Mom With Kids After Run
  • On Feb 17, 2011
    Janis from ON Asked

    As a teen, I loved the "Hoop De Doo Review" and the "Spirit of Aloha" dinner shows. Next year, I will be taking my husband and 2 children, DD 9 yrs and DS 6 yrs for their first trip to Disney. Would these shows interest my kids or sho

    My family LOVES the Hoop Dee Doo Revue. We first went to the show when my twins were about four years old and have gone every year since then. (They are now 11.)  The food is delicious and the show is very engaging. The humor is perfect for elementary school aged children.

    We've had less success at the Spirit of Aloha Luau. I have seen both these shows several times. While there are a few good points about the Luau, I very much prefer the Hoop Dee Doo Revue. Here's why:

    1. The food. Frankly, the food at the Luau is just not that good, especially considering the price. The last time we dined there, the chocolate volcano cake had such an off taste that my kids wouldn't eat it. And when my kids refuse cake, that really tells you something. On the other hand, the chicken and ribs at the HDDR are real crowd pleasers.

    2. The show. The luau is almost all dancing strung together with a plot that makes High School Musical look like King Lear. The dancing is great, but once you've seen one or two variations of Polynesian hip swaying, the eighth and ninth versions lose a lot of their impact. Particularly with boys, there is a high possibility of boredom. This contrasted with the HDDR, which has lots of familiar songs, audience participation, and corny jokes that will keep the whole family entertained.

    Choose the HDDR and I think you'll be happy with your decision.
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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