Aloha! It’s time to grab your favorite Hawaiian shirt and don your lei for a Polynesian breakfast feast. We’re heading to ‘Ohana Best Friends Breakfast!
In this dining review, I’ll discuss the dining location’s theming, our experience with check-in and seating, the menu and which dishes we ate, and I’ll answer the question, “Would we eat here again?”
Let’s dig in!
‘Ohana is on the second floor of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, a tropical paradise set in Central Florida! The restaurant features one large dining room, divided partially by a large cooking station in the center. This station is primarily used for dinner service, as this is where all the delicious meats are cooked. The ceiling of the restaurant resembles thatched roofs present in Polynesia with animal sculptures adorning each support post.
‘Ohana Dining Room
The view of the Magic Kingdom from our table!
Those lucky enough to be seated by the windows are treated to gorgeous views of Seven Seas Lagoon, (and the Magic Kingdom in the distance). We were seated a few tables back, but these tables remained empty through our breakfast, so every now and then we got to stop and take in the view of Cinderella Castle. This is also a prime location to dine during ‘Ohana’s dinner service, as you can watch the Happily Ever After fireworks spectacular if you time your reservation correctly.
‘Ohana is one of the locations at Walt Disney World that serves their meals “family-style.” Your table receives a bounty of food options on one large platter. Your waiter or waitress will refill the platter with any of the items you request, or all of them!
The famous POG Juice (Passion Fruit-Orange-Guava) and coffee are included with your meal price, but alcoholic and non-alcoholic specialty drinks can be ordered for an additional charge. For the adults, I highly recommend a mimosa with POG Juice…it’s delicious!
Non-Alcoholic Drink Menu
Specialty Beverages Menu
The meal is served family-style, so guests are charged as if dining at a buffet. Currently, prices are $41 plus tax per adult and $24 plus tax for children ages 3 to 9. Discounts are available for Tables In Wonderland cardholders, Disney Vacation Club members, and Annual Passholders.
We arrived at the Polynesian around 10:30 am and headed right upstairs to check-in for our 11:00 am reservation. The hostess asked us to come back to check-in at 10:45 am, so we spent some time exploring the lobby.
Once checked in, we got our picture with Pluto, and then took a seat in the small waiting area. Due to the number of people on Walt Disney World property the weekend we visited, we expected to wait a bit. We were seated around 11:15 am and found the dining room to be approximately 90% full. This is usually not the case during less busy times, as most diners will eat earlier in the breakfast service. If you’re traveling during a “slower” time and want to experience longer interactions with the characters, make an Advanced Dining Reservation from 11:00 am onward.
What We Ate
Fruit Plate, Welcome Bread, and Passion Fruit-Orange-Guava (POG) Juice
For breakfast, tables receive the famous Welcome Bread, which is a bread-like pastry with a sugary glaze and chunks of sweet pineapple. This is followed by a plate of fresh fruit, (usually watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, and grapes).
The Welcome Bread was a little bit larger before this picture was taken. We just couldn’t wait to dig in! The bread itself is light and airy, and the glaze is not heavy or overly sweet. We picked at the fruit as we waited for our main dish to arrive and found it very fresh. We’re also big fans of the POG juice, so we enjoyed countless glasses of that. Sometimes our waitress would refill it before we even finished!
‘Ohana Breakfast Skillet for Two
Next comes the main event- the breakfast skillet! Each table receives a large skillet containing: sausage links, bacon, scrambled eggs, pineapple-glazed ham, biscuits, and Mickey (or Stitch) waffles. Your waiter or waitress will refill these items for you, at your request.
This skillet was more than enough food for the two of us, even with such a late reservation time! Most of the items are your standard breakfast, but the standout is the pineapple-glazed ham. This sweet glaze and fruit balance out the saltiness of the meat really well, and we ordered a second round of it.
Who We Met
Breakfast at ‘Ohana is all about the character meet and greets! Character dining is my family’s preferred way for meeting characters, as you’re not waiting in a long line for a picture. Instead, you get to sit back and enjoy a meal during your wait!
At ‘Ohana, guests can meet four characters, (during breakfast only). As you wait for your table, line up for a meet and greet with Pluto! A PhotoPass photographer is present, is everyone can get in the picture! During your meal, you’ll meet Lilo, Stitch, and Mickey in his Hawaiian shirt. A Cast Member accompanies each character, and they are more than happy to take a family photo for you!
I would allow at least 90 minutes for this character dining experience, as you can be waiting for a bit between characters.
For those with little ones, there is a cute parade that happens approximately every 30 minutes! Little ones join the characters and dance around the dining room to “Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride.” They also receive maracas to make some noise! Have your camera ready to capture this adorable moment!
Pluto at ‘Ohana!
Mickey Mouse at ‘Ohana!
Lilo at ‘Ohana!
Stitch at ‘Ohana!
Would We Eat Here Again?
Our family really likes breakfast at ‘Ohana, because we can meet some of our favorite characters at the Polynesian. Food-wise, there isn’t much that is unique about this breakfast, but it is perfect for picky eaters (kids and adults alike). The price allows your family to enjoy a delicious breakfast in a great atmosphere with some real characters! We plan to keep making a trip to ‘Ohana at least once a year, as a family Disney World tradition!