Fan-Favorite Disney World Experience Going Downhill, No Longer What It Once Was

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If you want to take your Walt Disney World vacation to the next level, one of the best things to do is to stay on the property.

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Staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel comes with a lot of privileges! Guests can take advantage of direct transportation to and from theme parks, all for free. Often, guests can also enter the Disney parks earlier than guests visiting from off-property.

It also goes without saying that many Walt Disney World Resort hotels come with amazing amenities. Some resort hotels come with leisure pools, but others come with entire waterpark play areas.

Nearly every Walt Disney World Resort hotel comes with a signature restaurant, but one fan-favorite resort hotel, in particular, is known for its signature restaurant. We’re talking, of course, about Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Is a Fan-Favorite

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Disney’s Polynesian Resort is one of the vacation destination’s most beloved deluxe resort hotels, and we can totally see why. From Walt Disney World’s official website:

Celebrate the spirit of the South Pacific at this oasis of tropical palms, lush vegetation and so much more. From moonlit nights immersed in the outdoor island ambience to the exotic tastes of our world-class restaurants, discover the signature tropical atmosphere that’s made Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort a favorite Disney destination since 1971.

Disney’s Polynesian Resort is home to Ohana, one of the most beloved resort restaurants around. Ohana offers two dining options: Best Friends Breakfast featuring Lilo and Stitch (a character dining opportunity) and an all-you-can-eat dinner.

The dinner menu boasts delicious treats such as Ohana Bread Pudding, Honey Coriander Chicken Wings, Pork Dumplings Tossed in Garlic-Chili Sauce, the Ohana Dinner Skillet, and more.

It sounds delicious in theory, but recently, guests have been turning their noses up at this resort restaurant. Reportedly, Ohana is no longer what it used to be.

What Do Former Guests Have to Say About Their Experience?

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Although prices have stayed the same, and may have even raised in the past few years, the quality of the food has allegedly changed dramatically.

Many guests who have stayed at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort more than once over the years have reported that the once-beloved restaurant has only gone downhill since then.

One Reddit user writes, “Eaten there a few times and it has gone downhill in my opinion. Breakfast is still fine but the food quality at dinner has definitely decreased. Personally, I would take your money and go to citricos or toppolinos (or California grill),” urging guests to spend their money elsewhere.

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Another Reddit user chimes in in agreement, writing, “I agree with this. It is still fine, but not anywhere near as good as it once was. And for that price there are much better places to eat on property.”

Many anonymous guests came forward with their experiences, some saying that Ohana gave them upset stomachs, others saying that out of their entire stay, Ohana was their least favorite meal. One guest recalled their experience as downright “terrible.”

Unfortunately, it seems that this fan-favorite resort restaurant is in a bit of a slump right now, and it may be best to dine elsewhere.

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.