What Happens at “Spirit of Aloha” at Polynesian Village Resort?

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UPDATE: Spirit of Aloha luau has been closed permanently as of March 2022

The signature dining experience of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is the Spirit of Aloha luau. 

A special All-You-Care-to-Enjoy dinner is followed by performances that honor timeless Polynesian dances and songs. The island nations of New Zealand, Samoa, Fiji, Tahiti, and Hawaii are all represented during the show. 

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What is “Spirit of Aloha” at Polynesian Village Resort?

Located a short walk from Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort’s Great Ceremonial House, Luau Cove’s open-air theatre is home to this one-of-a-kind family friendly dinner show. 

Luau Cove on the map at Disney Polynesian Village Resort

Brimming with authentic hula dancing, spellbinding drummers, and an enthralling fire-knife performer, Spirit of Aloha is a must-see for fans of highly themed immersive entertainment. 

What is the meal like at The Spirit of Aloha? 

Platters of Aloha pulled pork, Polynesian ribs, roasted chicken, soba noodle salad and seasonal vegetables are brought directly to your table, as fresh-cut fruit and a salad bejeweled with ginger-lime dressing cleanse your palate. 

And how can we forget the phenomenal fan favorite, the Pineapple-Coconut Rolls? Yum!

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If you’re over 21, you may want to skip the soda and take advantage of the complimentary beer and wine option.  Or, set the scene with an indulgent tropical cocktail, for an added charge. We strongly suggest the Pau Hana Punch, served in a hand-carved keepsake coconut!

Have a bit of a sweet tooth? Save room for the Pineapple Guava Cake or Chocolate Cake… or both!

What food options are available for kids at The Spirit of Aloha? 

If you attend Spirit of Aloha with the little ones, Chicken Breast Nuggets with Tater Bites, cheese pizza, and either grilled chicken or fish of the day with rice and green beans are available upon request.

How many performances of Spirit of Aloha happen each day?

There are two performances per day, Tuesday through Saturday at 5:15 PM and 8:15 PM. 

Spirit of Aloha sign at Polynesian Village
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When you’re in Walt Disney World timing is essential. So, with a runtime of 2 hours and 15 minutes, you may want to consider the 5:15PM showing if you wish to catch the evening fireworks. Don’t forget, you can also catch them from Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort’s beach.

Check-in begins one hour prior to show time in either the Main Lobby of Great Ceremonial House or directly at Luau Cove.

How long does Spirit of Aloha show last?

The full experience lasts approximately two hours, including meal and show.

Spirit of Aloha sign at Walt Disney World
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How much does it cost? 

This not-to-be-missed event costs $39-46 for children and $66-78 for Adults.

There are three levels of seating, 1 (closest to the stage), 2, and 3.

You are assigned seats upon arrival and your seating is determined by how early you made reservations. So, there’s no need to hurry to a table. And, of course, BOOK EARLY!

Can you use Dining Plan for Spirit of Aloha?

Yes, Two Table Service Credits (seating categories 2 and 3 only)

How to make reservations for Spirit of Aloha? 

As with any high demand Disney feature, we strongly suggest that you book reservations 180 days in advance.  

You can book reservations here or through the My Disney Experience app.

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Celebrating a birthday or special occasion? Celebrations can be acknowledged during the show. Specialty celebration cakes are available for purchase and can be ordered 48 hours in advance by calling (407) 827-2253.

Under what circumstances will the Spirit of Aloha be cancelled?

Shows may be cancelled due to inclement weather. However, it takes temperatures below 50 degrees or lightning.

What happens at the show?

You can check in for the show up to an hour before it begins. 

At check-in, you’ll be given your tickets as well as a lei. A Disney PhotoPass photographer will take your photo (not available as part of PhotoPass) and later in the evening will show it to you in effort to entice you to purchase it. 

Fire dancer at Spirit of Aloha luau at Polynesian Village Resort
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Your luau seats are arranged under cover of shade, all around the stage. Level 3 seats are set considerably further back and likely to have partially obstructed views. 

The experience begins with an appetizer and then a short performance. Then, dinner is offered table-side (not buffet) and is all you can eat. 

After dinner and dessert, the full show begins. As part of a scripted narrative and program, the traditional dances from many Polynesian island nations are performed to live music.

The entire experiences lasts about two hours.

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