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Question: Would you like to see Lilo and Stitch at the luau? :: Total Votes:101
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Yes, I'd love to see Lilo & Stitch added to the Polynesian Resort's Spirit of Aloha show! Just don't serve Stitch any coffee!! 89  [88.12%]
No, mahalo. I like the Spirit of Aloha show just the way it is. 9  [8.91%]
I can't decide which way to vote, but I have my own comments and suggestions below. 3  [2.97%]
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Posted: Sep. 10, 2003 9:07 am/pm Quote

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way-over-the-hill, grumpy old codger opinion,


kirby428, you can't be too "codger" if you like the animation of Jessica Rabbit!   LOL

If I knew nothing about the Luau before going and went to it, and they played songs from Lilo and Stitch without the actual characters being there, I would probably think there was a mistake...like they got sick or something!

A more-adult show and a more child-friendly show with the characters would be just fine with me!
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Posted: Sep. 13, 2003 7:52 am/pm Quote

Aloha,

Just got back from an 8 day stay at the Polynesian.  Started off with a night at the Spirit of Aloha.  Haven't done so since 1988, but we loved the food, the guests rubbing elbows with each other at the tables, the entire show.  One of the best parts was seeing all the children in front with their turn at doing the Polynesian Dances with the cast member serving as coaches.  If you are too much concerned about the quality of the food, there is always Ohana, but if you want to get into the "spirit" of the islands, never mind the food; the show more than makes up for it.  Nevertheless, I had a great deal served to the two of us...more than we could eat in three suppers and it was all very enjoyable, tasty and fresh.  Sure, it wasn't the steak I enjoyed at the California Grille, but it came to the tables fast and in generous portions.  

While there, I was thinking about Lilo and Stitch.  I still think Stitch would diminish the "spirit" and the theme of the show which now centers on the Polynesian islands and a warm fuzzy thing with the family (Stitch is a monster of sorts and  did not seem warm and fuzzy in the movie when I finally saw it).  However, there would be opportunity for Lilo and Stitch to make a character appearance at the start of the show or even at the conclusion to say Aloha (applicable for going or coming).  

Guest arriving minutes before seating had to stay outside the seating area doing mostly nothing but using fans to stay cool in the afternoon September 29th heat, kids present would have loved to be able to meet characters buddies at times like this.  I would have too.  There were professional photographers to nab shots to commemorate the guest's "Spirit of Aloha" visit.  They could have doubled their revenue if they had provided a Lilo and Stitch option.  Sheesh, I would have bought one too. :dollar:


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Posted: Oct. 20, 2003 2:28 am/pm Quote

When we were there in '94, we went to the Luau, and loved it.  When we went back in '01 to the Luau, they'd changed it.  Not to be to contrite, but it was TERRIBLE!  I mean, it was so bad that my wife and I left in the middle of it.   The food was cold, The lady on the microphone was SO phony, and the stage show was nothing like it used to be.  It's because of this experience that I probably won't do it again, no matter who's in it.  

My father-in-law was with me, and he disliked it so bad, that he kept calling WDW Cust Svc, demanding that he get his money back.  Oh well....


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Posted: Nov. 14, 2003 4:58 am/pm Quote

2 points, if I may...

1. The thing I like so much about the Disney Resorts is the theming that makes you feel you're somewhere distant and  far away from home, while still being a monorail/boat/bus ride away from The Magic Kingdom. I have been fortunate enough to have gone to Hawaii a couple of times - The Luau at the Poly is every bit the equal of most Hawaiian shows. The costumes and dance are genuine and the food is prepared very much the same - right down to Poi! I love the characters in all the parks, but would very much like the shows to stay character free.

I mean, should we have 'Woody' and the whole 'Round-up' make an appearance at the Hoop-dee-doo? I sure hope not. Disney World is a complete destination, It was supposed to be about more than just the Disney cartoon canon. I sure don't mind the change in show, menu, etc. but I think I'd be very disappointed with the addition of characters.

2. Lilo & Stitch is the first Disney animated feature I ever turned off mid way thru (It should be noted I started my video collection years ago and own every single animated movie up to Mulan). I am a huge animation fan, but have been very disappointed in Disney since 'Emperor's New Groove'. Needless to say, I am not a big fan of Lilo & Stitch - the movie. Stitch may be a big draw for the kids. I know he's cute, well drawn, etc., but I don't want him to become the new 'corporate logo' for the Polynesian Resort.

I was always a big fan of the Tiki Room. I have never seen the show since the addition of Zazu and Iago. Not only was I horrified at the changes, but it was the only ride (anywhere in all the parks) that my daughters both cried. We left the attraction early. To me, adding Stitch to the Luau would be as bad a move as that.

Sorry if this sounds mean-spirited and hyper-critical. I don't think the organization makes the best decisions lately and I think adding characters in every single attraction would be a terrible mistake.

I'll get off my soap-box now.  :blush:


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Posted: Nov. 15, 2003 1:09 am/pm Quote

Quote (Cyril Proudbottom @ Nov. 14, 2003 3:58 am/pm)
I mean, should we have 'Woody' and the whole 'Round-up' make an appearance at the Hoop-dee-doo?

Yes, as long as it is a new show at lunchtime and/or breakfast in that location. We need more Character meals that boys would like because there are soooooo many princessy-ones!

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Posted: Nov. 15, 2003 2:52 am/pm Quote

First off, I love Lilo and Stitch (my husband is tired of me mumbling "My friends need to be punished").  But I don't think I'd like them to be added to the Spirit of Aloha either. Call *me a curmudgeon, but the characters at the parks just never live up to the images I have in my head!

While the idea of having a different early and later show for families / adults is appealing, Rich's idea for a breakfast or lunch with the characters sounds best.  This way it wouldn't effect the current Luau schedule, and might have the advantage of using an otherwise empty venue to spread out the crowds at MK in the morning and noon crunches?

Even I might go to a character lunch if it had Lilo and Stitch and maybe the chance of learning to hula :D


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Posted: Nov. 15, 2003 9:30 am/pm Quote

Quote (RichKoster @ Nov. 15, 2003 1:09 am/pm)
Yes, as long as it is a new show at lunchtime and/or breakfast in that location. We need more Character meals that boys would like because there are soooooo many princessy-ones!

Rich, You are absolutely correct about this! In terms of 'boys' character breakfasts, Disney falls far short here!! I can imagine something along the lines of  'Skull Rock' from Werner Weiss' Yesterland. Once upon a time, Disneyland offered an eating establishment centered around the Skull Rock theme. What boy wouldn't want to have a character meal with Peter Pan - Maybe become an honorary Lost Boy! :pirate:

I think the reason I am against the Luau with Stitch is because - to me - the Luau was always more of an 'adult' themed dinner. My Mom and Dad took us there as kids, but I don't think I truly appreciated it until I visited years later with my wife. I want WDW to have it's adult moments every bit as it's childrens moments.

I'm not against character meals. The best time I had at Disney this October was seeing my girls gush at the site of the princesses - (truth be told, I gushed at them too, but that's a post for a more mature discussion board  :blush2:  ).


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Posted: Nov. 16, 2003 1:53 am/pm Quote

Yoo Hoo, Jack and Andrea!

I like both of your ideas! Andrea, I was actually talking about Pioneer Hall where the Hoop Dee Doo show is when I was saying they should add a breakfast and/or lunch with the Toy Story Characters there to fit the western theme. But I love your idea of having a lunch with Lilo & Stitch where you can learn the hula at Luau Cove! I don't think they'd add that as a breakfast with the Characters because there already is a Character breakfast it would compete with at 'Ohana. But they could easily add a breakfast and lunch at Pioneer Hall because there is nothing at Fort Wilderness with Characters in the morning or around noon.

And Jack, I'd love to see them add a Skull Rock someplace designed for breakfasts/lunches geared towards boys and their families! Captain and Hook and Peter Pan would be great! Heck, I think the boys would even put up with Wendy being there (and that would give something for the girls/women in the family to enjoy about it, too). And as an added touch, let the Imagineers figure out a way to have Tink appear inside the area in her actual size, too!
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