Kona v 'Ohana

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Kona v 'Ohana

I have searched around on the forums & the food blog and I've heard things about Kona & 'Ohana separately but I've never seen them compared to each other. I have reservations for 'Ohana at 6:40 on the night of my birthday, but I'm having 2nd thoughts and thinking about changing to Kona. (i'm going with 3 of my friends, all adult women) My other issue is I want to catch the electric pagent show & Wishes. I originally thought we could have dinner at 'Ohana by the window and catch it all. But I just checked around and on 5/2 Wishes is at 10p! Now i'm thinking we should eat dinner then catch the water electric show & Wishes from the beach w/some after dinner drinks. Or we can stay in the park all day and do the Wishes dessert party (if it's still available), then go to dinner after the fireworks. Thankfully my friends are saying it's whatever I want to do, BUT I can't make up my mind! confused I'm open for all suggestions. We'll be at Magic Kingdom during the day, so getting to the restaurant isn't a big issue.

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I would say keep Ohana. I hear nothing but good things about that place. Also... welcome to the forum!

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They're both really great. I think 'Ohana is more of an "experience" though. The Kona setting is so dull, whereas there's lots going on at 'Ohana and you have a great view. Wishes from the beach is great, especially if you can snag a hammock! Kona isn't a bad option and the food can be really good, but I'd vote for sticking with 'Ohana. You could also check and see if you can get your ADR moved later so you could see the fireworks from there, which I think is worth doing too.

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Thanks for the welcome and the tip! I'll try to move my reservation to get the view and the entire Disney experience! mickey I'm super excited for this trip and reading the forums just gets me even more hyped!!

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Yeah! OHANA would be my choice as well.

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Be warned: the last time we were at Ohana we were very disappointed. It had been one of our favorite restaurants previously, but our last visit the food wasn't quite as good as it used to be (there were dishes taken off the menu that we used to love, though I guess if you never had them you won't miss them) - and the service was subpar for Disney. Everything came all at once rather than in stages. Our table was so full we couldn't even get all the plates on them.

When we complained, we did get a free dessert, but the experience did leave a bad taste in our mouths (though the food was still pretty good).

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teacherdrama wrote:
Be warned: the last time we were at Ohana we were very disappointed. It had been one of our favorite restaurants previously, but our last visit the food wasn't quite as good as it used to be (there were dishes taken off the menu that we used to love, though I guess if you never had them you won't miss them) - and the service was subpar for Disney. Everything came all at once rather than in stages. Our table was so full we couldn't even get all the plates on them.

When we complained, we did get a free dessert, but the experience did leave a bad taste in our mouths (though the food was still pretty good).

how long ago was it that this happened? because there really isnt a menu at 'Ohana now, it's just.. the bread, then the salad, then the appetizers (wings, noodles, veggies), then comes the meat! and then more meat, and then more meat, and then more meat, and then more meat. Until you say "no more meat!" and then comes the dessert--and it's all included in the price.

We were there last month--our ADR was for 835. and by the time wishes started at 10pm, we were on our dessert course. it was perfect. (because it wasnt eating TOO late and we werent distracted by all the glorious food)
I would definitely say pick 'Ohana and enjoy!!

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That happened in 2009, so not that long ago. And there is a menu - they have the same salad and appetizers and they took off some of the best stuff.

The service was the worst part when we went and why we will go to Kona next time.

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There used to be shrimp and potatoes - and those were two of the best parts of the meal.

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well the 2 times I've gone... we weren't shown a menu..they just started bringing food.
it seemed like all the tables had the same thing soooo.....
also they still have shrimp as part of the skewers meat course!

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DonaldDork wrote:
well the 2 times I've gone... we weren't shown a menu..they just started bringing food.
it seemed like all the tables had the same thing soooo.....
also they still have shrimp as part of the skewers meat course!

Well it's not a "menu" as far as here's a piece of paper make your choices..the offerings were changed a few years ago. The potatoes are different and there used to be shrimp and the vegetables were changed. The old food was very very beloved and delicious. The new stuff is good but a lot of peopled miss the old stuff.

Gah, the shrimp was amazing.

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but there IS shrimp!! seeeee??

Shrimp!

you people confuse me lol!!

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But that is DIFFERENT shrimp and not as good as the old appetizer. DO a search on google, it is all over other forums

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well I figured that since everyone here knows soooo much about it, one would just say "hey it was different before" but no one did.
my goodness, you're very um.. passionate about 'Ohana (and Disney princesses apparently) arent you..

hmmm I think it's time for a TV break for me.

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DonaldDork wrote:
well I figured that since everyone here knows soooo much about it, one would just say "hey it was different before" but no one did.
my goodness, you're very um.. passionate about 'Ohana (and Disney princesses apparently) arent you..

hmmm I think it's time for a TV break for me.

Its ok... I was confused too... lol

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Yeah, I've read a lot of mixed reviews about 'Ohana, but a buddy of mine went to ESPN the Weekend this year & suggested 'Ohana, but he's a greedy fellow & I'm sure he enjoyed he could eat until he passed out! The whole watching Wishes & the pagent while I eat sounds fantastic so I'm going to try to get my reservation changed for later in the evening. Right now it's at 6:40, but I'm going to aim for somewhere around 8-9.

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DonaldDork wrote:
but there IS shrimp!! seeeee??

Shrimp!

you people confuse me lol!!

Haha, that is confusing...it was peel and eat shrimp that they brought when they first brought all the other stuff. I do like that they added the shrimp to the skewers..it is awesome. And they used to have turkey..I was so excited about that when I first saw the menu online but the turkey was all tough and dry...so in my opinion it was the right thing to do (to replace the turkey with the shrimp skewers).

My head hurts.

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mine too. and now I'm hungry for meat skewers!! lol

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DonaldDork wrote:
mine too. and now I'm hungry for meat skewers!! lol

I'm always hungry for meat skewers!!

And Jason -- I LOVED those potatoes! So sad they're gone, too Sad The pot stickers and noodles are OK, but not the same, eh?

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By "all adult" I assume you mean all over 35( which is the age I have observed women become adults) ?
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subvetss wrote:
By "all adult" I assume you mean all over 35( which is the age I have observed women become adults) ?
Joe
yay yay

Hey, I'm not 35..but I'm grown I pay my own bills, have a job, mortgage and have a child..so..I consider myself an adult.

So what age does a man become an adult?? laugh laugh

And..we are officially off topic.

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ill be 31 and im still a kid. biggrin

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Mase wrote:
ill be 31 and im still a kid. biggrin

awesome

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For breakfast O'hana's has the same menu as Kona. For dinner there menu is as follows as of 1/2011 per WDWInfo.com:

Ohana's Dinner Adult 5:00pm - 10:00pm - Starters: Pork fried dumplings, Corriander chicken wings, and Mixed Greens with Honey-Lime dressing. Skewers (prepared over an oak fire): Marinated sirloin steak, Asian BBQ pork loin, Mesquite grilled turkey, and non-peeled shrimp. Accompaniments: broccoli and green peas and pad Thai noodles. Sauces: peanut, chimichurri and sweet-and-sour. Dessert: 'Ohana bread pudding a la mode with Banana Foster sauce. Includes coffee, tea and soda. - $30.99 *

We last ate there in June 2010 and the menu was the same. Everything was excellent and the service was great!

Kona has a total menu for dinner and has no characters, you can also get sushi from the Kona sushi bar which is out of this world! Also you cannot see the fireworks from Kona. The food there is also delicious.

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