January 30, 2012

Disney's Spirit of Aloha Luau

One of our favorite things to do when we're at Disney World is to catch at least one of Disney's three dinner shows: Spirit of Aloha Luau, Mickey's Backyard BBQ and Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue.

All three shows can be paid for with credits from the Disney Dining Plan. If you're not using the dining plan, payment is required at the time of booking (up to 180 days in advance...highly recommended as shows can sell out especially at busier times of the year). All three shows include entertainment, food and drinks...including some alcoholic beverages for the adults in your party. This week I'm going to cover The Spirit of Aloha Luau and the next couple weeks will cover the other two dinner shows.

If you're staying at a Disney Resort, pick up your tickets at the concierge desk before going to the show to save some time. Don't worry about arriving extra early to get a good seat-they're assigned before you arrive. When you check in at the Polynesian Resort's dinner show, you're greeted with a lei and a photopass cast member is on hand to take your picture.

(the boy was sleeping in his stroller so we got a shot of just the two of us)

The dinner starts with some yummy coconut pineapple bread which was really yummy. Drink orders are taken...specialty drinks are an extra fee but there's some fun ones like Pele's Fire Punch served in a coconut shaped like a monkey that you get to take home...

The food was served family style and included the yummy bread, mixed greens, pineapple, BBQ pork ribs, roasted chicken, fried rice, and veggies. Dessert was a big hit as the Kilauea Volcano Delight (kind of like a chocolate puddling) came out on trays with smoking volcanoes. 

(he ate an entire volcano himself...at 14 months)

The show tells the story of a couple in love and includes traditional dancers and a fire thrower. 

The cost of the show varies based on your seat and the time of year. For children (3-9 yrs old) the price ranges from $29.99-$36.99. For adults (10 yrs and up) the price ranges from $58.99-$71.99. The prices include tax and gratuity. Children under 3 are permitted to eat off their parent's plates.
There are three categories of seating. We were in the second category and had great seats. It seemed like there were some third category seats that I would've been disappointed if we had ended up with but since we didn't sit there, I can't really comment on how good the view was. Also, if you plan to use the dining plan, be aware that it will cost 2 (two) table service credits per person and will only allow you to have category two or three seating. If you want category one seating, you'll need to pay out of pocket. 

To be honest, we enjoyed the Spirit of Aloha Luau but it isn't our favorite dinner show. We much prefer the other two shows but if you have a school-aged child, they'll have a great time.