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How do I get ‘Ohana reservations

by Cindy

Hi Dad! LOVE your website! THANK YOU so much for it! I talked my husband into spending more money to stay at the Polynesian instead of at the Coronado after discovering your website and hearing you rave so much about it! I’m excited about staying there!

Okay….I am trying to get supper for our family of 4 at the ‘Ohana for June 10, 2011. The only time they are showing available is 9:30 p.m.! Dear Lord! Who eats supper at 9:30 p.m.! What should I do? How do I get ‘Ohana reservations for our trip? Do I just stay on the reservations page constantly over the next several months hoping, praying that someone will cancel at an earlier time? Thanks Dad!

Dad’s there is one way Answer


First let me say thank you for the kind words about Dad’s site. I think it’s pretty awesome, but it’s good others say it. Congratulations on getting the hubby to upgrade. Major coo. You won’t be sorry (at least until he sees the bill).

Dad’s Polynesian Resort page

Welcome to the wild, wild world of Disney World restaurant reservations. You have run in to one of the biggest problems Disney faces. Too many people wanting to eat at restaurants that are too small for the number of people that want to eat at them. It happens every day.

First, let me say, that if you don’t get to eat at ‘Ohana, it will be all right. Yes we love eating at ‘Ohana. It’s our favorite place at Disney World. We also love to stay at the Polynesian Resort. It’s our favorite resort at Disney World, but we can’t afford to stay there every time, so we do stay other places, and no, the roof doesn’t fall down. (However, Mrs. Mom does cry the whole week. What that was me? Oh, yeah you’re right.)

The same thing is true of restaurants. ‘Ohana is not going anywhere. We thought it was the end of the world when they changed their menu and took out the pineapple for dessert and added the Bread Pudding. What we found was the bread pudding was fabulous. What does that have to do with reservations at ‘Ohana. Nothing really, I just like the story. Really, it doesn’t matter if you don’t go to ‘Ohana. There are other restaurants. Each has it’s own charm. Don’t cry too much. Just pick a different spot and enjoy it.

Bread Pudding at ‘Ohana

Bread pudding at 'Ohana
Photo by meshmar2

There actually is a way you can get ‘Ohana reservations. It’s will cost you a little money (no, a lot of money). You could cancel your current reservation, let Dad rebook you in a Club Level room at the Polynesian (concierge). The concierge service at the Deluxe Resorts has access to most of the restaurants. Hey, you could go all the way and get the Magic Kingdom view rooms and have the best vacation possible.

I’m just kidding. It’s not worth it to spend that kind of money. I would keep plugging away on your computer, but the chances of success are pretty slim.

Dad’s ‘Ohana page

You asked about people eating at 9:30pm. It’s not that uncommon. If you come from the west coast that would normally be 7:30 pm. Many guests eat after a day at the parks. We always try to time our ‘Ohana reservation for about 8:30 because we can sit in the restaurant and watch Wishes.

Dad’s Bottom Line

I might get my Polynesian Lover badge revoked for this, but not eating at ‘Ohana is not the end of the world. It’s a great place to eat, but it’s just a restaurant. There are plenty of others. (Yeah, right.)

Comments for How do I get ‘Ohana reservations

Mar 05, 2011 Thanks Dad! 🙂 

by: Cindy

Hey Dad…thanks so much for your insight! I wasn’t thinking about the time change! Duh! We will be traveling in from CENTRAL time and checking into the Polynesian and wanted to have dinner at Ohana that night. I was disappointed about the 9:30 p.m. reservation time. However, our stomachs will think it is only 8:30 p.m.! So, not really so bad! Okay…I’ll quit my bellyaching now and I’ll hang on to the 9:30 p.m. reservations for dear life and be grateful for the fact that I do HAVE reservations at the Ohana for dinner. We have had the Ohana breakfast before and LOVED it. I wanted to try Ohana for dinner since you raved so much about it. Thanks again Dad! HAVE A MAGICAL DAY! 😀

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