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, 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.

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Disney offers an array of beautiful resorts.  One of my very favorite resorts is Disney’s Polynesian Resort.  This resort is located on the monorail loop and opened their doors on October 1, 1971 as one of the two original resorts on the Walt Disney World property.  The Polynesian’s South Seas theme is inviting and soothing and immediately envelopes guests as they walk in the door and are offered a lei.  In addition to the new jewelry, guests hear the sounds of the rushing waters and see the lush vegetation offered by the center piece of the Great Ceremonial House’s atrium.

It has been many, many years since I have stayed at this resort, though I do often enjoy visiting and taking in the sites.  On one occasion, I visited Disney’s Polynesian Resort with my family for our first experience at Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show.  We had made our reservation for attending this show at the time of booking our room.  We were using the Disney transportation, and left from our Value Resort about 2 hours before the show began, not wanting to be late.  We knew that we would need to travel to the Magic Kingdom and then ride the monorail in order to get to the Polynesian Resort, and were unsure if we would hit any transportation snags during our travels.

We arrived at the Polynesian and had no idea where to go to see the show.  A helpful Cast Member handed us a map and showed us the path we would need to take (Out of the Great Ceremonial House and to the left, then follow the path and signs to the Show).  Once we arrived, we checked in and were handed a lei.  We loved this special attention.  As we waited on our seating, the sky began to grow dark and the setting seemed more intense.

Once inside, we had a table located in the back and to the left.  I admit, I did have my back to the stage unless I moved my chair out and sideways from the table.  (I would definitely recommend seats that are at least in the second row and towards the middle!)   The show soon started and our waitress began bringing food and drinks.  The salad was wonderful and the pineapple was dangerously good.  My family ate so much pineapple, we were nearly approaching full before getting the main course!  We enjoyed the music and dancing by the performer, but more appreciated our waitress’ fun nature and attention to detail.  She was attentive to my son’s needs, bringing him a kid’s meal and drink.  He even scored a light up Cars toy!

The setting was magnificent, the food good and the service amazing.  I would highly recommend this experience to those that are interested in a night of fun and entertainment that is relaxing, yet exciting.


Here is a view from our table


Our attentive waitress

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



  1. Thank you for posting this! We’re going to this show in October and I’m more excited now after having read your review. I was worried this one wouldn’t be as fun for my son (5), but now I’m sure he’s going to love it too! Thanks again!

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