Loews Royal Pacific Resort is a gorgeous hotel located at Universal Orlando Resort. As soon as you step foot on the property you are transported to an exotic South Seas paradise rich with culture. And let me tell you, the true Royal Pacific experience isn’t complete without a night at the Wantilan Luau. Today we are excited to tell you the Luau is back!
The Wantilan Luau is an all-you-can-eat — and drink *wink* — dinner show complete with captivating hula and fire dancers that’ll leave you enchanted by the stories of the South Seas.
The Wantilan Luau is a feast featuring the treasured flavors of the South Pacific — so pack your loose-fitting Hawaiian shirts and an empty stomach. When you arrive at the luau you’ll be seated underneath the Wantilan Pavilion with a view of the resort’s lush greenery, stage, fire pit, and of course, the BUFFET. Once seated, you’re able to grab your beverages and peruse all of the buffet offerings non-stop through the remainder of the night (and during the show!)
My favorite menu items were the iconic Pit-roasted Suckling Pig, Ahi Poke Salad, Fire-grilled Tender Beef, and Coconut Toasted Jasmine Rice. For dessert, the star was the Passion Fruit Crème Brûlée. All of this paired fabulously with the all-you-care-to-enjoy mai tais I sipped on in my souvenir tiki mug (included with premium seating).
When you watch the dances, chants, and live music, you’re not just watching a show void of meaning. You’re experiencing fine art with rich history and culture as the performers share a slice of their ancestral knowledge on the stage. The story starts in the era known as the Golden Age of Travel. Master pilot and adventurer Captain Jake embodied the spirit of the era and carried travelers throughout Polynesia sharing his love for the traditions and culture of the islands celebrated through the show. According to legend, Jake’s plane landed at Loews Royal Pacific Resort (you can spot it floating in the lagoon) and while he has since disappeared, his adventurous spirit remains around the resort.
As the show prepares to begin, the narrator encourages you to sit back, relax, and, like our beloved Captain Jake, savor the journey through the South Pacific. The show travels from the fire pit, to the stage, to the audience, and is split into five acts taking you through the Pacific islands of Hawaii, New Zealand, Tonga, Tahiti, and Samoa. As we venture through the five islands we witness the story come to life through the traditional dances, roaring chants, radiant costumes, pounding of the Nafa Drums, twirling of the Maori Poi Balls, flaming knives, and of course, audience participation — cue the mai tais.
Contact your travel advisor today to book this experience for your next trip to Universal Orlando Resort!
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