Pros: Great food, family style meal, Lilo, Stitch, Mickey, Pluto
Cons: It did take a long time from start to finish
My 4 year old daughter and I took a really last minute trip to Disney a few months ago. Because of the last minute nature of our trip, we didn't have a lot of liberty with our dining reservations because of Disney's Advanced Dining Reservation system. I knew that I wanted to do a couple of character meals with her but didn't necessarily want to repeat meals that we'd done on a trip the prior year. Still, because it was last minute I wasn't picky so when I called to make reservations I asked the cast member to find me a character meal for breakfast and the first one she came back with was breakfast at 'Ohana. I jumped on it. Not only was this one that would be new to us, it was with Lilo and Stitch - perfect.
Note: This review will deal with the 'Ohana "best friends" character breakfast. Dinner at 'Ohana is a completely different experience without characters.
The 'Ohana restaurant is in Disney's Polynesian resort. This is a deluxe resort which is on the monorail line. It was easy to get to from where we were staying (at the Contemporary) by monorail and we departed from their via bus to the Animal Kingdom park where we spent the remainder of our day.
When we got to 'Ohana we checked in at the podium and were given a pager. We were also directed over to a photo area where we were given leis and the opportunity for a photo. My daughter didn't want the picture, which was fine with me. They go around at your table and try to sell you the photos which are an extra expense (like $25.99). We were seated promptly at a table for two. Most of the people dining here were large groups and there were plenty of smaller tables open.
Our server came right away and poured us both a tropical orange juice blend, leaving us a carafe. I really liked it but my 4 year old turned her nose up at and asked for chocolate milk - not that I blame her. On the table there was a basket full of assorted breads - not your traditional rolls or muffins, these were more like dessert. My picky daughter dug into one of the rolls that was kind of like a cinnamon bun while she waited for her milk. The server returned with her chocolate milk before she could finish the bun and also got me a cup of (much needed) coffee. She also brought out a tray of fruit that included grapes, strawberries, melon, and oranges for my daughter. They only bring the fruit out for kids, but it was enough to share with me - and she did. Honestly, between the fruit, the cinnamon roll and the chocolate milk my daughter was stuffed already but there was more to come.
The main course of 'Ohana breakfast is served family style and consists of skillet packed with traditional breakfast foods. There was scrambled eggs, fried potatoes, sausage links, and bacon. Oh - and it had Mickey Waffles on it that my daughter loved. The skillet is bottomless and you can ask for refills of all of it, or just certain items. We had seconds of the mickey waffles and sausage.
Breakfast is priced at $18.99 for adults, and $10.99 for children 3-9 years old. It includes all you can eat of the skillet plus juice, coffee, or milk. Disney dining plan credit can be used (1 table service credit per person) not including gratuities or tax. Reservations are highly recommended as this is a popular character meal.
While we ate the following characters circulated - Lilo, Stitch, Mickey, and Pluto - and will visit your table for photos, hugs and autographs. My daughter went nuts for all the characters here and had a permanent grin on her face the entire time. Pluto tried to steal her breakfast sausage and Lilo gave the best hugs. Mickey is wearing a festive Hawaiian shirt that my daughter thought was hilarious - hey, she is four. At one point during the meal they invite all the kids to go up and join in on a parade around the restaurant playing musical instruments with the characters. My daughter wasn't brave enough to do this but enjoyed watching the other kids and danced along from her chair. Because we had a table for 2, we were seated close to an aisle so the characters went right past us and even stopped for a hug (and to try to coax her to join along).
Because of the size of the restaurant I suggest you pace yourself with the food and relax because it took a long time for all the characters to make the rounds of the restaurant. In our case, we were waiting a bit for Stitch who seemed to go to all the places around us but then finally came to us. Thankfully, my daughter was having fun watching him visit the neighboring tables and was busy grazing on the food. This definitely isn't an in and out quick breakfast and I was glad we allowed time and actually treated it as a brunch for the day - our seating was around 10am and we were there for well over an hour and a half.
My daughter and I had a super breakfast together at 'Ohana and we would definitely go back. The characters were great, the food was great, the polynesian atmosphere was fun - and the price was worth it - even for not being on the dining plan.
Other character meals at Disney:
1900 Park Fare - Cinderella dining at the Grand Floridian
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall - Princess dining @ Epcot
Chef Mickey's Mickey & friends at The Contemporary
Garden Grill (Mickey, Chip & Dale @ Epcot)
The Crystal Palace - Pooh & Friends @ The Magic Kingdom