The "I Drove My Family Nuts Getting All These Pics" Dining Review! UPDATED 4/8 FINAL

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  1. BEASLYBOO

    BEASLYBOO <font color=deeppink>It's part of the charm<br><fo

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    The beignets look delicious, actually they are delicious! The open sandwiches from Earl, look a bit less than appetizing in picture, thank goodness all that goeyness is tasty!! Our faves, tuna melt, Earl's club and the ham & swiss!

    Looking forward to what's next!
     
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  3. thejman

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    Looking forward to the rest of your reviews! The beignets look yummy!
     
  4. hotcarib

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    I'm in! Anyone who loves both POFQ and beignets is a friend of mine:yay::yay::yay:
     
  5. ilovepete

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    Day two of our vacation started out nice and slow. We wanted to check out the Art of Animation Resort because DS loves Cars and DD loves Little Mermaid, and they both love The Lion King and wanted to see the hotel themes. So, we decided to head that way for breakfast since I saw they had some unusual selections. We got there around 9:30 and it was crazy inside Landscapes of Flavor. We made our way through the lines and luckily, we all decided on something from the same section. I chose the Steak & Egg Burger with a side of hash brown potatoes. DH got the Bounty Platter. Both kids selected the chocolate chip pancakes with fruit on the side instead of the meat. They also got a side and drink with their meals. One chose grapes and water while the other went with apples and water. DH and I both got a Vitamin Water with our meal. The kids seemed to enjoy theirs just fine but DH and I both thought ours weren't very good at all. They were lacking in flavor, very bland, cold, and just not appetizing at all. It actually turned us off to counter service breakfast in general, and I think we will be having a small breakfast in the room and an early lunch from now on!

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    We were planning to skip lunch today to make sure we had plenty of room for our dinner that night.... Ohana! I didn't want the kids to go that long without food, so they got a few snacks in the afternoon. We brought some fruit, yogurt, and cheese sticks from home so they snacked on that. Then it was time for a big surprise for my DH this trip --- the Exotic Driving Experience! He had an absolute blast in the Ferrari Italia 458. He is a huge car guy, and this just made his vacation (probably his year, actually).

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    Up next, Ohana!
     
  6. casanova5

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    Cool beans
     
  7. DLFan123

    DLFan123 living the dream-literally!

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    The size of the pictures is just right! That movie night at POFQ just looks so nice and relaxing. Great idea to save marshmallows for your hot cocoa! Sounds like a great trip so far. :)
     
  8. klacey1

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    Subscribing!! Looking forward to more
     
  9. ilovepete

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    Glad to have you here!

    Yay! :cool1:

    Great to have you!

    Woo hoo! :goodvibes

    Thanks for joining me!

    I will try to keep them coming!

    Yes, I just love EOS!

    Oh it is a definite must do! Everything there is really great. I haven't had anything bad there yet, and we have been there many times.

    Thanks for reading!

    Yes, me too! :)

    Thank you, glad you are liking it!

    Yes, I got one later in the trip and the Full Montagu is great! We go to Earl every time we are even near Orlando! The French Quarter was great as always. :)
     
  10. ilovepete

    ilovepete DIS Veteran

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    Glad that you are joining us!

    Yes, I would agree with that. They were good, but not THAT good! :)

    Thank you! Glad you are here!

    Yay, happy to have you with us!

    Great! :)

    Yes, I agree, the insides don't look so great... just a gooey mess. But man do they taste good!

    Glad you are here! They were good!

    Agreed!! :goodvibes

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    Thanks for the picture feedback! And yes, the movie was fun. We actually asked the cast member about it and she thought it was excellent and gave us a few each for the hot chocolate. It was a chilly night, so it was great to have that!

    Great to have you reading! :)
     
  11. Lauralooneyfordisney

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    Great start, I'm in.::yes::
     
  12. martinolichfamily

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    I'm in! Great report so far..can't wait to read more! ;)

    My DH has learned by now to wait to eat until after picture has been taken....sometimes I'll forget and he'll ask if I'm going to take a picture or not! Lol
     
  13. disnut1149

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    Hi
    Great reviews!! Can't wait for more!!
     
  14. ilovepete

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    Since DH and I hadn't eaten since the morning, we were very hungry by the time dinner came along. We did this on purpose, since we were going to Ohana, one of our absolute favorite places. Now, I know this place gets mixed reviews, but out of everywhere in Disney, this one has been very consistent for us. It is always excellent every time we are there!

    We got there a little early because my kids just love to roast marshmallows on the beach at the Polynesian Resort. It is so pretty there on the beach with the castle in the background, it really makes for a beautiful camp fire.

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    So, we finished up our marshmallows and rode the elevator up to the 2nd floor of the Polynesian where Ohana is located. On this day, it happened to be a little extra crowded when we arrived... and here is the reason:

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    Yes, the Super Bowl. Oops. I scheduled our dinner right in the middle of it! Poor DH! He was not upset, but he did want to keep up with the game. We watched a little of it while waiting to be called to our table. It took a while but it was well worth the wait! Our buzzer soon went off and they walked us to our table with a little drive by stop for some pineapple-coconut bread! She handed it to DS to carry to our table.

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    We then walked by the grill and then sat down at our table for some bread.

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    It was wonderful! I only ate a tiny bit because I wanted to save plenty of room for the other courses, which I was really looking forward to. Next up was the salad. I heard before our trip that the salad was a bit different now, namely the honey lime dressing being replaced with the passion fruit vinaigrette dressing and mango and papaya topping the salad. This was true, the dressing was different and there was fruit on top of the salad, as you can see.

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    I have to say, although I really do prefer the honey lime dressing, the passion fruit vinaigrette was not bad, just very sweet. My kids were thrilled that there was fruit on top, and they both ate a pretty big portion of the salad.


    Next up was the potstickers and chicken wings. These were brought out at the same time as the new peanut sauce, which was also a change on the menu.

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    The sauce was very good, but I was slightly disappointed that this was the only sauce. I heard that you could not get the other sauces, even if you requested them, but I figured it was worth a try, so I asked for a side of the sweet & sour sauce. To my surprise, he said he would bring out some of the potsticker topping because it was the same thing, and he did!

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    All of us at the table loved both the wings and the potstickers, we ate the entire dish. They are always one of our favorites, especially my husband. My favorite, however, are the noodles, and they came out next! I just love these things. They seemed even better tonight for some reason. We finished them off as well, but the broccoli that came with them was a different story. This time it was not just broccoli, but a mix of stir fry style vegetables. I liked the broccoli by itself much better, but this is because I am not crazy about bell peppers, their flavor seems to permeate everything, and that was true of these vegetables. My family, however, liked them better and ate a pretty good amount of them.

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    Then the meat started coming out. It is cooked on the open fire and then comes out on big skewers and they put a few pieces of each on your plate (I usually specify just one of each, otherwise it is way too much food for me!). So, first was the pork.

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    It was really great, very juicy and flavorful. Then came the steak. Sorry that the picture is of the cut steak, the one of the non-cut steak didn't turn out so well so I had to retake it.

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    Again, the same thing. It was cooked perfectly, tender, and I really enjoyed it. The chicken came out next, and I have to say, this is the best chicken I have had at Ohana so far! It was very moist, full of flavor and just really great over all. I didn't get a picture of it right away, but still, here is a picture.

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    Finally, the shrimp came out. The shrimp are what my daughter loves most, and she dug right into these. We all did, but she seemed to enjoy them even more than the rest of us! This picture does not do them justice, they were much better than they look! They were great, very tender, tasty and the perfect ending to this part of the meal!

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    Of course, we were all looking forward to the final course, the dessert! Now, I am not big on dessert, nor do I normally love bread pudding, but the bread pudding here at Ohana is just in another league. It is topped with ice cream and then a warm caramel sauce, it is just too good to put into words. We ate as much as we could possibly fit in our stomach, but we still didn't finish it. The kids wanted cupcakes, and they brought two of those with some ice cream as well.

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    Something amazing happens after you pour that sauce on, I can't explain it, but just have a look for yourself.

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    Right about the time we were done, the lights turned down and music started playing through the speakers, it was Wishes! We had an amazing view of the fireworks over Cinderella's Castle at the Magic Kingdom and it just made the end of our meal so special. It was perfect!

    Overall, every single one of us enjoyed this meal and we will definitely return and have it again. We have and we still would pay out of pocket for this meal without question.
     
  15. BEASLYBOO

    BEASLYBOO <font color=deeppink>It's part of the charm<br><fo

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    We haven't eaten at Ohana's in, I can't tell you how many years. Too much of a wai, twice cold food, turned us off of it. Your review and pictures however, may sway me to have another go at it!.
     
  16. wiigirl

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    I am seriously craving Bread Pudding. :)
     
  17. Laracroft72

    Laracroft72 All things Disney Lover

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    I am so excited to try OHana's in a few weeks! I have drooled over the noodles and bread pudding for years!!:banana:
     
  18. siennasmama07

    siennasmama07 Earning My Ears

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    Joining in, looking forward to reading more.
     
  19. hotcarib

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    Yum!
    Can't wait for the new salad! Great review!
     
  20. wdwpirates

    wdwpirates Don't lose ya soul cuz it's all ya got. - DH

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    Super 'Ohana review! So glad to hear that the changes weren't enough to sway you from going! There's no way a change of salad dressing and removal of 2 dipping sauces would keep me outta there! Everything looked delish!!
     
  21. ilovepete

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    So, today was Epcot day! We love Epcot and were really excited to be going there for a full day. We had a park open to close day planned so we knew it would be a long day. Like I mentioned earlier, we were not fond of the CS breakfast we had and we didn't even want to attempt them anymore. We brought things for the kids to eat in the room anyway because they tend to need to eat right when they get up. This is what they had most mornings, half of a bagel with apple slices. They don't usually get bagels at home (we make them a hot breakfast every morning) so they were actually pretty excited about this.

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    Some days they had yogurt and I also had some other fruits and snacks like cheese sticks, but most often it was the above for them. DH and I actually don't usually eat first thing in the morning so we were comfortable with a snack at the parks or an early lunch around 11. This works great for a few reasons, because one, we save our CS meals for lunches and reduce our out of pocket costs. But two, at 11, most of the restaurants are not very busy yet, so we get to eat without all the lines and noisy atmosphere of a lot of CS places. So we did most of Future World and headed over to the World Showcase for our lunch. I wanted to try a few of the different counter service places and split them and DH mostly wanted to sample all the snacks! LOL It worked out pretty well and we tried a lot of things. Up first was CS from Boulangerie Patisserie in France. I wasn't aware that the location was changed, so when we walked up to the door and saw this, I was shocked!

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    We followed the sign and saw where they moved everything. I was really impressed! This was so much better than before! So much more room and easy to order with a beautiful display of what they offered. I loved that there was more seating than before as well. They had big screens above you where you could see the prices and names of everything that was offered. I took quite a few pictures of everything because like I said, I didn't know about this... so I didn't know if I was just really behind or this was super new! Either way, here they are from when we walked in:

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    We chose the Ham & Cheese Croissant Sandwich with a coke and a Napoleon for dessert. I know that is a pretty boring choice, but it just looked so good, and I was right, it was! They toasted the sandwich croissant was so flaky and good that I just couldn't get enough of it. I was actually pretty excited when my DD5 said she didn't want any of it, and I ate about half of it with the other half shared with DS7. We all split the Napoleon and although it was different than I previously remember it being, it was delicious! DH choose a few of the desserts for a snack. He selected the chocolate mousse and a chocolate eclair.

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    He loves eclairs, and this one was no different. I was really glad I took picture of it at the counter while we were paying because by the time I took everything off the tray, this was half eaten by him! He always eats so quick, I have no idea how he does it. So, none of us got to taste that one, but we did have a couple of bites of the mousse, and it was really good as well. This was a great experience for us all the way around.
     

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