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Disney’s 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 it just makes me happy.
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, it’s 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.
Because Ohana is one of the most popular restaurants on Walt Disney World Property, I was prepared for no available reservations to be left.
Luckily, there were still many open time slots left. So, after doing a little dance, 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.
Exhausted from the day we just had, I checked My Disney Experience to see if there were any later reservation times available for the next morning. Again, there were many to choose from.
Although we got to sleep in a little longer, we were still pretty tired. So, we pushed back our reservation once more and decided to take a Minnie Van, so we could get as much rest as we could.
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.
Arriving at Ohana
Ohana is 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.
The food is unlimited and 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 have 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 the awesome plant-based options that Disney has been rolling out around the Parks and Resorts, I am surprised they haven’t updated this yet.
Since I don’t 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 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 for me. They also brought out the sausage and the vegan links on two separate plates.
Breakfast foods around Walt Disney World is pretty standard. And Ohana is no different.
But, I have no complaints. Aside from the potatoes I thought the meal was tasty.
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?
If you count the character interactions as the main reason for going in the first place, then it’s absolutely worth it. And the view of Cinderella Castle form our seat doesn’t hurt either.
The reason Ohana, and most character dining, is so popular is because of those character interactions.
As much as I loved the food, you can get these items almost anywhere. But, no matter how old you are, nothing beats a hug from Mickey Mouse.