irresistable rhythms and the show-stopping fire-knife dance! The many nations of the South Pacific unite in an evening of spellbinding magic that tells the tale of a native girl returning to her people and her traditions.You'll almost believe you've been transplanted to the tropics as you and your loved ones share platters of authentic foods such as barbequed pork ribs, roast chicken, fresh pineapple, salad with mango poppy seed dressing garnished with Mandarin oranges, Polynesian-style rice and seasonal vegetables. Save room for the chocolate ""mouse"" volcano! (Parents of finicky little ones, fear not: There's a limited children's menu). Beer, wine and soft drinks are included for Guests 21 years of age or older (picture ID required). Celebrations are acknowledged in the show.
Chickamauga, Georgia
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“Show And Food Not Too Bad, But Music Way Too Loud”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2007

After spending our “rest day” just lounging around, with one quick trip to Downtown Disney that morning, we headed for the Polynesian resort for the Sprit of Aloha show that evening. We arrived at the check-in area around 7:30 P.M. and had only a short wait here. We proceeded on down the path to the waiting area where we had time to kill.

After we were allowed entry into the “cove” area for the show, our hostess seated us on the left side of the stage at the third table from the front. The tables are placed length-wise toward the stage with seating on the sides, which requires a little “shifting” in order to see the stage, but this was not a problem.

We were immediately serviced our drinks and a Polynesian salad, fruit and bread. Later, our main course consisted of very good BBQ ribs, roasted chicken, rice and vegetables. The dessert was a very sweet chocolate “Kilauea Volcano Delight” as they call it, but it was way too sweet for me.

The show itself started out very slow and “hokey” in a way due to the story line, but after the meal was concluded, the real show began and was very good. The Polynesian dancers did dances from seven different island cultures and were very talented. The highlight of the show without doubt was the fire twirler who was excellent. My only problem with the show itself was that the music played by the band was way too loud for such a small venue. There was also some audience participation sections of the show when all the children came up and “learned” a luau dance, or the audience was assigned an “island” and were taught to speak the native language at points in the show.

Overall, it was a very nice show and the food was good as well. Rating for food = 8, rating for service = 9, rating for show = 8.

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“Definitely not what I expected”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2007

Never Again!

We have taken part in two original Hawaiian Luau's on both Maui and Oahu, and thought that Disney would probably be just as good.

The evening got off to a bad start: we had a terrific thunderstorm and had to stand in line in the rain until just before the show started. They tell you to be there 30 minutes prior to the show, but if its raining and you have to queue outside that is a long time.

It was terrible. The first half of the show was slapstick comedy and had NOTHING to do with Aloha. The second half was a lot better, and more like the typical shows on Hawaii.

The food was not good. We were expecting a typical luau feast, but got tasteless chicken (no seasoning), rice (ok), vegetables (overcooked) and ribs (these were good). You could keep ordering more food, but we gave our platter back 3/4 full because the standard of the food was substandard. The salad as an appetizer was good and the dessert was good. Also wine was included in the price, which was positive. If you are on Disney Dining Plan it costs two vouchers. Absolutely not worth it, when you compare the standard of, for example, the Canadian Steak House which costs only one voucher.

The worst part was though, that after the show, the only way back to the hotel was via Downtown Disney, i.e. no monorail, no buses, nothing. I cannot believe that the show runs just 30 minutes too late to be able to get decent transportation back to the hotel from Magic Kingdom. We were all herded out to a bus stop outside the Polynesian hotel (no sign posts how to get there) and there were literally hundreds of very unhappy people waiting for the bus. No additional buses were in service to cope with these crowds. That completely spoilt the evening. We were very disappointed and would definitely not return to this.

Everything else at Disney World was great, so this was all the more disappointing.

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“An AMAZING Show!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2007

This was absolutely the best show we saw at Disney. We had a large family (about 14) and we sat kinda off to the side, but near the front. The cast was awesome and even let our kids on stage. (Actually all kids were invited onstage!) It was an experience we will never forget. Our servers were wonderful, too.

The only thing we did not enjoy was the food. It was okay, but not some of the best we had at Disney. It was not BAD by any means, but it was just "okay".

However, the overall experience was amazing, and we will definitely do it again. We also enjoyed the opportunity to visit the Polynesian Resort. We will definitely stay there on our next visit to Disney.

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“Overrated-Long Waits & Lame Skits Saved Only By Fire Dancer”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2007

I had a few problems with this much hyped Luau production I took my wife and daughter to last month. First off, when booking Disney made a big deal about requiring reservations and arriving at least 30 minutes early no ensure "proper seating" etc. When I arriving punctually, however, my family was treated not to pretty girls in grass skirts awaiting our arrival but instead to a big, big noisy crowd standing around outside the entrance. With nowhere to sit and no explanation, we stood around like second class citizens with hundreds of others wondering what the problem was. Almost one hour after I was told to be there, they finally, slowly, started letting families in, one at a time of course, as if it was some great privledge. Probably had to confirm those reservations.

Rude rude rude, especially for families trying to entertain small children for this long period. Apparently this is normal. I cannot understand why Disney treats paying families like gate crashers at Studio 57. An unforgivable waste of time, especially considering the long lines and wait times already endured by families during the day at the theme parks.

Anyway, the show starts off with some shockingly boring skits by some jumpy, over-acting young people and then some even worse musical numbers- this is NOT the Lion King. There was a plot but I won't shorten your life by describing it. Even the kids seemed bored, which is just as well considering the poor seating here with very few unobstructed views. The food is average but all you can eat with lots of fatty pork ribs, chicken, sausages, etc. The flaiming volcano chocolate mousse for desert, however, put me in a better mood.

At long, long last, the fire dancer came at the end and marginally salvaged what had been a big disappointment. He rocked. Daring and unique- something I had not seen before. Bravo.

In short, I must concur with other posters in stating that the Spirit of Aloha production is a bit of an overhyped washout. Maybe you should be able to buy tickets just for the fire dancer.

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“Spirit of Aloha Room for Improvement”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2006

Made reservations at the last minute to see this dinner show while visiting Disney in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The show is pretty good.....could be better as far as the story line goes. Also, would be better to have it continuous instead of broken up in segments. The food was marginal.....nothing great.....tasted mostly like re-heated, mass produced food. Ribs were very fatty, chicken okay, rice was...well, rice, and veggies were the same frozen veggies that you microwave at home. We were seated in the back with an obstructed view. Wish I had been told that this was a possibility when I made the non refundable reservation. I have to also mention that the $10 Margarita that I ordered was the absolute worst mixed drink ever made. Tasted like a melted lime popsicle!!! Yuck!!!!!!!
The show location was nice and the ambiance was pleasant. Waiting time before they let everyone into the show was ridiculous. Many things could be improved to make this dinner show a true winner. I would have to give this a C- if I were grading this show. That would probably be pretty generous too!

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