Dinner at ‘Ohana in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

by Casey Morris on July 17, 2015

My family is no stranger to ‘Ohana, but we have always eaten there for breakfast due to our kids loving Lilo and Stitch. We decided to forgo the characters and finally try out dinner! (Although the kids kept asking when they would see Stitch)

Just like at breakfast, you will receive a pager once you check in.

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As you enter, you stop by to pick up bread from this counter on the way to your table.

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This my friends, is “where the magic begins”. Yes, I know that is Disney Junior’s slogan, and if you have young kids, you may have just started singing that in your head……your welcome!

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This corner table is the best seat in the house, in my opinion. If you look really close, just over the line of trees, you can see Cinderella’s Castle. When you are there, it is not that hard to see, I promise.

 

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In case you couldn’t see the castle in the picture above, here is a close up taken from the same spot, and my camera is not that great!

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Upon being seated, you will be left with ‘Ohana Pineapple Coconut Bread. Trust me, this is good, but do not eat too much. You have a lot of food coming and you will wish you had more room to put it!

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Shortly after you take a few bites of bread, you will be brought a mixed greens salad with Lilikoi Dressing, which is a passion fruit vinaigrette.

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About this time, I began to wonder how well my kids would eat here. They are the chicken nugget / mac ‘n cheese type of kids most of the time. (even though I try hard to get them to eat better, you know how it is!) To my surprise, our waiter dropped by 2 bowls of mac ‘n cheese. I am pretty sure he was reading my mind right about that time! He told me this was “in case the kids didn’t like the adult menu”.

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Next came our plate of Pork Dumplings that were tossed in Garlic-Ginger Sauce along with Honey-Coriander Chicken Wings. My husband began to devour this plate, thinking this was the main course.

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Next, (yes, it is a constant flow of food being brought to your table. if you do not like to eat, do not dine here!) came the noodles tossed in Teriyaki Sauce along with stir fried veggies:

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At this point, we were already getting full quick. We were definitely newbies and did not know just how much food we would end up getting. The first skewer was then brought to the table. This was the Sweet and Sour Chicken: DSC02181

As we were eating our chicken, Lipoa the Ukulele Lady started making her rounds. She walks around the restaurant playing and singing.

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Back to the food….peanut sauce and sweet and sour sauce is provided for your dipping pleasure!

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So, earlier when I mentioned that the skewer of chicken was brought to the table, I am not sure you understood the size of the skewer I am referring to. My husband was willing for me to post this picture, just so you could better understand. 😉 The waiters come around and put as much as you want on your plate. This skewer was Szechuan Sirloin Steak, hence why my husband was so happy in the picture.

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Here is a close up of the shrimp skewer being brought to my plate.

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Spicy Grilled Peel and Eat Shrimp:

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Once you are finished, your waiter will bring you warm, moist hand towels to clean up with. You will need it after all of that food!

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After getting all cleaned up, Lipoa gathered all the kids together. They all received leis: DSC02189

This obviously made my oldest daughters entire night:

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And then they all learned to do different Hawaiian style dances:

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After all of that dancing, it was time for dessert! The kids received a brownie with marshmallow topping, covered in M&M’s. This was a hit!

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Now this was possibly the best part of the whole meal. ‘Ohana Bread Pudding a la mode with Banana Caramel Sauce. I am a sucker for anything with banana’s or caramel, so this was right up my alley for sure!DSC02196

So good that it deserves more than one photo!

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Cross section after cutting in:

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The Banana Caramel Sauce after being poured out:

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This dinner is very popular, and tends to completely book up right at 180 days out. We ate dinner here after a day at Magic Kingdom, then hopped over to Epcot for Evening Extra Magic Hours. This plan was great, since you can walk to the Transportation and Ticket Center to get on the Epcot Monorail from here!

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