With so many restaurants to choose from at the Walt Disney World Resort, how do you choose where to spend your money? Dinner at ‘Ohana in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is in my top 5 meals. However, not all taste buds are created equally. I’ll give you a glimpse of what you can expect, and hopefully it will help you decide whether you and your family will enjoy a meal here. I will tell you that you need to bring an appetite to ‘Ohana, because it’s a lot of food!
Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
One of the reasons I love ‘Ohana so much is because I get to visit Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. It’s so pretty around the grounds, so I arrive early to walk around the grounds a bit. Plus there are Dole Whips here at Pineapple Lanai downstairs. Sometimes I get them as an appetizer. Then I head upstairs to check-in. The dinner rush gets hectic, so if you can, I recommend an early or late dinner.
You’ll find this sign upstairs and then get in line to the left of the sign where you check-in at the podium. Sometimes they accept walk-ups, but usually you’ll need a reservation. Then you are given a buzzer until it’s time to be seated.
Then it’s time for food!! I ate here in January twice, and then these pictures are from February 2017. In that month, they changed the salad a bit and even the wings and pot stickers seemed a little different from how I remembered them in January. Sometimes you’ll get lucky and get a table with a view. If you eat at the right time you can see the fireworks from Magic Kingdom, and they will pipe in the music during dinner.
Dinner at ‘Ohana
Now for the food! Dinner at ‘Ohana is served family style, so they bring you big platters of the food to share. Remember cousins, ‘Ohana means family, so no need to be shy.
First, you start off with ‘Ohana Pineapple-Coconut Bread. So good!
Next, comes the Mixed Greens Salad with a Lilikoi dressing. It tastes citrus-like to me. The salad did change from January to February. I didn’t remember wonton strips before. The salad was still tasty, but I liked the previous version better.
I like meat, but honestly, my favorite part about the ‘Ohana meal is the Pork Dumplings tossed in Garlic-Ginger Sauce and the Honey-Coriander Chicken Wings. I dream about those chicken wings in my sleep. With those you also get Noodles, tossed in a Teriyaki Sauce, and Stir-fried Vegetables.
I usually fill up on all that before the additional meat skewers arrive. If you run out of something, just ask for more! They’ll be happy to bring you another platter or you can choose which foods you would like. They also bring a peanut sauce and sweet and sour sauce to accompany the sides and meat.
Now come the skewers! Servers will come around to your table and offer different skewers of Spicy Grilled Peel-n-Eat Shrimp, Sweet-n-Sour Chicken, and Szechuan Sirloin Steak. All are prepared over an oak fire that you can see in the middle of the restaurant.
And for the best part – dessert! ‘Ohana Bread Pudding is served à la mode with Bananas-Caramel Sauce. They pour the sauce right on top of the ice cream before your very eyes. It’s amazing. I also ask for extra ice cream, because well, why not?
Kids can have what the adults are having or they can order a kids’ meal. A couple of my younger children prefer a cheeseburger or chicken nuggets. Regardless what your child eats, they’ll pay the same price.
There are no characters during dinner at ‘Ohana, only during breakfast. They do have coconut races around the restaurant for children. At certain points in the night they’ll hand out brooms and coconuts and you scoot them around the restaurant. My kids think it’s pretty funny. The oldest ones are too cool, depending on their mood.
If you or your child has a food allergy, just let your server know when you arrive. One of my daughters has a peanut allergy. So we don’t get the sauces delivered to the table. The chef will come out and discuss your options and make something you or your child can eat safely. Disney really is the best at accommodating guests with food allergies.
Is Dinner at ‘Ohana Worth it?
For my family of 7, it’s reserved for a special occasion, because honestly, it’s expensive. When it’s just me with friends, then absolutely. Dinner is approximately $46 for adults and $26 for children under 10. If your child decides to have a cheeseburger for dinner, then it stings a bit to spend $26 for that and french fries. But then I’m usually more apt to say sure eat all the ice cream you want.
I have had a miss or two with dinner at ‘Ohana on occasion, but it’s usually a reliable standby. My family and I love it! I just wish we could afford it every trip.