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Walt Disney World Dinner Shows

Polynesian Luau | Hoop-Dee-Doo | Backyard BBQ

Do you want to laugh it up in a Western Saloon? Eat vittles at a Backyard BBQ Hoe-down or relax to Polynesian fire dancers and hula girls while dining on authentic South Seas cuisine? Whichever you decide, there's a Dinner Show just for you.

Tiered seating is available at Disney’s Spirit of Aloha and Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue. Guests can select the area where they will be seated based on table availability. Pricing varies by section.

Advanced Dining Reservations are highly recommended for all Walt Disney World dinner shows, and can be made online or by phone.

Spirit of Aloha Polynesian Luau


The Luau has been a tradition of the Polynesian Resort since the very beginning. The show recently went through several changes in 2003- as well as extensive modifications to Luau Cove. The previous dinner show offered a luau and entertainment that a tourist might see on a visit to Hawaii. The new show guests are not tourists. They are villagers gathering together to celebrate the return of Leilani, a local girl who had left the islands to attend school. Throughout the luau we meet all of her friends that she grew up with. The new script is filled with comedy, dancing, familiar Hawaiian songs, and some music from the film Lilo & Stitch.

Location: Disney's Polynesian Resort - Located at Luau Cove.
Advanced Dining Reservations:  180 days in advance
Call (407) - WDW-DINE
When: Seating at 5:15 & 8:15 PM (90 minute shows) Tuesday-Saturday.

Island pulled pork
BBQ ribs
Roasted chicken
Vegetable medley
Fresh salad with mango-poppy seed vinaigrette
Pineapple-coconut bread
Warm pineapple bread pudding with caramel sauce

Specialty cocktails also available for an additional fee.

For the Children Upon Request
Mini corn dogs with tater tots
Cheese pizza
Grilled chicken or mahi mahi with rice and green beans


Full prepayment is required when making reservations.

Luau Seating Map

Category 1 is located in the lower level, in the center and nearest the stage so you will be as close to the performers as possible. You won't miss a moment of the excitement with these wonderful seats. You'll feel as though you are one of the Polynesian dancers.
$76.00 - Adults, $45.00 - Children (3-9)

Category 2 offers tables in the lower level that are located on either the left or right side of the stage OR upper level tables that are located directly behind the Category 1 seating. All of these seats will give you and your family a great view of the entire stage area and you won't miss a thing!
$72.00 - Adults, $43.00 - Children (3-9)

Category 3 offers tables in the lower level that are located to the extreme far right or left of the stage, OR the majority of the upper level tables. You will still have a good view of the stage and be able to enjoy all of the excitement of the authentic Polynesian dancing.
$64.00 - Adults, $38.00 - Children (3-9)

Please Note; For guests utilizing the dining plan seating is available for Category 2 or 3 only and is subject to availability. Two Table Service meals for each person dining at a Dinner Show will be redeemed from your meal plan balance.

How to get there: From the Magic Kingdom, Contemporary or Grand Floridian, take the resort monorail. From other parks, take a direct bus to the Polynesian Resort. From other resorts, bus to the Transportation & Ticket Center and either walk the pathway or take the resort monorail. Once you arrive, follow the signs to Luau Cove.

INTERCOT Member Feedback:
"There I made the 8pm seating of the new Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show (1 week old, replacing the Polynesian Luau). Although it rained off and on during the afternoon, it was nice and clear as our hostess told us the story of Lani, a bright and popular island girl who went to school in California and returned home unsure of her roots after experiencing the big city world. Of course, through a number of cultural dances including the exciting hula and fire dance, Lani rediscovers where she came from and discovers she can be a part of both worlds.

During this 2 hour show I tried Pele's Fire Punch (Volcano Goddess' blend of light rum, dark rum, banana liquor, blackberry brandy, pineapple juice and grenadine serviced with a red glow cube. Appetizers included pineapple coconut bread, tropical mixed greens with mango-poppy seed dressing and sweet golden pineapple. The main course consisted of island barbecued pork ribs, lanai roasted chicken, Polynesian rice and fresh seasonal vegetables. A glass of Copper Ridge Chardonnay was included as was dessert - Kilauea Volcano Delight. And it was delightful."

"The show was incredible! Nine dancers, in front of a live band, performed dances from a variety of Polynesian islands. My favorite part had to be the fire dance from Togo. It was amazing! "

"It's completely different in the beginning, very upbeat and more up to date with the dress and dance and it's more of a theatrical type performance with a story line.

The second half of the show they do the dances from the different islands like they used to. The ending is once again, very upbeat and lively. They do the Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride song from Lilo and Stitch and have a dance to it. The food is pretty much the same fare but prepared a little different, (Coconut bread, salad, roasted chicken, ribs, fried rice, saluted fresh vegetables and dessert). I enjoyed it."

"We did the Poly luau and really enjoyed it. I didn't have high expectations for the food - I was expecting to pay for the show, and the food just sort of came along for the ride. I was surprised. "

"I chose Luau because the Poly is just gorgeous, my 7 year old loves hula dancers and I really wanted a "dress up" night. I made matching long Hawaiian dresses for me and my girls, with little shawls to match. We caused quite a stir (esp. the three year old "walking like mommy" in her "high" heels) and were brought up on-stage for a little special dance. We had a blast."

Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue

During the meal, a troupe of six Wild West performers will entertain guests with hilarious vaudeville slap-stick, corny jokes, dancing and singing.

Location: Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground at Pioneer Hall.
Advanced Dining Reservations: 90 days in advance.  
Call (407) - WDW-DINE
When: 3 shows nightly, 4:00, 6:15 and 8:30PM ( 2 hour show)

Fried Chicken
Smoked BBQ Pork Ribs
Baked Beans
Tossed Salad
Strawberry Shortcake
Unlimited draft beer, wine, sangria and soft drinks.


Pioneer Hall Seating Map

Full prepayment is required when making reservations.

Category 1 will allow you and your party to be seated on the first floor level with your table nearest the stage and in the middle of all the action and excitement.
$72 - Adults, $43 - Children (3-9)

Category 2 offers either a great table on the first floor behind the Category 1 seating below the balcony or in the center of the balcony on the 2nd floor. Either way, you're still facing the stage so you can get a wonderful view of the entire performance.
$67 - Adults, $39 - Children (3-9)

Category 3 offers tables that are located on the right hand side or left hand side of the balcony on the 2nd floor. You won't miss a moment of the fun and excitement as you enjoy the panoramic view of the entire stage production.
$64 - Adults, $38 - Children (3-9)

Guests in need of wheelchair accessibility may only be seated in Category 1 for the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue. Category 2 and 3 areas of Pioneer Hall are not wheelchair accessible. Guests seated in Category 2 or 3 areas may be required to ascend one flight of stairs.

Please Note; For guests utilizing the dining plan seating is available for Category 2 or 3 only and is subject to availability. Two Table Service meals for each person dining at a Dinner Show will be redeemed from your meal plan balance.

Tickets are available for pickup immediately after your reservation has been confirmed online at any Walt Disney World Resort Concierge desk or directly at the Pioneer Hall box office.

Same-day box office pickup will be available 40 minutes prior to show time.

To make reservations, book online or call (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463 up to 180 days prior to your visit.

How to get there: Take the boat from the Contemporary, Wilderness Lodge or Magic Kingdom or hop a bus from the Transportation and Ticket Center.

INTERCOT Member Feedback:
"Book early, folks, and you get one of the best seats in the house. We had the large round table in the center of the room and they danced around us during the show. DH was the first person they slammed a bucket of food in front of when we were being served and the spotlight was totally on him. I thought he would have a heart attack. Our Six Bits was one of the best we have ever seen and we ate and laughed so much that night. I couldn’t recommend HDD any higher – if you are celebrating a special event or have the extra money, go for it."

"We just got home this week, and the Hoop de Doo was THE highlight of our entire trip. We sat on right against the stage, the "actors" kept making eyes at my son, and my 9 year old daughter was laughing so hard she was crying! It was soooo much fun, just like everyone says! The food wasn't fancy but it was tasty, I don't have a single complaint about the entire evening. It was a great time. "

"The Hoop Dee Dooooooo--was a blast!!! My five year old daughter loved it and my husband was brought up on stage to be part of the show and still talks about it. The food was very good and we can't wait to go again. Yeeee-haaaaa."

"Personally I think it's a great show, worth every penny of the money, and the food is great! It's not gourmet, but it's some of the best fried chicken I've had, and the strawberry shortcake is super yummy!"

Mickey's Backyard BBQ

Backyard BBQ

An outdoor (under a pavilion) picnic, with characters, live Country Western music and an all-you-can-eat buffet.

Location: Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground at the Pavilion.
Advanced Dining Reservations: Call (407) WDW-DINE - 90 days in advance. Booked by seats, not tables. No seat assignments, guests are seated as they arrive.
What: Character Meal with Mickey and Friends.
Thursdays and Saturdays only from 6:30 pm -8:30 pm
*Individual dates subject to cancellation.

BBQ Pork Ribs
Baked Chicken
Hot Dogs (with all the fixings)
Baked Beans
Macaroni and Cheese
Potato Salad
Pasta Salad
Corn Bread
Marble Cake
Unlimited Draft Beer, Wine, Lemonade and Iced Tea


Backyard BBQ Pavilion Map

Category 1 will allow you and your party to be seated nearest the stage and in the middle of all the action and excitement.
$72 - Adults, $47 - Children (3-9)

Category 2 offers tables along the perimeter of the pavilion
$47 - Adults, $37 - Children (3-9)

Special dietary needs (allergies) can be accommodated if ordered at least 72 hours in advance at 407-WDW-DINE.

Lifestyle dietary needs (low-fat, vegetarian, etc) an be accommodated if ordered 24-hours in advance at 407-WDW-DINE.

Kosher needs can be accommodated if ordered 24 hours in advance at 407-WDW-DINE. A credit card guarantee is required.

How to get there: Take the boat from the Contemporary, Wilderness Lodge or Magic Kingdom or hop a bus from the Transportation and Ticket Center. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to event.

INTERCOT Member Feedback:
"It's a huge open-air barn type shelter. There are long picnic tables surrounding the center dance floor. There is no hostess to take you to a table. As you arrive you get to choose where you will sit. Guests who arrive first, obviously, get first pick."

"Well I went to Mickey's backyard BBQ Last October and it was wonderful. You got to Eat some great food and an American Flag Cake and Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Pluto were there and they all had great Cowboy outfits Pluto even had a scarf. It was great."

"The food is good- lots of ribs, chicken, corn on the cob, etc. They have a live band playing country music. They teach line dancing and everyone who participates has LOTS of fun. The characters come too- Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Chip & Dale. If you have little ones who'd like to see them, they spend some time signing autographs and posing for pictures during the band's breaks. It's worth the time and money IF you want to dance and interact with the characters."

*Prices, Dates & Times are subject to change without notice.*

Please Note:
If you'd like to submit a review for one of the above Dinner Shows please email [email protected].

Updated 8/2016


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