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Posted by: RichKoster on May 17, 2003 9:26 am/pm

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

Just in case you missed the news in another thread...

This will come as a surprise to many seasoned Walt Disney World guests, but how early you make your reservation for the Spirit of Aloha dinner show at Luau Cove at the Polynesian Resort or the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue in Pioneer Hall in Fort Wilderness does not in any way affect where your party will be seated. What gets you closer to the stage is how early you arrive at the show. Even though you can still make a reservation up to two years in advance, when you do that does not determine where you'll sit.

Thanks to Disney EchoEar Sparkles for confirming and clarifying what I was told about this from another CM when I booked my table at Hoop this week.

Click here for the complete thread and further details!

Posted by: Tigger58 on May 18, 2003 4:34 am/pm

yes  thats  always been the  case!

Like I said in another thread  I take dining calls
2nd  half  of my  shift  now   and  its not how early
you pick up your  tickets  because  they like you
to pick up  your tickets  as early as  7  days  prior
to the   show at your resort....  Its how early  you  check in at he  podium  because that is   where you  request
your preferred  seating.....  Also all 2 and 3  seaters
at Hoop De Doo are all upstairs.....

Posted by: =Stitch= on May 27, 2003 2:01 am/pm

Is it possible to have tickets mailed to my address before the vacation, or must the tickets be obtained on site?
Posted by: Tikiman on May 27, 2003 2:08 am/pm

You will get them there.
Posted by: Tigger58 on May 27, 2003 6:25 am/pm



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Is it possible to have tickets mailed to my address before the vacation, or must the tickets be obtained on site?
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you pick them up at your Resort  :)
Posted by: RichKoster on May 27, 2003 6:49 am/pm



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its not how early
you pick up your  tickets  because  they like you
to pick up  your tickets  as early as  7  days  prior
to the   show at your resort....  Its how early  you  check in at he  podium  
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Ah, earlier I got it kind of mixed up, so i corrected my earlier posts and here is a summary...

Here's how it works:
  • It doesn't matter how early you call to make your reservation, except that the earlier you call (up to 2 years in advance), the better chance you have that the show you desire will not be sold out.
  • But, get to Pioneer Hall (for the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue) or Luau Cove (for the Spirit of Aloha) as early as you can - - because by "general admission" they mean seats will be assigned first come, first served by who is waiting outside the performance first.


So, there is no need to have tickets mailed early (and that isn't even possible) and it doesn't matter how many days before the performance you are checking into your resort and getting your tickets.

What does matter is how early before the show starts you are waiting in line to enter.

I think I've got it now!

Posted by: kirby428 on May 27, 2003 8:58 am/pm

Arriving early for seating is always the best strategy for most shows, but what would be the ideal time to report for the Luau in advance of a 5PM showing?  There is ample resources about how soon to line up at Fantasmic, so are there similar recommendations on this board for the Luau?  

It would seem there would be a "report for seating" time that is just ahead of the bulk of the crowd, but not too ridiculously early so as to beat the arrival of the cast member in charge of seating guests.  This would be nice to know so as to plan the proper window of time for leaving the Magic Kingdom to get an ideal Luau seating. :eyebrow:

Posted by: RichKoster on May 27, 2003 9:21 am/pm

For both the Spirit of Aloha and the Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, Disney recommends (when you book your reservation on the phone with them, probably if you wait until buying it there from Guest Services, too) that you show up at the show's outdoor podium a half hour before the show.

Now, a lot of people will forget that or be running late, but some will arrive even before that.

So, the answer is, use your best judgement based on the above as well as how long you want to wait there before the show.

I don't think it is necessary to camp out overnight there, as is done in some city's rock concerts, however (or desired by Disney, either) !
:eyebrow:

Posted by: Tigger58 on May 28, 2003 5:18 am/pm

We've always gotten there  about  45  mins  early  and waited!!  To be near the  1st  ones  in!   :wink2:
Posted by: PaulaJ on May 31, 2003 4:56 am/pm

Could you check it at the podium 45 min. prior, and then walk over to the petting zoo?   My first "Hoop"..and visit to FW so don't know distances, but on the map it looks pretty close. :cool:
Posted by: RichKoster on May 31, 2003 7:05 am/pm

It depends if they make you wait until they're ready at the podium if you get there 45 minutes prior to the show. Once they've checked you in at the podium (be it Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue or Spirit of Aloha) your seat/table will be assigned so you certainly don't have to then go right to your seat and wait.

Powder your nose, look around and enjoy the surroundings, or in the case of Hoop even go check out the petting area. The petting area is very close by to Pioneer Hall: as you are facing Pioneer Hall it is to the left and behind it a bit. There's also a playground right near there, too.

At both the Spirit of Aloha and Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue there are Disney photographers and a setting to take your picture... They really want you to pose for this even if you hve no intention of buying the picture, so you might as well play along and do it.
:wink2:
This picture-taking happens outside (even for Hoop) and is before the show starts. That's another reason Disney wants everyone to get there early.
:D

Posted by: Tigger58 on June 01, 2003 11:27 am/pm

they really dont start checking people in  until about  30  mins  prior to show time.....(but theres always a  line at the door)....  I dont  think they  want people  leaving once they're  seated  as to get  everyone seated before the show begins..... They frown on stragglers coming in late  because that disrupts the show.  (that will go  on  ontime)......
Posted by: RichKoster on June 01, 2003 9:37 am/pm

Yoo Hoo, Nancy!

Well, when do they direct you to have your picture taken? I might be remembering this wrong, but the last time we did Hoop we checked in at the podium and then after that they had us get our picture taken (outdoors, not in Pioneer Hall). Am I remembering this out of order?
:confused:

Posted by: Tigger58 on June 02, 2003 11:15 am/pm

I  dont remember  having any picture taken when we went last!  But I havent been in a  while!  So  thats  something new to me!    I  guess the best  thing is to check    with your Resort Guest Services for information on that......
Posted by: Tikiman on June 02, 2003 11:18 am/pm

The last time I saw pictures being taken was at the old Luau in 1998 but since then when we went to see the show in 2001 they had stopped taking photos and I do not believe they have done it since.

Aloha

Steve

Posted by: kirby428 on June 02, 2003 4:19 am/pm

Thanks for the helpful insight.  We've always visited WDW when parks are open until at least 10PM and by that time (with arrival back "home" more like 11PM), the family was way too tired to think about a swim, but when the park closes earlier, it is nice to know there will be some pool time to enjoy to fill out the day.  

The Volcano pool must be beautiful at night with or without swimmers.  A late night dip can be very relaxing.  When staying at a "delux", it is good to have time just to enjoy being at the resort even if it takes an "off day" to do so.

Posted by: jeankeri on July 24, 2003 8:37 am/pm

Hello!  I am new to the board, and was hoping to get some info!!  We will be staying LV concierge the first week of December, and have made reservations for the Luau during our trip.  Here is my question:  I have been posting on the Dis discussion forums, and saw a thread concerning someone who changed/upgraded her reservation at the last minute to stay concierge.  One of the replies to her post was- 'hopefully you'll be able to join the concierge table at the luau!'.  Is there a certain table at the luau for people staying concierge at the Poly, or did I misunderstand the post?  At the time I wasn't planning to stay concierge, so did not question it at the time.  Anyone have any info?   :9
Posted by: RichKoster on July 24, 2003 8:45 am/pm

Yoo Hoo, jeankeri, and aloha!

Well, let's see, I don't know about a concierge table at the Spirit of Aloha dinner show (aka "luau"), but I bet Tikiman will be along here shortly and that he'll have an answer for you.

In the meantime, sit back, relax by reading the messages here on the Disney Echo and Tikiman's website, and enjoy this welcoming gift I have for you for joining the Disney Echo and posting your first message here -- your own Minnie-style Disney EchoEars hat complete with lei:


Thanks for joining the fun here, and congratulations on your upcoming trip!
:)

Posted by: jeankeri on July 24, 2003 8:55 am/pm

Thanks!  Re-reading my post reminded me of a question I had forgotten- Does your entire party have to be there to check in, or can one wait in the line?  My boys tend to be stragglers- if my husband or myself shows up early, can they follow 10 minutes behind?  Just curious!
Posted by: RichKoster on July 24, 2003 9:09 am/pm



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Does your entire party have to be there to check in, or can one wait in the line?  My boys tend to be stragglers- if my husband or myself shows up early, can they follow 10 minutes behind?  Just curious!
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Well, I haven't been to the Spirit of Aloha show yet, just the old luau before they refurbished the place...

But if it works like checking in at Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, we arrived about 20 minutes early and only one person had to be in that check-in line. That person was given one seating table assignment card that was for the whole group, and then we were told what time to be at the door to enter, and that it didn't matter who was first in that line as all seats were assigned. By the way, seats are assigned when you call to make your reservation (up to two years in advance! ) and not when you pick up your tickets nor show up at the podium the night of the show.

So, I'd recommend they not be late for the appointed time of entry, since there is only that one seating assignment card to be brought for the whole group. But they can certainly be late for the initial checking in!
:nod:

Posted by: Tikiman on July 25, 2003 9:46 am/pm

There has never been a concierge table at the show before and I do not believe there is one with the new show. Maybe there was just a group of people staying concierge that are all meeting at the show.

Aloha

Steve

Posted by: GlassSlipperMom on July 25, 2003 10:31 am/pm

It is Confirmed!!
There is a concierge table.  I called 10 mins ago to confirm our PS and my forgetfull husband never reserved the Luau.  Pam said that she was booking my family for the concierge table which ensures better seating.

:)

Meagan

Posted by: Tikiman on July 25, 2003 10:46 am/pm

WOW!! Thanks for the info. That is new. Not that there is a bad seat anyway but being close is nice. Maybe that is why we have been close to the stage the last few times or maybe that happened when they changed the tables for the new show.

Have a great time.

Steve

Posted by: WebTink on July 25, 2003 10:49 am/pm

Hey Meagan!  Does that mean we will automatically be near each other at the show on the 7th?  I had the Polynesian Island Planning Office (Tara and the gang) get all our PS, not through WDW-DINE, so of course they knew we were staying concierge.
Posted by: RichKoster on July 25, 2003 11:52 am/pm



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WOW!! Thanks for the info. That is new.
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Oh, no! More work for Tikiman to do updating the website!
:Oo:

Posted by: Tikiman on July 25, 2003 12:36 am/pm

I don't usually add details like that till I have seen it myself or know more about it. If I put it on the web page I would not be able to answer questions about it. I don't know if it is all one table or a group of tables or a general area assigned for concierge guests.

Maybe I will have to wait till next year to get details when I go.

Aloha

Steve

Posted by: GlassSlipperMom on July 25, 2003 2:19 am/pm

It sounded like there are some general tables reserved for concierge.  I did not ask many questions when she said better seating.  

Meagan

Posted by: jeankeri on July 25, 2003 10:26 am/pm

Thanks for the info Glass Slipper Mom.  Should I call back and let them know I'm staying concierge when I confirm PS's/reservations before my trip?
Posted by: GlassSlipperMom on July 26, 2003 2:07 am/pm

I would ask them if you were seated at the concierge table when you confirm!
Meagan

Posted by: lorenafox on Sep. 24, 2003 11:46 am/pm

nobody answered paula and im wondering the same thing. We are staying at the poly so could one of us pick up the tickets as soon as they open but not go in then?

thanks lorena :hula:  :hula:

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