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Question Tell me About the Spirit of Aloha at Disney's Polynesian Resort

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    This is something else that we haven't done.

    After seeing a real luau, I'm afraid I will be comparing Disney's to the one I've seen.

    Do Disney characters take part as well or is it just dancers?
     
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    It's changed several times... it HAS been lilo and stitch but now it's back to what they claim is authentic. No, I dont think it would compare well to a proper Luau but for Disney and a bit of mindless fun, it's good ;)

    So it's mainly dancers and they tell a story of a young woman who is leaving the island for the first time and they're having a going away party for her. Throughout that, they have dancing from the various islands and a fire eater.

    The food is... well... basic :) and you wouldn't go for that. the show is not going to really amaze you but for me, I get there, turn brain off, get some wine, sit back and watch :)

    I have a bit of a bee in my bonnet over a couple of items which I try not to let get to me...
    1. even in full price, tier 1 seating, you can be sat a few tables back trying to see past people OR you can be sat behind a large pole from floor to ceiling which is a complete pain
    2. if the weather is cold, rather than abandon it and refund, they cut the show incredibly short and it's all done inside 50mins-1hour (half as long as usual). they do hardly any dancing, meals are served and taken away quickly and it's a real con. As much as cancelling is disappointing, it'd be better than feeling conned
     
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    You're not really selling it Keith :lol:
     
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    Im really not am I? :lol:

    I do it perhaps twice each visit so I must like it ;-)

    If the negatives are done with, the positives are that it's a friendly, funny show. Light and easy to watch and enjoy. All you can eat/drink including wine/beer and the dancers are really great
     
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    i have to say i'm not tempted by this but I really would like to try one of the other meal shows
     
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    We keep telling ourselves that we're going to try something new; either the BBQ or the Luau, but at the end of the day we always end up booking HDDR...we can't help ourselves! Ultimately, I think we're creatures of habit, but I also don't care for the idea that both the BBQ and the luau are outside...
     
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    Having done the real thing in Hawaii several times we've never done WDW's. I'm afraid we'"d be disappointed.
     
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    yeah it's really hard to argue with any of those points. The hoop dee doo is a "better" experience IMHO but I think if you've never tried it before, give the luau one go. Don't expect it to be hawaii authentic or anything else, just turn off all preconceptions and you'll have a light, entertaining evening's entertainment :)
     
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    Yep, the outside thing is a big issue for me. Maybe I should try it one Dec lol
     
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    What is it about the outside bit that worries you? I'd just say that, although the stage itself is mostly outside, the actual seating area is covered and once you're sitting in the middle of that, you wouldn't really think of it as outside. It's certainly not sitting on a beach or something like that.
     
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    Outside equals bugs to me :lol:
     
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    I can truthfully say we've never seen any bugs in the seating area of the luau and DW is manic about bugs (sigh)

    The seating area is covered at the sides, top, back and you just see out the open front bit. It's really not buggy
     
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    For me, I think it's the "uncertainty factor" it brings with it. Weather in Florida can be so temperamental, and storms pop up all the time (esp during the times of year I tend to visit). With HDDR, I know that come fair or foul weather, I'll see the show. Goodness, I remember braving a veritable monsoon to see the show, and I did! I guess ultimately, I can't get passed the idea that dinner could be cancelled if it rains and then I'd be scrambling for some place to eat.

    Additionally, the menus at the luau and BBQ (and to some degree the entertainment) just don't appeal to me as much as HDDR.

    Or perhaps I've just become an insufferable predictable brat, who won't try something new!!! LOL!

    Keith, in your years of going have you ever had one cancelled?
     
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    yep :( that's for sure

    yep several times :(

    In the early days, I felt like the cast tried their hardest to do the show if possible... in the cold they'd wear more clothes but if it dropped TOO Far, it'd be off. Rain is ok unless it rains too much on the stage in which case again, it was off.

    In recent years they've come up with this reduced show and because of that, I feel they don't try as hard to avoid it :( So if there's a bit of rain, or it's colder than normal, you often see the condensed show. It's all over and done in an hour, rushed and short. Definitely doesn't feel worth the money.

    I know I'm not selling this really am I :/ but I do think it's worth trying once? I don't think we've ever had it cancelled in May.. In December we've had it cancelled, or shortened, a few times I admit.

    In no way is it as iconic as the hoop dee doo which is my hello to Disney and my fond farewell since we do it on the first and last nights.
     
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    It's ridiculously hot and humid.
     
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    ah now, it's not. Now, HOW it's not I'm not entirely sure :lol: I don't know if they have some kind of aircon even though it's open at one side :/ they DO have huge fans

    All I know is that I'm the last person to enjoy hot and humid, walking TO the place I feel hot, sit down and it's just fine.

    If that's the concern, I wouldnt worry about it

    (bbq is different, all outside and hot :)
     
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    Of course we thought the same thing about staying at the Polynesian - until we finally caved and stayed there. We loved it! So maybe we need to try the luau one day. It might be fun!
     
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    Ahhhh that is good to know!
     
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    That's interesting, when we stayed at the Poly I was comparing it to Hawaii all the time :lol: I think I might try the luau when we next go back.
     
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    What she said!

    Almost, almost...
     

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