“‘Ohana means Family. Family means no one gets left behind … or forgotten.” And Guests attending ‘Ohana’s Best Friends Breakfast featuring Lilo & Stitch at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort will find family also means, “no one leaves hungry.”
This character meal has been a staple of our family vacations to the Walt Disney World Resort since our son’s first birthday. It also happens to be where he first met Mickey Mouse, who he would go on to call “da-da” until he was three. (Yes, his brainwashing is complete.)
In addition to meeting the mouse that started it all, Guests can get autographs from and photos with Pluto, Lilo, and (an often mischievous) Stitch, all sporting their best tropical resort wear.
A Disney PhotoPass photographer accompanies Stitch on his rounds to make sure the whole family can get in the picture. At regular intervals, the characters take breaks to lead children (shaking maracas) in a parade around the restaurant to “Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride” from the Lilo and Stitch soundtrack.
Even better than the character interactions is the food! Before seating, Guests are greeted by their “cousin” (server) and given leis. The leis were discontinued for a time, but (as of my visit in May of 2016) they have returned! Your cousin will pause on the way to the table to pick up a basket (or two) of ‘Ohana’s famous pineapple breakfast bread for your party. This is some seriously good filler and, if watching your waistline, definitely cheat-worthy bready-goodness.
“Stitch juice” (no Stitches were harmed in the making of this juice), sometimes called P.O.G. (pineapple, orange & guava) juice is also one of our favorite ‘Ohana offerings.
DIStracted Tip: Ask your “cousin” for a large glass if the breakfast-sized version doesn’t satisfy the thirst for this yummy nectar.
A plate of fruit is delivered; followed by a breakfast skillet (served family style) filled with pork sausage, bacon, breakfast potatoes, scrambled eggs and waffles! Both Mickey Mouse and Stitch waffles were available for our most recent visit. Which would you choose?
You can request more of anything, though we’ve found a single skillet can easily satisfy a family of four (Of course, if you’ve heard the infamous stories of my son’s extremely limited diet, you’ll understand why an extra helping of bacon is always needed.) Usually, breakfast at ‘Ohana is filling enough that we only need a light lunch and dinner.
As of May 2016, Guests can expect to pay $30 per adult and $18 per child. If on the dining plan, breakfast at ‘Ohana uses one table service credit per Guest. (Personally, I never recommend using table service credits for breakfast. I think you get a better value for the credit at lunches and dinners.) They also accept Tables in Wonderland, which took 20% off our bill.
While a $30 breakfast isn’t exactly cheap, I think it’s one of the best (and best value) character dining opportunities on property. If visiting with popular Disney characters and giant skillets of food is your thing, plan a visit to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort for breakfast and make their ‘Ohana your ‘Ohana!
DIStracted Tip: I recommend booking ‘Ohana on a day planned to visit Epcot. The monorail departing directly for Epcot from the Transportation and Ticket Center is just a short walk from the resort.
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