At the end of September SeaWorld’s Makahiki Luau Dinner Show will be saying “aloha.” The show, which has been in production for more than 30 years will be ending September 30. The question is, will it be replaced?
Some may remember this show as the Polynesian Luau, held in the Seafire Inn in the theme park’s waterfront area. The name really didn’t change, it was just an easier reference for guests wanting to purchase tickets. Can you say, “Makahiki?” Admission to SeaWorld is not required, which is nice because the cost for the show is $46 per adult and $29 per child, which in itself isn’t bad. Add that to a days’ admission and you’ve got an expensive day of entertainment. You do get free parking though as long as you don’t show up too early (one hour prior).
Menu items at the Makahiki Luau Dinner Show are from Pacific Isle cuisine including Hawaiian chicken, Polynesian-style barbecue pork, a selection of fish in piña colada sauce, rice, vegetables, bread, fruit and other side items. Soft drinks are included. Entertainment includes fire dances from Hawaiian costumed performers and authentic music. Each guest also receives a complimentary flower lei.
Hopefully SeaWorld will place the performers in this show elsewhere – they are very talented and easy on the eyes. However, it may not be another dinner show. Dine With Shamu was reintroduced back in July, which makes it easier for SeaWorld to promote only one Orlando dinner show. Dine With Shamu, however, does not take reservations, and admission to the park is required.
For those of you who have not seen the Makahiki Luau Dinner Show, you have until the end of September to experience it. Orlando Tourist Tip: Call your reservation in early. Now that the word is out, it could be difficult to get a seat!
For those of you that really enjoy dinner shows, this month is a good month to go see an Orlando dinner show. The crowds are smaller especially on week days. See the Makahiki Luau at SeaWorld and sadly say, “Aloha!”