Walt Disney World is filled with hundreds of locations for guests to enjoy wonderful meals and snacks. Guests who are looking to indulge while on vacation can stop at snack carts, quick service restaurants, full service restaurants, and more scattered throughout the four theme parks, two water parks, Disney Springs, and over two dozen Disney Resorts. While many guests opt to only dine in the Disney Parks, they are missing out on some of the best dining options in all of Walt Disney World that can be found in the Disney Resorts. One of the most popular Disney Resorts on property is Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort which can be found nestled on the shores of seven seas lagoon directly across from the Magic Kingdom. The Disney Resort channels the South Seas with white sand beaches, gently swaying palm trees, and tropical tiki touches that guests love. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is also home to several amazing dining locations including one that is immensely popular with guests. ‘Ohana is found on the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House next to Kona Café and it invites guests in with wonderful service, entertainment, and food. Here are eight things that guests will love about ‘Ohana.
8. Ambiance & Décor
One of the main reasons that guests love ‘Ohana is its warm and inviting décor and ambiance. The restaurant is open air and features bright tropical touches mixed with beach inspired woodwork. The kitchen is also open to guests allowing them a glimpse if their delicious meals being prepared. ‘Ohana also features large floor to ceiling glass windows which showcase the vegetation and beauty of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort right outside and wonderful views of the Magic Kingdom and Cinderella Castle across Seven Seas Lagoon.
7. Photo Opportunity with Stitch
Breakfast at ‘Ohana is a special character meal titled Best Friends Breakfast featuring Lilo & Stitch. Before heading inside to enjoy their meals and meet favorite Disney characters, guests can stop for a wonderful photo opportunity just outside the main entrance into ‘Ohana. There Stitch can be found with a tropical backdrop and a Disney PhotoPass photographer waiting to capture the special encounter with the whole family.
6. Breakfast Buffet
Once seated for breakfast, guests can dig into an all you can eat buffet featuring Polynesian inspired cuisine alongside some classic options. Guests can enjoy scrambled eggs, pineapple-coconut breakfast bread, fruit, Mickey Waffles, pork and ham, and island-style fried potatoes. Featuring the perfect combination of classic and exotic, guests are sure to return for seconds at ‘Ohana’s breakfast buffet.
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Dinner at ‘Ohana is a different experience than breakfast as it does not include any characters and is served as an all you can eat family style meal instead of a buffet. Throughout each dinner, guests are constantly entertained by the soft sounds of a ukulele, lessons on how to dance the Hula, and coconut races where kids can use brooms to sweep the fruits across the floors. With so much entertainment, guests are sure to want to return time and time again to ‘Ohana.
4. Delicious Starters and Sides
While the décor and entertainment are wonderful, it is the food at ‘Ohana that often brings guests back and dinner is an all-out feast. The meal is kicked off with ‘Ohana Pineapple-Coconut Bread ad a Mixed Greens Salad with Lilikoi Dressing. Guests can then start enjoying Pork Dumplings paired with a Garlic-Ginger Sauce and Honey-Coriander Chicken Wings. Also served on the side are Noodles in a Teriyaki Sauce and Stir-Fried Vegetables. All of these starters and sides are all you can eat, so guests are encouraged to ask for more of anything they would like!
3. Endless Meats
The stars of dinner are the skewers which are also all you can eat and are carried around by servers. Each skewer features a different option and servers are consistently walking around to look for any guests that are looking for more. Guests can enjoy skewered Sweet-n-Sour Chicken Spicy Grilled Peel-n-Eat Shrimp, and Szechuan Sirloin Steak all served with Peanut and Sweet-n-Sour sauces. All of the skewered options are prepared over an oak fire in the open air kitchen, allowing guests to enjoy not only the view but the delicious smell as well!
2. ‘Ohana Bread Pudding
Each dinner at ‘Ohana ends with a decadent and delicious dessert that is sure to leave guests craving more. The ‘Ohana Bread Pudding a la mode is served with vanilla ice cream, rich caramel sauce and tasty bananas. This warm and cold dessert has the perfect gooey texture topped off by the sticky and sweet caramel, making it the perfect end to any meal in ‘Ohana.
1. View of Happily Ever After
Dinner is a very popular meal at ‘Ohana, and guests often book their reservations up to six months in advance. One of the hardest times to get a reservation for is during Happily Ever After in the Magic Kingdom. The large glass windows in ‘Ohana offer up the perfect view of the fireworks show, and guests are sure to never forget enjoying the wonderful entertainment from that vantage point.