Natalie H. (NDM#268) (56 Posts)

Natalie grew up in Nashville, TN. Married with one son, she lives on a farm. As if this weren't enough to keep her on her toes, Natalie also works around the clock due to being self-employed . Natalie often travels to both Walt Disney World and Disneyland, giving her a vast knowledge of the Disney Resorts which she shares in her posts on The Disney Driven Life. She loves the research on the resorts and appreciates input for these articles as well. In recent trips, Natalie has begun making a habit of meeting people while in the parks. This habit inspired her personal website, Meet the Magic, http://meetthemagic.com. This site helps her connect to others as well as hold space for Disney fans to post information about their Disney related sites. Her goal with this venture is to help people to "Meet the Magic" of their choice.


As you may recall, I challenged you two weeks ago to guess my favorite “thing” to do at Walt Disney World.  The “thing” was at a resort and had nothing to do with the traditional resort fun:  the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review Dinner Show!  Going along with this same theme, I would like to discuss with you today the Polynesian Resort’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show.

The Basics:  The show is located in Luau Cove at the Polynesian Resort.  As you may know, the Polynesian Resort is a monorail loop resort, thus making getting to the show much easier than getting to the Hoop-Dee-Doo!  While most do take the monorail to get to the resort, additional transportation may be found by way of Disney bus. The dinner show appetizers include Pineapple-Coconut Bread, Mixed Greens with Mango Poppy Seed Dressing, and Sweet Golden Pineapple.  The main course includes BBQ Pork Ribs, Roasted Chicken, Rice and Seasoned Vegetables.  But be sure to save room for the Kilauea Volcano Delight.  (Since I don’t even remember the dessert, I must not have saved room.) Many of the drinks are included such as certain beers, wines, and sodas.  However, a full bar is also available.

The show can be seen on Tuesday through Saturday nights at 5:15 and 8:00 PM.  The cost of the show varies depending on seating and ranges in price from $52.99 to $61.99.  The price range for children is $26.99 to $31.99.  As mentioned, dining plan credits can be used for this show.  Discounts are often available for Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and Disney Visa Card Holders.

On to the fun:  The appetizers are on the table when you arrive, and the Luau show begins soon after.  The entertainment includes the sounds of Polynesian music and appearances by Lilo and Stitch.  The show is broken up into acts where songs are performed by different performance groups, alternating in song type, style, and group.

The food is very good, but all seating options are not created equal.  In my one time seeing this show, my back was to the stage, so I had to turn around sideways the entire show.  This position made for uncomfortable eating arrangements.  The show was good, but with the absence of characters to whom I identified, I did not feel the need to revisit the show (as I have with the Hoop-Dee-Doo!).

If you like the typical Luau show with fire dancers and hula girls, you will definitively get your money’s worth here.  Your children should also enjoy the show as it is fast paced and includes characters.  Let me know what you think about these two Resort shows!  I would love to know your take!

Contributed by: Natalie Henley (NDM#268) Natalie is the DDL Resort Blogger. She is also the creator of Meet the Magic.

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  1. I actually loved both shows, since i have only seen each 1 time. For the Luau show it was fun for us to dress us a little bit for this show and just relax in the atmoshpere. The the Hoop Dee Doo is a little more loud, but was real fun also, again I think both were great since you do have different atmosphere’s.

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