2024 ‘Ohana Character Breakfast – Is It Worth the Cost?

If you’re in the midst of planning your dream vacation to the Most Magical Place on Earth, you’ve likely come across the ‘Ohana Character Breakfast.

The big question on everyone’s mind is — Is it worth the cost?

Trust me, I’ve wondered the same thing. That’s why I’ve made it a point to experience this high-energy, super-fun character breakfast four times over the years.

And let me spill the tea—it’s unlike any other breakfast at Disney!

First off, say goodbye to those tedious buffet lines. At ‘Ohana, a delightful array of breakfast goodies is served family-style, right to your table.

But the real cherry on top? It’s the only meal where Stitch comes to say ‘Aloha!’

Ohana Character Breakfast Polynesian Resort Lobby
Polynesian Resort Lobby

Let’s dive deep into the costs, the characters, and the undeniable magic of this unique Disney experience.

Key Takeaways:

  • Location: Disney’s Polynesian Resort at the ‘Ohana Restaurant
  • Price: $30 for kids (3-9), $49 for adults; plus tax and gratuity
  • Characters: Lilo and Stitch, Mickey and Pluto
  • Breakfast: Skillets of scrambled eggs, Mickey waffles, pork sausage, pineapple-topped ham and potatoes, along with POG juice, yummy pineapple-coconut bread, fresh fruit and biscuits
  • My take: This is one of my favorite Disney breakfasts! ✨

‘Ohana Character Breakfast Location

Ohana Character Breakfast Polynesian Ohana sign

‘Ohana is in the exotic Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort within Walt Disney World. It is on the second floor – same as the monorail station.

If you are lucky enough to get a window seat, you will be rewarded with a Seven Seas lagoon view and also the hotel’s new over-the-water villas.

Getting here

Disney’s Polynesian Resort is easily accessible whether you are staying on Disney property or not.

Since it is on the monorail loop around the lagoon, you can access it from the Ticket and Transportation Center (TTC), The Magic Kingdom, or one of the other hotels on the monorail.

➡️ If you are only going to breakfast at ‘Ohana and driving from an off-property resort, you do NOT have to pay for parking.

Tell the parking attendant cast member you are here for the ‘Ohana character breakfast. I usually take a printed copy of my reservation, but in recent years they check your name from a list. Disney allows you 3 hours of free parking.

We do this breakfast on a non-park day. Since we are usually here at some holiday (most likely in November or December), we use our 3 free parking hours to also take the monorail around and view the other hotels Christmas decorations – by far the Grand Floridian’s décor is amazing. You need to check out the life-size gingerbread house – it’s actually a store selling gingerbread! YUM!

Characters at ‘Ohana Breakfast

Ohana Character Breakfast Mickey with maracas
Dancing with Mickey
Ohana Character Breakfast picture with Mickey
Mickey dressed in his luau best

The full name of the character meal is ‘Ohanas Best Friends Breakfast Featuring Lilo and Stitch.


While Lilo and Stitch are the favorite characters here, Mickey Mouse and Pluto round out the remaining ‘Ohana Breakfast Characters.

Sometime during your breakfast, there is a dance party with Mickey in his Hawaiian shirt leading the procession.

Ohana Character Breakfast picture with Lilo
Lilo enjoying the party

Kids get maracas and everyone (ok, mostly kids, but when my daughter was younger, I went too) parades around the room shaking them and dancing.

Everyone seems to enjoy this high-energy party and all the character interactions. The kids feel special because they get to participate and have fun!

Lilo, Stitch and Mickey came around to each table for pictures and autographs (don’t forget that Sharpie on your Disney packing list – these are all fur characters and need something big to sign their names with).

Ohana Character Breakfast picture with Stitch
Stitch seems to receive the most attention
Ohana Character Breakfast with Pluto
Posing with Pluto before breakfast

We met Pluto for pictures while we were waiting to be seated at our table. There was a dedicated line and a Disney photo pass photographer there.

This is the first time it occurred this way for us. In the past, Pluto came to the table. I don’t know if it’s now always this way or if we just experienced a one-off scenario.

‘Ohana Character Breakfast Menu

Ohana Character Breakfast skillet with food
Skillet at Ohana character breakfast

‘Ohana Breakfast is served family style.

Food is brought to your table instead of you having to get it from a buffet. While I enjoy this breakfast much more than a buffet, this limits your selection so you really need to want to eat the items they bring.

And yes, there are seconds (and thirds) if your table needs more.

Start off with coffee, tea, juice and their infamous P.O.G. juice. It’s a combination of passion fruit, orange and guava juice. Can I say wonderful! Even my picky eater daughter loved it.

Ohana Character Breakfast POG juice
Keep the POG juice coming!
Ohana Character Breakfast pineapple roll
Nice and gooey pineapple coconut bread

Along with your beverage, their special pineapple-coconut bread is brought to the table. I am not a coconut fan (except in pina coladas), but this bread is exceptional. It is moist and gooey and I need to stop myself from filling up on it.

A platter of fresh fruit starts your breakfast. Ours consisted of red grapes, watermelon, pineapple and cantaloupe. Everything was ripe and fresh and we ended up finishing most of it.

The hot breakfast is served in a large skillet. Depending on how many are in your party, you could receive two or more skillets to your table.

Scrambled eggs, pork breakfast sausage links, ham with a pineapple compote, fried potatoes and, of course, Mickey waffles (sometimes there are Stitch waffles, too) with syrup round out the platter.

It should also come with warm biscuits, but ours didn’t, so we had to ask for them.

Ohana Character Breakfast fruit plate
Begin with a fruit plate
Ohana Character Breakfast Mickey waffle
The Mickey waffle

How to make an ‘Ohana character breakfast reservation

There are two great times to make your reservation. The first and best time to make it is 60 days ahead. If you are staying at a Disney resort, this is 60 days from when you check-in. Off-property guests can make reservations 60 days prior to the reservation.

Note: Prior to March 2020, reservations were made 180 days in advance. As of yet, Disney has not said if they will return to that long of a reservation period.

‘Ohana breakfast meal reservations are in demand. It is a popular character breakfast because of its location on the monorail, plus the ability to see Lilo and Stitch together.

If you are able to, plan to make your reservation 60 days out. Log into your My Disney Experience account, click on Thing to Do, then scroll down to Make Reservation.

You can filter just for character dining too. The website starts taking reservations at 7:00 am, 60 days ahead.

If you can’t plan this far out, your next bet is to look the week prior to your reservation.

Disney places a $10 hold on your credit card when you book your reservation and it is refundable up to 24 hours before. Therefore, as the day gets closer, more people are changing their schedules and locking plans into place.

Ohana character breakfast price and time

Price (as of October 2023), plus tax & gratuity:

Adults: $49
Child (ages 3 – 9): $30

If you are on the Disney Dining Plan, this is a one-credit meal. Note: The Disney Dining plan is currently paused, but it resumes January 9th, 2024.

Breakfast times

Breakfast is usually served from 7:30 am to noon. There are a couple of different strategies to take when deciding what time works best:

  • If you plan on going to the Magic Kingdom, reserving an early 7:30 am time should get you there for rope drop (assuming it’s a 9:00 am rope drop). I love rope drop, but realize it’s too early for some.
  • Would you like a break from rides? Get to the Magic Kingdom as early as possible, ride for a few hours, then hop on the monorail later in the morning for an 11:30 – 12:00 reservation. This will keep everyone full until dinner.
  • If this is a non-park day, make a mid-morning reservation and ride the monorail around the lake to enjoy the scenery and other resorts before continuing on with your day.

Ohana Character Dining FAQs

Does the Ohana breakfast have characters?

Yes! Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort’s popular Ohana restaurant has a breakfast character meal called ‘Best Friends Breakfast with Lilo & Stitch’. Their evening all-you-can-eat dinner does not have characters.

Is Ohana breakfast a character meal?

Definitely – and it’s one of the most memorable Disney character meals, too. You’ll be joined by Lilo, Stitch, Mickey Mouse and Pluto for a mariachi dance across the restaurant, plus stopping by your table for pictures and hugs.

Ohana character breakfast summary

Out of the countless times we have been to Disney World, we have eaten at the ‘Ohana character breakfast 4 times. Everyone enjoys the family-style meal and the entertainment because it is fun, lively and easy to get to.

It is definitely one of my family’s favorites and one we come back to time and again, plus breakfast food is less expensive than other Disney character meals.

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  1. It’s misleading that the updated date is Feb 2022 for this article… this is NOT currently a character meal, but the date suggests it’s current.

    1. Christine Zelina says:

      Hi CW. Maybe you missed it, but the 3rd sentence of the post says that characters are not currently at ‘Ohana since the re-opening in 2020. I put it in italics to stand out, but you must have just overlooked it. Thanks for stopping by the blog!

  2. Catherine says:

    Great post, very detailed! My husband and I have been to Disney twice, pre-children. I’d like to take my two year old son and I am going to bookmark this post for when we eventually go. Thanks for all of the info!

    1. Christine says:

      Thanks, Catherine! Hope you find it useful. Remember that kids under 3 go free to Disney! That includes both getting into the parks and eating at character meals 🙂

  3. Christy P says:

    We love O’hana for breakfast!! They’re great with gluten free options as well!!

    1. Christine says:

      I didn’t know that about gluten-free options! Good to know – thank you!

  4. This trip looks amazing! My daughter is two but my husband and I have been contemplating bringing her on a trip since she won’t really remember it when she is older. This post makes me want to go on a trip with her RIGHT NOW 🙂

    1. Christine says:

      We have seen almost new-borns at Disney! Not kidding! You are correct in that a child may not remember it, but I think it’s stored somewhere in their brain and I like to think it helps shape their future. 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  5. Leah Deppert says:

    I remember going to Disney when I was in kindergarten and we went to a character breakfast. It’s definitely a memory that sticks out in my mind. I doubt my parents planned this far in advance though :)…different times then!

    1. Christine says:

      Back when I was in grade school, I am not even sure they had character breakfasts! LOL. I know I never went to one. There was probably a 25-year gap from when I went as a child and then as a parent. Disney has done an incredible job of expanding, modernizing and marketing (of course, the ticket prices reflect that too).

  6. Alison Sukys says:

    This is adorable! I love Lilo & Stitch. My favorite characters by far!

    1. Christine says:

      Thanks, Alison. Admittedly, my daughter was 2 when we first went. Stitch freaked her out so much she was screaming. Like good parents, we took her back when she was older. No screaming this time!

  7. Oh my gosh your daughter looks SO happy! What a great spot!

    1. Christine says:

      Thanks! Yes, I always suggest this character meal to people who ask because it is fun and interactive.