A few weeks back we took a quick family vacation (aka- a staycation, since we live in South Florida, and we are in close driving distance) to Disney World in Orlando. If you’re following me on Instagram, you may have spotted some of the pics I shared from our trip!
It was such a blast! We hadn’t been there in about a year, which may have been the longest stretch without a Walt Disney World trip in my adult life! We were certainly overdue, and now that our boys are at ages that they can really enjoy the Disney parks, we thought it would be a great time to go!
I relied on the My Disney Experience app to make reservations for just about everything while we were on our Disney World vacation. If you don’t have the app on your phone yet, and you’re planning a trip to Disney soon, I highly suggest downloading the My Disney Experience app!
You can reserve so many things like: Disney tickets, make Disney World Dining reservations, make FastPass+ reservations for Disney World rides, look at Disney Parks maps (in real-time, too, with GPS! super cool!), check the Disney World hours of operation at the parks, find out wait times for rides, and SO MUCH more! Obviously, 100% necessary for every and any trip to see the Magical Mouse! (For my other Disney tips for taking your family to Walt Disney World, click here!)
Below you can see the Disney Dining reservation I made on the app for a character dining breakfast at ‘Ohana at the Polynesian Village Resort. The app even shows you the menu, which characters will be there (for Ohana you’ll see: Lilo and Stitch, and on the day we went Mickey Mouse and Pluto were there)
Living so close to Walt Disney World, I’ve been fortunate enough to visit the Disney parks more times than I can remember. (Even our entire graduating class went for a special Grad Night during my senior year in high school!) So, over the years, I’ve experienced character dining at many different Disney restaurants including: Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom, Tusker House in Animal Kingdom, Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary Resort.
Disney World Dining: Character Breakfast at ‘Ohana review
This was the first time that I’ve had a character breakfast at ‘Ohana. The restaurant is tucked inside of the Polynesian Village Resort, on the second floor of the hotel. The view from the restaurant is awesome, and you can see clear to the Magic Kingdom castle! My kids thought that was pretty awesome!
The vibe inside of the Polynesian is a throwback Hawaii circa the 1970’s (the resort has been around since 1971 according to Disney World’s website and is currently undergoing refurbishments). It’s a fun, laid-back atmosphere with lots to look at!
When you arrive to the ‘Ohana restaurant you are greeted by a friendly “cousin” (that’s what they call the Cast Members there). Afterall, ‘Ohana means “family” – and they definitely treat you as such! The food at ‘Ohana is brought out to your table in a skillet, and is served family-style. It’s also unlimited (what what!!)
What I like about this style of Disney Dining food service is:
-You don’t have to get up from the table wait on a long buffet line to get your food (which means you don’t have to take turns leaving the table to get your food while one parent stays back at the table with the kids, and the kids are not as likely to be cranky!! YES!)
-The food comes out super quickly (again, no cranky kids, or Moms/Dads/humans)
-Did I mention it’s unlimited? Or rather, “All You Care to Enjoy” (so, let’s say, a certain person at your table hogs all of the Mickey Waffles, you can get more)
On the topic of Mickey Waffles, my kids thought these were the best thing since sliced bread. I mean, MICKEY + Waffle = YUM!
I would also like to point out that when you’re three and a half years old, the struggle is SO real when you’re at a character breakfast. After consuming Mickey Waffles and some fruit, this is the position my kid remained in until one of the characters came to our table…
Then, the excitement was so amazing to watch!! The boys loved meeting all of the characters.
Well, it was definitely hit-or-miss for my younger son. He took a little time to warm up to the idea of the characters….
There’s also a super fun “parade” that the kids can join in, and sing, dance, and march around ‘Ohana restaurant with the characters!
Overall, we really enjoyed eating character breakfast at ‘Ohana. This may even be my favorite spot to experience Disney Dining with characters.
Even though this was our first time dining at ‘Ohana, it most certainly won’t be our last! We will definitely make Disney World Dining reservations for another character breakfast again!
I’m so excited to announce that our family will be headed back to Disney World in May for the 2016 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration!
So, as Mickey Mouse says: “See ya real soon!”
For more Disney tips check out my Tips for Taking Toddlers to Disney World