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The Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at Walt Disney World Resort: A Review

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Walt Disney World 2014: We came, we saw, we had a blast.

One of the goals of this trip was to try new experiences at a place that I've been to dozens of times (check out my bucket list to see what we wanted to do). And one of those experience was to carve out a date night with Landon.
Being the cultural adventurers that we are, we decided to skip a fancy dinner at Victoria and Albert's or the California Grill and try out the Spirit of Aloha dinner show.

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If you've ever been to Walt Disney World, you might be giving me the side eye right now while thinking, "Really, Natalie? Cultural? It's Disney World, home of the completely culturally inappropriate Jungle Cruise."

To which I reply: props on knowing so much about the rides. And yes, sometimes places can surprise you.

We'd originally booked the show because I wanted to have a moment for just Landon and I in our week-long vacation. My parents happily agreed to watch our daughter one night, and I let Landon choose from the list of restaurants and shows on the property. He went with the Spirit of Aloha, so I made the reservations.

I think it mostly appealed to Landon because 1) it was an all-you-can-eat meal, and 2) it was very different than anything we'd done before.

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When we got there, we got lei'd (insert an inappropriate joke of your choice here) and then headed into the waiting area. There weren't many seats, so we ended up standing around for about 20 minutes before servers began seating people.

As we were led to our table, we both spotted this gigantic platter of food waiting for us. We're not ones to stand on ceremony, so we both dove into what was before us. We'd skipped snacks that afternoon since we knew we were eating heavily that evening, so I'm sure we were digging into the food with all the grace of people who'd recently been rescued from a deserted island.

There were three courses: the cold course (which was waiting on us as we sat down), the hot course, and dessert.

For our cold course, we had diced pineapple, honey-lime slaw, mango salad, and teriyaki soba noodles.

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AND THE PINEAPPLE-COCONUT BREAD. I fell so completely in love with this bread that I might need to write an post just about it. It was warm and soft like a yeast roll, but it was sweet like a Hawaiian roll. And there were bits of fresh pineapple and coconut dotted in it. I would have happily eaten three baskets of bread if I hadn't paid an ungodly amount of money for the entire affair.

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Aside from the bread, my favorite part of the cold course was the soba noodles. They had sesame seeds and vegetables mixed in, and just enough sauce to make them flavored.

Course two included pulled pork, barbecued ribs, Hawaiian chicken, and roasted veggies. I loved the pulled pork which had a very light vinegar sauce on it, while Landon ate his weight in ribs.

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The final course was this insane hunk of pineapple bread pudding covered in caramel sauce. We had to take a breather before diving in, but it was worth the wait. Landon and I liked it so much that we inquired how much it would be to take another one home for my parents and sister to try (the answer: $30 for a hunk the size of two fists. Uh, thanks, but no thanks.)

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A sad, blurry afterthought of a picture of the pineapple bread pudding. NOMS.
Throughout our three courses, the show part of the dinner show went on. There were parts that were really, really corny, and the acting wasn't even throughout the show--though, I have to remember that they're trying to appeal to an audience that includes 5 year olds.

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The costumes were colorful, the band was peppy, and the dancers were all clean cut and cute, so that worked in the show's favor.

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The show centers around Auntie and her dance school, set somewhere in the South Seas (Tahiti? Hawaii? Samoa? The show skipped over some of the geography in the acting portions). She and her students are sending her niece, Leilani, off to explore the world. The theme: don't be afraid to leave your home, but always remember where you came from. Like I said, cutesy and slightly corny.

The high points were the traditional dances that were performed in the third act. I thought that the show did a much better job with this part as each dance was introduced with a history and geographical context. I've never been to Tahiti, the French Polynesian, Hawaii, or anywhere in that area (sob!), so I can't truly attest to the cultural accuracy, but the dances were presented in a way that made me believe that they were done well.

Which is half the battle, right?!

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Of all of the dances, the best one was the one where the cute guys danced around half naked the fire dance. I have no clue how that man isn't a roasted marshmallow, but it was exciting to watch!

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Overall, the experience was fun, and I'd go back. If you have young kids (5 and under), I'd hold off until they're at least in elementary school since the per person rate is pretty steep. Britton, at 18 months old, would have gotten nothing out of the show.

The show and dinner starts at $60 an adult for the worst viewing spots, and is $70 per person for the middle bottom floor. Dinner is all-you-can-eat and includes bottomless draft beer, wine, sodas, and tea.

Seventy bucks per person seemed like a lot to me before we went, but if I consider that I paid $30 for dinner (which was well worth it) and $40 for the show, it doesn't hurt so much. It was our one big splurge on the trip, and I know we'll both remember it for a long time.

The Spirit of Aloha dinner show is held most nights at Luau Cove at the Polynesian hotel. There are two showings, one at 5:15 and one at 8:15. You must pre-book.


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Have you been to Spirit of Aloha at Walt Disney World? Do you like dinner shows?

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