by Louise and JoAnn
(UK and North Wales PA)
I got 2 similar questions about reservations at ‘Ohana so I thought I’d combine them into one answer.
First one from Louise in the UK.
We are traveling to Orlando for two weeks from the 29th of October from the UK, I’ve tried to get dinner reservations at ‘Ohana whilst we are there, but it’s fully booked for the whole time we are there sadly.
Do you think we will be able to get a reservation whilst we are there?
If so what’s the best way to try to get a reservation?
We desperately want to eat there as we’ve heard it’s amazing!
And the second one from JoAnn in North Wales, Pa.
I logged onto the WDW web site at 6:30 AM on the 180th day before my vacation (Dec. 2-6) and still couldn’t get a reservation for dinner at the time I wanted at O’Hana on Dec. 6. Is there a strategy to do this that I’m missing?
This is it. ‘Ohana – Photo by Tom Arthur
Dad’s yes, it’s hard to get reservations at ‘Ohana Answer
Sometimes it really is difficult to get reservations at ‘Ohana. For the most part, it’s one of those restaurants at Disney World that sell out almost every night, and that’s just the reservations made at day 180 (or before).
Hey Dad, you’re not being helpful. We already know that reservations are hard to make at ‘Ohana, that’s why we are talking to you, Dad. You’re supposed to tell us what can we do about it.
Patience ladies, Patience. I just got to lay a little groundwork before I tackle your answer.
First, let me say that ‘Ohana is a great place to eat. (Though the food is not as good as it used to be, the experience is still amazing.) We will arrange our whole trip around dinner at ‘Ohana.
What could be better than piles of steak, shrimp and all the other stuff they serve topped off with some wonderful bread pudding and ice cream? Now that’s just about the PERFECT meal. (Yes, there is some green stuff and some other items, but you can skip those. I do.)
OK, enough of that (is there ever enough of that?), let’s start answering some questions.
I’m sorry to say, your chances of getting a reservation at ‘Ohana are not very good. It’s one of the restaurants that most people show up for. (It’s also one of those where they take a credit card and charge it if you don’t show up.)
There are a couple of ways you can try to get a table. First, check Disney’s website every day. You might just get lucky and someone might cancel (it happens all the time).
Second, you can go to the restaurant (and I’d suggest you go early) and wait and see if there’s an opening. That sometimes works. In fact, my friend got a table at Cinderella’s Royal Table without a reservation. Amazing.
You can also have the concierge desk at your hotel (if you’re staying at a Disney Hotel) call and see if there are any cancellations. You might just get lucky. If you are staying at one of the “concierge” (Club Level) rooms, you’re in luck. All the Disney Restaurants save some reservations for the Club Level guests.
I hope one of these works for you Louise, but the chances aren’t real good.
OK, on to JoAnn’s question. I think you asked why at 180 days at 6 am are all the ‘Ohana reservations all gone? I know, it sounds unbelievable.
Here’s how it happens. Disney allows Disney Hotel guests to make reservations at 180 days plus up to 10 more days. So, let’s say you are checking in on Sunday and you want to go to ‘Ohana on Thursday, you can make your ‘Ohana reservations 180 days before Sunday (180 days + up to 10 days). This is the way restaurants fill up before the 180 day mark.
This is also why we make our ‘Ohana reservation first and work our whole trip around it. If you have some flexibility in dates it really helps.
But the 180+10 is a big deal.
So, what can you do now JoAnn? Same as Louise. Keep trying, ask the concierge, go to the restaurant and beg. That’s pretty much it.
Dad’s Bottom Line
Ladies, ‘Ohana is a wonderful dining experience. I’d say choose a different restaurant, but there is just not anything else that compares.
All you can do now is keep trying. You might just get lucky.
PS. I just checked and for about 15 seconds there was a reservation available for June 6. That’s why you have to keep checking.