When the Polynesian Resort first opened in Walt Disney World in October, 1971, it was a given that it would have some form of Luau dinner show — and it did. That show, with only small changes over the years, ran for many years. On February 19, 2003, in what was a cast member preview, the Polynesian's Luau Cove premiered Disney's Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show, to replace the one that had run since the beginning. I was lucky enough to have been present at that performance.
Having seen the original luau show as well as the character version many times, I was very happy to see a new show with enough of the traditional luau show to satisfy almost everyone.
The preview period lasted for a week until the official opening in March, 2003