Review of Ohana (Dinner)

Okay, so it’s been a while since I’ve written, but today I am hungry and thinking about dinner at one of my all time favorite on property restaurants, OHANA!

So when you view the Disney website and visit the Ohana menu, I don’t think it quite does the restaurant justice. It is an all you can eat, family style restaurant. If you leave this place hungry, there might be something wrong with you. Also, I should warn, this is a meat eaters paradise!

When you get to Ohana you’ll be welcomed to your table, and you’ll be served with some delicious pineapple coconut bread and a mixed green salad. I will start by saying a like salad. I’ll even eat it for lunch, but man do I LOVE carbs… I’ve even described myself as a “Carbiterian” on more than one occasion. So with that being said, I will say their bread is absolutely outstanding. It’s not too heavy, and the flavor of the pineapple and coconut is not too much, it’s subtle, but just enough!

Then comes my FAVORITE part, the appetizer. Now, don’t get me wrong the main course meats are amazing, but the pork dumplings… oh the pork dumplings. Along with the pork dumplings you’ll also get honey-coriander chicken wings. Both are amazing, but the pork dumplings keep me craving them in between trips. I’m a big fan of potstickers, but nothing compares to these. I’m salivating even as I type this, just thinking of them. They are without a doubt my favorite part of Ohana. And guess what… it’s all you can eat, so you can always ask for more!


Along with the appetizers you’ll also be served the side dishes of stir fry veggies and teriyaki noodles! Both are great, but now it’s time for the meats. For your main course, a server will bring you skewers of all you can eat meat. Your options are chicken, steak, and shrimp. All are grilled over a wood fire and delivered to your table on a skewer. Your server puts it in a bowl for you to enjoy. You can have one, two, or all three meats. I usually go for all three, at least a few pieces of each. With the the meat you’ll also get some amazing dipping sauces. It’s definitely worth trying it all!

So you’ve eaten your dinner and you’re about ready to roll out of the restaurant, but oh wait… there is dessert! And it is in my top 5 favorite desserts on Disney property- Ohana’s bread pudding. It’s absolutely delectable, and is served with a caramel sauce and vanilla bean ice cream. So as amazing as the dumplings, and meats are, don’t forget to save room for dessert, because you won’t regret it!

So my official statement about Ohana- “Be sure to check out Ohana. Your tastebuds will be tantalized from the bread at the beginning of the meal, to the bread pudding at the end of your meal. ”

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Happy Barbershop Quartet Day

Today is National Barbershop Quartet Day!  So let’s take a look at some of the amazing talents at Walt Disney World!  Did you know that every day right on Main Street USA there is an amazing Barbershop Quartet (and an actual working Barbershop!)  The Dapper Dans are absolutely incredible and perform every day (be sure to check the performance guide for times when you enter the park)

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Here is a very special Valentine’s Day performances from the Disney Parks YouTube Channel.

So stop on by the Harmony Babershop for a haircut and then head out to Main Street USA to hear the Dapper Dans!

In addition to their daily performances they also perform for the hard ticket event- Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party as the “Cadaver Dans.”

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Tuesday’s Tip- Celebrate World Party Day at Epcot

Hi All!  As you may have read in some previous posts I’ve been very intrigued by unique and obscure holidays lately, so I’m highlighting some of these holidays and how they relate to my favorite place- Walt Disney World!!!!

So today is “World Party Day!” If I could choose a place to celebrate today it would definitely be Epcot at Walt Disney World!  I mean where else can you visit eleven countries in one afternoon?

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Not only can you visit the countries and experience the culture of Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, United States, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom, and Canada, but you can end your day by celebrating Disney style with a real world party; Illuminations! If you’ve never experienced Illuminations you need to!  It an incredible spectacle of fireworks, pyrotechnics, and beauty.

Below is a time lapse that we did of Illuminations a few trips ago 🙂  Enjoy and party and enjoy the world today!

 

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Fun Fact Friday- Take a Walk in the Park Day!

Today is Fun Fact Friday, but also a unique holiday!  Last week was “make up your holiday-day” and today is national- “Take a walk in the park day.”  Now to a “normal” non disney obsessed person… they would probably assume that taking a walk in the park would mean going to the park around the corner, or visiting your nearest national or metro park (we have a ton of GREAT parks near our home.) To this mouskaholic though, the words “Take a Walk in the Park” immediately makes me think DISNEY parks 🙂 . So for fun fact friday today we will look at the mileage involved in walking through each of the Walt Disney World and Disneyland parks.

Magic Kingdom- If you went all the way around the park with minimal doubling back you’re looking at a minimum of walking 1.85 miles.  That does not include the walk to and from the transportation areas, that is simply in the park-

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Walking map of Magic Kingdom park if you were to do a single loop of the park- 1.85 miles

Now Epcot is significantly larger than Magic Kingdom.  Just to walk around the World Showcase Lagoon in itself is 1.2 miles, and when you add Future World in you’re looking at a minimum of 2.64 miles.

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With all of the construction at Hollywood Studios, and it being one of the smaller parks anyway, you’re looking at a much shorter walking distance (again these are just if you were to walk to all the attractions, no going in, waiting in line, no doubling back) . So at Hollywood studios pre-toy story land and pre-Star Wars land you’re looking at approximately a 1.4 mile walk total.

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Your second to longest walk comes in around 2.45 miles at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  This is the largest park in square mileage at Disney, but luckily to explore some of the areas you get special transportation… like the safari area you need to be in the safari cars, and to get to Rafiki’s planet watch you take a train to get out there.  This has the potential to be a LOT of walking depending on how you’ve planned your day!

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Now let’s head to the park where it all started!  Disneyland in Anaheim California!

Disneyland is physically a smaller park, you’re looking at the same amount of walking at you would at Disney’s Magic Kingdom… 1.85 miles, and that is mostly because Toon Town is a little farther out of the way

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One of my favorite things that makes Disneyland different than WDW is that you can walk in between the two parks, where the WDW property is so spread out, it makes it nearly impossible (you can walk between Epcot and Hollywood Studios).  So let’s take a walk across the esplanade over to Disney’s California Adventure park 🙂

I’m always amazed at how many awesome things they can pack into 1.4 miles, but they’ve definitely managed at DCA 🙂 . Things to keep in mind about walking at Disneyland is the you can walk from your hotel, and you’ll walk through Disney Springs or the main gate to get to either park.  While the parks are a little one the smaller side in comparison to WDW, the walking potential is still quite high.

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While what I mapped above is just a simple route around each park, there is the potential of doing MANY more miles while you’re there.  Make sure you have good walking shoes!  Mr. Mouskaholic and I average around 7-9 miles per day when we go! So who is ready to take a walk in your favorite Disney parks?

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Words of Walt- The Secret of Success

Without getting to into too many of my personal beliefs and the way that children are raised today vs. my upbringing I’ll say this…

I was raised with the idea that nothing in life was going to be handed to me.  If I wanted something in life I had to work for it.  When I was growing up my father worked a full time job, a part time job, and went to school full time; with the idea that when he graduated that he would have a better job and be able to provide more easily for our family.  Because he was constantly working or at school I didn’t see a lot of him for about 5 years.  What I did see is was how hard my father worked.  I saw how much time and care he put in, and the sacrifices that he made for our family, so that we would have our basic needs met.

Extra money was not something that we had a lot of because of the costs of schooling and other bills, so from a young age I learned that if I wanted to go to summer camp, or wanted that new thingabob (you know… I hear Ariel’s got 20) I was going to have to work for it.  This was a mantra that has continued to follow me through my adult life.  I am a full time teacher, who also assists with the marching band, and spring musical at school.  I help my husband (who also works full time) manage our photography business .  I also am an independent travel agent with Charming Travels LLC.  I believe that all this work pays off… it affords me the travel that I so enjoy and the opportunity to experience life the way that I so choose.  I believe that is why I identify and embrace today’s quote.

So here’s the point of today’s post… what Uncle Walt has to say about the secret to success-

“People often ask me if I know the secret of success and if I could tell others how to make their dreams come true.  My answer is, you do it by working.”

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Make Up Your Own Holiday Day

So I’ve always been a fan of random and obscure holidays!  Over the next few months I will be looking at some obscure holidays, and how they can be celebrated in a very Disney and Mouskaholic sort of way 🙂   How fun 🙂

Today is national- “Make Up Your Own Holiday Day.”  So today the mouskaholic doth declare it “Favorite Disney Photo Day!”  So check out some of my all time favorite photos that my husband and I have taken from around Walt Disney World and Disneyland 🙂

 

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The mouskaholic after the 2012 Goofy Challenge

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Meeting Jack and Sally at Disneyland 2015

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Outside of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, all decorated for Halloween

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This woman was a custodian at Magic Kingdom. I was so excited to take my picture with “Elsa” and there wasn’t even a line! lol

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LOVE this picture that “Mr. Mouskaholic” took of the entrance to Tomorrowland

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Segway Tour- June 2011

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Rivers of Light at Animal Kingdom

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The Villain Spooktacular at Magic Kingdom was one of my FAVORITE parts of the MNSSHP!

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Floating Islands in the brand new pandora section at Animal Kingdom!

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Even though it was a short trip, going to Disney in October was one of my all time favorite trips!

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This was from the flower and garden festival at Epcot!  Its my favorite time to go to Epcot because of the beautiful bright colors!

 

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Words of Walt- Words to live by…

I was perusing “The Quotable Walt Disney” that was compiled by Dave Smith in search of today’s “Words of Walt” and I went to the chapter entitled “On Success and Failure.”  I am very often intrigued by what Walt has to say on this subject because he experienced so much on both ends of the spectrum.

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The Quotable Walt Disney compiled by Dave Smith

I found today’s quote to be very inspiration in my own life.  I am hard worker and a bit of a perfectionist.  I strive to do everything with greatness, so I am going to take today’s quote to heart.

“Get a good idea, and stay with it.  Dog it, and work at it until it’s done, and done right.”

I know how this applies to my personal life, and I believe that the Disney Corporation is still following this mantra in regards to its parks and ongoing projects.  The imagineers develop ideas and they run with it, making sure that it’s perfect before they release it to the public.  I am excited to see the new ideas that are coming to the parks in the new future, like Toy Story Land, Star Wars; Galaxy’s Edge, the Tron coaster, and so much more 🙂

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