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The Secret to Getting Ohana Reservations

The Secret to Getting Ohana Reservations

The question is how do you get one of the most sought-after dining reservations at Disney World? Ohana is an amazing all you care to eat restaurant to the Polynesian Resort in Walt Disney World. They are most famously loved for their bread pudding! I don’t even know I liked bread pudding until we dined at this spot. Expect amazing bread, salad, noodles, and endless grilled meat to be brought to your table. So here is our secret to getting Ohana Reservations.

Ohana Appetizer comes out with Chicken Wings, Pork Dumplings, Noodles, and Veggies.

Book an ADR for Ohana

You can book an Advanced Dining Reservation 180 days in advance. If you are staying at a Disney World resort this is the first day of your trip otherwise it’s 180 days from when you want to eat there. You can go online to reserve dining starting at 6 am EST or call in at 7 am EST on the 180-day mark.

If you are staying on property you really get a running start advantage. This is why you may find something already booked up if you try to book first thing at the 180-day mark.

It’s important when booking a reservation that you do so ASAP, I am not joking it fills up fast and can be very hard to find an opening here. Which means you need to get up at 6 am and book that reservation. Not a morning person? Can’t handle the stress? Book with a travel agent like Magical Travel and they will book all your dining for you! AKA no early mornings chasing after reservations for every day of your trip.

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Last Minute Ohana Treasures

Disney has the policy to charge $10 per person for no-shows and late cancellations. This means people don’t forget to cancel since they don’t want to be charged. You never know when you are going to stumble upon one of these last minute cancellations so it’s a good idea to check often if you weren’t able to book at the 180-day mark. You typically get a reminder email 3 – 5 days in advance which is when the flood of last-second cancellations normally start to come in. We wanted to eat here so bad and it was around 48 hours in advanced when I was able to scoop one up for an anniversary dinner. I know, way to leave anniversary planning to the last second, not recommended by the way.

It’s important to note while you can try to walk up and get a last-second seat at Ohana it is unheard of. If you want to take a chance on it then you should plan on arriving at 3:30 before they even start seating people to see if they have any no-shows. In the forums, you will occasionally see stories of people getting on a waitlist around 9 pm at night. Of course the more outside the realm of normal dining hours you are the better your odds. If you strick out there is always Kona Cafe next door, which isn’t the same but has some good food.

We love dining at Ohana and want to go here more often! The games for the kids and amazing food makes it a perfect family atmosphere. Best of luck on scoring a reservation at Ohana. Please share your success stories on getting Ohana reservations in the comment section below. For our full review of eating at Ohana read our Ohana Dining Review.


Thursday 2nd of July 2020

If you have a bunch of ADRs you're after, a good strategy is "divide & conquer". Split the list with significant other, friend, travel agent, etc. With 2 ppl logged on at 6 a.m. Eastern time, 180 days out, you'll usually get places, days & times you want (or at least close). Good luck!

John Sowell

Friday 25th of October 2019

I need a dinning reservation for 6 adults and one child on December 25th at five oclock pm. at the Ohana restaurant.

Patty Staricha

Friday 25th of October 2019

It's gonna be tricky but don't give up and follow the tips above!


Monday 8th of April 2019

I've walked up on 2 different occasions without a reservation with, once with a party of 8 and the other time with a party of 4 and was able to get seated within 15 minutes.