Walt Disney World may be in the middle of Florida but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some island life. ‘Ohana at Walt Disney World is a family style character dining experience located at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. It has a Hawaiian theme and focuses around the Lilo & Stich movie. I was so happy we added this to our Disney vacation. We loved it and had a great time.
‘Ohana means family and family means never left behind or forgotten
-Lilo & Stitch
If you have seen the movie Lilo & Stitch you know ‘Ohana means family and family means never left behind or forgotten. This quote is awesome. It sums up what family is all about. We are all in this together. This movie is one of our favorites because it really does focus on the importance of family.
From the minute we entered the Polynesian Village Resort we were surrounded by lush landscaping and the Hawaiian themed lobby. We arrived by monorail from the Magic Kingdom.(More on that later.)
Like most Disney dining you must make reservations. The general rule is 180 days in advance. Yes, 180 days! If you know when you will go make a reservation. Most reservations allow cancellations up to 24 hours before so you can change this if you need to. We scheduled our meal as a brunch and on a rest day. This allowed us to sleep in a little, enjoy a big breakfast/lunch, and return to our hotel pool for the day. (You do not have to stay at a resort to have a dining reservation.)
We also used our Disney dining credits. I am a huge fan of the Disney Dining Plan. I think you either love it or hate it. There is a lot of information out there about it and if it is a good deal. I could write an entire post about it. My reasons are simple.
- I like to pay in advance.
- It doesn’t always save you money but it save you the stress of figuring out where to eat and what things cost. There are no surprises.
- If you are doing character dining it can save you money. We always save a meal to use it for character dining and do a pizza night in the room without using our credits. (I’ll have a full Disney Dining Plan post up in the next few weeks.)
- If you are looking for the most budget friendly options do your homework. Check the deals that are offered and see what is the best one for your family.
The food is served family style. It includes scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, sausage, fruit plate, pastries, and of course Stitch waffles. The waffles were a huge hit as well as the fruit with my kids. All the adults enjoyed everything. It was one of our favorite meals of the week. They also have an amazing Stitch Juice. It was a tropical flavored juice that everyone really liked. The food is unlimited. As you finish your plates they will bring you as much as you need. We were all very full by the end of our meal.
‘Ohana Characters & Fun
‘Ohana is a character dining experience and that means characters will walk around the dining area and come to your table. The characters include Lilo, Stitch, Pluto, & Mickey. You do not need to walk around to find the characters they come to you! They will sign autographs and pose for pictures.
The best thing about character dining in my opinion is that you get a meal and meet & greet all in one. You don’t have to worry about waiting in line at the park to meet characters. It saves you time at the parks and gives your kids a lot of time with their favorite characters.
During the meal they also do a musical parade through the dining room. Everyone grabs a maraca and dances around with Lilo, Stitch, Mickey, & Pluto. The dining room is big so an adult should go with small children for this parade.
Stitch is really silly and fun to meet. He is mischievous and causes trouble…just like the real Stitch. You never know what he is going to do and we had a lot of fun with him.
How to Get to ‘Ohana
If you are staying at the Polynesian Village Resort you can easily get to ‘Ohana because it is located upstairs of the lobby. If you are staying off-site and do not have a car you need to look at the best transportation options. We were staying at the Caribbean Beach Resort. The best way to get to breakfast was to take the bus to the Magic Kingdom. From there you take the monorail or the walking path to the Polynesian Resort. The monorail is an attraction in itself so we were excited to have a chance to ride. It took us about 35 minutes travel time.
Best Tips for ‘Ohana
- Make reservations as early as you can.
- Visit on a rest day so you don’t use up your park time.
- You do not need to stay at the resort to make reservations.
- Give yourself extra time for transportation.
- Bring an autograph book and your camera.
We had a blast visiting ‘Ohana. I look forward to going back for the food and the fun. Have you enjoyed breakfast at ‘Ohana? Let me know about your experience in the comments.