Our last big family vacation to Walt Disney World was in December of 2017. We checked in on December 23 and stayed all the way through Christmas time, departing on January 1, 2018. The whole vacation was absolutely magical, so special and will be one that I always cherish as a mom and wife.
I knew that I wanted our family to have one special holiday meal together, even if that meant we wouldn't be having a traditional turkey dinner on Christmas Day. I chose breakfast on Christmas Day at Ohana, the family restaurant with character dining at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. The whole meal was wonderful, and a perfect way to start off our Christmas Day at Walt Disney World.
I booked our reservation for Christmas morning breakfast at Ohana using the My Disney Experience app, where all of our vacation details were accessible. Our Walt Disney World vacation package included Disney's Quick Service Dining Plan. We paid out of pocket for our Ohana meal, since it usually would require a table service dining credit to dine here and our plan didn't include that feature. We were okay with that.
After our son opened a few small gifts in our room at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort (can you believe it? Santa found us in Florida!), we got into our car and drove over to Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. Because we had our own vehicle at the resort, getting around was very easy. We simply had to tell the gate attendant at the Polynesian that we had dining reservations there, and he allowed us in to park for the day. (After our meal, we used the monorail to get over to Magic Kingdom and back to the Polynesian to drive back to our home resort.) We also could have traveled to Disney's Polynesian Village Resort using Disney's transportation services by taking a bus from Coronado Springs to Epcot or Magic Kingdom, then hopping on the monorail to the Polynesian.
When we arrived, there was a brief wait, so we took that time to explore the upper level of the lobby at the resort and to have our photo taken by a cast member that would be linked to our Memory Maker.
Soon it was our turn to be seated, and the hostess showed us to our seat, right at the window with a view across Seven Seas Lagoon to Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom! I was so happy with that spot, I gave that hostess a big Christmas morning hug!
We were offered tea, coffee or juice and were soon enjoying our platter of breakfast yumminess. Dining is family-style at Ohana, which means you'll receive a platter of food for everyone at the table to share, and the platter will be refilled upon request. In addition to the main platter, we were also served assorted fruit.
The food was great! Our family loves breakfast, and of course Mickey and Stitch waffles were one of the highlights of the meal.
While we enjoyed our meal, Mickey, Pluto and Lilo danced through the dining room, interacting with all of the guests, and that's where we got the photo that I use for my profile photo here on this website, as well as my business Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.
If you're looking for a fun way to start the day on your family's next vacation to Walt Disney World, I highly recommend Ohana. After all, Ohana means family!
Amy is a former Disney Cruise Line cast member, Certified Cruise Counsellor and Vacation Specialist at Pure Magic Vacations.
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