Mom And Daughter; Animal Kingdom
  • On Jul 22, 2010
    Adam from AL 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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    We are going on our first family vacation to Disney with our 4 1/2 year old son. We have reservations for the Spirit of Aloha. Would you recommend keeping this dinner show or going to one of the others? Would you recommend Ohana's instead or do both?

    Hi, Adam!  I have three daughters, and they have all seen the luau at the Polynesian resort.  The youngest two were both around 4 when they saw the Spirit of Aloha show, and I will say, it is going to depend on your little one.  The show was different when my oldest daughter was that age, but she was perfectly fine sitting through the meal and the show without any problems.  The younger two enjoyed parts of the Spirit of Aloha, but I have to admit that I had to refocus their attention a couple of times.

    If I were going to plan a dinner show, I think I'd probably do the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue.  All three of my girls - especially when they were younger - loved this show, and they preferred the food as well.  The show is more slapstick and lively, and I think it just offers entertainment that appeals to a wider audience.

    Kids aside, I love the Spirit of Aloha - the show is wonderful, the food is good, and I really enjoy the setting at the beautiful Polynesian resort.  But I know for my girls, the Hoop Dee Doo would get their vote every time.

    For more information on the Hoop Dee Doo, visit HERE.

    'Ohana is a wonderful dining experience, and while there is no dinner show, there are often some activities for children to participate in.  I have seen coconut races and hula hoop contests in the past, and if you are there during the fireworks from the Magic Kingdom, you can see them from the restaurant windows as they pipe in the music.  A totally different type of experience, but well worth a try!

    Have a great vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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