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This fan-favorite Disney World resort show is permanently gone

This fan-favorite Disney World resort show is permanently gone
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Saying goodbye is never easy. This popular show is permanently gone.

Classic Dinner Show

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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. 

Complete Guide to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
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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.

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.


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Reports from October 2021 indicated that cast members had not been called back for this show.  In addition, rumors swirled that Disney may end the show permanently.  We confirmed that the Spirit of Aloha sign was removed from the area leading into Luau Cove, adding to the speculation that the show was closing permanently. You can read about that HERE

We now have confirmation that Cast Members received notice that the Spirit of Aloha show is not returning. The show’s page on the Disney World website continues to populate instead of giving an error message. Disney has not officially shared any information yet on what may take its place.

Confirmed: Spirit of Aloha is not returning to Disney’s Polynesnian Resort.

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  1. very sad – very upset. not happy with a lot of current Disney business moves. leaving too much good classic original behind

  2. We went to the Luau in 74 on our Honeymoon. We are going to Disney in December and where hoping the show would be open again. What a disappointment.

  3. My Husband and I went on our honeymoon years ago and it is an amazing memory for us and we were hoping to our our son I guess we will not be able to do that. I very sad that Disney would end such a popular event,

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