If you visit the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, you must visit the Polynesian Resort and dine at Ohana. This is one of my favorite spots for breakfast and dinner. During breakfast, you can sit back and enjoy the Hawaiian ambience while your table is visited by Mickey Mouse, Pluto, Lilo and Stitch. Although all the main Disney characters are not present, the most important one is and he is dressed in Hawaiian attire with a lei around his neck (I’m not quite sure how it fit over top of those ears though).
The best part of the character breakfast experience at Ohana is that you are served family style. I am not a fan of buffets which is the main reason I think this particular Disney character breakfast is the best. Ohana has so many delicious offerings (breads, fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, sausage, potatoes, bacon, biscuits and Mickey shaped waffles) and the cast members make sure to keep the food coming! Kids of ALL ages will enjoy visiting with the characters as well as participating in a parade around the restaurant. You are guaranteed to leave with a full belly and a ton of photo memories that will last a lifetime.
For dinner, Ohana offers all you can eat Polynesian influenced foods which include flame grilled skewers of pork, turkey, tiger shrimp and beef. Again, Ohana serves the food family style so you can sit back and relax while the servers do all the work. Children can enjoy coconut races as well as hula hooping (personally, this is my least favorite part of dinner because sometimes those coconuts and broom sticks get a little out of control).
I always request a window seat so we have a beautiful view of the Seven Seas Lagoon and Cinderella’s castle. If you are lucky enough to be eating when the Magic Kingdom is closing, you can watch the fireworks and enjoy the music from Main Street USA (Ohana dims the lights and pipes in the music). It is definitely a unique way to enjoy the fireworks without the crowd. It is very difficult to get a reservation for dinner, so make sure to call 407-WDW-DINE months in advance of your trip.
Also, if you visit Ohana make sure to order a “Big Kahuna”. It is not listed on the menu, but an all time favorite tropical beverage. It is much like a pina colada but MUCH better. Tell the bartender that The Unemployed Mom recommended the Big Kahuna.
What is your favorite Disney restaurant? Have you been to Ohana for breakfast or dinner? Share your Disney dining experiences in the comments section.
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