A trip to Walt Disney World is fairly expensive if you do nothing but visit the parks. But then there’s meals, special events, tours, and merch, merch, merch! If you’re not careful, your trip can easily break the bank and spill over into excess. Even if you ignore the rest of Central Florida, there’s just a ton to do on Disney property.
We don’t visit all that often, but when we do, we like to try new things. And I usually budget for one splurge event. On our most recent trip, that splurge was the luau at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.
Officially, it’s called Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show, but that’s a mouthful. I’m just going to call it the luau.
Character meals at Walt Disney World can be a bit of a mixed bag. On one hand, the food scene at Disney is often unmatched. It really has become a high-quality foodie destination with some world-class restaurants and stellar dishes.
Character meals, though? Most of them are breakfast buffets with your typical breakfast buffet fare. Though the food is good, it’s hardly the point of the meal. In other words, families don’t go to a character meal for the food.
They’re also often on the pricey side, but if you have kids who want to “meet and greet” various characters or maybe get an autograph, you can knock out a few A-list characters in one meal and not have to waste time queuing up inside the parks. This was the selling point for us.
I really wanted to like the Lilo & Stitch character breakfast at the Polynesian Resort. Stitch is a personal favorite of mine, and the little Roarbots love meeting characters. However, we were coming off of a 17-hour day in the Magic Kingdom the day before. The kids were on very little sleep, and they just weren’t feeling it. I fully admit this was on us.