‘Ohana Review – Disney’s Polynesian Resort

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Reviews of 'Ohana at Disney's Polynesian Resort This tropically-themed restaurant offers a family-style dinner with menu selections influenced by Polynesian dishes, like meats grilled over an oak fire.

Visit The Mouse for Less ‘Ohana Breakfast Menu, and ‘Ohana Dinner Menu.

Cuisine: American

Service Type: Special and Unique Dining

Price Range: $$ ($15 to $35.99)

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    Who: Valcarce Family

    Where: ‘Ohana, Polynesian Resort
    When: June 13th, 2014

    What: all you can eat family style breakfast
    Rate the following: 5
    Food: 5
    Service: 5

    Atmosphere: 5
    Okay for Children: YES! It’s a character breakfast!
    Okay for Couples: Yes. The restaurant itself is lovely, with nice views.

    General tips: Make sure your kids join the ‘Ohana parade!

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    Ohana is one of the best Disney World restaurants, and therefore one of the hardest to get into. There’s a reason you have to make your priority dining ressies way in advance to eat here.

    You can easily make a meal out of the fresh bread and appetizers, which typically include salad, vegetables, and chicken wings. It’s hard not to fill up on those goodies, but restrain yourself because the best it yet to come.

    The signature feature at Ohana is skewers of grilled meat, which typically include pork, turkey, chicken and beef. The servers will keep bringing food until you finally cry, “No more!” It’s hard, but try to reserve a bit of stomach room for the bread pudding with caramel sauce, which is included in the price of your meal.

    Ohana is especially fun for the kids, as there are periodic games/activities in which they can take part. You get a great view of Wishes from the Magic Kingdom if you coordinate your meal with the firework time.

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    What: Dinner – all you can eat

    Approximate Price of Entrees: 5 adults/2 kids used the Tables in Wonderland card and had a couple alcoholic beverages TOTAL w/tip: $240

    Okay for Children: “Yes” – they call all of the kids up to participate in activities. They also offered a kids menu with the usual mac & cheese type items in case they didn’t want the food from the buffet
    Okay for Couples: “Yes”

    Be Sure to Try: The wings – they come as an appetizer but I could make a meal out of just that!

    General Tips: Try to be seated near the window. We were fortunate enough to be dining when WISHES took place. They play the music over the speakers in the restaurant and we watched the fireworks right out of the window!

    TheMouseForLess Tip: We are AP holders purchase the Tables in Wonderland card for $75. We had 2 sit down meals for dinners on our trip and the card already paid for itself. If you are not on the dining plan, and are planning on eating sit down meals regularly, I would suggest investing in it.

    Extra Comment: This is our second time at O’hana’s. We first ate here back in Nov of 2008. We were super anxious to go back since it was so good the first time. I remember the food tasting better the first time. I don’t really know why, it was perfectly fine and the service was great, but I just don’t think it was “as good” as our first visit. I still think it is a must do and I would go again!

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    What: Character breakfast with Stitch, served family style

    Approximate Price of Entrees: $60

    Be Sure to Try: The sausage, pineapple bread and juice.

    General Tips: We took the advice of others and had a late breakfast 10:45. The place was starting to clear out and the characters spent plenty of time with us. It was alot of fun, would definitely eat here again.

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    What: Dinner – We had everything pork, turkey, steak, pork rolls, bread, chicken wings

    Approximate Price of Entrees: $29.99 per person total for 9 poeple was about $318.00

    Be Sure to Try: Everything! You will not be disapointed.

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    What: dinner buffet

    Approximate Price of Entrees: Dining plan

    Okay for Children: Yes. There is a woman who gets the kids involved in some activities such as limbo and musical instruments.
    Okay for Couples: Yes. Great atmosphere for couples or families.

    Be Sure to Try: Everything we had was great from the salad to dessert I would go back there again for sure. You won’t be disappointed. The meats are prepared on an open fire pit, you get steak, pork, turkey and shrimp all of it is delicious.

    General tips: We were near the fire pit and could see them preparing the meats. There are seats where you cannot see the pit.

    TheMouseForLess tips: Our total bill was $212.00 for 5 adults. We had the dining plan so we only had to pay for the alcoholic beverages out of pocket which was about $55.00.

    Extra Comments: I would say you can’t go wrong with this restaurant for couples or families.

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    What: Dinner.

    Approximate Price of Entrees: $350 for 6 adults and 4 children

    Be Sure to Try: We had the steak, shrimp, turkey skewers (all you can eat) – and they were great. The side dishes were a little sparse, but you can ask for more.

    General tips: This was the best meal we had during our 8-day stay. Service was excellent, and the staff was friendly and helpful.

    TheMouseForLess tips: Make reservations. A group ahead of us tried to get in without reservations, and they were told there would be a 3-hour wait. Can’t say enough good things about this restaurant.

    Extra Comments: Had plenty of activities to keep the kids interested.

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    What: Dinner. This meal is served family style. They start by bringing caesar salad and appetizers, which included dumplings and chicken wings. The main course is a variety of meats (steak, pork, turkey), which is brought on large metal skewers to your table. They also give you shrimp. The steak was very tender, all of the meat was delicious. There is definitely plenty of food. They will bring your kids a separate meal if they are picky eaters. I think the choices were a hamburger, mac and cheese, or a grilled cheese. Dessert, is a large bread pudding with a banana sauce, served with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.

    Approximate Price of Entrees: Total was approx. $120…we were on DDP, so we only paid the tip.

    Be Sure to Try: The steak and shrimp were great. The dessert was tasty, everything is really good here.

    General tips: Definitely make sure you have an ADR because this place gets very crowded. They have a lady who plays music, sings, and engages the kids in games and different activities, so it gets loud, but it’s fun, and if your table is near the large picture window, you will have a great view of Cinderella Castle.

    TheMouseForLess tips: Reasonable as part of the DDP. They will bring you as much food as you can eat.

    Extra Comments: My dad doesn’t like bananas, and the server automatically poured the banana sauce all over the bread pudding when she brought it to the table…if I had known, I would have asked her to just let us pour it individually or gotten a smaller separate order for him.

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    What: Dinner. dinner-family style-ds had a hot dog and fries

    Approximate Price of Entrees: $71.33 for a family of 3

    Okay for Children: Yes-there’s lots of activities to do…ds loved the races but there were some older kids that kind of ran him over thus scaring him for the night.
    Okay for Couples: Sure it’s pretty inside and we were by the window with a great view.

    Be Sure to Try: The chicken wings were very yummy, as were the pot stickers and the salad wasn’t to bad.

    General tips: This is busy busy place we shopped and checked out the resort a bit get there early and plan on spending a lot of time here! We were here almost 2 hrs! it took a long time to get all the courses. Glad we did it on an off night!

    TheMouseForLess tips: DDP to save money!

    Extra Comments: This was our least fav meal…dh hated the cousin thing…ds spilled dh’s coke and we told server never brought us a refill or towels to clean up..we used our napkins and 1 of our warm towels, our skewer meat was RAW inside to the point of bloody! We informed server never apologized asked if we wanted more the shrimp was not to bad. They did bring out a 2nd hot dog meal for ds so dh and split that….we will not eat here again.

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    What: dinner

    Approximate Price of Entrees: $30 (with holiday premium – my parents were paying for it out of pocket and they were not amused) our family of 4 was on DDP

    Be Sure to Try: Everything. This was (in my opinion) our best meal of the trip. I enjoyed it more than LeCellier – I think they are training their cooks better because for the first time the turkey was not dry and overcooked. The turkey and pork with the peanut sauce was out of this planet. The steak was a perfect medium warm pink center as well – very hard to do on skewers. I also think they changed the sauce of the wings.. it had a spicy aftertaste to it!!! Much more heat than what I remembered (this was a good thing.) Our kids ate exclusively off the main food for the first time – we got a chicken finger basket for them just in case but they ate very well on the normal food. I would say DON”T fill up on the wontons and pace yourself because it can be a lot of food. This is not a good place for vegetarians.

    General tips: Try to sit near a window if you can… also if you have kids, definitley do the hula!

    TheMouseForLess tips: Great place to use a DDP credit

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    Love…Love this one! I think it is just how Welcoming they are this is located in the Polynesian Resort. They Welcome you and call you cousins. They are so wonderful and nice and explain everything. The Characters are really good there is Mickey, Lilo & Stitch, and Pluto. There is a little parade that the kids can get involved in at one point.

    This is served family style and it is yummy and wonderful food. Orange juice, Coffee, eggs, Cinn. Rolls, Mickey Waffles, sausage, bacon and potatoes..the food is wonderful and the serves is wonderful and everyone is very nice. You can also do a family picture. This is one of my favorite in Disney and just really starts your morning off good.

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    What: Supper

    Approximate Price of Entrees: Our total for 3 adults and 2 kids + tax and tip was 126.93–I think the breakdown was 25.99 per adult and 11.98 per child

    Be Sure to Try: The salad and dressing is AWESOME and the Bread Pudding well–it’s actually better than the salad.

    General tips: We were seated to the side of the fire pit where they cook the meat. It was neat watching that. We were a little far off from the children’s activities but it wasn’t any big deal really. The dining area is rather large and I felt that there was adequate space between the tables.

    TheMouseForLess tips: The food was served family style. They brought big platters and skewers of food to the table and would bring you seconds if you needed any. We only asked for seconds of the –can you guess—Yes salad and dessert.

    Extra Comments: This was neat but we probably wouldn’t go back. The main portion of your meal was the meat and we felt as though it all tasted alike. We are meat eaters but—good grief—that was a “mouse” load of meat!!! I would recommend someone going but it is not a must do for us!!

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    What: character breakfast – fruit platter (pineapple, grapes, honeydew, cantaloupe, and watermelon); bread basket (pineapple bread and another sweet bread); sausage; bacon; scrambled eggs; Mickey waffles; island style home fries

    Approximate Price of Entrees: $52 plus tip

    Okay for Children: This is almost a must for children! With the characters (on our visit, we saw Mickey, Lilo, Stitch, and Pluto) and the parade, our 5 year old had an awesome time.
    Okay for Couples: The tables by the windows afford you a beautiful view of the lush Polynesian landscape below, and you could make it a very nice couples breakfast. Just know that you will be interrupted by the children on parade and by the characters.

    Be Sure to Try: Our menu for the morning included an absolutely delectable pineapple bread that is NOT to be missed!! Both of our little ones enjoyed the Mickey waffles too.

    General tips: Go hungry, as they will bring you as much as you want. We had an 8:30 ADR, and were full until about 3 PM when we had lunch. Also, for the second parade we saw when we were there, quite a few adults joined their kids, so if you have a shy child, don’t feel like you can’t participate with them.

    TheMouseForLess tips: If you time it right, you might be able to make do with this meal and a light dinner.

    Extra Comments: Our waitress, Kristin, was so awesome! The baby LOVED the Mickey waffles, but HATED the characters. Every time a character came near her, she would fling her waffle in the air and grab on to me. Well, at the end of the meal, I asked for a paper napkin to take Grace’s waffle pieces with us. After we had paid our bill, Kristin came running over with two hot waffles in a box and told us to take them with us so the baby could eat them later.

    It was also very busy, but she was quick to refill drinks and bring seconds on the sausages :-)

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    What: Breakfast, Sweet Bread, Biscuits, Fresh Fruit, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Waffles served Family style

    Approximate Price of Entrees: 3 adults at $18.99, 1 child at $10.99

    Be Sure to Try: The sweet Bread, it is a coconut pineapple bread and is so yummy

    General tips: We had an ADR for around 10:30am and had almost the whole restaurant to ourselves, we got great character interaction

    TheMouseForLess tips: We used the DDP so tax and tip were included

    Extra Comments: They do a fun little parade with the kids around the restaurant. We had a blast here.

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    What: 8:41pm–Family style 2 adult dinners 24.99 each, child 10.99 2-Virgin Pina Colada’s 3.79 each (included with the dining plan)

    Approximate Price of Entrees: total 73.01 with tax

    Okay for Children: They will love the hula lessons, coconut races, etc.
    Okay for Couples: Yes, but you must love kids and expect the kids to get up and do the activities as well as parents taking pictures of their children. There was one couple with a child that was extremely upset and caused a huge scene because of all the activity and picture taking.

    Be Sure to Try: bread pudding. I don’t normally like any type of bread pudding but this was delicious.

    General tips: Relax and enjoy but expect lots of activity and kids running around.

    TheMouseForLess tips: You can eat as much as you want so ask for seconds of anything you need.

    Extra Comments: Don’t forget you can see the fireworks from here and set up your meal for the right time and then ask for a window seat or a table near the window.

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    What: Dinner (all you can eat served family style)

    Approximate Price of Entrees: Pina Coloda $7.00, Margarita $8.75, (2) tradewinds drinks $16.00, (2) adult $49.98, (4) kid meals $43.96, Malone was free. Total with the DDE 20% discount of $25.49 was $108.58 plus tip

    Be Sure to Try: the salad- the lime dressing is WONDERFUL!, the shrimp-YUM! and the wontons- VERY YUM!

    General tips: Have an ADR. If you time it right, you can see MK fireworks from this restaurant and they pipe the music in to watch the fireworks with.

    TheMouseForLess tips: use your DDE card here! Remember it is on alcohol also!

    Extra Comments: This is my absolute favorite restaurant in all of Disney. I mean my #1 FAVORITE! All the food is wonderful. My kids have a blast with the games. It is not a place were you have to worry about your kids talking loud or getting up from the table. It is just………. Magical……………….

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    What: Two adult Dinners, which includes choice of non-alcoholic beverages and starters (or appetizers) which consist of tossed salad with a honey lime dressing, fried rice, stir-fried green beans with onions, honey-barbeque chicken wings, and shrimp and vegetable wontons, along with three dipping sauces Ð fruit, peanut and cilantro ginger. Three-foot skewers containing marinated sirloin steak and mesquite-seasoned turkey are brought to your table. Then grilled tiger shrimp and barbecued pork loin skewers are brought to your table. At the end of the meal, fresh pineapple with caramel dipping sauce is brought out to your table.

    Approximate Price of Entrees: Two Adult Dinners was $42.48 with the Disney Dining Experience card Ð Normal Price would have been $53.23.

    Be Sure to Try: Everything. I, for one, would never eat pineapple, but had only been exposed to canned pineapple in the past. When the fresh pineapple with caramel sauce was brought out at the end of our meal, I decided to give it a try and to my surprise, I loved it.

    General tips: You definitely need a Advance Dining Reservation here Ð otherwise, you could have a really long wait if you are able to be seated at all.

    TheMouseForLess tips: If you have a DDE card Ð use it. If youÕre using the Magic Your Way Dining Plan, this would be a good choice.

    Extra Comments: If you donÕt mind eating too late, schedule your ADR for about 90 minutes prior to the start of Wishes at the Magic Kingdom and ask to be seated near a window so you can view Wishes at the end of your meal.

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    What: dinner

    Approximate Price of Entrees: 19.95 adult – 9.95 child

    Be Sure to Try: The Green Beans and the Fried Rice

    General tips: If you have Kids this is a great place. My son had a ball with the coconut races and Hula Hoop contests. If your kids are picky (like mine) ask for the alternate kids menu, we had Grilled cheese and mac ‘n cheese fro the two lil guys at our table.

    Dollarless tips: was very tempted by the desserts we saw as we walked in, but the fresh pineapple and caramel sauce was outstanding! No extra dessert for me!

    Extra Comments: We will definately go back! Cast members were frindly and attentive. And the food was great!

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