• On Jan 26, 2017
    Karen from MS Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are going to Disney World with two 9 year olds. We have reservations to Ohana and the Luau on separate nights. Are these two very similar? Or are they both worth it?

    Dear Karen,

    Thanks for reaching out to us here at the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question about the dining opportunities at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort (my favorite resort hotel hands down!). 

    The two locations both celebrate Polynesian culture and experiences, but in very different ways. 'Ohana includes an all-you-can-eat dinner with delicious grilled meats and seafood, delicious! Of course, you must leave room for the famous bread pudding too! There are folks who lead games and races for the kids, and also some dancing and music. It's very interactive. The ambiance is very cozy and "homey," in a more traditional restaurant environment.

    On the other hand, Disney's Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show is really that, a show! Dinner includes all-you-can-eat pulled pork, beef ribs, roast chicken and vegetables, and much more. It's also outstanding food. While you are enjoying dinner, you are watching hula dancers, drummers, and the most amazing fire-knife performer. It's pretty wild. This is an outdoor event, so it's much more of a "show" feeling. 

    I would absolutely go to both in one vacation! They are different experiences. Be sure to stay and check out the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular from the beach at the Poly! It's one of my favorite experiences at the Walt Disney World Resort.

    Have a magical time! Aloha!

    - Jan K. 
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Meet the Panelist: Jan, New Jersey

Hello there, Mouseketeers! I am a mother of three and live with my beautiful wife in New Jersey! I spent many years as a Registered Nurse in a pediatric intensive care unit, and I am now a professor of Nursing. I volunteer in my community and I enjoy taking my children here, there, and everywhere. I love to help my friends and family plan their Walt Disney World Resort vacations and I'm thrilled to be a planDisney Panelist to do just that! Learn More About Jan

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