Disney World fans say the resort’s popular restaurant ‘sucks’
‘Ohana is a beloved family restaurant at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. It’s also home to the Ohana Best Friends Breakfast with Lilo, Stitch and Friends, which returns for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began on September 27.
This Polynesian American restaurant recently came under fire for removing fan-favorite appetizers and other menu items that changed after the restaurant reopened in 2021.
Now, dozens of Walt Disney World Resort fans have come together to support a Reddit post by u/NooksCrannyPanties who argues that ‘Ohana is overrated:
I just have to ask… is anyone else thinking ‘Ohana sucks?
It was by far the most publicized meal of our trip. ALL vloggers, bloggers, websites, etc. hype “Ohana and the Noodles” as one of the goat experiences on the Disney property. Well, it wasn’t. Everything was just… fine. The highlight for me was the potstickers and yes the noodles were good, but not so legendary that I was led to believe. The biggest travesty, in my opinion, was the meat. I like my cooked meat rare, so for me it was practically inedible. For $55 per person, I would expect to be able to tell you how I would like my steak cooked. The chicken was good and the wings were quite good. But the noodles. From everything said about them, I thought I was going to have a transcendent experience, but I could probably make them at home and spin them better. I will say the bread pudding was good so I get the hype there, but I can get it at Kona Cafe for much less.
Is it just me? Was I expecting too much? Our last trip was a success food-wise, but with the exception of the always excellent Le Cellier, we’ve had better quick service meals than table service this trip.
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The post received nearly 100 upvotes and dozens of supportive comments. u/mrmaestro9420 agreed but said they loved ‘Ohana regardless:
Ohana is a weird category. It’s all you can eat, like a buffet, so you can’t expect quality heaven. Again, I think it’s a cut above WDW’s sideboards for a similar price.
Ohana for me is a bit more experience. I love Polynesian. I love the music, the ukulele player and the big tables. This is the place I look forward to donning a camp shirt, ordering a Lapu Lapu, and enjoying the atmosphere with extended family. Then there’s the bonus that the food is better than other all-you-can-eat places. There is, of course, better food in WDW, but there is also better and cheaper food where I live in San Diego.
I won’t say that Ohana isn’t overhyped. I’m sorry it’s not a favorite.
Start your day with a hearty breakfast or sit down to a Polynesian-themed dinner, both served with the family.
Rise and shine for breakfast
You and your ʻohana can feast on an American breakfast influenced by Polynesian flavors.
Treat the family to popular selections such as scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes, Stitch and Mickey waffles, pineapple ham, a variety of fresh fruits and ʻOhana pineapple bread.
Dine with Hawaiian hospitality
Enjoy an evening of Hawaiian flavored specialties and music in a Polynesian setting.
Relax in a dining room filled with tikis and tropical greenery while savoring delicious dishes like grilled teriyaki beef, spicy peel-and-eat shrimp, grilled chicken, and ʻOhana noodles. Plus, you can satisfy your sweet tooth with Pineapple Coconut Bread Pudding and Vanilla Ice Cream. It’s a tantalizing taste of the South Pacific!
What do you think of ‘Ohana?
Please note that the story described in this article is based on the personal experience of visitors to Disney Parks. No two guest experiences are the same, and this article does not necessarily reflect Inside the Magic’s personal views on Disney park operations.