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Old 10-22-2013, 12:58 PM   #2176
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Thanks for the Aloha review.

We almost went to this two years ago, but I read some reviews and after that decided not to book it.

Your review just sealed it for me. I don't think we would like any of that food either. And it would make me positively bananas to get stuck with a restricted view of the show. Not worth the money to take that risk. I'd rather eat at a really nice restaurant, where I know we like the food....no show needed.
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Old 10-22-2013, 03:00 PM   #2177
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What a great last day. I love all the photos of the details of AoA! We walked around there quite a bit too, but you got WAY more pics.

We have never been to Spirit of Aloha, so your review was very interesting. I loved all the photos, even if your spot was not a prime one.
I just don't think it would be for us. But great to see it through you!

Since this trip is coming to a close ..... when is the next one? Is there a PTR coming?
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Old 10-22-2013, 03:12 PM   #2178
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That resort really looks amazing. Graham went to have a look around last year, but was not too impressed. I won't have time to check it out on my upcoming visit, but this will go on the to do list for the future.

What a shame that you did not enjoy the show or the food. I have to admit I have never had the wish to do one of the Disney dinner shows.

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Old 10-22-2013, 04:44 PM   #2179
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Love your pictures of AOA! My kids would love to stay there. How neat you got to try out different resorts.

That's too bad about the Aloha show. We took a big family trip when I was in Jr. High and stayed at the Poly. I have great memories of that show. I remembered they got my Grandpa up on stage and it was hilarious. Sounds like it's gone down hill since then. Of course that was 20 years ago.
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Old 10-22-2013, 04:50 PM   #2180
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Great pictures of the arcade and around AOA again. We've never done any of the dinner shows...even when the kids were little...and haven't really had a desrie to do so. After you review, I think we'll stick to not going.
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Old 10-22-2013, 08:42 PM   #2181
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Great pictures of AoA, I love the large sculptures of the sea creatures. That whole area is so cool with all of the Disney details.

Too bad about the Aloha dinner. I'd always wanted to do that dinner, but the more I heard about it changed my mind. I thought it used to be more like a real luau with a whole pig roasted & the food was fixed in the style like a real luau.

I don't care for the coconut bread either. I prefer crusty bread with a soft inside.

You had one heck of a trip, it will be hard for your next trips to measure up to this one!
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Old 10-23-2013, 04:11 PM   #2182
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The cars area is way better than the meet and greets...there's way more cars out there to take pics with.
Of course you have to put up with people that won't get out of your pic.
Is that in the gated pool area?
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:42 PM   #2183
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Thanks for the Aloha review.

We almost went to this two years ago, but I read some reviews and after that decided not to book it.

Your review just sealed it for me. I don't think we would like any of that food either. And it would make me positively bananas to get stuck with a restricted view of the show. Not worth the money to take that risk. I'd rather eat at a really nice restaurant, where I know we like the food....no show needed.
I have read many mixed reviews on it too. I had many people tell me to wait till Claire was oldeer when I asked a few years ago. I do think she enjoyed it more than I did. It wasn't awful, but I think I was so tired and the seating was awful. And not our kind of food.

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What a great last day. I love all the photos of the details of AoA! We walked around there quite a bit too, but you got WAY more pics.

We have never been to Spirit of Aloha, so your review was very interesting. I loved all the photos, even if your spot was not a prime one.
I just don't think it would be for us. But great to see it through you!

Since this trip is coming to a close ..... when is the next one? Is there a PTR coming?
AoA is just such a fun resort. I am glad we gave it a try. my only issue was the Little Mermaid rooms were really far out.
I am glad we saw it, but I am in no hurry to rush back and the food wasn't for us.
My next trip right now is probably spring break with my parents and we are staying offsite at their Marriott time share. I know we will do Legoland one day of the trip, possibly Universal one day, but I am not set in stone on that yet. I have basically done no planning. I did make a few ADR's and thats it.

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That resort really looks amazing. Graham went to have a look around last year, but was not too impressed. I won't have time to check it out on my upcoming visit, but this will go on the to do list for the future.

What a shame that you did not enjoy the show or the food. I have to admit I have never had the wish to do one of the Disney dinner shows.

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I don't think Skip would be all that impressed either. He's not fun that way.
Our family really likes the Hoop Dee Doo, we have done it 3 times, but I wanted to try something different for a change.

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Love your pictures of AOA! My kids would love to stay there. How neat you got to try out different resorts.

That's too bad about the Aloha show. We took a big family trip when I was in Jr. High and stayed at the Poly. I have great memories of that show. I remembered they got my Grandpa up on stage and it was hilarious. Sounds like it's gone down hill since then. Of course that was 20 years ago.
It was fun trying out so many resorts. I was sitting at Claire's dance class last night talking Disney with another mom and she was amazed how we stayed at 3 Disney resorts and took a cruise (and a Residence Inn night) all in one trip. It was really a lot of fun, but it was tiring moving all the time and I just don't sleep much on vacation, so by the end I was exhausted.
I hear others say they have great memories of it as a kid too. I think things must've changed over the years. Of course if I had a family member up on stage, I would laugh and have a good time too.

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Great pictures of the arcade and around AOA again. We've never done any of the dinner shows...even when the kids were little...and haven't really had a desrie to do so. After you review, I think we'll stick to not going.
WE like Hoop Dee Doo a lot, but it's corny and we are kind of a corny family. If you heard Skip's jokes, he would fit right in on that stage. I am grateful to be able to try new things and I know we won't like everything, but I am glad I tried it.

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Great pictures of AoA, I love the large sculptures of the sea creatures. That whole area is so cool with all of the Disney details.

Too bad about the Aloha dinner. I'd always wanted to do that dinner, but the more I heard about it changed my mind. I thought it used to be more like a real luau with a whole pig roasted & the food was fixed in the style like a real luau.

I don't care for the coconut bread either. I prefer crusty bread with a soft inside.

You had one heck of a trip, it will be hard for your next trips to measure up to this one!

I would've loved a pig roast. Thats my kind of thing more than this stuff with weird sauces.
I don't think we'll ever have a trip measure up to this one. It was so different in so many ways and I don't know if I could save long enough to do so.

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The cars area is way better than the meet and greets...there's way more cars out there to take pics with.
Of course you have to put up with people that won't get out of your pic.
Is that in the gated pool area?
Yes, people need to get out of my picture taking way!
I think it is. I can't remember for sure, but I am thinking it was and the pictures look like it's gated.
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Old 10-23-2013, 11:21 PM   #2184
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Great pics of AoA. I snuck over there during the last day of our trip last year.

I've always wondered about the Spirit of Aloha show. I never read too much about it. The food doesn't seem horrible but I wasn't the one with it sitting there in front of me. Melody and I were just discussing going to HDDR... we really had a blast there in 2009.
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Old 10-24-2013, 08:13 AM   #2185
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My folks did the Aloha show almost 30 years ago when I was a little bitty kid. Their experience wasn't all that great even way back then! Not sure about the food, but my mom said the show was kind of boring and they had side seats as well. The friend that was with them got drunk off Mai-tais(?) and they had to carry her back to their resort which was the Buena Vista Palace back then. They preferred the Hoop-dee-doo way more after all that!
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Old 10-24-2013, 02:09 PM   #2186
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Great pics of AoA. I snuck over there during the last day of our trip last year.

I've always wondered about the Spirit of Aloha show. I never read too much about it. The food doesn't seem horrible but I wasn't the one with it sitting there in front of me. Melody and I were just discussing going to HDDR... we really had a blast there in 2009.
We love Hoop Dee doo. It never gets old for us.

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My folks did the Aloha show almost 30 years ago when I was a little bitty kid. Their experience wasn't all that great even way back then! Not sure about the food, but my mom said the show was kind of boring and they had side seats as well. The friend that was with them got drunk off Mai-tais(?) and they had to carry her back to their resort which was the Buena Vista Palace back then. They preferred the Hoop-dee-doo way more after all that!
Oh no, that had to be embarrassing
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Old 10-24-2013, 02:10 PM   #2187
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We quickly arrived at the Magic Kingdom and my Dis friend was doing something else at the moment, so Claire and I decided to get in line for the Princesses because the line was very short Ö.AND Rapunzel was listed as one of the Princesses in there. That was a plus, as Claire wanted to meet her and at this point we had not found her.

We got in line and were let into the room right away with just a short wait in there. I texted my Dis friend, Joy, and let her know where we were.



It didnít take too long and we were ready to meet Rapunzel. Now I never said this to Claire, but Rapunzel was NOT pretty at all. I do find her pictures are actually pretty good though, but in person, especially from one side, she looked awful. I texted my friend Janet as we waited and showed her a picture of her from the bad side. We had a good laugh because it seemed like we were getting all the ugly princesses this trip. Now Rapunzel made up for it with personality though. She was great with Claire and by the end of the meet, I liked her a lot.





















There was a lot of chatting going on between the 2 of them. Claire really enjoyed her meet with her.











Rapunzel then came over and had to look at my hair. She said she wanted to ďpaintĒ her hair the same way.

Next up was Aurora. And she was beautiful!!!











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Old 10-24-2013, 02:12 PM   #2188
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More of Aurora.
















And Cinderella was our final Princess.





By this time, Joy and her daughter Maddie had texted and said they were in line for the Princesses too, but they never came in the room while we were there.







I love this picture of Claire!



She just looks so happy to be there.











Darn! Another blink. She was doing that a lot this evening.







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Old 10-24-2013, 04:38 PM   #2189
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That was a bit of luck that there was pretty much no wait for the princesses. I am glad that Claire had such a good time. I have to say though, none of them are what you would call conventionally beautiful.

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Old 10-24-2013, 04:45 PM   #2190
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Let me go ahead and comment on the next to the last post before I forget what I wanted to say. It definitely helps when you go to the luau with several people. Because there are some lulls and breaks during the show, having a group to talk and laugh with helps pass that time. I do agree that you would probably have enjoyed it more if you had better seats or had gone earlier in the trip. Like I said before, your food didn't look quite like what we were served. We have been to the luau three times and would do it again.
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