Last week, we visited Disney World to celebrate some very special birthdays and our 10th year anniversary! We decided to do a character breakfast to celebrate.
Character Breakfast Options
The character breakfast is a great way to meet Disney characters and have a photo opportunity while eating breakfast (i.e. multi-tasking).
Thanks to the Disney Food Blog and the Disney app (which I highly recommend), I was able to gain some insight into places of interest for our family. The app also allowed me to reserve a table for us in advance (which is a must by the way!). If you plan to do any character breakfast at Disney, always book ahead.
We settled on the Ohana breakfast at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. I felt like I wasn’t in Florida anymore.
There were many character breakfasts to choose from, but I read outstanding reviews of the Ohana breakfast which made me lean towards it. Plus, being from Hawaii, I had to check it out!
It is also a monorail away from the Magic Kingdom where we had planned to visit first, so Ohana was a great choice.
When you first enter the Ohana restaurant, a friendly host will take you to your seat.
You are immediately served some sweet bread and given passion-orange-guava juice (POG) and/or coffee.
A tray of cut fruit is placed on your table soon after.
Then, you are served a gigantic skillet with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, biscuits, and mickey waffles.
We could barely finish our food when they asked if we wanted a second skillet!
Stuffed beyond our means, we patiently waited for the characters to come around. Depending on your seating, it can take quite a while.
Mickey eventually did come around.
Our active toddler wanted to move around a lot and we had to keep him from wanting to chase after the characters. Thankfully, some of the characters walk around occasionally and there is a “parade” before and after breakfast.
I took my son around in the parade where he got to shake a rattle and almost hit me in the head. Luckily, I dodged the rattle.
When it was time to meet the characters individually at our table, my son was afraid of them at first. He was terrified mostly of stitch because of his crazy looking teeth. But after a hi-five with the characters, he got over his fears and was playing peek-a-boo, giving hugs, and had the biggest smile on his face!
Those smiles made the character breakfast worth it.
Ohana Breakfast Review
Pros: friendly service, wonderful character meet-and-greet experience, unique photo opportunity, fun parade, lots of food, no buffet lines (as food is brought to you).
Cons: so-so food, pricey, limited time with characters/takes a while to see them one-on-one.
Tips: if you reserve seating at the restaurant, make sure you check your receipt carefully if you have a toddler below 3. We got charged for our 23-month old son but didn’t realize until later!
If you are on a budget, breakfast is the most affordable option too.
Would you want to do a character breakfast? Have you been to one before? If so, what did you think?