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Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show
Around the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon are situated three Disney resort hotels namely the Contemporary, the flagship Grand Floridian and the Polynesian. They are all linked to the monorail system which serves the main transportation center for transfers to Epcot and the Magic Kingdom.
On previous occasions we had used the monorail as our mode of transport when visiting the theme parks and had taken the opportunity to ride full circle around the lake, just out of curiosity to see what the resort hotels were like.
The Polynesian quite took our fancy with its Pacific islands theme and we decided to book for the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show which takes place at Luau Cove, an outdoor pavilion adjacent to the hotel, from Tuesday evening through to Saturday evening each week.
Prices are not cheap at around $60 a head and, by the way, go up in value for premium seating, but an evening of South Sea entertainment in an outdoor location lit by tiki torches and kissed by the warm breeze of the lagoon was too appealing to miss.
We were asked to arrive up to forty five minutes before show time and were huddled into a waiting area, without air conditioning may we add, with hundreds of others which did little to endear us to the organisers of the event.
Confident that the rest of the evening would be well worth the outlay, we were eventually led into the restaurant and given traditional lei garlands at the entrance which helped improve the mood of the waiting guests.
The floor show was split into two parts. The first features a play involving a native girl who ‘returns home from the mainland’ and includes quite a lot of audience participation.
For a late evening show the distraction of watching children attempt to Hula and generally cavort about on stage was not quite what we had expected.
To be fair the second half of the show was excellent with traditional Hula Dancers and an amazing fire dancer who was almost worth the admission money alone.
The pineapple bread appetiser was absolutely delicious but it’s a shame we can’t enthuse as much about the main course. The chicken was bland and the pork ribs were not only fatty but also barely warm. For dessert we were offered a wonderful concoction called a ‘Kilauea Volcano Delight’ , but to be honest, it was nothing more than a chocolate mousse.
Overall we were quite disappointed with the experience although we have known people who have absolutely loved it. Maybe we just selected a bad night, it happens, so try it for yourselves a see what you think.
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