Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Feb 5, 2010
    Lora from OH 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.

    Going to WDW in April with a girl, 6 and boy,4. Trying to decide btw Spirit of Aloha show and Mickey's backyard BBQ. What would you suggest?


    The answer is, of course, both! 

    No, seriously, both are great experiences, and it is all about what you want to do. Here are some comparison points;

    Spirit of Aloha

    Wonderful Luau ambiance
    Decent food, with some mildly-exotic choices, but plenty of kid friendly foods
    Fun, warm experience that allows for both family time, but also a show
    Kids often get to dance with the entertainers at the end of the show
    Covered seating, but cancellations can happen with bad weather

    No Disney characters 

    Mickey's Backyard BBQ

    Wonderful outdoor, casual setting
    Decent food with a focus on (duh!) barbecue
    Fun experience with good live music that sets the mood
    Completely outdoors, so not the best at bad weather times, and can be cancelled due to bad weather

    While kids can dance with the characters, there is no autograph time.

    So which would I do. Hard to say, but with a 6 and 4 year old I might lean slightly to Mickey's Backyard BBQ because it has both a character experience and live music. But either is great!

    I am glad to answer any follow-up questions!

    Have a magical (and delicious) vacation!

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