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 no available reservations for the day I wanted.
Imagine my surprise when we had many times to choose from. So, I booked my reservation for the last day of our 3-day trip.
The plan was to eat breakfast and spend some time at Magic Kingdom before leaving 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.
So, before going to sleep the night before our reservation, I checked My Disney Experience to see if there were any later reservation times available. Luckily, there were still many to choose from.
Although we slept in a little longer than we would, we were still pretty tired. So, we checked My Disney Experience and pushed back our reservation once more.
Eventually we got up and hopped in our Minnie Van to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, right on 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.
Arriving at Ohana
Ohana is an all-you-care-to-eat family-style dining experience.
Instead of choosing items off a menu, Cast Members 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.
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.
Dining with allergies and dietary restrictions
Because I don’t eat meat, I had the option to let the Cast Members know when I book dining reservations. Knowing that Ohana had a set menu, I decided to let them know ahead of time.
While I do think it’s a great idea to let Cast Members know when a Guest with allergies will be visiting, unfortunately there are no “Vegetarian” or “Vegan” option to choose from.
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, a Cast Member from the kitchen came out to speak to me before bringing any food to the table.
Once I let them know that I am vegetarian, they explained what they were able to substitute for me.
Once they were sure exactly what my dietary restrictions were, 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.
What can I say, I’m a simple gal.
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. They brought out the sausage and the vegan links 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)
- 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, they’re items I can make myself at home for less money.
But, no matter how old you are, nothing beats seeing Mickey walk up to your table to say hi and give you a big hug.
That’s only something you can get at a character dining meal.