Let’s discuss the holy grail of Walt Disney World Resort dining. That’s right; I’m talking about the famous and unique bottomless restaurant that is always short on reservations and in high demand. Ohana! This Polynesian feast delivers on flavor, theming, and location. Located in the Great Ceremonial House at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, this spot serves breakfast and dinner daily and is just a short monorail ride away from Magic Kingdom Park.
This restaurant serves up a fun character breakfast each morning, complete with the Hawaiian movie characters Lilo and Stitch. Guests chow down on sausage, bacon, fruit, Mickey Waffles, and more at this table service breakfast.
Later in the day, the real magic happens when Ohana serves up a jaw-dropping dinner. The menu specializes in grilled meats cooked on an open oak fire grill in the middle of the eatery. Succulent side dishes are served in copious amounts while Guests enjoy Hawaiian music and a stunning view of Bay Lake and Magic Kingdom Park. For my family, a Walt Disney World Resort vacation is not complete until we visit Ohana. Here are reasons to add a meal at Ohana to your vacation dining bucket list.
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Delicious Restaurant That is Reasonably Priced
With dinner ranging from $35-$59 for adults depending on the season, most would say the restaurant is a good value for families. Considering the price includes bottomless entrees, desserts, and drinks, Ohana is a great Disney value when considering the food volume and the quality.
I’m a fan of Disney buffets and bottomless dining, but most bottomless meals on the Disney Property seem to have a variation of the same menu. Think about it, Crystal Palace, 1900 Park Fare, Chef Mickey’s, and Cape May Cafe have similar meat and side dishes except for a few signature dishes on each menu. I love that Guests at Ohana get a unique bottomless meal for a reasonable price.
I love referring Disney newbies to Ohana because they are consistently amazed—the great atmosphere, food value, and location please even the pickiest of Guests. The serving style is especially great for families with young children who prefer to enjoy the bottomless serving style without wrangling their child in a Disney buffet line. Again, I like pointing to Disney newbies to Ohana instead of one of the previously mentioned Disney buffets because the cuisine is unique for those looking for a different vacation experience.
Explore Gorgeous Polynesian Village Resort
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is simply full of charm and Disney history. This incredible Resort was built along with the rest of Walt Disney World in 1971 and has been pleasing Guests since then. That’s right. Poly is an opening-day Resort that has served Guests for decades.
Arriving at a reservation early to walk around the Resort, relax on the beach of Bay Lake, or have a drink in Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto makes a trip to Ohana even more fun. If you have an evening reservation, take the time to walk the beach near the Disney Vacation Club Bungalows on the beach. This romantic Resort offers Guests a stunning backdrop along with a delicious meal.
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Different Meals= Different Experiences
Depending on a Guest’s schedule, budget, and preference, they can visit Ohana for breakfast or dinner. Ohana breakfast features home-style favorites like Mickey Waffles, fried potatoes, scrambled eggs, and fruit. Dinner Guests dine on Hawaiian sweet bread, chicken wings, Polynesian pot stickers, a variety of grilled meat and shrimp, sides, and dessert.
Dinner diners will enjoy the upbeat sounds of ukulele serenades as they savor Polynesian cuisine. Kids will be excited to participate in the coconut race around the dining room and earn their very own flower lei for participation. Guests are greeted by the hostess stand by their server for the evening, which explains Ohana means family; everyone at Ohana is a cousin.
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♬ Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride (From “Lilo & Stitch”) – Karaoke Version – Urock Karaoke
Ohana breakfast is an excellent option for those wanting a Disney experience of a character meal. You’ll pose with Lilo and Stitch for photos and enjoy a hearty breakfast before your Park day; This is an excellent option for families with little ones that are happier earlier in the day. If you are a light breakfast eater like me, breakfast at Ohana might not be a great value. The point remains you can have two totally different experiences by visiting Ohana during two separate meals.
Flavorful Food From an Oak Fire Grill
Ohana is a carnivore’s dream. Steak, chicken, and shrimp are slow-roasted over an open wood flame and delivered to Guests on long skewers. Guests can eat their fill as cousins (servers) rotate around the dining room, refilling empty plates with fresh hot food. Try all the meats with different dipping sauces to decide on your favorite combo.
Servers at Ohana do an incredible job following up to ensure Guests’ plates and drinks are overflowing. You need not feel shy about asking for seconds (or thirds) of any dish at Ohana. Any server is happy to supply refills for your party.
Tropical Food with Flair
The food quality at Ohana is incredible. All the dishes are fresh, made to order, served with beautiful presentation, and arrive at your table quickly. The gorgeous dining room surrounded by Tiki wall décor, Polynesian boat oars, and totems enhance the ambiance and add to the fun factor for kids and adults alike.
The meal begins with a loaf of pineapple coconut bread and a fresh green salad drizzled with a fruity Lilioki dressing. The POG juice is one of my favorite things on the menu at Ohana; this fresh and fruity drink is perfect after a hot day in the Park.
The pork dumplings and honey-coriander chicken wings that kick off the meal are a crowd favorite. A Hawaiian sweet and sour sauce and peanut sauce accompany the appetizers for dipping. These appetizers are so delicious you will want to make a meal out of them. Make sure you save room for all the food yet to come!
Noodle fans will love the teriyaki glazed sweet noodles and stir-fried vegetables accompanying the main course. These fresh and light sides make the main course perfect. Enjoying the grilled shrimp with noodles and peanut sauce is incredible. The noodle nuts in my family have never experienced such a delicious noodle dish like this outside of Ohana.
Save Room for Dessert
If you have saved room for dessert, Ohana has a great one in store. Warm Ohana bread pudding and vanilla ice cream smothered in hot caramel sauce are the perfect culmination for an incredible meal. Frosting and candy-topped chocolate brownie bites are available for kids. Coffee is included in the dining cost, so feel free to kick back with some extra caffeine at the end of your meal to recharge and perk up before you hit extra magic hours in the Park.
Ohana is a Guest favorite because it is such a uniquely Disney experience. Disney dining is incredible, but Ohana and other restaurants at the Polynesian serve food that you cannot easily find in restaurants in the real world. Dinner at Ohana followed by a glimpse of the Electrical Water Parade on the shores of Bay Lake visible from the restaurant during a late dinner makes the Ohana dining experience even more, fun and memorable.
We hope you will consider visiting Ohana on your next Disney vacation. Remember to make advanced dining reservations well in advance. This Disney favorite fills up quickly!