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  • On Jan 10, 2010
    Leanne from MI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    My family is going to WDW from March 6-12. We have the dining plan. Our childern are 9, 7, and 4. Would you recommend the Ohana Spitrit of Oloha dinner for them? I'm wondering if it is worth 2 dinner vouchers. Or is there somewhere else we should try?

    I have to be honest and say that I am not big fan of the Spirit of Aloha. You don't say whether your children are boys or girls and whether they have a particular interest in dance. If your kids are all girls who are dance fanatics, I might tell you to go to the Aloha show. In every other case, without hesitation, I say choose the Hoop Dee Doo Revue instead. Here's why:

    1. The food. Frankly, the food at the Luau is just not that good, especially considering the price. The last time we dined there, the chocolate volcano cake had such an off taste that my kids wouldn't eat it. And when my kids refuse cake, that really tells you something. On the other hand, the chicken and ribs at the HDDR are real crowd pleasers.

    2. The show. The luau is almost all dancing strung together with a plot that makes High School Musical look like King Lear. The dancing is great, but once you've seen one or two variations of Polynesian hip swaying, the eighth and ninth versions lose a lot of their impact. Particularly with boys, there is a high possibility of boredom. This contrasted with the HDDR which has lots of familiar songs, audience participation, and corny jokes that will keep the whole family entertained.

    I first took my family to the HDD when my twins were four years old. They loved it. I first took my Dad to the HDD when he was 65 years old. He loved it. We go back every year and never have a bad experience.

    Choose the HDDR and I think you'll be happy with your decision.
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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