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“Spirit of Aloha....Aloha to the Spirit of Aloha!”

Disney's Spirit of Aloha Show
Ranked #29 of 70 Concerts & Shows in Orlando
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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.
Reviewed February 12, 2008

While my family did not stay at the Hotel during our vacation, we did attend the Spirit of Aloha dinner show. It was just very so-so. An expensive add-on to our vacation and not worth the money. The food was just as you see in the photos. Ribs, cheap chicken, tasteless rice with a Huge (albeit fresh) Pineapple. The adult drinks were lacking in taste and the children's drinks came without a lid (aka spillage). Our waitress (Tha Wai) stepped on my toe, ripped off a piece of my toenail (ouchie) and only said, "oh." We only saw her when she dropped off food and our one drink. She never came back. Really bad. Really awful waitress.

So, the Show: It was tasteless from the beginning (we were sure at one point one of the performers was going to flop out of her unbuttoned shirt) and totally lacked any artistic value. My family left while they were attempting a hawaiian dance to the crowd (very poorly done). The female lead in the show was very show-cased and not an engaging performer. While the male performers were nice to look at ( : , the female performers seemed distracted and not really wanting to be there.

While this show may have been just ok to attend if it weren't an additional expense, I would recommend not go to the trouble in attending. Order in a polynesian meal at the Hotel, without the Show, and enjoy it with your family watching the fireworks on the beach in front of the property.

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Reviewed February 11, 2008

I've been to one Luau on Maui, so I can't speak from tons of experience, but I liked this show. I went with a group of 13 family members including four kids aged 3-9. The kids enjoyed it and were fixated during much of the show. The music was a bit loud at the begining, but you get used to it. The food was very good...much better than what I expected. If I were to find one fualt of the entire evening it would be the service. It was tough to find out waiter and he really did not seem to care too much about his job. Oh, the kids meal option was mac/cheese, drumstick and a small hot dog...pretty laime.

Overall I liked the show, the setting was nice and the dancing (while not as good as you would get on the islands in polynesia...were pretty good.

We all had a nice time.

Thank GlenRock111
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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.

3  Thank Kat_Cubs_fan
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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.

4  Thank Liesl13
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Reviewed August 23, 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.

2  Thank bamaea
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