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‘Ohana – Disney Dining Review

‘Ohana – Disney Dining Review

Polynesian Resort

Polynesian ResortFirst, I’ve been to ‘Ohana before on two other Disney trips – the first time I ever went, many years ago, and then later when I went with a friend for a few days to the Mouse. Every time, its been delicious. This time was no exception. The worst part of our meal was that we couldn’t eat as much as we wanted!

I think the one thing we all decided was that it was so hot and we’d been going since early morning, and we wanted to stuff our faces even more than we did, but we were headed back into the parks and we knew that would probably be a poor life choice!

Ohana Restaurant

Ohana Grill

‘Ohana is inside the Polynesian Resort, and its got awesome decor. Hawaiian prints, tiki gods, an open grill – and an awesome view over Bay Lake to Magic Kingdom. We were super excited to be seated next to a window with a view of the resort and the castle in the distance.

Ohana Restaurant

Our server, Roy, was great. They call you “cousin” here, because you’re family. And they do all they can to make sure you feel at home. The meal is served family style, and the first thing they bring out is salad. I’m not a salad person (Lettuce just tastes like the color green, and its not pleasant, okay? lol) but according to everyone else, it was quite fantastic. It comes with a dressing that the salad eaters at our table just couldn’t get enough of.

Ohana Salad

They also bring you pineapple bread, and a plate with stir fry veggies, honey coriander wings, potstickers, and noodles. All of these are AMAZING.

Ohana Pineapple Bread

But I had to restrain myself, because I knew what was coming next… The meat! They serve the beef, chicken, and shrimp here on long skewers from the grill. The servers bring it around and they will give you as much or as little as you like, until you’re so full you can’t possibly eat more. The shrimp is fantastic (coming from a non-seafood lover, that’s saying something), though messy, and the chicken and beef are equally awesome. If you’re interested in trying either at home, the Ohana Shrimp Marinade is my go to recipe for home, and the Ohana Chicken Marinade is also a family favorite. I will say, the chicken marinade in particular tastes MUCH better when its grilled. It just doesn’t taste the same if you try to cook it in the oven.

Ohana chicken, beef, and shrimp

 

I wanted a better photo, but to be honest, by this time, we were too busy stuffing our faces, and I’d forgotten to set up my plate to look pretty before taking a photo. Still, looking at this one makes my mouth water! The food really is amazing.

While we were there they also gave out leis to the people with birthdays, which we forced by Mom and husband up to go and receive, and then the kids did a coconut race with brooms down the aisle of the restaurant. It was really cute, and a great way to get the kids involved.

For dessert, they brought cupcakes to the table for our two birthdays, but they also brought out bread pudding with a bananas foster sauce. This stuff…. its just so, so good. I wish we hadn’t been planning to go back into Magic Kingdom to ride Haunted Mansion, because I’d have continued to eat my way through this meal. But we were there in August, and it was too hot to over eat and head back into the parks. But this is worth every bite.

I’ll be making a version of this and posting the recipe soon, because I can never say no to a good bread pudding. And really, the sauce is what makes this so awesome. I’m pretty sure I could put that sauce on just about anything and devour it.

Ohana Bread Pudding

 

If you get the chance, ‘Ohana is worth every penny, and is a reservation you should definitely try to make!

 

Have you been there? What did you think?

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Top 5 Reasons to Love Disney as an Adult

Top 5 Reasons to Love Disney as an Adult

 

Disney World is an amazing place. But there are some people who will look at you and wonder, “Why bother going to Disney as an adult? Isn’t it just an overpriced place for the kids, with no real thrills?”

Clearly, they’ve never looked at it the right way.

There are lots of reasons a Disney fan can give as to why they love the parks. As this is one of my first blog posts, I thought it would only be appropriate to mention a few of the reasons why I love it so much.

At Disney, it’s okay to release your inner child.

Do you remember the excitement you felt as a kid when the newest Disney movie came out? Or when you got to go to a theme park for the day? Or come home after school and watch cartoons? Of course! Being a kid, you were allowed to geek out over a cartoon character, or play with stuffed animals, and daydream about how the movie would have been if you were the princess (or prince!). At Disney World, you can let go of all the adulating for a while and just let yourself enjoy being a kid again. You can get your picture taken with Mickey, you can laugh at the jokes in the Enchanted Tiki Room, and you can generally let yourself believe in a little magic again. Or just ride Space Mountain for the nth time. There’s plenty of time for the real world. But at least for a little while, you can let it go (pun intended) and just soak up the magic.

There is more to see and do than standing in line for Mickey and buying a stuffed animal.

Spend real time walking through the World Showcase areas. Morocco has some really amazing views and things to look at and enjoy!

Disney World was built as a place for families to be entertained, and kids were the biggest portion of that vision. But don’t let think the adults have been left out! There are lots of opportunities for adults to enjoy themselves. For me, EPCOT is the most “adult” of all the park. I can see where a kid might think the countries of World Showcase boring. But as an adult, they are pretty awesome to wander through, look around, and enjoy the taste of another culture and country. Beyond that, there are lots of things sprinkled in the park that you will appreciate as an adult that may go over the kids heads, and there are many things that only an adult who has seen some of the older movies and Disney shows will appreciate.

The Food.

This blog is food-centered. So it’s no surprise that the food makes an appearance on here. In my experience, most kids are pretty mundane eaters. Don’t get me wrong – some are adventurous, but as a rule, kids just want food so they can get back to the park. Adults, on the other hand, more often can appreciate the joys of a great meal in an awesome setting. No matter what restaurant you pick, the worst meal at Disney is still likely to be miles better than the normal chain restaurants from home. The themes are amazing, and the food is made with great attention and care. It tastes good, looks good, and there are so many restaurants to choose from, you should be able to find something you like!

As an adult, you can appreciate the detail.

Come on, not too many kids would find this as entertaining as I did.

This kind of goes with #2, but adults can appreciate some of the inside jokes in things (Jungle Cruise, anyone?). The Imagineers dropped little things all over the park. Some of the labels on boxes in the Agrabah area of Magic Kingdom, for instance, may seem familiar to an adult. And only someone who isn’t on overload with sugar and Mickey and OMG another ride, will be able to see it. As an adult, you can take your time, breath, and enjoy yourself. No one will mind if you buy a dole whip, take a seat on a bench next to the castle and people watch for awhile. (And you totally should!)

There is always something new.

This one goes for everyone – not just adults. Unless you’re going to Disney World every day (and even then you may argue that it still applies) there is always something new to see. It may not be new to the park, but it may be a feature you missed, a show you haven’t seen, or a new world added since the last time you visited (Anyone else excited to see Pandora?). As adults, sometimes we have a tendency to check off a place we’ve visited on our mental list, crossing it off as being “done.” But I’ve never had a trip to Disney where it became boring because I knew what to expect. There are always hidden secrets, an inside joke, or a new attraction to pique my interest. And on the subject of food, there are so many great restaurants with so many dishes, I’ll never be able to get through them all!

 

What do you like best as an adult at Disney?