Ohana Best Friends Breakfast
Cost: $15 – 34.99 for breakfast
Characters: Lilo, Stitch, Mickey, Pluto
Food: Family style breakfast with eggs, Mickey waffles, breakfast meats, potatoes, and this amazing sweet bread with pineapple.
Rating: 5 out of 5 frying pans
About Our Experience(s): We have done this breakfast twice and really loved it both times! The food is amazing and, selfishly, I love that it’s one of the few character meals that’s not a buffet. That means I actually get to sit and eat for the entire meal, not just run kids back and forth to the buffet in between character meets. Ruby loves Lilo & Stitch, so these are extra special meet and greets for her. We also all love Mickey in his Hawaiian shirt and Pluto with his lei! The characters hand out percussion instruments and parade through the restaurant with guests, which is so cute to watch. I’ve also been pleased with every single cast member we’ve encountered. I talked to the host at check-in on a particularly busy morning, when the woman in front of us hadn’t been exactly kind, and he was still full of smiles and information. He told me that Ohana sees an average of 1300 guests each morning for breakfast! This number just staggered me, when I thought about the quality of experience they’ve provided us twice. Our only slightly imperfect experience was on our first dine. Stitch was kind of rushed as he visited our table and the photographer was a bit short with us. On our last dine, we saw that they moved Stitch to his own step and repeat, where you visit him before your meal. It totally solved the issues that caused our rushed feeling and was a fun way to wait for our table. Disney thinks of it all!
Location: Polynesian Village Resort
Transportation Options: If you’re staying on property, you can take a bus to the Magic Kingdom and then hop the monorail or boat. You can also take the monorail directly from any of the Magic Kingdom area deluxe resorts, Magic Kingdom, or the Ticket and Transportation Center. If you’ll have a vehicle, you can also drive directly to the Polynesian by following signs to the Magic Kingdom area resorts and park at the resort. Or try the new Minnie Van service, Lyft, or Uber directly to the resort!
Things to Know: The check-in line may look overwhelmingly long when you get there, but I promise it moves quickly. We were tempted to skip the line to meet Stitch, but we’re glad we didn’t. It’s timed almost perfectly, so our table was ready as we were meeting him!
While You’re There: Right outside of Ohana is Moana Mercantile. They have some great souvenir finds and are home to my favorite candy, the milk chocolate covered macadamia nut pieces of heaven known as Hawaiian Host AlohaMacs! If you’ve been jonesing for a Dole Whip, don’t forget to stop at the Pineapple Lanai to get one with a typically shorter wait than Aloha Isle in Magic Kingdom!