The following is an update to page 166 of PassPorter Walt Disney World® (1999 Edition) for the convenience of our current readers and for the enjoyment of our future readers.
As of June 13, 1999, Disney brings down the curtain on the long-running Mickey's Tropical Luau dinner show at the Polynesian Resort. Mickey's Tropical Luau was a fixture at the Polynesian, where kids and their parents were entertained South Seas-style by a cast of Disney characters and authentic Polynesian dancers. It was the first of three nightly Luaus, and the only one that catered specifically to the kids.
Disney has also announced a new schedule for the two remaining "adult" Luaus, and a revised show, as well. We'll let you know about the updated entertainment after we return from our next visit to Walt Disney World in July.
There are now two Polynesian Luau dinner shows nightly at 5:15 PM and 8:00 PM, Tuesdays through Saturdays. Sunday and Monday nights are now "dark."
The entertainment at all the Tropical Luaus has always been kid-friendly, so while Mickey and Minnie may be gone, parents should have few concerns about bringing the kids along. If you're looking for a Polynesian-styled character dining experience there's still the Minnie Menehune Character Breakfast every morning at 'Ohana's, in the Polynesian Resort's Great Ceremonial House.
Aloha! The Polynesian Luau is an exotic, South Pacific-style celebration of color, style, history, music, and dance. Everything you expect from a luau is herewomen in grass skirts, men in face paint, authentic fire dancers, and traditional musicshowcasing the cultures and traditions of Polynesia. The show is held five nights a week in Luau Cove, an outdoor stage surrounded by a torch-lit garden. Upon arrival, guests are presented with a complimentary lei and entertained in the garden before dinner. Guests are seated at long, wooden tables that fan out from the stage, all under shelter in the event of rain. Your all-you-care-to-eat meal, served family-style for your party, includes salads, roasted chicken, fish, pork, rice, and sautéed vegetables, with pineapple cake for dessert. Included with your meal is your choice of unlimited soda, coffee, iced tea, milk, beer, wine, or the house cocktail. The show itself begins after dinner with Hawaiian music and plenty of South Seas dancing by both men and women. The Polynesian Luau costs about $40 for adults and $22 for children. Shows are held at 5:15 and 8:00 pm Tuesday through Saturday nights. If you reserve the later show, take a stroll out to the beach afterwards and you may even see the fireworks over the Magic Kingdom! We prefer the later seating as the darkness adds to the mystique and romance of the show. Magic Kingdom Club and American Express cardholders get a 10% discount on the 8:00 pm show. In cooler months the later show may be cancelled. Make reservations early. Travel directions are below.
Getting to the Polynesian Dinner Shows
To get to the Polynesian Luau, you can drive directly to the Polynesian Resort (if you have a car) and park. From the Magic Kingdom, take the monorail. From other parks, take a direct bus to the Polynesian. From other resorts, bus to the Transportation & Ticket Center and either walk or take the monorail. Once inside the resort, follow signs to Luau Cove. Allow plenty of time for travel, especially if you are coming from another resort.