The Spirit of Aloha

Spirit of Aloha permanently closed to make way for the upcoming Polynesian DVC tower.

The Spirit of Aloha dinner and show at the Luau Cove at Walt Disney World’s Polynesian Village Resort is an experience usually found only in more, shall we say, tropical climes.
The evening starts with Antie Wini (the hostess) inviting all of the neighborhood for a celebration for a local girl who has been away. Let the celebration begin.

Dad’s Polynesian Village Resort page

Luau Cove

The Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show is presented twice nightly at Luau Cove. Luau Cove is a covered, open air, theater designed and built just for the dinner and show. It’s located on the beach at the Polynesian Resort on the path to the Wedding Chapel and the Grand Floridian.

Luau Cove has a three-category seating arrangement. You can select the category you prefer. Below is a layout of the two level theater with the three categories shown. Prices are based on the category you are seated in.

Seating Chart for the Spirit of Aloha

Spirit of Aloha seating chart

The Food

Dinner is served family-style, which means it is brought to the table in large serving dishes and you share dip your meal out of the dishes. There are three courses.

Starters –

  • Tropical Mixed Greens Salad with a Ginger Lime Dressing
  • Pineapple-Coconut Bread
  • Soba Noodle Salad
  • Fresh Sweet Pineapple

Main Course –

  • Island Barbecued Pork Ribs
  • Aloha Pulled Pork
  • Lanai Roasted Chicken
  • Polynesian Rice
  • Fresh Seasonal Vegetables

Dessert

  • Pineapple-Coconut Guava Cake with Chocolate Crunch

Beverages

The included beverages are all you can drink. They include Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Tea (hot or cold), Coffee, Milk, Pink Lemonade, Bud and Bud Light Draft Beer, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.

Other tropical cocktails are available for purchase.

About the food – a whole lot of people go to the dinner show expecting a real luau. This is not a real luau. There aren’t any of the traditional dishes you would have at a real luau.

The Entertainment

The “show” is divided into three parts. The first is a short story about a girl coming back to her Island roots. It’s kinda corny, but it gives some historical background information about Island cultures. During dinner, you get a chance to learn how to do the hula. Traditional dances are taught to any guest that wants to participate. Bring a camera and join in the fun.

After dinner, there is traditional dancing and music. The dancers perform traditional dances of Tahiti, Samoa, Tonga, New Zealand, and Hawaii. There is music performed by a live band. The dancers bring the dances to life.

The evening is capped off by the Fire Knife Dancer. This is the highlight of the evening. The performance is an incredible combination of comedy, athleticism, and grace.

Reservations

Reservations can be made 90 days prior to the show date by calling (407) WDW-DINE. Full payment is due at the time the reservation is made. The category 1 tables fill up first so call early for the best seats. During the busier times of the year, this show will be sold out.

Dad’s Bottom Line

The Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show is a bit of a disappointment. Most people expect traditional Luau food for these prices. It’s a shame that Disney has missed the boat on this one. The hula dancing is great, and the Fire Knife Dancer is incredible. The food is bountiful and tasty, but the overall experience could be much better.

Go for the show.