180 days before I leave. I get up at 4:45am (IL time) I get everything pre typed ready to get my reservation at O’hana for dinner. Scrolling, scrolling, no tables left. I try every different time and all the days that I am going to be there. No dice. I am so bummed. Any tricks to try to snag any cancelled reservations? Thanks for any help you can give me. Julie
Dad LOVES ‘Ohana – Photo by Disney Photo Snapper
Dad’s Tasty Answer
Julie, boy oh boy does Dad love ’Ohana! It’s my very favorite meal at WDW – or anywhere. What’s not to love? All you can eat flame grilled meats. The best dessert in the world. A bunch of green things and noodles to keep everyone happy and filled up. Tasty! But is there really a secret to getting a reservation?
As you know, Advanced Dining Reservations (or ADRs) are available 180 days in advance of the day you’d like to dine there. You can go online to reserve starting at 6am EST or call in at 7am EST on your 180 day mark.
BUT, if you are staying on property, you can make reservations at the 180 mark of the first day of your trip (up to day days after your arrival). That means you can actually start making ADRs up to 190 days out. For really popular spots like ‘Ohana, if you plan to make an ADR for later in your trip, on the 180 day mark of your first day, that can sometimes help secure a spot.
Also, with Disney’s new policy to charge no-shows and late cancellations, there are a lot of cancellations for Table Service restaurants. You can check daily in the months leading up to your trip, but the last 2 weeks before you wish to dine (especially the last few days) are the most promising to score a cancelled reservation.
If you’re really set on dining there, you can even show up around 3:30pm or around 9:30pm and see if they are taking walk ups (doesn’t usually work at such a popular spot, but you never know!).
Unfortunately, there’s not much more to it than that.
Now, if you find yourself looking for some tasty Polynesian cuisine and you can’t get into ‘Ohana, you can head next door to the Kona Cafe – it’s not all-you-can-eat but several of the dishes are similar. Or go down stairs to the Quick Service Captain Cooks where they have lots of tasty Polynesian inspired options.
If an all-you-can-eat barbequed meat experience is a must do, you could try Whispering Canyon Cafe over at the Wilderness Lodge. That’s more of a cowboy BBQ type place, but their bottomless skillets and milkshakes sure are good.
Dad’s Bottom Line
Julie, don’t give up on ‘Ohana. It really is as good as everyone says. But if it doesn’t work out this time, don’t worry – there are lots of great restaurants at WDW and wherever you eat I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful meal.