'Ohana means Family!
Disney Dining Plan:
B (Character), D
$$ (Fixed Price)
'Ohana is a family-style table-service restaurant located on the upper floor of the Grand Ceremonial House at the Polynesian Resort, just a quick monorail ride away from the Magic Kingdom.
The restaurant offers both breakfast and dinner. Both are fixed-priced.
Breakfast is a Character Meal featuring Lilo and Stitch. The breakfast menu consists of standard American breakfast fare with a Polynesian flare.
The dinner menu offers a fun and unique array of skewered meats and shrimp with dipping sauces, vegetables or salad, sides, and adelicious dessert, as well as yummy island specialty drinks. It features an open kitchen with an amazing oak fire pit!
The meats are served right onto your plate from giant skewers! And you can have as much as you like. My little carnivores thought this was a great feature! All items are served family-style, and they will bring you more of something if you run out.
I suggest trying one of the specialty tropical drinks. My favorite is the Lapu-Lapu, served right in a pineapple! Mmm Mmm!
Usually at some point throughout the meal, the entertainment will start. A ukulele player will sing songs, tell stories, and lead any willing children inhula lessons and games like coconut racing where coconuts are ‘swept’ along with brooms.
The restaurant features a wall of windows through which you can see the Seven Seas Lagoon and in the distance, the Magic Kingdom. If you time your dinner reservation right, you may be able to view the Magic Kingdom fireworks display. The restaurant offers a unique view point, and they even dim the lights and pipe in the sound of the show for the restaurant patrons' enjoyment.
'Ohana is a fixed-price restaurant and you can use the Disney Dining Plan.
Due to popularity, reservations can be hard to get, and please do not expect to just show up at meal time and be seated. While it is not unheard of, it is certainly not the norm. So, I strongly suggest making an advanced dining reservation (ADR). You can make reservations up to 180 days in advance by calling (407) WDW-DINE or online.
'Ohana is very convenient in relation to the Magic Kingdom. To get to there from the Magic Kingdom, Contemporary, or the Grand Floridian, simply take the Resort Monorail to the Polynesian Resort, or a Boat. The monorail station is already on the second floor of the resort, so all you have to do is walk to the far left corner of the second floor. If you arrive by boat, walk up to the main building and go upstairs. If you are coming from the Studios or the Animal Kingdom, take the Polynesian bus. From Epcot, take the monorail to the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC). If you are coming from any other resort (not on the Magic Kingdom monorial loop), you can take a bus to the TTC. From the TTC, you could hop on the Resort Monorail, but the Polynesian Resort is a just a short couple minute walk down a lovely little path - just follow the signs for the Poly and then the Grand Ceremonial House, and make your way to the second floor.
Keep in mind that getting around the Walt Disney World property can sometimes take a while - be sure to leave yourself enough time to arrive at 'Ohana approximately 15 minutes before your reservation time.
I suggest getting to 'Ohana early, even if you have reservation. After you check in at the podium, they will hand you a buzzer that will signal when your table is ready. While you are waiting, you can enjoy the beautiful Grand Ceremonial House and lobby. There are lush gardens and beautiful flowers and water features. My kids also enjoy having silly photos taken with the various tiki-like statues.
After your meal, feel free to explore the Polynesian Resort. While you cannot use the pool (unless you are staying there of course), you can surely wander around the grounds and main building. A popular thing to do at the Polynesian Resort is to watch the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the beach. So get there early and grab a hammock!
We've dined at 'Ohana many times, and try to get a reservation every trip - sometimes unsuccessfully. We really enjoy the food, atmosphere, games and always come away vowing to return.
The food is simply delicious. Who doesn't like bar-b-qued skewered meats? Your waiter will tell you which dipping sauce is intended for which type of meat, but we always experiment and try various combinations - have fun with it! And both the noodles and potatoes are scrumptious (sometimes the menu changes and a lot of people go crazy, but really, both options are great so don't let the absence of one or the other ruin your dining experience).
And let me tell you, the Bread Pudding with Bananas Foster is one of the most delicious desserts I have ever tasted! I so enjoyed it, that I sought out the recipe!
And last but not least, make sure you get a tropical drink! I usually do not order a drink with dinner, but I do at 'Ohana! They have all sorts of specialty drinks and wines. Did I already mention that my favorite is the Lapu-lapu?
As for the entertainment, music and games, my kids enjoyed them. Some people are just not into this kind of thing, but my family members are a bunch fun-loving hambones!
The boys get right up there and do the hula and bat those coconuts around during the races! While all of this is going on, I do have one suggestion...don't let them clear away your kids' plates!
Once we were dining as a group of thirteen, seven of which were kids. Well, all the kids were having a grand old time dancing and coconut-racing, and the adults were watching them and taking photos.
None of us realized that the wait-staff had cleared away all of the kids' plates! That's a lot of money to pay for a meal where your kids don't even eat!
They learned their lesson though, and on subsequent visits they have made sure to either eat before participating or have placed a non-participant in charge of guarding their dinner!
In conclusion, 'Ohana is one of the most popular restaurants at Walt Disney World - and certainly with good reason! I highly recommend it to couples, families, large groups - basically anyone who enjoys great food in a fun and fabulous setting!!
If you are unable to secure a reservation for 'Ohana, consider trying the Kona Café - it is also located at the Polynesian Resort. My favorite Walt Disney World meal, hands down, was dinner at Kona!!
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