Brunch at Ohana’s at Disney’s Polynesian Resort: Our Restaurant Review

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Ohana’s is on the 2nd floor of Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

We’ve eaten at Ohana’s several times now, but only for brunch.

Ohana, of course, means Family. The food is served family style to your table.

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Lilo and Stitch at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Brunch is a delicious Hawaiian-themed character breakfast with Mickey, Lilo, and Stitch all wearing their luau costumes and leis.

Reservations are hard to get, especially for breakfast, as it’s very popular.

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Ohana’s signature Pineapple-Coconut Breakfast Bread. So good!

We were on-time for our 10:30am brunch reservation and were immediately seated and given a basket full of yummy, freshly-baked Hawaiian bread.

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Mickey Waffles and Stitch Waffles!

Ohana’s serves the breakfast food family style to the table, in gigantic metal bowls with large spoons to serve yourself onto your individual plates.

We were really excited to get some chilled “moonshine” juice just like they serve at Trail’s End restaurant, but here it’s called P.O.G juice, which stands for pineapple, orange and guava juice.  It is perfection.

Carafes of P.O.G. juice.

Carafe of chilled P.O.G. juice for the table.

We love the Mickey Waffles and order them whenever we can.

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August 2019: Fruity Pebbles Mickey Waffles!  These might not be available all the time.

The day we were there, they not only had Mickey Waffles, they also had Stitch Waffles too!  Super cute!

Food photos!

Food photos!

While we were enjoying our breakfast, Polynesian Mickey, Lilo, and Stitch all came by our table to visit us.

We had a great time with the characters!

I had forgotten how short Stitch is!  Halfway through breakfast, Hawaiian music started playing and all the kids got up and started parading around the restaurant, laughing with the characters.  So fun!

Cost:  $40.47 per person. Tax is included; gratuity is not included. A standard, non-alcoholic beverage is included in this price.  Cast members get a 20% discount.

Note that the price of this meal varies based on the time of year (peak season vs regular season), and also on the day of the week (weekday vs. weekend).

We ate it all!

We ate it all!

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August 2019

“Ohana’s Best Friends Breakfast featuring Lilo and Stitch”

Breakfast Menu, August 2019

Served 7:30am – 12pm, $40.47 (includes tax, but not gratuity)

The ‘All you care to enjoy’ meal is brought table-side by servers. Sweet bread, fruit, breakfast skillet, and Mickey Waffles with warmed syrup are brought to your table as soon as you’re seated.  You may request seconds.

Basket of Sweet Hawaiian Breads

Seasonal Fruit

Hawaiian breakfast platter for the table includes:

Hua Paka (Scrambled Eggs) – made fresh, hot & delicious

Uala Kahiki (Fried Potatoes) – island-style potatoes, with caramelized onions & scallions

Pua’a (Pork) – pork breakfast sausage links & smoked bacon

Mickey and/or Stitch Waffles – with warmed syrup

Beverages:

Unlimited P.O.G. juice – the juice is a blend of pineapple, orange and guava juices

Milk, hot cocoa, bottled water, coffee, and tea
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Some photos from our brunch:

Enjoying a Character Breakfast at 'Ohana

Enjoying our Character Breakfast at ‘Ohana.

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The food was so delicious!

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Yum!

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Mickey leading a parade of kids around the restaurant.

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Elly with Lilo. (Look at that basket of Hawaiian Bread!)

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Lilo was great!

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Having fun with Stitch.

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Elly & Hawaiian Mickey.

“Ohana’s Best Friends Breakfast featuring Lilo and Stitch”

Polynesian friends invite you to join Mickey for autographs and pictures. A family photo is taken before you are seated.

A photographer will bring the photo to your table during the meal for you to purchase if you wish.

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We love the theme-ing of this restaurant.

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It’s actually not a very big restaurant.

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Aloha!

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Character breakfast with Mickey at Aluani Resort…and chance to meet him and Minnie Mouse without waiting in meet and greet lines!

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Aulani’s Mickey and Minnie.  🙂  (Minnie’s wearing blue eyeshadow!)

We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

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Two Disney Sisters

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Throwback Thursday: Christian meeting his favorite character Stitch. #TBT

Disney’s Grand Floridian Finally Getting a Walkway to Magic Kingdom

August 1, 2019 Construction Update: They are moving right along with the new walkway, making good progress already.

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This is the crossover point over the canal joining MK side on the bottom to GF side on the top.

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Going to be nice and wide. Perfect for a 10K race! 🙂

@bioreconstruct posted some photo construction updates last week on the new walkway between the Grand Floridian and the Magic Kingdom.

We’re thinking it might be done and open by mid-October now.

It’s coming right along!

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You can see where the monorail (gray line) crosses over the canal and also where the sidewalk to the west to the Magic Kingdom ends (wiggly gray line) on this Google Maps.

Soon, guests wishing to travel on foot between Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and the Magic Kingdom will be able to walk between the two locations.

In a statement, a Disney official said, “This walking path from Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa will give our Walt Disney World Resort hotel Guests another convenient way to reach Magic Kingdom Park.”

The permit for the new construction was filed last week on July 5th.

It’s a little under a mile (0.7 miles) walking distance between the two locations.

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The new walking bridge is already under construction…it’s the purple rectangle in the upper part of this photo.

Right now, you can almost walk between the two locations, except for the canal – with no bridge – that ends about 500 yards to the west of the Magic Kingdom.

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The monorail crossing over the canal.

There are already lights along that sidewalk and many a guest leaving the Magic Kingdom late at night has been tempted to skip the packed monorail and long boat wait lines and just try walking back. (You can easily walk from the Magic Kingdom to the Contemporary Resort to the east right now.)  They are always surprised when they reach the canal and the sidewalk ends!

We think they should have made this walking path 40 years ago!

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King Triton and his team of Sea Horses

The canal is where the floats for the Electrical Water Pageant enter the Seven Seas Lagoon at night.

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The pageant floating by the Magic Kingdom.

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Resort Hopping 101:  Along the Seven Seas Lagoon

We love Resort Hopping between the three deluxe resorts on the Seven Seas Lagoon:  The Grand Floridian, the Polynesian Resort, and the Contemporary Resort.

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Our #1 favorite place to resort hop.

The Grand Floridian Resort

You can catch a monorail directly from the Magic Kingdom or from Epcot by way of the Ticket and Transportation Center to the Grand Floridian. There is also an open-air water launch (a small boat) which is fun as long as it’s not cold outside. From the other parks, you’ll have to take a Disney transportation bus.

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In the Grand Atrium of the Grand Floridian

When you get there, check out the orchestra that plays most afternoons upstairs in the main Grand Atrium. Make reservations for proper afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian Cafe or for dinner at the fancy Victoria & Albert’s.  Look for hidden Mickeys in the elaborate marble floors. This is also a very peaceful place to sit in the Grand Lobby and just enjoy the atmosphere!

There are several nice shops to browse in.

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Caroline resort hopping on a cool and rainy afternoon. Our #1 favorite place to eat lunch:  Captain Cooks.

Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Another monorail hotel, you can get to the Polynesian Resort the same way as the Contemporary or Grand Floridian.

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Having lunch at Captain Cooks.  🙂

Once you get there, go to Captain Cook’s and get a Dole Whip, or try a tropical cocktail at the lounge, or make a reservation for a family-style dinner at O’Hana.  It’s all good!

Several fun shops to browse in with tropical-themed merchandise.

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We love Dole Whip!

If you schedule your visit late enough, you can watch the Happily Ever After fireworks show over the castle at Magic Kingdom complete with the music piped in while you’re enjoying dinner!

DisneyÕs Contemporary Resort Pastry Chef Jeff Barnes

CR Pastry Chef Jeff Barnes tempting us!

The Contemporary Resort

The Contemporary is a great place to visit. You can get to the Contemporary Resort the same way you get to the Polynesian Resort since it’s a monorail resort, or you can walk over from Magic Kingdom.  Very easy walk.

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Walkway between the Contemporary Resort and the Magic Kingdom. Very easy walk.

Once you get there, browse the great gift shops here. These may be our favorite gift shops on property.

If you’re hungry, head upstairs to the Contempo Cafe. It’s a quick-service eatery with a lot of tasty options for everyone. Try the pot roast and veggies – it’s incredible.  You’ll also find character dining here at Chef Mickey’s.

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It’s very pretty with the float lights reflecting off the Seven Seas Lagoon.

If you’re resort hopping at night, you can watch the Happily Ever After fireworks show over the castle from the 4th floor observation deck and also catch the nightly Electrical Water Pageant.

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Two Disney Sisters

We’ve written two books about our time working and playing at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Disney World Monorail

April 2019:  Riding the monorail over to the Polynesian Resort for some lunch at Captain Cook’s.

Breakfast at the Kona Café at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

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Wearing my new Mickey Ears from Aulani.

We were lucky to get last minute breakfast reservations for 4 at the Kona Café, and super lucky that Christian was able to join us before heading off to work in Tomorrowland.

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Breakfast menu, February 2019

The Kona Café boasts the famous Tonga Toast as their signature breakfast dish.

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I ordered the Tonga Toast so everyone could try it. It was delicious!  $16

Tonga Toast is a deluxe French Toast…banana-stuffed, fried sourdough bread rolled in cinnamon sugar and served with a side of strawberry compote. It’s absolutely incredible and one of our favorite Disney foods.

The Breakfast Menu features pancakes, French toast, omelets, eggs, bacon and sausage.

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Christian’s Macadamia Nut Pancakes topped with pineapple sauce and a side of bacon. $14

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Ian’s Polynesian Egg Platter with Spam.  $14

We recommend ordering a glass of the Liliko’i Juice for breakfast (orange, passion fruit, and guava juice blend). Disney fans will recognize this as the famous POG Juice.

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My Liliko’i Juice. I always add ice to my juice because I like it super cold.  $6.50

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We ordered a pot of French pressed coffee for the table. It takes about 2 minutes of resting (pressing time) for the coffee to be ready.  $9.50

Freshly Brewed Hawaiian Kona Coffee, Maragogype Press Pot (Serves 2-3)

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Kona Cafe:  A Taste of the Islands.

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The Kona Cafe. We were seated on the left under the mask.

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Welcome!

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Our reservation was for 9:50am and we were seated st 9:55am. Food came up very fast.

The Kona Café is located at Disney’s beautiful Polynesian Village Resort where the sights and smells of the Hawaiian Islands are enough to make anyone want to stay!

Whether you are a guest at Disney’s Polynesian Resort or not, you’re welcome to dine at the Kona Café.  Make a dining reservation and you’ll be allowed to park at the Polynesian for free.

If you’re staying at Grand Floridian or at the Contemporary Resort, just hop on the monorail and come over over.

In case you were wondering, “Kona” is a Hawaiian name meaning “Lady”.

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Christian heading off to work at Cosmic Rays after breakfast.

Cast Member note:  Disney cast members get a 20% discount at the Kona Cafe.

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It’s a beautiful day. Sunny and 74 degrees.

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We’ve written two books about our time working at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com:

Adventure Book Cover

Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

book Two Girls

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Tonga Toast Kona

Tonga Toast should always be served with a slice of fresh pineapple!

                               MAKING TONGA TOAST AT HOME

INGREDIENTS LIST

For the Tonga Toast

1 Loaf white bread, unsliced

2 Bananas, sliced

4 Large eggs

1 c. Heavy cream

1 tbsp. Sugar

1 tsp. Cinnamon

1 tsp. Vanilla extract

Vegetable oil, for frying

1 c. Cinnamon sugar

Strawberries, sliced for topping

Maple syrup

For the Strawberry Compote

1 1/2 c. Strawberries, chopped

3 tbsp. Sugar

1 tbsp. Lemon juice

1 tsp. Vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

Slice bread loaf into 3 to 4 very thick pieces. Use a knife to create a slit in one side of the toast, then stuff banana slices into the toast. Repeat with remaining bread pieces and bananas.

In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Dunk each stuffed sliced into the batter mixture, tossing to coat all sides.

Pour a 1/4” of vegetable oil into skillet and heat over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the battered bread and cook until crispy and golden all over, about 2 minutes per side.  (This can also be baked in a 9″x13″ buttered glass pan at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.)

Drain toast briefly on a wire rack. Pour cinnamon sugar into a large shallow bowl, then gently shake off excess oil from warm toast and toss in cinnamon sugar.

Garnish with fresh sliced strawberries and serve with strawberry compote and maple syrup.

Making the strawberry compote: In a small skillet over medium heat, combine strawberries, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla. Bring mixture to a simmer and cook until the strawberries begin to break down and the mixture has thickened slightly, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and gently mash the compote with the back of a fork.