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Old 01-11-2013, 01:52 PM   #1
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Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show

Is it worth the extra table credit? We'd be dining with a 6-year-old and a 2-year-old. Some have recommended that we forget it and dine at Ohana instead.
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Old 01-11-2013, 02:29 PM   #2
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We have been to the luau 3 times in the past and LOVED it! I have seen many mixed reviews about it but we loved it all three times. We didn't use the extra table credit, we paid out of pocket and then used the table credit we would have used that night for breakfast the day we leave. It worked out well for us but I know it wouldn't for everyone. I don't know if I would use 2 table credits to sit in catagory 2 or 3...when paid we paid for catagory one and it was great. Now on a side note....we love Ohanas too! That is a must do on every trip for us
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Old 01-11-2013, 05:20 PM   #3
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We honestly love the Luau and do it every trip almost!
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Old 01-11-2013, 05:35 PM   #4
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Guess I'll represent the opposite view...my tour group will forever refer to it as "The Luau of Terror". But then again, we are a cynical bunch.

The bright side--and there is ALWAYS a bright side with all things Disney --is that we have a really good laugh every time we talk about it.
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Old 01-11-2013, 05:52 PM   #5
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We loved it--I took my twin DDs for their 6th birthday. With a 6 year old, I highly recommend paying for a category 1 spot. Seeing and being close is everything for the Luau.
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:05 PM   #6
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We really enjoyed it". But, we took our dds when our youngest was around 6 or 7. It is a 2 hours+? And, they do the fire dance. That would have scared my youngest, so that was why we waited. Still, you know your children best so if they can handle that, then go for it.
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We went this past December and really enjoyed it. My boyfriend said it was just like the lulu he went to in Hawaii years ago. I was so happy he liked it as I was nervous based on the mixed reviews. I would go back again in the future, but we will be trying the Hoop Dee Doo next time!
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:25 PM   #9
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I will say we will NEVER go back to the Luau. We paid OOP for a Category 1 that we booked months in advance to celebrate DH's husband. We were staying at the Poly, dressed in hawaiian themed outfits and had our hopes up for a great show. What we got was seated in the back, on a catty corner with a pole blocking the view we had. The kids couldn't see, and were less than interested in the show. We found the food to be lackluster.
I took my complaints to the manager who told me the only thing they could do was wait for every person to be seated and then see what was left to move us to. We were not offered a refund on our prepaid dinner, no other options.
We were completely disappointed with the service and the seating for Category 1. I never expected an obstructed view.
Quite disappointing and will never try that again.
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:43 PM   #10
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My family actually enjoyed the luau. The first part was pretty cheesy, but once the more authentic dancing and other entertainment started it was much better. I think we actually ended up with Category 2 seating, but we had a great spot! Our table was in the middle and in the back, but it was almost like balcony seating as we were on a raised platform from Category 1. Can't guarantee though that all Category 2 seating would be so good. Honestly, I'm not sure I would take kids quite that young to it- as another poster said it is a pretty long show, and they might get bored. If you think they would enjoy this type of thing, though, go for it.
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:59 AM   #11
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thank you guys!! This is helpful. BTW mhnewcomb - I got a laugh out of the "Luau of Terror."
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Old 01-12-2013, 12:14 PM   #12
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We've been to S of A twice, we like it, the food is pretty good and the show is fun (if not a little cheesy!) we always have the DDP but my suggestion would be to pay OOP for it because even with the extra credit you get Cat 2 or 3 tickets. It's not worth 2 credits in my view, but it's worth seeing if you pay OOP and get CAT 1 seats.
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