A Tropical Feast – Dining at ‘Ohana

Ohana Dinner
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Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is a very popular destination at the Walt Disney World Resort, with serene and tropical theming that whisks Guests away to the beauty of the South Seas and Polynesia. Guests can wander white sand beaches, enjoy breezes from Seven Seas Lagoon, hear gentle music, and check out thatched architecture and roofing, swaying palm trees, and lush vegetation all around. The Disney Resort is also home to several dining options, including one of the most popular table service restaurants on property.

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‘Ohana can be found on the second level of the Great Ceremonial House just steps away from Kona Café and Tambu Lounge. Guests who are lucky enough to score a reservation can enjoy breakfast or dinner there daily. The check-in location for ‘Ohana is actually across the way, allowing for Guests to then spread out throughout the Great Ceremonial House and enjoy the theming while waiting to be seated.

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Dining Room

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The interior of ‘Ohana continues the tropical theming of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, with an entrance featuring large pillars intricately carved to look like tiki faces and bodies. As Guests move further into the dining room, they can spot carved wooden molding with geometric shapes and animals, light fixtures that look like flickering torches, light wooden tables and chairs, bright pops of color and texture from the carpeting and upholstery on the chairs, and a large stone surrounded on stage kitchen where some delicious menu items are being prepared.

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Dining Room

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The main focal point of the dining room at ‘Ohana is large slanted windows that stretch from the ceiling almost to the floor and look out at the lush greenery and beautiful grounds of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Guests can also gaze at Seven Seas Lagoon and see the Magic Kingdom in the distance, and those who time dinner correctly can even enjoy unmatched views of Disney Enchantment in the skies over Cinderella Castle.

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Dining Room

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Breakfast and dinner at ‘Ohana are served as all-you-can-eat family-style feasts but completely different cuisines. Breakfast focuses on American breakfast favorites with some tropical touches, and dinner is a Polynesian feast of bold island flavors and ingredients inspired by Hawaiian cuisine.

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On Stage Kitchen

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Breakfast at ‘Ohana is the perfect way to begin any day at the Walt Disney World Resort, especially with a delicious beverage including soft drinks, tea, Kona Sourced Coffee, the famous POG juice, or specialty smoothies like the Moana Smoothie, Lilo Smoothie, or Stitch Smoothie. Guests looking to enjoy a specialty cocktail with their breakfast can sip on the Polynesian Red Eye, Wasabi Bloody Mary, Warped Hula-Hoop, or Mimosa-Your-Way with a choice of juice.

Pineapple Cocontu Breakfast Bread

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Right after being seated for breakfast at ‘Ohana, Guests are given a large portion of freshly made Pineapple-Coconut Breakfast Bread, which is served warm with a drizzle of coconut glaze on the top. It pairs perfectly with fresh fruit and a cup of Kona Sourced Coffee. Guests are given a few moments to enjoy this combination before the true feast arrives, and it’s a great time to enjoy the peaceful, tropical atmosphere of the restaurant.

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Breakfast Skillet

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The main portion of breakfast is the ‘Ohana Breakfast Skillet which is packed with scrambled eggs, pork breakfast sausage links, Hawaiian-style ham with pineapple, fried island-style potatoes, Mickey Waffles, and fresh biscuits. One exclusive item that is also on the skillet and only available at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is fresh Stitch Waffles, which feature everyone’s favorite alien.

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Plant-based Breakfast Skillet

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A plant-based breakfast menu is also available at ‘Ohana with fresh seasonal fruit, Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts, and the ‘Ohana Plant-based Breakfast Skillet with scrambled “eggs,” “sausage,” fried island-style potatoes, and a plant-based character waffle. This is a great alternative for Guests who are dining with someone looking for a plant-based meal, as they don’t have to miss out on the wonderful experience of ‘Ohana.

Signature Bread

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Once night falls, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort takes on a whole new level of romance, with soft fire lighting from torches and delicious dinner at ‘Ohana. The meal begins just the same as breakfast, with Guests being seated and presented with the Signature ‘Ohana Bread served with honey butter. This warm and comforting bread is slightly sweet and perfectly paired with specialty cocktail options like the famous Lapu Lapu, Backscratcher, Puka Punch, Polynesian Mai Tai, or Hawaiian Mule.

Honey Coriander Chicken Wings

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The ‘Ohana dinner feast then continues with a Mixed Greens Salad topped with a citrus vinaigrette, Pork Dumplings coated in a garlic-chili sauce, and Honey-Coriander Chicken Wings which are perfectly juicy on the inside and pack bold flavors. These selections on their own are all delicious and can easily make up an entire meal with second helpings, but the highlight of dinner is still yet to come!

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Dinner Skillet

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The ‘Ohana Dinner Skillet is a family-style Polynesian feast that is most well-known for its selection of skewered meats that are cooked in the on-stage kitchen over a wood fire. Guests can enjoy the Wood-fire Grilled Teriyaki Beef, Spicy Peel-n-Eat Shrimp, and Grilled Chicken with Polynesian-inspired Chimichurri Sauce. To round out all of the protein, the skillet also features ‘Ohana Noodles and roasted broccolini for some more texture and lightness.

'Ohana Bread Pudding

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With so many amazing items to indulge in, Guests might think that the ‘Ohana feast is over, but the absolute star of the show comes last as dessert. The ‘Ohana Bread Pudding is a massive slab of gooey and sweet bread pudding that is then smothered with a caramel sauce with slices of banana and a large scoop of vanilla ice cream. The ‘Ohana Bread Pudding is sticky, sweet, and completely indulgent, making it the best way to end any meal at the restaurant.

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Plant-based Dinner Skillet

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Like breakfast, dinner at ‘Ohana also features an alternative feast for Guests looking to enjoy a plant-based meal beginning with Rolls, Hummus with Chips, and a Mixed Greens Salad with local citrus vinaigrette. The ‘Ohana Plant-based Dinner Skillet then features ‘Ohana Noodles, roasted broccolini, pineapple-barbecued jack fruit, “sausage,” and Polynesian-inspired chimichurri “chicken” followed by a Doughnut for dessert.

Dining Room

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With family-style feasts of American breakfast favorites and indulgent Polynesian-inspired dinner items, it is no wonder why ‘Ohana has gained huge popularity over the years. Guests who find themselves visiting the Walt Disney World Resort should absolutely plan time to explore Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort and dine at ‘Ohana for an unforgettable and satisfying meal.

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About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane has been visiting Walt Disney World since she was a child and has developed a deep love and appreciation of the Disney Parks with a particular interest in the small details and history that can be found all around. Visiting every chance she gets, Caitlin loves to enjoy the ambiance of the Disney Parks and try something new every time. She can often be found eating and drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, riding the Haunted Mansion, sipping on a Lapu Lapu, pretending Illuminations: Reflections of Earth was still in existence, and enjoying seeing the magic through the eyes of her children. When not in WDW, Caitlin can be found at home in New York dreaming of a ride on Living with the Land and counting down the days until her next trip.