Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Favorite WDW Restaurant

Welcome to those of you joining me from Manda’s Disney Blog and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail this month.  Today we are talking about our favorite restaurants.  What a great topic!  Who doesn't love to eat while at Disney?

My favorite restaurant at WDW has to be 'Ohana's at the Polynesian Resort.  'Ohana means family and this restaurant is themed around it.  Food is served family style, your wait staff are "cousins" and the entertainment is geared toward family friendly fun.  

The atmosphere at 'Ohana is decidedly tropical.  From the tiki god statues, to the large wicker chairs, to the umbrella drinks, you are immersed in the tropic paradise of the Polynesian Resort.  

Ohana's dining room wraps around a massive fire pit, where your food for the evening is being cooked.  The room is surrounded with floor to ceiling windows with views of the tropical landscaping of the resort, the Seven Seas Lagoon, and the Magic Kingdom with an amazing view of Cinderella Castle.  If you are lucky enough to get a window seat, the view is breathtaking.  I've never been during the fireworks show, but can only imagine how wonderful that would be.  

Once you're seated, your "cousins" will arrive to start your meal off with drinks.  If you partake of adult libations, this is the place to get your umbrella drink on!  Your meal starts with "Ohana Welcome Bread", a delicious warm Pineapple bread.  Salad shows up shortly after, along with an appetizer course -- lo mein noodles, stir-fry veggies, pork dumplings, and sticky chicken wings.  Don't fill up on this though, the main course is found on the fire pit.  Huge skewers of meats are constantly being cooked on the open pit.  Your "cousin" brings your meat one skewer at a time to your table.  Grilled turkey, pork loin, chicken, and sirloin steak all marinated and cooked to perfection.  The meats are accompanied by a variety of sauces for dipping.  You can ask for as little or as much as you want (or can handle).  You come away hungry here, it is your own fault!

But don't fill up too quick, 'Ohana's saves the best for last:  dessert, 'Ohana bread pudding a la mode with bananas foster sauce.  I have to stay that, in my opinion, this is the best dessert on property.  The pudding is rich and delicious, the ice cream creamy, and the sauce is warm and gooey.  A perfect combination!  

'Ohana's isn't all about eating, though.  There is wonderful entertainment provided by Hawaiian cultural ambassador of sorts.  She passes out leis, teaches hula dances, serenades the dining room throughout the meal, and leads the coconut races for the kids.  It's quite a fun experience for the little ones.  

'Ohana is a widely popular dining option at WDW and Advanced Dining Reservations fill up fast.  I don't find myself going there every time I'm at Walt Disney World, but special occasions do require a trip to 'Ohana.  

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is The Disney Point.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ The Disney Chick
2nd Stop ~ Manda’s Disney Blog
3rd Stop ~ The Magical Mouse Pad
4th Stop ~ The Disney Point 


  1. Yum! I absolutely love Ohana! The food is so delicious. If you're on the dining plan, I think you get the most for your buck (or table service dining point) there. And you're absolutely right- the dessert is the best part.

  2. I've heard fantastic reviews of Ohana before! It looks amazing!! Thank you so much for sharing your photos :) x

  3. And now I need to add this to my DH's list...he is crazy about bread pudding!

  4. Love seeing a photo of you and your husband together! And we also love Ohana. But you are right you WILL leave full. Maybe too full.