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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YouTube- Episode 2 is now available

So Mr. Mouskaholic and filmed and prepared Episode 2 to be posted by the end of February, but you know… technical difficulties and all that jazz!  Alas, February’s “Episode 2” is now officially available to watch on YouTube!

In this episode we discuss Disney news, park and resort updates, my favorite ride at the magic kingdom, resort refillable mugs, and other travel tips!

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Fun Fact Friday- Food by the Numbers (Chef Mickey’s)

Chef Mickey’s is very popular dining location.  Located in the Contemporary resort, it is just one monorail stop away from the Magic Kingdom, and add in Mickey and Pals for character dining, and ALL YOU CAN eat dining, it’s no wonder the reservations for this location are snatched up so quickly!  (If you want to go be sure to get your advanced dining reservation!  Reservations open up 180 days prior.)

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At breakfast Chef Mickey’s specialty is of course the famed Mickey Waffles! Here are some fun facts about how much food is served at Chef Mickey’s Daily-

4000 Eggs (That’s 333.3 dozen eggs!)

1600 Mickey Waffles

1500 Pancakes

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That’s a LOT to chew on 😉

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Four Days- Four Restaurants

One of the most frequent questions that I am asked is what restaurants to get reservations at when at Walt Disney World.  There are SOOOO many amazing restaurants to try, but if you only have one day in each park, these are the restaurants that I would recommend.

(Note 1-there are AMAZING restaurants at the resorts as well that I LOVE, but for today we will pretend you only have one day in each park.  Note 2- There are lots of amazing quick service restaurants as well, but all of these are table service restaurants.)

Magic Kingdom- If you’ve only got the opportunity to check out one of the awesome restaurants, I recommend Crystal Palace.  I recommend it because it’s a buffet and has something for everyone, AND it is a character meal!  I’ve had breakfast and dinner at this location and both are delicious!  The characters at this location are Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet.

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Epcot- There are more table service restaurants at Epcot than any other park.  Within the 11 different countries in the World Showcase alone, there is at least one table service restaurant per country (sometimes 2 depending on which country!).  I’ve eaten at many of the restaurants, but if I only had one day I would choose Via Napoli.  The pizza offerings are out of this world!  They serve traditional Neapolitan style pizza that is cooked in a wood burning oven.  They also serve other Italian dishes and appetizers.

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Animal Kingdom-I have never had the opportunity to eat at a table service restaurant at Animal Kingdom (to be honest, 9 times out of 10 we have park hopper passes and usually do morning at AK and then go back Epcot for dinner!)  But if I were to eat at Animal Kingdom, I would go for Tusker House.  Tusker House is a buffet that is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is a character meal featuring Safari Donald and his friends!

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Hollywood Studios- My pick for Hollywood Studios is 50’s Prime Time Cafe.  I’ve eaten at 3 of the five table service restaurants at Hollywood Studios and this was by far my favorite!  Not only was the food outstanding, the atmosphere was really enjoyable.  It’s set up as if you’re in a 1950’s mom’s kitchen.  The food is homestyle cooking, and cellphones at the table and elbows on the table are not tolerated.

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Tuesday’s Tip- Disney at Home

Do you have the “Disney Blues?”  Did you just get back from Disney, and are now facing the “Real World?”  Has it been a LONG TIME since your last Disney Trip and you can’t wait to get back?  Here is an article that I found on Buzzfeed to help you re-create 26 iconic foods from Disney Movies.  I find that infusing my life with Disney inspiration while I’m at home can help with the “Disney Blues”

Click on this link – 26 Iconic Foods from Disney Movies

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30 Day Disney Challenge- Day 10 “Favorite Disney Dessert”

Confessions of a Mouskaholic's 30 Day Disney Challenge

Confessions of a Mouskaholic’s 30 Day Disney Challenge

I have gone to Disney with the Disney Dining Plan several times now, and so with each sit down meal I’ve had the chance to experience some pretty amazing desserts. But, I have 4 simple words in response to “What is your Favorite Disney Dessert”- Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake.  This amazing dessert can be found at the Liberty Tree Tavern at the Magic Kingdom.

Here is the description of this delight (from the Disney website)- Vanilla Cake with a Gooey Toffee Filling, Caramel Sauce, and Vanilla Ice Cream

And here is the picture of the dessert in all of it’s glory

Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake

Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake

What is your favorite Disney Dessert?

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Restaurant Review- Dining in the World Showcase: Mexico

Let this be said about me, I LOVE MEXICAN FOOD!!!!!!  I mean seriously, there is a restaurant near our house and we eat there EVERY Wednesday.  There are even times that we eat there twice in one week because we love it so much.  With that being said, eating in the Mexico pavilion at the world showcase is almost a given on any trip of ours.  The difficulty with this is choosing between the two table service restaurants- La Hacienda de San Angel, and San Angel Inn.  La Hacienda is the newest restaurant having been added to the pavilion in 2010.  We have dined at both restaurants and they both have amazing qualities.  Here are my thoughts on both-

San Angel Inn

San Angel Inn

San Angel Inn

San Angel Inn is located inside the pyramid in the Mexico Pavilion.  I love love love the atmosphere of this restaurant.  The entire inside of pyramid is set up to be like a nighttime open air market place in Mexico.  The restaurant is situated between the market and the river that houses the “Gran Fiesta Tour” ride.  The setting for this restaurant is quiet, romantic and peaceful.

Your meal starts out with chips and salsa, and I love the salsa at this restaurant, it has almost a smokey quality.  The food is good, but not great.  When I choose this restaurant it’s mainly for it’s quite romantic atmosphere.

San Angel Inn Dinner Menu

San Angel Inn Dinner Menu

La Hacienda de San Angel is located directly across from the pyramid.  While a beautiful new restaurant, the setting isn’t nearly as romantic or intimate as the atmosphere at San Angel Inn (just my opinion, feel free to disagree!)

La Hacienda interior

La Hacienda interior

While the setting isn’t as spectacular, the food is much better.  I like their food selection as the taste of the food.  (I had the Tacos Camerones and they were AMAZING!!! It was served with refried black beans with a crumbled cheese and I couldn’t get over how delicious they were!)

La Hacienda de San Angel menu

La Hacienda de San Angel menu

The prices of the two are comparable and a good value on the Disney dining plan.  While the setting isn’t as intimate, La Hacienda does have a very nice view of the World Showcase Lagoon.  If you plan your reservation accordingly and are willing to wait for a seat by the window you can have an incredible view of Illuminations.

There are definitely perks to both locations, so whichever you would choose, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!  Be sure to get your dining reservations, as you will need them at either location!

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Making the Most of the Disney Dining Plan- Part 3- Tuesday’s Tip

Do you enjoy flavors from around the world?

Tuesday’s Tip- Think about using your snack credits at Epcot’s world showcase!

I know from personal experience that the portion sizes on many Disney entrees are quite large.  My husband and I often end up sharing a snack, if and when we get them at all.  Don’t let those snack credits go to waste though! There is no stipulation on how and when you use your dining credits.

So let’s say you’re doing a 5 night, 6 day stay for 2 people.  Between the  two people you’ll have 10 snack credits (at minimum with the quick service plan).  You can use all 10 snack credits in one day if you wanted to.  Using those snack credits in the world showcase can not only be a  good value for your snack credits, but can also allow you to indulge in  the flavors from around the globe!

You can use your snack credits at many locations.  Just look for this logo, which indicates that it’s a snack on the dining plan

Snack Credit logo

Snack Credit logo

Here are some of my favorite snacks from the different countries-

Mexico- Churros with caramel sauce !!!!  At 3.99, that is a solid use of a snack credit!  These are available at La Cantina De San Angel

Norway- The sweet pretzel with chocolate is the best value at $4.49, but one of my favs is the School Bread.  It isn’t a great value as a snack credit at $2.69, but it sure is tasty! If you’re looking for something a little healthier, you can also use a snack credit on a salad with a $3.99 value. All of these options are available at the Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe.

Norway's sweet pretzel

Norway’s sweet pretzel

China-  I am not a fan of Egg Rolls ($3.99), but this is one of the few options if you’re looking to use a snack credit in China.  You can also use your snack credits for iced and hot tea if you’re thirsty.  Prices on the tea range from $3.19 to $4.25.

Germany- You’ve got to do the Authentic pretzel in Germany!!!  Super yummy!  The price of $4.29 makes it another excellent value for the snack credit.  These are available at both Sommerfest and the pretzel carts.

Sommerfest Menu

Sommerfest Menu

Italy- Unfortunately there isn’t anything that I’ve seen that you can use the snack credit on here.  If you really want to try eating or drinking something here, you’ll pay out of pocket, but the gelato, cannoli, or a glass of wine would be my pick 🙂

The American Adventure- This one is easy for me… I’d have to go with the Jalepeño cream cheese stuffed pretzel!  The price of $4.29 makes it a great value, and so many other pavilions have sweets as their snack credits that this one is a nice change!  You can find this at the Fife and Drum Tavern.  If you want even more bang for you buck on a snack credit go with the chili cheese fries at Liberty Inn.

Japan- Mmmmmm sushi!  There are three sushi options all coming in at $4.98.  Yummy and an excellent snack credit value, found at the Kabuki Cafe.

Sushi at the Kabuki Cafe

Sushi at the Kabuki Cafe

Morocco- has one of my favorite snacks in the world showcase, the tangerine cous-cous salad.  I know it sounds weird but you can order this side dish and its super yummy.  Unfortunately, no snack credits are accepted in Morocco.  They also offer tabouli and hummus.  It’s a real bummer that they don’t take the snack credits, but out of pocket these snacks are only $2.99.

France- Welcome to the mother load of snack options!  The lobster bisque is the most valuable use of a snack credit as it is $4.90, but one of my favorites is the bacon and cheese roll.  There are TONS of snack options here, and you really can’t go wrong.  Everything is wonderful!

England- What would a trip to England be without Fish and Chips?  The fish and chips aren’t a snack credit, but you can get just the chips with the snack credit.  Only $2.69 it’s not the best snack credit value, but sure is tasty with some malt vinegar!

Canada-  There is no quick service restaurant in this pavilion and there is only one snack cart.  There you can use a snack credit on pop corn, but it isn’t unique to Canada.  My recommendation is to go in the gift shop and look for unique Canadian candies or treats that are imported.  Remember to look for the logo that indicates that it is a snack credit!

Tuesday’s Tip- Making the Most of the Disney Dining Plan, Part 2

Tuesday’s Tip- Don’t use your dining credits on quick service breakfasts. *** (see exception at the very bottom)***

I’ve traveled to Disney MANY times, and I’ve had trips where I’ve used the Dining plan, and trips where I haven’t used the dining plan.  One of the things that I’ve learned along the way is to not use my dining plan quick service credits on breakfast.  All quick service meals include an entree, dessert, and drink.  When you use the credit for breakfast, you’re losing out on a dessert, as there are no desserts with breakfast, the savings are even less if you’re a coffee drinker.  You get a mug that you can refill at your resort, so you don’t even need to use your drink option on coffee.  And most breakfast entrees are significantly less expensive than lunch entrees.  If you’re trying to get the most bang for your buck, this isn’t the way.

For example, here is a sample of a Disney resort breakfast menu vs. a Disney resort lunch menu.  You’ll notice that the breakfast prices are considerably less expensive (and did I mention you get a dessert with lunch!?!)

Pop Century Breakfast Entrees

Pop Century Breakfast Entrees

Pop Century Lunch Entrees

Pop Century Lunch Entrees

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Okay, so with that being said, you still have to eat breakfast!  Here are some tips-

1) Bring non-perishable breakfast items in your luggage and plan to eat those!  All resorts have a toaster in the food court area where you can toast your own bagels or breads.  Granola bars are a great option as well as cereal!  You can get a small carton of milk to use for cereal from the food court.

2) Consider using your snack credits at breakfast time.  With all dining plans you get 1 snack per person, per day.  Grab a pastry or a muffin from the self serve area in your resort’s dining area and fill your resort mug with your beverage, and bam, you’ve got yourself a quick breakfast that can maximize your dining plan.

3) If you love breakfast foods, consider using a table service credit at one of the character breakfasts!  Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary Resort is great or the Ohana Breakfast at the Polynesian, as well as the Crystal Palace at the Magic Kingdom!

Meet Lilo and Stitch at the Ohana breakfast

Meet Lilo and Stitch at the Ohana breakfast

Crystal Palace Breakfast Buffet

Crystal Palace Breakfast Buffet

4) Even with the dining plan you may end up spending some out of pocket money for meals… save those dining credits for lunches and dinners and if you have to pay additional money for a meal do it at breakfast!

**** Here is a great exception to the “Don’t use your quick service meals on breakfast”  Be Our Guest Restaurant at the Magic Kingdom JUST started serving breakfast.  The cost is $19.99 for adults, and $11.99 for children.  It includes a breakfast entree, pastries, and a beverage.  This still counts as a quick service restaurant at breakfast, so by ALL means, try to visit and get a lot of bang for your buck at this location!

Be Our Guest Adult entrees

Be Our Guest Adult entrees

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Making the Most of the Dining Plan Part 1

I am a big fan of the Disney Dining Plan option that you can add onto your vacation when staying on Disney Property.

I have personally done trips that included the Dining Plan as well as trips without the Dining Plan and I have learned so much about how to make the most of using the Dining Plan!

For the next few weeks I will be sharing things that I’ve learned along the way to get the most bang for your buck!

In today’s post I am just outlining the different dining plans and what they include!

There are several Dining Plan levels to fit different needs and budgets all the way from meeting the essentials all the way up to a truly premium experience!

The Quick Service Dining Plan- Includes 2 quick service meals an 1 snack per person per night of your stay.  You also get a resort refillable mug.

What is a quick service meal?  Those are meals where you go to a counter, order you food, and are served food on a tray and you find seating on your own. A quick service meal includes an entree (usually comes with a side), a dessert, and a drink (either a fountain drink or bottled beverage).

How much does the quick service dining plan cost?  For an adult the price is $41.99 per adult per night, and for children (age 3-9) the price is $16.03 per child per night.

Quick service style meal

Quick service style meal

The Disney Dining Plan– Includes 1 quick service meal, 1 table service meal, and 1 snack per person, per night of your stay. You also get a resort refillable mug.

What is a Table Service meal?  A table service meal is a traditional sit down restaurant.  You generally will need a reservation, you will be seated by a host or hostess, and will be taken care of by a waiter or waitress.  A table service meal includes an entree (generally with a side), a dessert, and a beverage.  There are also buffets and and character dining experiences that qualify as a table service meal.

How much does the Disney Dining Plan cost? For an adult the price is $60.04 per adult per night, and for children (age 3-9) the price is $19.23 per child per night.

Table Service Style Meal

Table Service Style Meal

Disney’s Deluxe Dining Plan– Includes 3 meals (table service, or quick service) and 2 snacks per person per night.  You also get a resort refillable mug.

How much does the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan cost? For an adult the price is $109.53 per adult per night, and for children (age 3-9) the price is $29.86 per child per night.

Disney Premium Dining Plan- Includes 3 meals (table service or quick service) and 2 snacks per person per night, unlimited use of select recreation activities (including golf), 1 admission per person to La Nouba, preferred firework viewing, unlimited admissions to select theme park tours.

How much does the Disney Premium Dining Plan cost? For an adult the price is $204 per adult per night, and for children (age 3-9) the price is $149 per child per night.

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