Courtney from Broken Arrow, OK writes: “My husband and I will be visiting Walt Disney World this year to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary (Hey, Happy 10th Anniversary to WDW Radio as well!). We are staying at the Polynesian Village Resort for the first time and my husband’s one request is that we do the Spirit of Aloha dinner. It will be just the two of us, so here’s my question: should we go ahead and splurge for the Category 1 seating, or is there a better category for tables of two? I have tried looking at photos of the table arrangements online, and haven’t had much luck. My concern is that our table will be in a bad viewing area since we’re a smaller group, and I won’t be able to see much other than the back of my neighbor’s head (my husband is tall, and I am not). Also, are the tables really assigned based on when you made your reservation? Big fan of the show, thanks for all you do! Your friend, Courtney from Broken Arrow, OK”
This is Felicia from the WDW Radio Blog Team. I’d love to answer your question. First, and foremost, happy 10th anniversary! What a great way to spend your milestone anniversary!
As for the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show, great choice! My husband and I have seen it a few times, and it never disappoints. Between the food, the fire dancing, and the atmosphere, you really feel like you are in the islands somewhere.
The first time we saw it, we were on our honeymoon, just the two of us. The second time we saw it, we were a party of four, as we had both our moms with us. Each time we splurged for Category 1 seating because I had the same concern you do about sitting too far back and not being able to see anything.
Each time, we were seated not only in the first row of tables but also in the first seats (see the photo to the right) at our table closest to the stage (essentially the front row). When we went with our moms, we had them take the front seats and we sat behind them since we’re taller, and we were able to see fine.
I can tell you that the further back the seats go (Category 2), the higher up they go. They are on a bit of a riser to give everyone a good view. Tables are angled slightly, so there really are no bad seats; however, I like front row seats, so I always pay a little more to ensure a good spot.
So, to answer your question, definitely splurge on Category 1 seating because you will not be disappointed. As far as “first come, first serve” seating, I can’t say for certain if they seat you based on when you call, but I can tell you that each time we’ve made our reservations, we did so right at the 180-day limit, and both times had front row seats!
I might suggest that when you make your reservation, make sure to tell them you are celebrating your 10-year anniversary, and share your concern about not being too far back. Also, see if they could put a note in your reservation that you want to sit in the front. They may or may not be able to do this, as I do know they can never guarantee specific seats. However, the more you can share the better as it MAY help.
Another bit of advice is to make sure you get there early before the doors open so that you can be one of the first groups in the venue, and to book the later of the two shows, the [8:15] PM time slot. I find when it’s dark out, it really adds to the ambiance of the show, especially when the fire dancers come out.
I hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any other questions about the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show. I’d be happy to help!
(Photos from the authors’ personal collection.)
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