Disney World Closes Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show After 51 Years

On October 3, 2020, the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort will close permanently. The show, which debuted in 1971, was one of the first live shows at Walt Disney World and featured traditional Hawaiian dances, music, and cuisine. For nearly five decades, the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show was a popular dining option for guests visiting Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. However, declining attendance in recent years led to the decision to close the show.

The closure of the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show is just the latest in a string of changes and closures at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. In 2019, the resort underwent a major renovation that included the closure of several restaurants and shops. The most notable closure was that of the iconic Tahitian Terrace restaurant, which served Polynesian-inspired cuisine for nearly 40 years. The Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show was also impacted by the renovation, as it was relocated to a smaller venue.

Despite the changes at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, the popular Luau Cove pool and bar will remain open. Guests can also continue to enjoy cocktails and live music at the resort’s Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto.

Disney is Replacing the Show With a New Experience

On February 11, 2020 it was announced that the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort would be closing to make way for a new experience called “Tiki Juice Bar.” The Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show has been a disney world attraction for over 20 years and will be permanently closing on April 4, 2020. Tiki Juice bar will be located in the same space as the dinner show and is set to open in Fall 2020.  The new experience will feature tropical drinks and small plates inspired by the Polynesian cultures of Hawaii, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, and Tahiti.

Guests who have already booked dining reservations for the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show will be able to choose another dining option or receive a full refund.

Other dining options at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

In addition to the Tiki Juice Bar, guests can enjoy several other dining options at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

Ohana

A family-style restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with an all-you-care-to-eat dining experience. The popular restaurant is located on the second floor of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

Kona Café

A coffee shop and quick-service restaurant located on the first floor of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Kona Café offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a variety of Polynesian-inspired dishes.

Pineapple Lanai

A quick service location that specializes in, you guessed it, pineapple! The Pineapple Lanai is located in the Great Ceremonial House near the resort monorail station and offers a variety of pineapple-themed treats. From Dole Whip soft-serve to pineapple Upside Down Cake, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. In addition to being delicious, the pineapple is also said to represent hospitality. 

Kona Island

A quick-service location that offers made-to-order sushi, sashimi, and poke bowls. Kona Island is located on the first floor of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort in the Great Ceremonial House.

Lava Shack

A walk-up window located near the Lava Pool Bar where guests can order tropical drinks and snacks. The Lava Shack is open seasonally and is located on the first floor of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

Lilikoi Lily

A walk-up window located near the Polynesian Village Resort monorail station where guests can order cocktails, beer, and wine. Lilikoi Lily is open seasonally and is located on the second floor of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

‘Olu Mel

A poolside bar located at the Luau Cove pool. ‘Olu Meli offers a variety of tropical drinks, beer, and wine. The bar is open seasonally and is located on the first floor of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

These are just a few of the dining options available at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. For more information, please visit the disney website or speak to a cast member.

The internet has been buzzing with the news of another Disney world attraction closing its doors for good. Many Disney fans are saddened by the loss of the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show, but are excited for the new Tiki Juice Bar coming to the resort. What are your thoughts on the closure of the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show? Is this another sign that Disney is moving away from its Polynesian roots?