Universal Orlando Resort embraces the ‘aloha’ spirit with the recent return of Loews Royal Pacific Resort’s Wantilan Luau. The festive, family-friendly luau and dinner show takes off on Saturdays at 6:00 pm.
For those who have never been to Hawaii before, it’s a perfect evening escape to a luau complete with roast suckling pig and fire dancing from the islands of Hawaii and the Pacific right in our backyard here in Central Florida.
A luau is a traditional Hawaiian feast or party, a celebration of Hawaiian culture. In addition to the delicious food, luaus often feature live music, hula dancing, and other forms of Polynesian entertainment.
The origins of hula can be traced back to ancient Polynesia, and it was brought to Hawaii by the early Polynesian settlers who first arrived on the islands. Over the years, hula developed into a unique Hawaiian art form with its own distinct styles, techniques, and costumes.
The dance is characterized by graceful hip and hand movements, footwork, and facial expressions, which convey the meaning and emotions of the accompanying music and lyrics.
Hula is not just a dance, but is also considered a sacred art form that embodies the history, mythology, and values of the Hawaiian culture.
It is often used to pass down stories, legends, and history, as well as to celebrate special occasions, such as weddings, birthdays, and other important events.
Guests at the Wantilan Luau take a memorable journey through Polynesian culture featuring the elegance and enchantment of Hawaii, the ancient and vibrating pounding of the Nafa drums of Tonga, the mesmerizing hip shaking dance of Tahiti and the exhilarating and flaming art of the warrior fire dance from Samoa.
“We are delighted to offer this incredible event again to our resort guests, as well as Central Florida residents,” says Managing Director Larry Beiderman. “Every luau is a party and we are thrilled to have many guests come to celebrate birthdays, graduations, anniversaries and other special moments with us.”
Guests can enjoy a culinary and musical voyage featuring hula dancers, a fire knife dancer, lively music and an array of foods including:
- A Polynesian-inspired buffet featuring traditional pit-roasted suckling pig, Hawaiian chicken teriyaki, catch of the day, lomi lomi chicken salad, Ahi poke salad, fire-grilled tender beef, island-spiced vegetables, freshly-baked breads, rolls and more
- Dessert extravaganza featuring pineapple macadamia tarts, passion fruit crème brûlée and tropical fresh fruit with chocolate mousse shots
- Mai tais, wine and beer for guests 21 and older
- Kid-friendly buffet with pizza, chicken fingers, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly and more
The Wantilan Luau takes place Saturdays at 6:00 pm. Regular and premium seating is available. Tickets start at $89 for adults and $39 for children. Tickets are available at: WantilanLuau.eventbrite.com.
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Here is a Look Inside the Wantilan Luau at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando