Located on the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House at Disney’s Polynesian Resort is ‘Ohana. Here dinner guests are invited to feast all-you-care-to-enjoy family style on Polynesian foods, sip on cocktails served in pineapples all the while looking out over Seven Seas Lagoon at Cinderella Castle! Time your dinner right and you may be able to hear and see the fireworks extravaganza “Happily Ever After” right from your table! Sounds simply amazing right? Let’s learn all about it cousins!
Reservations are strongly recommended for dinner at ‘Ohana as this is a wildly popular dining destination. Guests staying on property at any Disney World Resort hotel can make dining reservations starting at 180 days prior to their visit. Reservations can be made through the Disney World site, in My Disney Experience mobile app, or by calling (407) 939-5277.
This restaurant accepts the following dining plans:
- 2018-2019 Dining Plan = 1 credit per person
- 2018-2019 Deluxe Dining Plan = 1 credit per person
Note: Disney Quick Service Dining Plan is not accepted.
To check in for your ‘Ohana dining reservation you will head to the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House at Disney’s Polynesian Resort. You will see a check-in counter for the ‘Ohana just outside of the elevator doors. You may be given a pager to hold until your table is ready.
Feel free to relax in the seating area of Tambu Lounge and enjoy a cocktail. You can also visit the Moana Mercantile Gift Shop located on the second floor of the Great Ceremonial House until your table is ready!
Welcome Cousin! Your Table Is Ready!
Once your table is ready you are warmly greeted into the restaurant. The greeter will ask guests if they know what ‘Ohana means, family of course! From the moment guests enter the restaurant that is exactly how they are treated! Everyone is considered to be a “cousin” here.
Before you get to your table your greeter will stop and pick up a warm plate of pineapple-coconut bread. You will head to your table and soon greeted by your cousin, I mean server! You will then be explained how the meal is served and asked for your drink order.
For those over 21 years old feel free to try the Lapu Lapu, served in a hollowed out pineapple or the Backscratcher served with a full-sized bamboo backscratcher! Note: Some specialty beverages may not be included in the Disney Dining Plan.
Also available are many wonderful non-alcoholic beverages like the Sparkling No-Jito. The little ones can order a Tinker Bell or Buzz Lightyear Punch served in a souvenir cup and clip-on light!
Starters and Appetizers!
Make sure to not fill up on that amazing bread because after a few minutes your starters and appetizers will begin to arrive! For starters a mixed greens salad with Lilikoi dressing will be brought to your table.
Appetizers of generous portions of pork dumplings tossed in a garlic-ginger sauce and honey-coriander chicken wings are also served along with 2 amazing dipping sauces. The sweet-n-sour dipping sauce along with the peanut sauce is the perfect complement to the dumplings, wings, and the main entrée still to be served!
But Wait There’s More!
Next, guests will be served some wonderful side dishes to accompany the next portion of their meal. Noodles tossed in a light teriyaki sauce and stir-fried vegetables will be served alongside the highlight of the meal, the meat skewers!
Your cousin will begin to bring you all-you-care-to-enjoy amounts of sweet-n-sour chicken, Szechuan sirloin steak, and peel-&-eat shrip all cooked to perfection over an oak fire.
Last But Certainly Not Least…
While all of this food is simply amazing, make sure to save room for dessert as for many guests say this is the reason they come to ‘Ohana! Your cousin will bring out the amazing ‘Ohana Bread Pudding à la mode! It is a warm bread pudding served with vanilla ice cream with a side of bananas in a warm caramel sauce! The little Mickey’s and Minnie’s can order a warm brownie topped with marshmallow and M&M’s.
During your dinner meal, depending what time you visit, guests may be treated to a ukulele serenade of birthdays and anniversaries, play coconut games, or be invited to dance the Hula!
Here’s a tip for all of you first timers – book your dinner reservation between 8:00 to 8:30 PM. At check-in kindly ask if a window table is available, you may be able to watch “Happily Ever After”, the fireworks show complete with music right from your table!
A Meal to Remember
A visit to ‘Ohana for dinner, whether it is your first time or you visit every year, will surely be one you will remember for a long time to come. Enjoying great food and drinks, watching some amazing entertainment, and making wonderful memories is what ‘Ohana is all about!