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Is This Classic Walt Disney World Show Permanently Closed?

Is This Classic Walt Disney World Show Permanently Closed?

Since The Walt Disney World Resort reopened after the Covid-19 pandemic, entertainment has been slowly returning.  It has been great to see many fan favorites return recently or have return dates scheduled.  Unfortunately, there are some classics that have not yet returned.  We have new updates on one of those shows.

Polynesian Village Resort Reopening

complete polynesian guide
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The Polynesian Village Resort has undergone quite the transformation over the last year.  We have seen refurbishments to just about all of the DVC studios with a soft goods overhaul and Murphy beds added.  On the regular room side of the resort, rooms have been given a Moana theme.  Despite original skepticism, the reviews have been great for these new rooms.

Guests have also been treated to a new arrival experience at the Polynesian.  The monorail platform was completely rebuilt, and changes were made to the Great Ceremonial House.  New lush gardens and water features were added outside of the Great Ceremonial House.  Work around the resort also featured refurbishment to Club Level suites.

Credit: Monica

In addition to the physical work, we saw Ohana return with some menu changes (who can forget #noodlegate?) and changes were made to recreation offerings that disappointed some guests. 

There is no official word yet from Disney on the boat rentals, which many guests utilize as a fun non-park day activity. 

Classic Dinner Show Ending?

Complete guide to Disney's Polynesian Village Resort
Credit: KtP writer Susan: Follow this sign from TTC center to the Polynesian.

Since Disney World reopened after the Covid-19 pandemic, entertainment acts have been one of the major pieces missing from resort.  It has been great to see some of those acts returning recently while others have return dates scheduled.  Entertainers are part of what sets Disney Parks apart from other theme parks, whether it be in a show, street performance, or other experience.  

At the Polynesian Village Resort, the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show has not returned since the Covid-19 closure.  Often referred to as the “Polynesian Luau,” the show features traditional Polynesian dances, live music, and an all-you-can eat tropical feast. 

The show has changed multiple times over the years (the most recent version has a storyline to follow), but the heart of the show has always been the amazing performers.

Complete Guide to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
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As one of the two original opening day resorts, the Polynesian has featured a luau since 1971.  Originally named the Polynesian Revue, the luau took place on the beach by Seven Seas Lagoon.  After a few years, a covered area was built for the dinner show, Luau Cove.

Reports continue to indicate that cast members have not been called back for this show.  In addition, rumors continue to swirl that Disney may end the show permanently.  Over the last few days we do have confirmation that the Spirit of Aloha sign was removed from the area leading into Luau Cove, adding to the speculation that the show is closed permanently.

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Nothing official has been released by Disney so fans of the show can still hold out some hope of a return.  It is possible that this is one of the events that Disney needs to wait longer to bring back due to health protocols and/or staffing concerns.  Time will tell. 

The show storylines and food have gotten mixed reviews from guests over the years, but there was no denying the amazing job by the show’s performers. Reservations were routinely difficult to get, and it would be sad to see a classic show that has been a tradition since Walt Disney World’s opening day close permanently.  Hopefully the show, or some other entertainment, comes back to Luau Cove soon.

Credit: Kate

What do you think?  Will the Spirit of Aloha (or maybe a new version of a luau) return to the Polynesian Village Resort?  Have you ever seen the dinner show? Let us know in the comments and on Facebook!

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Daniel Hilgers

Thursday 17th of March 2022

We hope it comes back we have been there 8 times and go 8 more times


Thursday 14th of October 2021

It us possible however unlikely that they are going to create a new show. I can see that it possibly could be a problem with the SJWs that have been removing removing things at all of Disney. But as we go I see the smiling Chapek each time they announce another high price addition to replace an experience that was included before. So this is not a free thing but I can see them cheaping it down so it is worth the value anymore, but still charge a premium price for it.

Lookin Good

Wednesday 13th of October 2021

I went every single Disney trip. About 5 or 6 times a year. Everyone, from Auntie to Chief Matuni were the BEST <3 If you need to get your luau on in Florida, try out Polynesian Fire in Daytona Beach. We have been twice already to make up for missing SOA

Joe Spang

Thursday 14th of October 2021

Thanks for the suggestion!

Carol Sheaff

Tuesday 12th of October 2021

Terrible decision if it is cancelled!

Henry swahl

Tuesday 12th of October 2021

Offer guest nothing is the new Disney motto

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