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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If I won the lottery…

Everyone has their dream of what they would do if they won the lottery.  The powerball has hit a world record high of 1.3 billion dollars with the drawing being held this coming Wednesday.  If you take the lump sum payment rather than the payment over time, you’re looking at 604.5 million dollars after taxes.  (If you take the lump sum it is 62% of the original value, and the IRS automatically takes 25% off the top as well).  Still 604.5 million dollars is more than I could ever imagine in my entire life.

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So what would I do with 604.5 million dollars.

Quit my job and live at Disney for a year.  I have always said that I would love to live at Disney for an entire year.  This would just be absolutely AMAZING.  For the first year post lottery I would just enjoy everything that Disney has to offer.  The estimated cost of living at Disney for a year (the way that I would want to live… in luxury!) would be approximately $450,000.  How did I get that number?  I would probably resort hop on a monthly basis within the Deluxe Disney Resorts, but for a starter, I would stay at the Polynesian Village Resort Bungalows, which are on average $600 per night.  So for a year that would be your biggest expense at the price of $219,000.  I would also add the dining plan on for myself and my husband.  At $62.00 per day per person, you’re looking at a year long expense of $45,260.  Add two platinum plus annual passes on so we have access to all of the parks, water parks, and golfing (I would have to take lessons), and you’re adding on another $1658.00.  I figured I would round up to $450,000 and use the additional $184,082 for other expenses like additional meals, spa treatments, special tours, and tipping.

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Spend a Year Traveling the World-  I am 32 years old and have traveled quite a bit compared to some, but there are so many places throughout the world that I would LOVE to visit.  Internationally I have been to England, Mexico, and Canada (I know… Canada practically doesn’t count…) I would love to visit Paris, Venice, Rome, Vienna, Budapest, Hawaii, Alaska, Tokyo, the American Southwest, the Caribbean, and many more spots!  One goal of mine has always been to visit all of the Disney parks in the world, so this would obviously be included in my year long travels.  I would be sure to enjoy cruises, as well as “Adventures by Disney” packages as part of my travels as well!

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Purchase a home at Golden Oaks- Golden Oaks is a development of high end homes on Disney property.  I would gladly spend the 3 to 5 million dollars to have a wonderful home near Disney property.

Here are just some of the perks of living in the Golden Oaks community-

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INVEST- While 604 million dollars is a LOT of money, and certainly enough to last a lifetime for two people, I would want to make sure I invest my money wisely to protect my newly acquired assets. Why not make a return on the money you already have!

Donate- I am currently a choir director at a school.  I would make a sizable donation to the choir program and set up a nice scholarship fund so that the choir wouldn’t have to fundraise any more.  I would also want to make donations to the Make a Wish Foundation, and the Haven of Rest (a local shelter in the Akron area.)

Hire a personal trainer- One thing that I’ve heard is that nearly everyone who has won the lottery gains weight afterwards.  I would want to ensure that didn’t happen to me.  I would want a personal trainer to stay on me constantly, and helping me stay in shape.

Make sure my parents and in-laws are taken care of– I would want to make sure that my parents and my in-laws were taken care of financially.  They would each receive a gift to pay off their homes and bills, and receive a monthly stipend to enjoy 🙂

 

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Day 8 in review

Today was our last non-park day of the trip. We took today off because we were transferring resorts. We decided to resort hop on the last two days, and Disney makes resort hopping super easy!

All we had to do when were all packed up was call bell services! They arrived at our door a few minutes after we called, and collected our luggage! The delivered it to Pop Century Resort for us! When transferring luggage between resorts the delivery could happen between 1 and 5 pm.  Ours came around 4 and in my mind is such a great service that Disney offers!

So in our original plan we were going to head straight from French Quarter to Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon, however I received a text by 9am saying that our room was ready at Pop Century.  We decided to use Uber to transport ourselves to Pop Century, rather than wait and transfer busses etc, plus this allowed us to get settled in our new room a little sooner.

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After we were settled in our new room we did head to Blizzard Beach for a little while.  We hit the lazy river and a few of the slides.  It was a fairly cool day for Orlando (around 78-80 degrees) and very overcast, so Blizzard Beach was not packed at all.  We didn’t say long because we did want to enjoy our day of rest

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We further deviated from our plans by canceling our reservation for Beaches and Cream and picking up a reservation at Kona Cafe.  We essentially did this because we really wanted to go back to Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto again!  I am so glad that our plans were flexible and that we were able to make that switch!  We had an amazing meal at Kona and followed by more amazing beverages at Trader Sams, and another souvenir glass!

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Another great day at Disney!

Today’s Step count-

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Day 3 in review

Craig and I have been to Disney many times, and through experience we’ve found (for us) it’s best to do 1 or 2 days of parks and then a day of rest! Now when I say “day of rest” we still like to have some fun, like a water park or Downtown Disney.

 So today we took great pleasure in sleeping in for a bit and then heading to Typhoon Lagoon for the first time! 

  
We rode all three versions of the Crushin Gusher (a super cool water coaster), relaxed in the lazy river, and did some other awesome slides! If you’re there around lunch next to Typhoon Tillys is a place that serves corn bread waffle pulled pork bbq sandwiches and holy wow was it amazing!!!

We headed back to the resort around 2 and did a few loads of laundry before heading out for our evening activity- the monorail pub crawl. 

Now you are probably asking yourself, what is the monorail pub crawl? In short there are three deluxe resorts that are all on the monorail line. You stop at all three resorts and go to a bar and drink at each one. I will do a full report on the pub crawl at a later time! 

   
   
We started at the Polynesian resort for the crawl and ended at the contemporary resort because we have 9:15 dinner reservations at the California Grill at the top of the resort. While yes, 9:15 is late for dinner, I planned it as such so we could watch “Wishes” the Magic Kingdom fireworks show from that spot. 

The California Grill is quite expensive, but simply incredible! (2 dining credits on the meal plan) The view of the Magic Kingdom from the roof top is exquisite!  And you can watch wishes from the rooftop or inside the restaurant! If you get the chance, I highly recommend it! 

   
   

Step count- today’s is a bit off because I didn’t wear the Fitbit to the water park, as it is not waterproof. I would estimate another mile in this tally. 

  

Fun Fact Friday- Trader Sam

Who is Trader Sam?

Trader Sam is the “Head Salesman” located at the end of the Jungle Cruise.  When they say Head Salesman, they’re not meaning one who is in charge of other salesmen and women… they literally mean the one who sells heads (of the shrunken variety). The Jungle Cruise one of the original rides at both Disneyland and Disney World.

Depending on which Disney park you most often frequent Trader Sam may look a little different.  Below are photos of the two different Trader Sams.

Trader Sam at Disneyland

Trader Sam at Disneyland

Trader Sam at Walt Disney World

Trader Sam at Walt Disney World

Why would I bring up who Trader Sam is?  I bring it up because of the recent opening of “Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto” at the Polynesian Village resort.  This bar (which also serves appetizers) is based off of the storyline of Trader Sam from the Jungle Cruise.  With the opening of the Grog Grotto, you can now visit Trader Sam’s both at Disneyland (Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar at the Disneyland Hotel) and at Walt Disney World.

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Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar @ Disneyland

Trader Sam's Grog Grotto @ Walt Disney World

Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto @ Walt Disney World

In 2012 when I was at Disneyland we visited Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar for beverages and a snack and we fell in LOVE with it!  I was very excited to find out that WDW was adding their own version of Trader Sams, and I can hardly wait to visit!  If it’s anything like the one at Disneyland, I know it will be incredible!  The theming is outstanding, and I love it when they use a tie in from the parks into their resorts!

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