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5 Reasons Spirit of Aloha is the Best Show at Disney World

Disney is king when it comes to fantastic entertainment. So it should come as no surprise that dinner shows at Disney World offer incredible entertainment and terrific food. When my sisters came down to Orlando this past spring to celebrate my birthday, we wanted to have a special dinner. We decided that the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show would be a perfect way to celebrate the occasion. It was a fantastic evening, and I believe, worth every penny! Here are five reasons you’ll love the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show!





 

5 – Perfect Setting

The Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show is presented in an open-air theater, Luau Cove, at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. The setting is perfect for this Polynesian themed show. With Magic Kingdom in the background, you may even catch the fireworks during your late evening show–we did!

Take note that the show outdoors. The show will be canceled for inclement weather including if the air temperature is too cold for the performers. I attended the show during the summer and so was concerned about it being rained out. I was assured by the Disney agent that if Disney cancels the show my purchase would be refunded. Thankfully, we had beautiful weather, and there was nothing to worry about.

Spirit of Aloha Stage

4 – Not a Bad Seat in the House

Seating and pricing are divided into three different categories. Category 3 seats are on the far right and left sides of the main floor and back corners of the upper floor and start at $60.99. Category 2 seats are on near right and left sides of the main floor and center of the upper floor and start at $67.99. Finally, the best seats, Category 1, are on the main floor in the center and start at $72.99. Prices are seasonal so always check Disney for the most current rates.

The theater is very small and intimate, so there isn’t a bad seat in the house. In a theater this size, you will be able to see the entire show well from category 2 or 3 seats. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made up to 180 days in advance. Seating within the categories is reserved based on when we made our reservation, not when we arrived at the theater. Meaning, the earlier you make your reservations, the better your seats will be within the category you purchased.

Please note that if you are a Tables in Wonderland card holder, you will receive a 20% discount for the second show only. You pay in full when you reserve your seats, and then you will receive your discount when you show your Tables in Wonderland card and ID when you arrive at the show.

Spirit of Aloha Seating Chart

3 – Opportunity to Dress Up

While not required, you may want to dress up for the occasion. My sisters and I had fun finding floral print dresses and getting dressed up for the evening. Men, this is an excellent opportunity to pull out that Hawaiian shirt you’ve been dying to wear! (For a great selection of Hawaiian attire be sure to check out BouTiki, the Polynesian gift shop). Dressing up makes the evening that more special and really puts you into the Hawaiian spirit!





 

2 – Excellent Food & Drink

This all you care to enjoy tropical feast includes platters of pulled pork, BBQ ribs, roasted chicken and a vegetable medley. You’ll also enjoy a fresh salad with mango-poppy seed vinaigrette, honey-lime slaw, and pineapple-coconut bread. Save room for dessert because you’ve got warm pineapple bread pudding with caramel sauce headed your way! If you have children in your group who aren’t as adventurous, you’ll be pleased to know that children’s favorites like mini corn dogs, tater tots, cheese pizza, and grilled chicken or mahi are available. The food was on par with other Disney restaurants. While not as good as Ohana, it was plentiful.

Spirit of Aloha Food

Spirit of Aloha Food

Unlimited soft drinks, lemonade, coffee are available. Guest over 21 years of age can enjoy beer and wine with their meals (included in the price). For an added charge, you’ll find a good variety of cocktails including the tropical rum punch served in a hand-carved coconut keepsake. Specialty drinks options include the Fire Knife Quencher, Pina Colada, Strawberry Daiquiri, Maui Margarita, Island Breeze, and a Tiki Mai Tai. I got the very delicious Pina Colada.

Note that all specialty drinks are served in a souvenir Disney Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show (plastic) cup. They will bring you a clean cup to take home at the end of the show!

1 – Amazing Entertainment

The highlight of the evening is the entertainment. You’ll be captivated by hula dancing, drummers and a show-stopping fire-knife performer. You’ll see traditional dances from Polynesia, including dances from Tahiti, Samoa, Tonga, New Zealand, and Hawaii. The fire dancing alone is worth the price of admission. These guys are unbelievable and will take your breath away. Depending on the time of year, you may prefer to see this dance in the dark for the full effect. So consider the 8:00 show. Of course, if you are attending the show in winter, both shows will be after sunset.

If you are considering splurging on a dinner show, then this is the one you should see. Absolutely fantastic, it’s worth every penny.



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About Cindy E. Nykamp

After friends and family made them their go-to-people for Walt Disney World advice, Cindy and Chad launched DisneyLists.com in August 2015 to share their knowledge and love of Disney. Cindy wears many hats for DisneyLists.com. As a content creator, she has written over six hundred articles providing news, tips, planning and more, for trips to Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line to our followers. She directs a team of authors to bring our fans up to date information so that they can have the best Disney vacation experience. Cindy manages DisneyLists.com's Instagram account, sharing photos and videos to bring some Disney magic into our followers feeds. She is also our chief photographer and has her photos featured on the official Walt Disney World Instagram account. Finally, Cindy regularly represents DisneyLists.com at Walt Disney World media events. While attending these events, she gets an insiders view of all the new things that have come to Walt Disney World and passes this information and tips to our followers.