Event was overpriced for the food and show experience. I should have researched the venue before booking. The event takes place under an outdoor tent and you sit at folding tables and chairs much like a wedding reception. Tables are large - seat 12 - so difficult to have a conversation over the meal. I did not realize that children aged 10-12 were also charged at the adult price, which was a bit disappointing as my two kids ate from the kid buffet of mac and cheese and chicken nuggets. The adult buffet was satisfactory but nothing special. No desserts appropriate for kids.
The food was excellent. Check in was a little awkward, requiring a wait in line to check-in, then a wait on the lawn area for the restaurant area, then another line to wait to be taken to your seats. The food was excellent and the performers were enthusiastic. The show isn't super authentic, but was enjoyable. The service was very good. I did take issue with our 11 year old being charged as an adult, and also being charged a fee for alcohol and sales tax on alcohol sales. Despite the fact they were billing for a minor, they say this is just how their billing works and they would not take the charges off. Adults are served unlimited mai tais, beer or wine, seemed like a rip-off to be charged this portion of the fees for a child.
One of the best buffet dinners I've ever eaten. Fresh, creative, and diverse choices. I've now attended both the Disney Polynesian luau and the Wantilan luau and rate the Wantilan as better value for the money. Also recommend spending the extra money (less than $10 per person) for preferred seating at the first two tables to see the show up close. The dancers were amazing!
Worth the money. My 2 teenagers, my husband and I loved the entertainment and the food was amazing.
If you are looking for an authentic luau then the Wantilan Luau is for you. Enjoy Hawaiian Treats including a pig roast, Johnny cakes, and pineapple desserts. The Dancing is great and I enjoyed the interaction with the audience. I loved the fire performance! Having been to a luau in Hawaii, the Wantilan luau is authentic and enjoyable. Great for the entire family.
The food was fantastic, especially the Kahlua Pork. Our Mai tai glasses never went empty.
The announcer of the show was great, and the dancers were wonderful. I really enjoyed it.
Thanks, and Mahalo!
Enjoyable experience. Food was nice and plentiful. Loved the Mai Tais. But overall I think it wasn't good value. It was shorter than I expected and not enough entertainment. I wouldn't do it again.
Overall fun experience, a little pricey, the food was good, not great, but had a really fun date night out of it.
It was all delicious, all the food was great. Then once the show began it was non stop and very entertaining. We did get there early to get a close table reserved and that was worth the wait. All in all, it was a lot of fun.
My 2 sisters and I enjoyed the evening. The food and the entertainment were great. I would recommend this to anyone. It was actually our 3rd time to see the show and loved it. The only thing I would recommend is for someone like me who has had gastric bypass surgery and can't eat so much, is for you to offer a reduced rate due to not being able to eat. Food is wonderful but can only eat a miniscule amount.
My wife and I like it that said, the families with children the show did not keep them entertained, good thing we were outside lots of the kids played just outside the show area. The food was good and all you can eat up til the start of the show. The show was very nice too. Was a evening.
Had a great time at the Luau, The music and performers were outstanding. The food was good to very good, The desserts were fair to good. The Mai Tais tasted more like Kool Aide than an adult beverage. Overall a nice experience but maybe just once a year.
We loved everything about this dinner, we will do this again.
The Wantilan Luau at the Loews Royal Pacific in Orlando has a good variety of food choices for the luau buffet, whether you're looking for authentic Hawaiian (or Pacific island) fare or something for the kids to eat. Entertainment is in the form of music, dance, and storytelling, plus a great fire dance. We thoroughly enjoyed the luau. Must give kudos to the luau and hotel staff for keeping the show going (outside but under cover) even though we had heavy rain.
It was great to surprise my daughter and son-in-law with the surprise announcement for their anniversary. It was great to have pictures with the performers after the show?
The dining included authentic Hawaiian singers and band. The dancers were both male and female natives to Hawaii; they presented traditional dances of Hawaii, Tahiti and Samoa. Audience participation on stage with the dancers was enjoyable and fun for everyone.
That show was fantastic and the servers were very attentive and polite but the food was just OK. Not a great selection and not the best quality. The Mia Tia's were a nice touch but again not the best quality. For $79, I expected top-notch but instead got an average dinner.
The food was so good! The food was really unbelievable, honestly could not have been better. The food and service were excellent. However, the drinks were fair, the wine was awful. The show itself was OK and left us feeling that the evening was not worth the money. The band was fair, the female dancers were fair, the male dancer was very good at the fire dance, but fair otherwise. I expected a lot more for what it cost and for a hotel on universal's property. I expected a first rate show, which this was not. I would come for the food, but not for that price.
Talented performers, buffet was authentic, so depending on what you like - it could go either way. Beverages are limited... Nonalcoholic is fruit punch, lemonade, and water... while alcohol was beer, wine, mai tai's. No sodas or teas. Refills on Mai Tai's was frequent, but adults drinking fruit punch, you had to ask.
There's a meet and greet afterwards, which is nice for photos.
This is outdoors and it is Florida - the HUMIDITY can be uncomfortable, even though there were ceiling fans going.
There's a pre-show in the garden, but most guests wandered inside the A/C of the lobby.
Remember to get your parking pass validated at check-in... They didn't ask or just give us the validation, so it'll cost you NOT to ask!
It was a great experience for my daughter's birthday. There was plenty of audience participation too. Libations were included in the price and so was th gratuity. I'd do it again.
The entertainment at the Luau was great. The initial entrance into the Luau was long and disorganized secondary to their reservation and payment system not working.
Advertised as "All you can eat ", should be advertised as "All you can eat, while they allow you to eat". Trays of very good food get taken away before you can sample them. I paid $75 dollars per person. No shrimp. No lobster. Dishes like "Goat cheese with Kim Chee" Really ?!?. Cabbage and cheese. My wife and I had to split our dishes of food so we could sample the dishes we missed out on. I have 2 children. They had Mac and Cheese and Chicken Fingers and Fries. My kids ate ok. They have no interest in cabbage and cheese. Knowing now what was served. I wouldn't do it again. Yes there was a show. However. the food arrangement should have been much better.
The show and food were both good but the check in process was horrible. Very unorganized, folks cutting in line, had 3 people in the booth and only one checking guests in. Also, no electronic credit card machine so all credit cards had a carbon copy made on paper.
We really wanted to love this but with the exception of the entertainment, this fell very short. We checked in really early and the gentleman at the kiosk said it starts at 7. I knew that wasn't right. We went downstairs to the pavilion at 6 and people were already eating. The buffe was not worth the price paid. Every item was the same temperature. (Warm goat cheese not great). Before we were through the buffet line once, they were tearing down a line. They ran out of applesauce for the pig before we even got there. The price that was charged for drink portion was insane. Between the three of us we had a Maitai and two beer. The Maitai was some juice with a splash of rum. These glasses were pre-prepared and wIting in a tray in the hot weather. There was no real interaction from the servers. They merely cleared two plates.Kids buffet was disappointing. My niece ate a chicken strip and four pieces of pineapple. Not worth the adult price we paid. Over all- very disappointed and will not return or recommend.
I was completely entertained, while being fed a great meal. My daughter and father loved it too!
I thought there would be more different types of dancing. They tried to give a different feel by changing the skirt and would begin differently but end up with some variety of Tahitian quick dance. Would like to see Tonga, Samoa, New Zealand, ect... Definitely does not stand up to any luau in Hawaii. Food was Asian, not pacific. No poi, all desserts were dairy. Wanted cake! Would rather of had room service and a nice steak for the price. GET RID OF THE COCONUTS! It is so demoralizing for women to dance around in coconuts. Very cheesy. Wish I had read the reviews before I bought tickets.
Although show was great, the disappointment came with the food and drink. Once the food was out, it was not restocked. This was shocking since the cost was not inexpensive. If you weren't able to sample all the wonderful food on your first trip to the buffet (the plates are not big), you may miss out on some of it. The unlimited drinks was also kind of stopped once the show went on.
Beautiful outdoor seating, outstanding service and the food along with desserts was very good! Nice variety, even for kids. They had the option to choose from kid buffet or have food from adult buffet. The luau was great entertainment!
The Wantilan Luau was exactly what you would experience if you were actually in the Hawaiian Islands. It was in a beautiful setting, the entertainment was wonderful, the service was excellent, the food and drinks were plentiful and delicious. My family and I all thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone wanting to treat themselves to this dinner show experience. It is a little pricey, but we felt it was worth every penny.
Everything was mediocre except the waiter service which was constantly checking on us - something other reviews said never happened. Seating is over crowded and miserably hot. Some of the tables are on the outer edge of the pavilion and get no air circulation from the already barely spinning overhead fans.
Food labels didn't always match the items or were just kinda tossed on the table. The food was barely island themed at all. Would have been nice to see some pineapple sweet bread, poi, and fresh papaya. Important to note: No coke products are served at all. This confused me so much. Here they are serving mainland style food but yet only let you pick between water, lemonade, or maitais (beer and wine as well). Pretty sure a can of Coke is cheaper than a can of Bud Light.
The performance segment was, as expected, not that great. Didn't expect them to be fully authentic. They had a lot of audience participation which I guess is fun? Seemed to be more of a way to eat up time and make the show go on longer.
The main reason to dine here is the Show! The dancer were great. Full of energy and personality. They loved sharing their culture and dance with the audience. The food was mediocre and the Mai Tai was juice with a splash pf alcohol. Go for the wine or beer. It was an experience, but NOT worth the $$.
Food was awesome, show was a little corny would have like more of the fire dancing.
Average food, but plenty of it - buffet style. Very poor service refilling drinks. Show was fun to watch for a bit but it was so hot we left early. Bring bug spray. A nice break from the Universal/IOA.
Our family had a wonderful time. The interaction between performers and guests were very entertaining. Great show!
Service was great, the food was great, and the show was wonderful!!!
We honestly thought this place was really over priced. I wanted to go because it looked like something fun to do with my family. The show was nice but the food was just eh, no taste, no flavor and nothing that would make you want to refill your plate (well not for us). I like food with flavor and tasty. The show and their signature drinks were the only two things that we really liked. It's truly not worth the price... way over priced.
This Luau was VERY expensive. A $45 charge for alcohol was extreme. It was too hot to drink and spending that amount for 1 drink was crazy. The entertainment was nice, not fantastic, but fine. The food was ok, but not fantastic. The scenery was beautiful. I love the hotel.
Way too much money for very little return. Only worth the money if you plan on drinking a lot of alcohol in a short period of time.
The fire chief was amazing from what we saw of his performance, the music and dancing were cool. The food overall was meh. However, the salmon and pork were really good, but that is the only two items out of many. We were told that it was first come first serve seating. I went early to ensure that we would get great seats. I was the second person in line and they sat us in the very back. We were told there were no bad seats in the pavilion because the stage is raised, but we all had a terrible view when the fire chief was on the ground. Overall it was nothing like the Luau's in Hawaii and I would not spend the money again, in fact it was a little disappointing. Definitely a one time attraction.
The show was enjoyable but too short for the price. The pulled pork with coconut rice and sauce were excellent but all the other food was just ok. I've had better island food at Bahama breeze. The waitress took our drink order but didn't tell us we could go ahead and get our food when she sat us...we only realized we could when we noticed other people across the way already getting their food. She did come by several times to check on us and refill out drinks. Its outdoors so its expected to be warm but the fans in the ceiling of the tiki hut were on low and provided no circulation. The air was just humid and still which made it very uncomfortable. Would recommend only when weather is cooler! The Mai Tais were tasty but I don't think they had any alcohol in them...stick to the beer or wine if you want a drink. I always like trying something new so overall it was fun but way overpriced for the quality so would not do it again.