I've always wanted to stay at the Polynesian Resort, but since I'm not a DVC member as a result, financially the Moderate and Value Resorts are the normal choice for our trips, that will likely not happen unless the lottery strikes. So for us, the next best thing is to visit them anyway and partake in the amenities available to anyone. By the way, this is one of our top recommendation for all visitors, since there is so much to see and do outside of the theme parks at Walt Disney World.
Then came the appetizers of chicken wings, pork fried dumplings, some of the best Asian-style noodles (similar to Lo-Mein) I have ever had and steamed vegetables of broccoli, snow peas and carrots. Excuse me, I make a meal of chicken wings once a week, and the rest of the accompaniments just overwhelmed my senses so that I could have stopped right there; but you can't do that.
When you walk into the restaurant, you see and smell the preparation area where meats and shrimp are being broiled to perfection over an oak fire. So here they come next, one at a time on large skewers as your server provides you the number of pieces you want, and return with more as needed. Turkey, Asian BBQ Pork Loin, Steak, and Shrimp (unpeeled). They also provide dipping sauces with a recommendation for each of your main course items, however I mixed them up and enjoyed them all. There are three, a peanut sauce, chimichurri sauce and a mustard sauce.
I'm told there is an alternative meal for kids, although I didn't find anything on the menu not appropriate or something they wouldn't enjoy. This would be typical Disney fare such as chicken nuggets, PB&J, a burger and fries. Your server will ask you about any special dietary needs, something you should aways call in advance about anyway. I'm told that the entree selections do change on occasion as well. And of course there is coffee, tea and soda, and refills as needed.
By the way, another review and some better photos are located on the Disney Food Blog. And some other opinion pieces on Trip Advisor which rates 'Ohana as a 4 1/2 of 5 stars and AllEars.Net.
This is a very difficult reservation to get, so ADRs are a must. Our meal was booked for 8:45 pm, late for even us who usually eat about 7:30 pm. Dinner runs from about 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The cost per person at the time was $35 for adults and $16 for children, but be aware of higher prices during busier times of the year. On a scale of 1 to 10, this is clearly right at the top for me, and well worth the price of admission and especially for the single table service credit on the meal plan. You can make your reservations for ADRs such as 'Ohana by calling (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463 up to 180 days prior to your visit. Other than at 7:00 am on the 180 day mark, I find using the Disney website always the best place to begin, both to make and cancel dining reservations.
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