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Old 07-18-2015, 11:22 PM   #16
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Thanks for the tips everyone!! I don't know that romantic is absolutely necessary since we are at Disney, but just something special. I will check out some menus and see what's best. Love that Disney is so accommodating to food allergies!!
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True enough that we all have differing views of what is a special meal.

A character meal like 'Ohana's may be just the thing for many people because it is so characteristically Disney. Others may want less Disney and a more intimate, adult-oriented restaurant.

I sometimes read what someone else thought was a wonderful experience and marvel at how different people's preferences can be. And then, I think of what a tremendous variety Disney makes available. There really is something for everyone at WDW, and we only need find our way to whatever is special for us!
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True enough that we all have differing views of what is a special meal.

A character meal like 'Ohana's may be just the thing for many people because it is so characteristically Disney. Others may want less Disney and a more intimate, adult-oriented restaurant.

I sometimes read what someone else thought was a wonderful experience and marvel at how different people's preferences can be. And then, I think of what a tremendous variety Disney makes available. There really is something for everyone at WDW, and we only need find our way to whatever is special for us!
Is Ohana dinner a character meal?? We definitely aren't really in to character meals (not opposed to our furry friends, but will save that for when we hopefully have kids one day). I was thinking Ohana dinner wasn't characters. I'm still between Ohana and TI, but I can't find a TI reservation at the time I need.
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Silly me! No, you're correct that only 'Ohana breakfast is a character meal.

I guess I expect any place that has a character meal at all to offer nothing but character meals. Most of those that we've done were at such places.
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Another NO vote for Ohana for an anniversary. I can't think of a more unromantic place! It's loud and busy and crowded. And the food isn't that great, either.

Check out the menus on AllEarsNet and the reviews on the Disney Food Blog and pick somewhere nicer!

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Ohana is DH and DS's favorite meal at WDW. We go every year and have never had a bad or disappointing experience. The food has never been burned while we were there and the service has always been good.

Having said that, I will say, IMO what makes Ohana special is the all you can eat meat. Steak, chicken, shrimp...all fresh from the pit/grill. This is why DH and DS love it so much. Lots and lots of meat. (**There are other items served as well which are also good...but my guys like the meat). If your husband is a meat lover, this would be a special meal. My DH would definitely choose Ohana. If you or your DH are not meat-lovers, this may be less special.

We like to go later in the evening because you can possibly watch Wishes from the dining room or from the Poly beach (and that is romantic). The other "entertainment" at Ohana is more geared toward kids (races, dance lessons) --- adults are invited to participate as well but it is not worth a visit for that unless you really want to learn dance Hawaiian style.

So, to summarize...if you love the idea of endless grilled meats, this is a "yes" for you. If you want a varied menu or are not interested in all you can eat meat (and other good fixings, too), this might be a "no".


I would also consider a sig for something special. The Sigs tend to be less loud, less crowded and offer superior food/service. We love Jiko. Yachtsmans is also nice.
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Thanks all! I decided to keep our Ohana dinner on our anniversary. We aren't crazy romantics by any means, DH loves meat, we want to experience Trader Sam's either before or after dinner and our reservation is during Hallowishes so going to at least request a firework view. I think it will be special. We have a Cali Grill reservation during Wishes for DH's birthday and a Rose & Crown during IllumiNations for my birthday (yes....epic week and all are ON the actual days!) also during our trip. I think Ohana is more "us".... But we'll have the best of both worlds on our trip! Thanks for the advice!!
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I think based on your likes etc that you will thoroughly enjoy Ohana. I hope you have a very magical trip.

I also hope that after the trip that you come back & update us on how the anniversary & birthday dinners go.

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Great decision!!! They pipe the music in for wishes fireworks show at Ohanas. Watching Hallowishes woukd be really nice!!! Enjoy! Sounds like a great week of celebration!


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