The Polynesian Village Resort is that one Resorts that I secretly wish I could stay at every single time I’m at Walt Disney World.
Everything about the Resort just makes me happy, and that includes the Restaurants.
Whether it’s sitting by the Seven Seas Lagoon and eating a Dole Whip, or dreaming about watching Happily Ever After from the private bungalows, I think its safe to say that Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort has my heart.
Breakfast at Ohana
By the time I booked my latest trip, my 180-day time frame had come and gone.
But, when I was thinking about where I wanted to eat during this latest trip, Ohana was at the top of the list.
Because Ohana is one of the most popular restaurants on Walt Disney World Property, I was fully prepared for there to be no reservations available for the day that I wanted.
Imagine my surprise when we had many times to choose from.
I decided to book Ohana at 7:45am on the last day of our 3-day trip.
The plan was to eat breakfast and then hop on the monorail to Magic Kingdom before we had to leave for the Magical Express.
It sounded like a good plan at the time, except we drastically underestimated one thing…a short trip is just as exhausting as a longer trip.
Exhausted from 2 long Park days, I checked My Disney Experience before going to sleep the night before, to see if there were any later reservation times available. Luckily, there were still many to choose from.
Even after sleeping in, we were still pretty tired. So, we checked My Disney Experience and pushed back our reservation once more.
Even with the later start and moving at a slower pace than the past 2 days, we still hopped in our Minnie Van and were at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, in time for our new 9am reservation.
The characters are by far the best part of any Character Dining experience, and Ohana is no different.
In the short amount of time we were there, we were able to see Mickey Mouse, wearing his Hawaiian vacation outfit, as well as Lilo, and Stitch.
Pluto walked by a couple times we were there. But, since we normally see him standing at the top of the stairs, waiting to meet all of his friends, he didn’t stop at any tables. If you’re lucky, though, you got a wave or maybe a high five as he walked by.
Ohana is an all-you-care-to-eat dining experience. Instead of a traditional restaurant, where you choose items off a menu, Cast Members will bring your food in one large bowl for you to distribute to everyone at the table.
Everyone gets the same breakfast, unless you have an allergy (we’ll talk about that in a minute).
Normally, as soon as you sit down, there will be Pog Juice (a mix of orange, papaya, and guava juices), pineapple coconut breakfast bread, and a tray of fruit placed in front of you right away.
But, because I don’t eat meat, I have the option to let the Cast Members know that when I book dining reservations.
While I do think this is smart, there are no “Vegetarian” or “Vegan” option to choose from at the time of booking. With all of the awesome new vegan options that Disney has been coming out with lately, I am pretty surprised that they haven’t updated this yet.
Since I do not have any food allergies, the only option that makes sense for my circumstance is “other.”
But, because “other” could include just about anything, usually a Cast Member from the kitchen and/or a server will come out to speak to me before bringing any food to the table.
Once I let them know that I am vegetarian, they explain what they are able to substitute for me.
When they were sure I wasn’t allergic to anything, they brought the juice, bread, and fruit to our table.
The Pog juice and pineapple coconut breakfast bread were delicious, as always. And you really can’t go wrong with a plate of fruit. I could have filled up on these 3 items, alone, and probably would have been happy.
The main portion of the meal consisted of waffles (Stitch and Mickey!), scrambled eggs, potatoes, biscuits, pork sausage, and hawaiin-style ham.
The kitchen was able to substitute the meat for some vegan sausage links, which they brought out on two separate plates.
Aside from the potatoes, I really enjoyed everything on the table.
The potatoes weren’t bad, but they weren’t my favorite thing. I’m not sure if they were cooked a little too long, or if it was something else, but I was happy to finish that one piece and continue on to the other options.
How much does it cost to eat breakfast at Ohana?
As of July 2019, breakfast at Ohana costs about $40 per adult (ages 10+), about $25 per child (ages 3-9), or 1 table service credit on the Disney Dining Plan.
Was our experience worth the price?
Absolutely, if you count the character interactions as the main reason for going in the first place.
The reason Ohana, and most character dining, is so popular is because of those character interactions.
As much as I loved the food, for the most part, they’re items I can make myself at home for less money.
But, no matter how old you are, nothing can beat the feeling of seeing Mickey walk up to your table to say hi and putting his arm around you. That’s only something you can get at a character dining meal.