The Walt Disney World Resort has officially said its last ‘aloha’ to the iconic ‘Spirit of Aloha’ dinner show at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.
After enjoying a decades-long run, the show/luau was shuttered with the rest of the central Florida Resort due to covid concerns and never reopened. Earlier this year, we at Disney Fanatic shared the news that the show would not be returning and that the entire area was to be demolished to make room for a new Disney Vacation Club tower with villas. Now, thanks to @bioreconstruct, we have visual confirmation that construction crews have begun demolishing the “Luau Cove” outdoor dinner theater.
Check it out:
A nearly straight down aerial look at the demolition of Spirit of Aloha at Disney's Polynesian Resort. pic.twitter.com/RuXaFQOQ2K
— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) June 19, 2022
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Hosted by Auntie Wini, who was “hosting a fun-filled luau to say goodbye to one of the local girls [who was] headed to the ‘mainland’ for college,” the special luau celebrated the diverse Polynesian cultures, including Hawai’i, Tahiti, Samoa, Tonga, and New Zealand (Maori).
Taking its place will be a new DVC wing of the Resort, featuring new villas, renovations to the Seven Seas Lagoon waterfront (a seawall rather than a beach), and a new pool, as well as new walking and parking options. While the demolition of pre-existing structures is required, it does appear to be affecting the operation of the Walt Disney World Monorail System as of right now. Click the link below to read our previous coverage of this story.
It is unclear at this time when the new additions to the Monorail Resort Hotel will be completed. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is one of three Disney World Resort Hotels that offer Monorail Transportation to Magic Kingdom Park and EPCOT (via transfer at the Transportation and Ticket Center). The other two are Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.
We at Disney Fanatic will continue to monitor this, and other Disney Parks news as more developments come to light.