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Old 11-28-2012, 07:56 PM   #1
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Ohana's Speeding!!!

Last year we were a party of 11 with a GF specialty cake at dessert and it was great!

We went Friday night and were a party of 7. The food came so quick our heads spun!!!!!!
Before the dinner plates were gone the specialty cake came. I'm guessing we were just on an off night but it was crazy.

I just cancelled our reservation for December and next fall we will pass.
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:00 PM   #2
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Our last meal at 'Ohana was sooooooooooo slow and we almost had to beg for food! We sat for long periods of time with empty plates. We were there from 8:30-10:10. OMG a nightmare. It was DH first time and I had hyped it up so much and then THIS!
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:14 PM   #3
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We were there in March and it was on the slow side...may have just been an off night. The food is so good there, that I would NEVER skip it. As a matter of fact, we tried to book a last minute October trip, and decided against it because there were no Ohana Adr's!!!
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At our last breakfast we felt a bit rushed actually.

Maybe they were swamped?
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:41 AM   #5
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At our last breakfast we felt a bit rushed actually.

Maybe they were swamped?
They're always swamped. It appears they are full every night and people are still clamoring for reservations. It is not surprising that they would try to turn tables as quickly as possible. This is usually what happens at extremely popular Disney restaurants.

If you know to ask the server to take it slow, you should not have a problem. Personally I think they are instructed to serve like that, either in the spirit of a "family style" meal, or to get guests moving quicker. Or both.

'Ohana is a Hawaiian word, it's not a name. But everybody writes it different ways and if we know what you are talking about, no big deal.
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:15 AM   #6
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Yep, the key for employees at the popular Disney restaurants is to turn the tables quickly. More tips at the end of the evening and management clearly wants to run as many people through the restaurant as is possible.

They do the same thing at CRT now. They told my disabled parents to "Hurry up and sit down". Sorry, not our style of dining. We simply refuse to go to places like this where it's -- rush you in, rush you out, collect the tip and repeat.

Most Disney restaurants are now just like the attractions -- the keys are line management and quickly moving the crowds through. I half expect to see fast passes soon for popular dining venues.

Anyway, as for 'Ohana, once was more than enough. And, it had nothing to do with the pacing of the meal. It was the food. We thought it was very poor quality.
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:37 PM   #7
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Most Disney restaurants are now just like the attractions -- the keys are line management and quickly moving the crowds through. I half expect to see fast passes soon for popular dining venues.
I think you got this backwards. Doesn't the new fastpass+ system institute ADR's for all the rides?
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I'm actually hoping our upcoming meal there is paced fairly quickly.

We have a 5 pm ADR on a MVMCP night and would like to make the castle lighting ceremony at 6:15.
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OK. Just trying to understand the issue of the original poster. What went wrong? Were you not happy that the service was so quick? Just wondering. Thanks.
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I read posts like these and I wonder what is wrong. We have eaten at 'Ohanas every trip, and have never had any issues like I read about that others have.

Are here now and have ressies for 'Ohana wed. 12/5 - can't wait
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I read posts like these and I wonder what is wrong. We have eaten at 'Ohanas every trip, and have never had any issues like I read about that others have.

Are here now and have ressies for 'Ohana wed. 12/5 - can't wait
That was the next night we were supposed to be there!!!!!
I cancelled but hope you come back with a great report
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:52 PM   #12
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too fast

we had recently been there and dinner was served so fast we did not have time to enjoy the salad. Just trying to enjoy my dinner and it was over. Good thing I had a pineapple drink to slow things down a bit.
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So what happens if you tell the server to slow it down a bit or pace the delivery better? Will they forget about your table and not serve you at all?

Just curious- we've never booked O'hana, but these scary incidents are keeping me from trying to book it.
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So what happens if you tell the server to slow it down a bit or pace the delivery better? Will they forget about your table and not serve you at all?

Just curious- we've never booked O'hana, but these scary incidents are keeping me from trying to book it.
We had a speed-eating experience and it was really bizarre. The server tried desperately to rearrange the appetizer platters (which we weren't even half finished with), so that he could make room for the main dish plates. I stopped him and told him that it would be much better for us, and a lot easier for him, if he allowed us to finish our first course before he tried to serve us the second course. He looked at me like I was crazy. As if it was odd that we wouldn't want all of our food served at the same time, 10 minutes after sitting down. The rest of the meal was very awkward and the pacing never recovered. The server clearly had not been instructed on the concept of "coursing". They must think that every diner prefers a sit-down buffet style meal where your plate overflows with 6 different foods at once. I'm clearly in the minority, but I disliked Ohana immensely.
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We had a speed-eating experience and it was really bizarre. The server tried desperately to rearrange the appetizer platters (which we weren't even half finished with), so that he could make room for the main dish plates. I stopped him and told him that it would be much better for us, and a lot easier for him, if he allowed us to finish our first course before he tried to serve us the second course. He looked at me like I was crazy. As if it was odd that we wouldn't want all of our food served at the same time, 10 minutes after sitting down. The rest of the meal was very awkward and the pacing never recovered. The server clearly had not been instructed on the concept of "coursing". They must think that every diner prefers a sit-down buffet style meal where your plate overflows with 6 different foods at once. I'm clearly in the minority, but I disliked Ohana immensely.
Agree! The pacing at 'Ohana is terrible. Can't stand that place.
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