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News: New Menu Item at ‘Ohana in Disney World’s Polynesian Resort

Disney’s Polynesian Resort is currently undergoing a major refurbishment that’s affecting several areas throughout the resort.

From a food perspective, we are very much looking forward to an updated Captain Cook’s sometime this summer, the addition of Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto in 2015, and the Pineapple Lanai kiosk for a Dole Whip fix anticipated to open later this year.

Captain Cook's Refurbishment Sign

Captain Cook’s Refurbishment Sign

One change unconnected to the refurbishments, however, has been more immediate. Several weeks ago, ‘Ohana – arguably the Polynesian’s most popular Table Service restaurant – removed Chicken Skewers from the menu.

While there have been no further removals, we wanted to let you know how the menu has been refreshed in light of that change.

The Entrance to 'Ohana

The Entrance to ‘Ohana

Refreshed 'Ohana Menu

Refreshed ‘Ohana Menu

Meal Starters still include ‘Ohana Pineapple Coconut Bread and Mixed Greens with a Lilikoi Dressing.

'Ohana Bread

‘Ohana Bread

'Ohana Mixed Greens

‘Ohana Mixed Greens

One new item has been added to the Appetizers: Vegetable Lettuce Wraps with a Hoisin Ginger Sauce join the Pork Dumplings tossed in a Garlic Ginger Sauce.

'Ohana Pork Dumplings

‘Ohana Pork Dumplings

A new heading has been added the menu as well: Entrées. You will now find the Honey-Coriander Chicken Wings (previously listed under “Appetizers”) as an Entrée. The Stir-Fried Vegetables and Noodles tossed in a Teriyaki Sauce (both previously listed under “Accompaniments”) can also be found in the new Entrée section.

'Ohana Chicken Wings

‘Ohana Chicken Wings

'Ohana Vegetables and Lo Mein Noodles

‘Ohana Vegetables and Lo Mein Noodles

Skewers continue to feature Sweet and Sour Pork Loin, Szechuan Sirloin Steak, and Spicy Grilled Peel-n-Eat Shrimp.

Pork Loin

‘Ohana Pork Loin

'Ohana Steak

‘Ohana Steak

'Ohana Peel and Eat Shrimp

‘Ohana Peel and Eat Shrimp

The Dessert section hasn’t changed, either. ‘Ohana Bread Pudding a la mode is the star of the show, while the Children’s option is a Brownie with marshmallow topping and M&M’s.

'Ohana Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce

‘Ohana Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce

We’ll be keeping an eye out for any further changes, and look forward to bringing you news from Captain Cook’s when it reopens sometime this summer. Until then, Aloha!

What are your favorite ‘Ohana menu items? Let us know in the comments below!

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23 Comments

  1. Tim says:

    The title brought me hope of something capable of mitigating my sadness over the loss of the chicken. That hope was dashed by lettuce wraps. DARN YOU DISNEY!

  2. Adam says:

    Has ‘Ohana ever not had chicken or turkey on the menu??

  3. Aramis says:

    We ate there a couple of weeks ago and the vegetable lettuce wraps are nothing to write home about. I tried one because I love wraps but they were so bland! Our table of 5 thought the same. I would have never missed them.

  4. Travis says:

    No! I love the chicken. Never been a fan of the pork loin, though.

  5. Tom M. says:

    My favorite dish used to be the chicken skewers. Why they got rid of those instead of the peel & eat shrimp is beyond me. They’re way too messy and not worth effort. What were they thinking?

  6. Tom M. says:

    They got rid of my favorite dish, the chicken skewers. But they left the peel & eat shrimp skewers which are way too messy and not worth the effort. What were they thinking?

  7. Hannah says:

    I could live on the wings, noodles and dumplings. Never been a fan of the dried out meats.

  8. Essie says:

    It all looked pretty good to me except for the steak. I love the filet at Le Cellier, but this steak looks anemic. The rest, however, I’d like to try.

  9. Liz says:

    I’m trying to figure out why they would remove the chicken. Chicken is cheap compared to pork (especially recently since there has been a nationwide hog virus and pork prices have skyrocketed). Also, chicken is more universally appealing and religiously tolerable.

    Yet another puzzling move to mess with something that didn’t need messing with…unless I’m missing something…

  10. Julie says:

    We went last month and I think they have changed something about the noodles. The last time we went, I devoured this. This time, I only took a couple bites. They were not good.

  11. Kirsty says:

    Julie – The noodles are now tossed in Terriyaki sauce and not the old peanut sauce :(

  12. Joni says:

    I wonder if you could get the noodles plain and it says you get peanut and sweet & sour sauces you could mix the peanut sauce in you noodles?

  13. Chris says:

    This is completely bonkers. For health reasons, religious reasons, etc chicken is the most popular protein choice in America. I’m going to write to them to complain and I urge others to do the same.

  14. Savannah says:

    No! Not the chicken! The pork and steak are a bit too dry, and I don’t really like shrimp, but the chicken was awesome. Why would they do such a crazy thing?

    And lettuce wraps? Come on, people. We already have salad. No need for more greenery, thanks. Oh, well. I guess I’ll just have to live on the wings and dessert.

  15. Eeyore says:

    I for one am glad for the lettuce wrap addition. As a vegetarian I can appreciate an added food item, especially where there’s so much meat. Disney does a great job normally for people with dietary weaknesses, although it does boggle my mind why they’d get rid of the chicken. Maybe they’re developing a new recipe. Not that it concerns ME.

  16. Lori says:

    It’s great anytime vegetarians get more options anywhere. The problem is that these new veggie lettuce wraps are disgusting. If the new wraps consisted of, say, flavorful wok-fried tofu and veggies brought hot to the table that the diners wrap in cold lettuce leaves, that would be great. But these are cold. Cold edamame and raw broccoli slaw with bland sauce wrapped in lettuce. I’m sure they’re a big hit with rawist vegans but I can’t imagine many others finding them appealing.

  17. Robyn says:

    I’m SO sad the chicken has still not made a comeback. We are eating here in October and the only meat I eat is chicken. We are keeping the ressie for the rest of the party but due to all of my other dietary requirements, those are gonna be some damn expensive noodles and ice cream…

  18. Kevin says:

    Personally, I am not a fan with the decision to get rid of the chicken as the meat of choice. It’s my favorite option on the menu and I would totally write a comment card to guest relations to get it back on the menu

  19. Chris says:

    Here is the URL I used to write a complaint. I received a response saying that they would forward my comments to the appropriate parties:

    https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/help/email/

  20. SANDRA VORPAHL says:

    WHAT IS IN THE LETTER WRAPS? MY FAVORITE IS THE BREAD PUDDING, WINGS, POT STICKERS.

  21. Diana Mobilio says:

    Just went 2 weeks ago to try the new menu. Major disappointment. The service was awful and we waited 40 mins for our reservation to be called BEFORE we reminded them we had a reservation. The food was in my opinion no better than a standard buffet. Meat was dry, bread was dry, chicken wings were dry. lettuce wraps were awful and strange tasting. However, I really enjoyed the noodles, veggies and salad and the dessert was amazing. Overall I would not go back just for the shear amount of food and poor quality.

  22. Barbara lane says:

    I will not go to ohna again if they do not have the chicken it was the only meat I eat . I can’t eat fish, but my family of 20 of us said the shrimp was terrible.we are dvc members

  23. Dominique says:

    We are there last Thursday and it was DELICIOUS!! The wraps were so good and fresh. The shrimp was cooked and seasoned perfectly! We also had seconds if those scrumptious potstickers. And of course, the bread pudding was to die for! Can’t wait to eat there again!

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