Very much fun - could be better!
Very much fun - could be better! Would like to have had less wait time in line for food - would suggest opening up more tables with food to get guests fed faster. Should offer more alcohol choices on menu - not just Mai Tais, but include some beer choices or wine. Would suggest smaller tables of 4 and not 10 - maybe have choices for table sharing or own table. A bit pricey but you are paying for the entertainment which was excellent for 1 hour long. Very enjoyable atmosphere and out kids, 10 and 13, loved it!
3/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great camaraderie, outstanding
Great camaraderie, outstanding service and a great show.Thanks,ILIA
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
The entertainment was excellent!
The entertainment was excellent! The food was very good for a buffet!
However, the website instructions conflicted with the confirmation instructions as to the time you had to go to the luau. It was difficult to understand that you had to go at 5 p.m. even though you made a reservation with your credit card, to get a table/seat assignment and pay for the tickets. Then you had to go back at 6 p.m. to be seated and start the buffet. This needs to be clarified as a family's time is limited and valuable while on vacation. Thinking kids could eat at 5 when they can't eat till 6 and waiting around for an hour, doesn't work.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
The dinner/show was one of the highlights from our vacation. The food, service and entertainment were top notch! We would recommend this for adults only, as the young children with other families were not interested in sitting for 2 hours to eat and watch the show (there was an area just outside where they were able to play though.) The show did involve the audience participating through out which was also very entertaining!
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went to this dinner on our last night at Universal because we thought it would be a unique and different experience for our vacation. Our daughter is 13 and enjoyed it. The food was ok for adults and gave options for picky kids too. Actually, I expected the buffet to be a bit better for the price. But the entertainment was excellent. Sevice was also excellent. FYI: my credit card statement bill was 25% higher than it should've been because they reserve that much for gratuity. Tip is included in the price and should not be paid seperately, unless you want to tip more. However, it came off the next day and I was charged the correct amount. Overall was a good experience for entire family.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
My parents just returned from Maui and attended the luau at the Westin. From the description of their experience this is a great option if you can't go to Maui. We all loved it!! There is not one negative thing that we have to say.The food was really good and I am a picky eater. Our 6 year old daughter also ate well. The hula dancing was beautiful and skilled. The evening was very lively and fun. It had a great mix of dancing and singing as well as audience participation. The director of the show did a great job. He mentioned some people celebrating special occasions by name and from memory. That really impressed me. Will recommend it to all our friends. And will probably go again as soon as we can.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Experience was great and the
Experience was great and the performance was awesome.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Thanks for a Wonderful Time!
It was just a wonderful evening! The Food, The Service, The ENTERTAINMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
I'm assuming they've changed
I'm assuming they've changed the check in process (as compared to past reviews I've read) because I showed up at 5pm expecting to wait in line for and hour. The hostess confirmed my reservation, we paid, got a table #, and went for a drink upstairs in the hotel until 6pm when they opened the doors. I was glad i didn't have to fight for a good table. The food was good (not 5 star but also not poor quality. Remember it's a buffet!) I drank wine but my friends said the Mai tais were good but not too strong. The servers cleared empty plates quickly and were friendly. The dessert selection was lacking. Loved the show, the MC is very warm and the performers were skilled. It's outdoors so keep that in mind with weather. We had a great night.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful luau experience!
We were not sure what to expect but everyone in our party was pleasantly surprised by the wonderful food, hula dancers and fire dancer. The entire staff helped to make my parents' 50th anniversary just like a second honeymoon for them!
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food, Great Entertainmeent! all in an awsome resort to explore afterwards or prior.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Well worth the time and money. Food Service ended a little too soon...but overall a great time!,
6/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Th luau buffet was generous, many items to choose. The kids buffet was filled with all the things they love, as well. From kimchee to the roasted pig, everything was tasty. Along with a bottomless MaiTai!
Seating is based on when you check in, starting at 5:00. Our table was perfect, but there isn't a bad seat to be had. The music & dance is wonderful! They were entertaining and engaging. The band was soft during dinner, but really got into the spirit when the dances started.
6/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
I attended the Luau with my 10 yr old dtr. We had a fantastic time. The buffet had a varied selection. My favorite was the Grilled Salmon with Asian Citrus sauce. It was delicious. The hula dancers and Fire Chief were phenomenal and put on a fun, interactive, entertaining show. I would highly recommend for any couples, families or even large groups who may be travelling on business.
6/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
I enjoyed the dinner and entertainm
I enjoyed the dinner and entertainment. The service was also great. Thanks for making our dinner so nice.
6/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
would do again
I lucked up on this place thru things to do while in Orlando. My family and I enjoyed ourselves. The only thing we didn't understand war the limit on the buffet for food. The drink and desserts bar lasted up until 30min prior to the luau ending and felt the food should've been given the same limit. Either way, the show was very enjoyable and we had a great time. Le
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was an awesome experience and the kids loved it!
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
The luau was excellent.They had audience participation & a fantastic show with an excellent buffet including one for the kids.If you ever come to Florida & have time I suggest you try it.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've been to a few luaus in Hawaii, this was a very nice and well thought out event. Very entertaining and the food was very good. Would do this again.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
A specialty restaurant with open seating, people gather early to buy tickets. Hosts provide water and a ukele player while 1 performer shows/teaches the hula. This is a 2 hour experience in a tropical hut canopy. The first hour is a Hawaiian buffet dinner complete with a slow roasted pig. Servers keep glasses filled and. plates cleared while a group play traditional music on the stage. The 2nd hour starts the show with 4 young ladies and 1 young man performing Slow/fast South Sea dances. The young man demonstrates a flaming torch dance! Best of all they involve (You don't have to!) the audience by getting a few of us on stage with them. All in all a wonderful experience.
8/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
First time at a Luau
We loved out evening at the Luau! the food was great, the service, excellent and the entertainment was Fantastic! We met nice people at our table, a family with young kids and a couple out for their anniversary. We have already recommended the experience to friends.
8/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
My family had a great time. The food was great, and the entertainment was wonderful! The staff went out of the way to make sure everyone was enjoying themselves.
8/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wonderful! The Island Music-fantast
Wonderful! The Island Music-fantastic. The buffet-beautiful and best of all it tasted great. I tried everything, my plate was overflowing and I ate it all. The mini desserts allowed me to sample many varieties - loved the mango cheesecake. The Mai Tai's were fruity and delicious. The entertainment engaged the crowd and told stories of the islands. The costumes changes were fantastic and the dancers great. Of course I was amazed by the fire dancing. Also you could have pictures with the girls afterwards. The staff was delightful. Our waiter and waitress were fun and gave us tips for having a better time. They announced what we were celebrating and our friend got to go on stage to dance and that video is priceless!
8/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
beautiful hula girls, spectacular fire dancer, talented band and warm MC -not to mention plentiful delicious food and drink- made for a wonderful evening. I've been to several Luau's in Hawaii and this was as authentic as any of them.
8/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
THE CHECK I PROCESS WAS TEDIOUS,
THE CHECK I PROCESS WAS TEDIOUS, you should have Ice tea and sodas for non alcoholic drinkers, BEST PULLED PORK I EVER ATE! Wish I had the recipe! The costumed dancers were very talented. The deserts could be improved.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner started off slow... Showed up at 6:05 and were sat at a table with a silent family of strangers who were already 3/4 done with their meals. (It was buffet style, and most of the families with kids showed up early/on time and wasted no time hitting the food).
A trio band was playing during the Buffett hour. Not bad, just some soft Hawaiian music.
Things stayed mellow until the show started at 7:00. The show itself was pretty good. Energetic, comedic, audience involved. There was a variety of island music, hula girls, and fire dancing. This show would be great to take families to for a little taste of Polynesia.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed the experience and the food. Colorful costuming and energetic show without being too loud. Outdoor covered setting in a garden was lovely and picturesque. Would be good for a special occasion dinner/event.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lots of fun, great music & dancing
Lots of good food buffet style and great dancing. Service varies a LOT based on staff, tip is prepaid FYI. Dancers are friendly and available after the show for meet & greet and pictures. Live music and dance instruction takes place in the waiting line during check-in too. Not as hokey as WDW's luau, but just as good dancing and better food by far IMHO.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hawaii is closer than you think
We go to Universal Studios at least once a year, sometimes twice and always stay at one of the Loews Universal Resorts, but this was the first time we went to the Wantilan Luau. I was amazed at all of the negative comments. The food was excellent and the performers were great. Don't get turned off by the cost, because when you break it down it's very reasonable. The cost includes food, drinks, and even gratuity. I drink, so I easily covered the cost of drinks with just a few Mai Tai's, even though I'll admit I had more than just "a few". The roast pork was excellent as was the other "exotic" foods I probably would have never tried had they all not been included in the buffet. Try it at least once, but we'll be back on our next trip down.
10/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Wantilan at Lowes Royal Pacific.
An amazing experience suitable for all ages and the whole family. Food is lovely although fill your plate quickly as it soon runs out and the tables are not replenished. Saying that there was enough to go around. Drinks are regularly refilled at no extra cost. The music and dancing on stage is fantastic especially the fire breathing act. Audience can participate too including the children. A great night out and would definitely reccomend.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good night out
This was a good night out if you want something different. A good choice of food on the buffet and the entertainment was very good and educational.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
overall good experience
The food was mediocre but the entertainment was top notch, really amazing music, hula dancers and fire dancers. My young son loved being pulled on stage to wiggle his hips for the crowd. Abit overcrowded but overall worth it.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nothing like the childish "Disney"
This was the best group of dancers I've seen
The food was pretty good and the service was ok until the show started then they disappeared
I would recommend this luau for the authentic dancing and entertainment!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM