Disney World gave fans and Guests not one, but two, opportunities to be mad at them yesterday. First, many waited hours for Boo Bash tickets. Second, they announced that ‘Ohana would be reopening – with some changes.
Since Disney World reopened last year, many restaurants have been closed. As Disney increases capacity and more resorts open, however, many of the eateries are welcoming Guests again.
Yesterday, Disney announced ‘Ohana is open again beginning July 9. Reservations will be available beginning tomorrow, June 10. Many were excited until they continued reading to see the changes that would take place.
Characters…or lack thereof
First, there will be no characters at ‘Ohana. Before the pandemic, Lilo, Stitch, Pluto, and Mickey greeted Guests before and during their meal. Characters were only available for breakfast, but it was a fun treat to meet rare characters like Lilo and Stitch!
I don’t quite understand the rationale behind this one because there are many character meals currently taking place at Disney World. All have been socially distanced and many people enjoy them. Perhaps it is a staffing issue?
The lack of characters is not really what people are upset about, though.
Noodles…or lack thereof
What people were really upset about were the menu changes. For breakfast, start with pineapple-coconut breakfast bread, move on to Stitch and Mickey Mouse waffles, then dig into “eggs”cellent breakfast skillets with ham, sausage, and breakfast potatoes.
The ‘Ohana dinner features all-you-care-to-enjoy platters of grilled beef steak, roasted chicken, sausage, and island shrimp casserole served with fried rice and roasted broccolini. And yes, ‘Ohana pot stickers, crispy soy chicken wings, and the signature ‘Ohana bread pudding served warm with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream are back!
But where are the noodles? They are a beloved menu item for many dining at ‘Ohana.
This news left our Facebook fans and Twitter users pretty upset. Comments like “What’s the email? I want to complain!” and “This new menu is so disappointing. It used to be a family favorite.” reflect the sentiment of many.
Even ‘Ohana noodles are trending on Twitter with tweets like “Ohana at the Polynesian isn’t going to have noodles on the menu anymore and I want a different timeline.” and “BUT OHANA MEANS FAMILY NOODLES”.
This one from Spectrum News 13 reporter Ashley Carter made me laugh:
Someone even said the Skyliner accident last night was just a ruse to take our focus off ‘Ohana noodles. DisTwitter does not disappoint.
Even LegoLand Florida got in on the fun:
And some just don’t get it:
We do admit these are very first world problems, but hopefully Disney will reconsider taking ‘Ohana noodles off the menu! Also, we hope Disney seriously figures out their technology and can find a way to make Boo Bash tickets available online for onsite Guests.
Also, what even is shrimp casserole?