Spirit of Aloha Permanently Closed in Disney World

Disney World’s entertainment and dining options have changed a LOT since the parks first reopened in 2020. 

Mickey’s Magical Friendship Faire

We’ve seen restaurants return with new menus and shows come back with modifications for social distancing. And two years after the closure began, not every dining and entertainment option has returned, but now it looks like one won’t be returning at all.

Before the shutdown in March 2020, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort was home to the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show. This luau experience offered all-you-care-to-eat food and a stage show with traditional Polynesian entertainment. But now Disney has confirmed that Spirit of Aloha will not be returning in the future.  

Spirit of Aloha will not be returning.

However, there are some big updates planned for Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort in the future, including a new building with Disney Vacation Club villas, as well as new activity and dining options. The new addition to the resort will “honor” Spirit of Aloha, but it hasn’t yet been confirmed whether or not a new dinner show will replace it. We’ll have to wait and see!


We’ll keep you updated on any more announcements from Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort about the changes coming soon, so stay tuned to AllEars.

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10 Replies to “Spirit of Aloha Permanently Closed in Disney World”

  1. Awful decision. The luau was amazing and SUCH a part of the experience of the Polynesian resort. We come to Disney for the special shows, details and too escape the outside world of high-rise. Lately it seems they are eliminating and mainstreaming things to look common. ie: like the Connections area and store in Epcot. Basic…nothing special. And the baked goods and food are more commercialized like they used to be. I don’t even think they ‘bake’ at the bakeries anymore. Too much of that now at Disney. Very sad.

  2. SMH how disappointing. We have a trip planned that has been rescheduled from 2020. Otherwise, I would not give Disney a dime of my money. Too many changes that are just money grabbers.

  3. Polynesian used to be our favorite despite price…then they took away everything good about the lobby. Now high buildings?How does that go with long houses? No dinner show? One by one they dismantle what us…the payin g guests loved….putting in things that don’t belong in WDW….things that would never be part of Walt’s vision…it’s becoming an overpriced Busch Gardens, etc.

  4. I am not against changes but this is getting ridiculous. The reason I loved going to Disney World was escaping for a week or more. When you arrived on Disney property, you felt as if you were in a special place. The outside world disappeared and you were immersed in the magic of Disney. Not only the parks but the resorts and shows made it extra special. We attended the show many times. I preferred the original but the latter one was a nice evening. It gave us a chance to dress tropical and enjoy a decent meal and a good show. With all the changes, Disney isn’t special any longer. All the high rise resort additions, the big parking garages and the skyliner have completely ruined the atmosphere and landscape. If family members weren’t DVC owners and the discounted military tickets, I doubt we would go back.

  5. Mickey, watch your back, you never know with these new Disney exec making unfavorable fan decisions. My disappointment with Disney grows daily, not what Walt would have wanted. Oh how I wish the Disney family controlled what goes on at Disney and the decisions being made.

  6. That huge building just takes away from the peaceful ambience of the resort! And the luau I mean come on! It’s been there since the beginning. Disney is ruining everything that Walt wanted for this place to be. When are they going to listen to US the fans and say hey maybe it’s not a good idea?? I’m so sad.