Spirit of Aloha: Worst Disney Show Ever Produced

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  1. phunchak

    phunchak Earning My Ears

    Jul 24, 2009
    Disney's Spirit of Aloha

    Notable lists of 'Worst Ever' include
    Worst movie: Plan Nine From Outer Space
    Worst tv show: My Mother the Car -
    Worst theme park: New Jersey
    Worst Lyrics: MacArthur Park
    Spirit of Aloha deserves the title of worst Disney Show

    I have been to Disneyland and DisneyWorld at least ten times (and twice on the Disney Cruise) and generally most shows and rides are very good. I can't remember any that I would give a below average rating. I've also been to Hawaii several times and been to a few Luaus and while the food isn't that great the shows are close to authentic and pretty good.

    The Spirit of Aloha recommends you be there 45 mins before the show starts. This is for their convenience, not yours. You begin in your first of three queues. The first is to sign in and get your assigned seats, the second is the queue for the picture in front of their sign, and the third is a waiting area where there is a cash bar.

    We were seated in Category 1 but at the table farthest from the stage. I asked the waiter if my 5 and 9 year old would be able to see and he enthusiastically said yes. I took his word for it even though there were 8 adults in front of them. When the show began I don't think they could see anything and they took no notice of it at all. Thankfully their young eyes were spared from the travesty that was about to begin.

    The first 90 minutes of the show were a lame 'Hawaiian' band, the show itself and periods of awkward silence. The show could be described as a high school Hawaiian play. They brought out every corny move in the world.

    *Lets have all the kids come up and dance

    Five minutes later

    *Lets have all the people with birthdays come up and dance

    Five minutes later

    *Lets have all the couples with anniversary a come up and dance

    Then the show progressed with the 'adult' section I believe. The lead girl tore off her dress to reveal a bikini and the lead guy ripped off his shirt and said something like "check out these volcanoes!" while flexing his biceps

    Then it ended with the Hawaii 5 0 theme song

    Okay first 90 minutes over and I've been to a Luau where there have been no grass skirts, no fire dancers, no authentic costumes or songs. Check please!

    We gave the waiter a generous tip (he was pretty good) and left as fast as we could. I knew beforehand that the last part of the show was the best but there was no way it could have gone from zero to a hundred. We salvaged the evening by watching the 9:30 fireworks on the beach of the Polynesian hotel which was very cool. If the last 30 mins of the show are so good why did they have to have 90 mins of pure crap beforehand?

    The food was about what I expected. Bread and salad and then below average chicken, rice and ribs and then jello chocolate pudding formed into pyramids for dessert. It was actually better that I expected but still it was cafeteria food served to 500 people at once. Reviewers who say the food was exceptional are really out to lunch. How can you possibly feed that many people at once and have any type of quality. But it was still okay... we ate a lot of bread :)
    If you must goto this show, try to show up late. There was a group that showed up an hour late next to us and they still received all the same food as us and were spared the first hour of the horror show.
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  3. TheRustyScupper

    TheRustyScupper Change babies and politicans for the same reason.

    Aug 8, 2000

    1) I would have said "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes".
    2) But, that has become a true cult-classic.
    3) But, I do agree with your Luau sentiments.
    4) After doing Hawaiian and Fiji luaus, SoA does not come close
    . . . in food
    . . . in show
    . . . in storyline

    PS - I also agree with you about "My Mother the Car".
  4. Peachkins

    Peachkins DIS Veteran

    Nov 4, 2012
    I do have to agree with you on the first half of the show- it is pretty lame. The second half is definitely where it gets a lot better. That is where you will find your grass skirts, authentic costumes, and a great fire dancer. Would love it if they got rid of the first part and extended the second half of the show.
  5. JimmyV

    JimmyV Por favor manténganse alejado de las puertas.

    Jun 4, 2008
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    ...and, yes. The SoA show is miserable. Honestly, I've been to 3 "real" luaus in Hawaii and even the best of those are tolerable at best with below average food. Disney's show falls well below even that low standard.
  6. minnie mum

    minnie mum Unapologetic Disney Fan(atic)

    Mar 8, 2011
    SOA has had the poorest reviews of any of the dinner shows at WDW practically from day 1.

    I can only conclude that:

    1. 99% of the guests are first timers.

    b. 98% of the guests didn't do any research before making their ADR

    iii. The other 1-2%- there's just no accounting for taste. ;)

    D. Battlefield Earth definitely deserves to be in the running for worst movie ever.
  7. mfd25wife

    mfd25wife DIS Veteran

    Jun 24, 2008
    I thought it would be "Amazon Women from the Avocado Jungle of Death":rotfl2:
  8. NicoleK1974

    NicoleK1974 Mouseketeer

    Jun 13, 2012
    Did you just eat there?
    Or was this before they changed to the temporary menu a few weeks ago?
    I'm hoping this menu changes back to the old menu as planned (was estimated as December 1st) since my allergies would prevent me from eating the "new" salad and dessert.
  9. Bunless

    Bunless DIS Veteran

    Jan 29, 2009
    I'm curious if it's worse than the show at the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu. Don't even get the opportunity to have a drink at that show...
  10. davedmaine

    davedmaine DIS Veteran

    Mar 30, 2011

    I don't understand what you mean by the 99% first-timers comment.
  11. freshmanjs

    freshmanjs DIS Veteran

    Aug 6, 2006
    what does that mean?
  12. DisneyRunnerChick

    DisneyRunnerChick Princess of the Sneakers

    Nov 28, 2011
    After the first part, we were kind of put off as well, but we stuck around and it was well worth it. The second half is AMAZING, and we thought the food was good as well. I would love to see them vamp up the first part, but I'd still recommend this show; I like it way better than Backyard BBQ.
  13. mickeysbestfriend

    mickeysbestfriend DIS Veteran

    Dec 3, 2005
    I much preferred the original show they had when it opened and the food and drinks were much more authentic, I still enjoy the current show and the food is actually pretty good.

    The first half of the show is a hokey 'high school musical' which definitely needs to be redone.

    What rescues it for most people is the bottomless beer and wine but I wish they would go back to more traditional foods. They need it to be much more authentic to get repeat guests.
  14. sephorachick

    sephorachick DIS Veteran

    May 9, 2011
    You cannot drink there because it is run by mormons BTW. I've been there too.

    I wrote a review on Spirit aloha a month ago & agree WORST show ever! It was SOOOO disorganized & I hated the show WAYYYYYY too cheesy. They need to get rid of it & add something better.
  15. River Country

    River Country DIS Jedi

    Feb 12, 2011
    I agree since i am from NJ

    BTW I was at the SOA in 1988 and that was the last time
  16. JimmyV

    JimmyV Por favor manténganse alejado de las puertas.

    Jun 4, 2008
    The show at the PCC in Oahu is one of the "better" Hawaiian luaus. In fact, many consider it to be the best, or, at least, most authentic. Which raises an unspoken truth. If one does not care for that style of show, then anything below that level will be intolerable, and the SoA show at WDW qualifies as such. Personally, I thought the show at the PCC was the second "best" of the three shows that I saw, and if that represents the upper echelon of luaus, then I am done with luas in any way, shape or form.
  17. everythingALICE

    everythingALICE I can't explain myself, I'm afraid, Sir, because I

    Jul 23, 2009
    I completely agree.
    While the second half of the show is considerably better than the first, it really doesn't make it worth the cost or the time.
  18. princessSunshine

    princessSunshine Mouseketeer

    Aug 28, 2009

    I totally agree - the Luau is better than Backyard (I liked the Luau's food better too)....that said I don't really remember the first half of the show but remember the awesome fire dancing - that was the only thing I took pictures of! and would rather, like OP, that is was all fire dancing.
  19. BlovesC

    BlovesC home is where the Yeti is!

    Apr 1, 2008
    I completely agree. SOA felt like five hours of torture for us. I thought it would never end!
  20. phunchak

    phunchak Earning My Ears

    Jul 24, 2009
    I don't see how there are so many (or any) positive reviews. I can see people maybe liking the 2nd half of the show, but there's no way the food or the first half of the show could be described as excellent.

    We travel to Oahu every year and was thinking maybe of staying at new Disney Hotel on the west coast, but this show left such a bad impression I think I will pass on even that.

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