Hidden in the palm trees and lush foliage of Walt Disney World’s Polynesian Resort lies the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show. As our family waited in line for the show, we felt like we had been transported to the Polynesian Islands. We enjoyed the mild Florida March weather and the view of the Seven Seas Lagoon. We were given leis and then the hostess showed us to our table which was already set with tropical mixed greens in mango poppyseed dressing, pineapple coconut bread, and sweet golden pineapple. The all you care to eat family style feast also consisted of Aloha pulled pork, roasted chicken, a vegetable medley, and pineapple coconut guava cake with chocolate crunch. Beverages included soft drinks, lemonade, coffee, and for guests over 21, beer and wine. For an additional charge, guests may purchase a fruity cocktail. Before the meal began, a chef visited us to make sure my gluten free son, had a delectable gluten free feast. The food served on tropical dishes was delicious. Now if I could only figure out where to buy the pineapple serving plates!
The entertainment for the evening was Auntie Win’s farewell luau for one of the local girls who is heading off to the main land for college. As guests relax in the outdoor theater, the performers transport the audience to Polynesia with traditional dances from Tahiti, Samoa, Tonga, New Zealand, and Hawaii. During the show, guests are invited to participate in the action with hula lessons and special hulas for those celebrating anniversaries and birthdays. My oldest son enjoyed going up front to participate with other audience members. Of course, my youngest son was enthralled with the grand finale: the fire knife performer!
Overall, the show was wonderful. In our category three seats ($66 per person 10 and older, $39 ages 3-9), we did have a lot of trouble seeing the show. We had trouble hearing all of the dialogue and during the final act we had to stand to see most of the action. If you plan on going to the show I would recommend getting a category 1 or 2 seat ($78/$76 per person 10 and older, $46/$44 for ages 3-9). Another complaint is that the action and food were not that well timed. There seemed to be a lot of dead time where we were just waiting. Most of the show took place after the dinner. I noticed that many families left before the end of the show. This was especially disappointing as the Hoop dee Doo revue (see my review here) was so well timed.