Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show Review

Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show had been on our Disney bucket list for some time, so on our most recent trip to Walt Disney World Gary and I finally scheduled it into our itinerary. Let’s check it out!

Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show is located at Luau Cove at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. You can find it on the walking path to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. This is the view from the waiting area, where you can see Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

We checked in and were given a lei, along with this ticket.

We took a selfie. I am a wearing a Lilo inspired dress, and I spotted another person wearing the same dress that night as well. But she was probably about 8 years old. 😉

We were all ushered into the theater in one large group where we handed our ticket to a cast member who took us to our table. We were in the Category 1 seating area, and we were the second table from the front, off to the right of the stage (if you are facing the stage). A family of 4 were in front of us, but you are seated at a sideways, so you have to turn your chair (or at least your head) to view the stage.

This is the seating chart, with the star indicating about where we were sitting.

This is the seating directly behind us. I don’t think it was a sell-out performance, but most of the tables were filled by the start of the show.

The menus:

Pineapple coconut bread:

Mixed greens with ginger-lime dressing, soba noodle salad, and fresh pineapple:

Aloha pulled pork, roasted chicken, Polynesian pork ribs, vegetables, and rice:

Gary had that platter to himself, which is why he’s smiling.

A vegetable and rice plate for me that I requested. I was a little disappointed that I wasn’t offered tofu, but I really had no idea what I was going to get anyway. There was a Teriyaki type sauce on it. It was still very good and filling.

Pineapple-coconut guava cake for dessert.

This show, like the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, includes alcohol. We ordered both wine and sangria, and beer is also included. You can order specialty cocktails for an additional price. We stuck with what was included. Our server did not hesitate to refill our drinks.

The show takes place while you’re eating, but there are also included breaks here and there.

The gist of the story is that Auntie (the host) and the other performers is doing a festive send-off for one of the island girls who is leaving for college. They perform dances showcasing all the islands and the main draw is the fire dancer at the end. And there is audience participation. (I definitely know all about audience participation.)

I am not in this photo, as this particular part of the audience participation mostly involved kids. Later on  I was dragged onstage thanks to my darling husband who pointed me out when performers were scouring the audience for victims, er, volunteers. I was taught a dance (in what I could learn in 2 minutes) and had to go up on stage with a few other  “volunteers”. I was pretty much mortified. Gary laughed and filmed the whole thing but I threatened bodily harm if it ever went up on YouTube.

And the big finale at the end.

We enjoyed this show. It gets mixed reviews, and I will probably admit that the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue was more fun, but I am glad we finally got to experience this. Would I recommend it? I would if you have been to Walt Disney World a few times and are looking for a new experience. I don’t think it is a must-do (shout out to Stacey from Must Do Disney!) but we certainly had a good time and left with very full stomachs.

Currently Category 1 seating, which is what we had, is $78 per adult and is not available on the dining plan. You can use the dining plan for categories 2 and 3 however and it uses 2 dining credits.

 

June 16, 2018

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