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No Spirit of Aloha? Disney’s Competitor Reopens Its Luau Dinner Show

The sad news of Disney closing its Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is a hard one to stomach after its long run at Walt Disney World Resort. On the heels of the news of Spirit of Aloha’s demolition, Disney’s neighboring Central Florida theme park competitor is reopening its luau dinner show.

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We previously shared the news that Walt Disney World announced it would be closing Spirit of Aloha to make way for a massive Polynesian Resort tower to be constructed in the location of the former dinner show. While news and photos of Spirit of Aloha being destroyed surface on the internet, Universal Orlando Resort is excited to announce the return of Wantilan Luau just minutes up the road from the Disney bubble.

Universal’s Loews Royal Pacific Resort (comparable to a Deluxe Resort at Disney) has announced the return of Wantilan Luau which boasts “A Festive Feast—With Fire Dancers”. The Universal Resort dinner show description includes:

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For generations, Hawaiians have used luau gatherings to celebrate important milestones and special occasions. Experience the tradition firsthand with an evening of authentic Polynesian food and entertainment. This weekly dinner show features a tropical all-you-can-eat buffet (complete with pit-roasted pig) and live music. Captivating hula and fire dancers make you feel as if you’re at a true island party. Who knows, you might even get the chance to show off your own hula skills.

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Currently, the Wantilan Luau is scheduled to return on Saturday evenings only with seating for the show taking place at 6:00 pm and registration beginning at 5:30 pm. Pricing for the “regular section” is $89 per adult and $39 for children ages 3 – 9. Children under age 3 are complimentary. If seeking the “premium section” which allows Guests to sit closer to the action and receive a souvenir tiki mug, the cost is $109 per adult and $59 for children.

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The pricing includes impressive entertainment, along with a massive feast of Polynesian food and all-you-care-to-enjoy mai tais, beer, and wine for adults ages 21 and older. Ready to snag your tickets? You can purchase them online or call 407-503-3200 for more information.

Meanwhile, back at Walt Disney World, we are keeping an eye on the current construction taking place at Spirit of Aloha’s former location, as Disney works to erect this massive hotel tower. Thankfully, Guests can still enjoy one dinner show at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground called Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue.

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, and weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.