It’s amazing the things you can learn on the AllEars.net website. I was reading the Fact Sheet for the Polynesian Resort when I came across the “Torch Lighting Ceremony.” I had never heard of it, so I decided to investigate this event for myself.
Each evening at 6pm (Tuesday – Saturday), one of the fire-dancers from the “Spirit of Aloha Polynesian Luau” show positions himself just inside the Great Ceremonial House.
Another member of the cast is also on hand and announces the commencement of the “Torch Lighting Ceremony.” The fire-dancer then creates a trumpet-like sound as he blows on a conch shell. His fanfare complete, the announcer then asks everyone in attendance to step outside.
Two supervisors cordon off an area near the entrance and the announcer takes his place behind two large drums. He then begins a Polynesian chant while beating the drums in rhythm. Moments later, the fire-dancer returns with a large baton, fire blazing at each end. A few ceremonial theatrics are performed with his fiery wand and then he proceeds to light several of the torches. The show continues as he “eats” fire and does an impressive baton twirling. The event lasts maybe five to seven minutes.
Is it worth making a special trip to the Polynesian Resort to see this mini-show? No. But if you happen to be in the area, perhaps waiting for your ‘Ohana reservation, then go for it. You’ll be glad you did. I looked around at the others in attendance and everyone was smiling. This is one of the little details that helps make Disney special.