Spirit Of Aloha
The dining experience
at Disney's Spirit Of Aloha Dinner Show was unlike any thing
I had experienced at the other Disney World restaurants to
First, after getting
off the monorail and making our way to what seemed like the
other end of the Polynesian Resort, we stood in line, for
a few minutes and talked with each other and some of the other
guests waiting to be seated.
When our turn came,
we checked in our reservation and were then directed to the
photographer, to pose for a couple of photos. If you don't
know already... some of the restaurants in Disney World will
have you take photos with one of their photographers, and
later, while you're dining, the photographer will see if you
want to purchase the photo... Aw, come on!... Everyone has
some sort of gimmick to retrieve more of that ever-vanishing
cash from your pocket... Don't expect Disney to be any different...
They are after all - a BUSINESS - though a really fun one!
All this is taking
place outside. Disney's Spirit Of Aloha Dinner Show is an
outdoor experience, although the dining area has a roof over
it, it is still open.
to be hungry and ready to eat again, even though we had eaten
Turf Club Bar & Grill only a few hours ago... Must
have been the stress of the trip :-)
|Our meal began
with an appetizer of salad, pineapple and hawaiian bread.
The entree was
chicken, ribs, mixed vegetables, and a rice dish. Both
the appetizers and entrees were
served on metal hawaiian boat-like platters... Overflowing
I might add!
was a really nice treat... A chocolate volcano with smoke
pouring out the top. We were then brought a variety of
small cakes, and were asked our opinions because this
was a survey, and these were not their normal desserts.
They were all very tasty. 'Thumbs Up' from me. :-)
One thing I think
I should mention now, before I forget, is that the gratuity
(tip) is included in the meal. For me, that was strange since
we were on the Disney
Deluxe Dining Plan. I'm still trying to figure out how
the gratuity was taken from there, but there were no extra
charges added to my room or credit card.
The show was fantastic.
The performers were top-notch and very entertaining. They
performed songs and dances in several of the polynesian cultures
(Hawaiian, Samoan, Tongan and Tahitian), and taught the audience
how to say "hello" in all of them.
plenty of audience involvement. A song and dance routine
with the kids. Really cute. Definitely showed why this
dinner show belonged at Disney World. They also did a
part for any newlyweds in the audience, and had the newlyweds
dance while the performers sang.
There was a fire
dancer, who was awesome. Actually, I thought as much of the
guy passed and caught the 'fire sticks' as I did of the dancer.
At one point, the fire dancer dropped one of his 'sticks'.
He promptly picked it up and continued with his routine. Not
missing a beat. The fire was still lit... Now that, my friends,
is true professionalism!
After it was all
over, I thought this was a nice way to start the week at Disney
World, especially since Cindy
and I were 'hosting' the rest of our group (my mom, sister,
brother-in-law and my younger daughter).
I'm not one to
want to do dinner shows over and over again, and this is no
exception, however, I still give it a 5-star rating because
the food was good and I thought the show was great.
also gave it a 5-star rating. She thought the food was good
and although she felt the show was a little corny, it was
very pleasant and she had a good time.
The other members
of our 'crew' loved it, and I think it was my sister, Dianne,
that wondered how we were going to top this, being that our
vacation was just beginning... First The
Turf Club Bar & Grill and now this!
Of Aloha Dinner Show is a must do - at least once!
Below are a few
more pictures of our dining experience at Disney's Spirit
Of Aloha Dinner Show. Click each image to enlarge.
Julius Covington, Sr.
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