Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Florida Trip Report Part 4: 'Ohana Character Breakfast and Heading to the Beach

Florida Trip Report:

Travel Hacking a Trip to Florida
Vacation music video
Disney's Contemporary Resort Review
Hyatt Place Daytona Beach Review
Part 1: Getting There, Poolside and Chef Mickey's
Part 2: Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios
Part 3: Reunion and Beaches and Cream

Part 4: 'Ohana Character Breakfast and Heading to the Beach

On Sunday, we were leaving Disney World to spend a few days at the beach. But not before heading to our favorite character breakfast at the 'Ohana restaurant inside the Polynesian Resort.

We first ate there in 2008 on our first trip with our oldest (and only at the time) son. It was the last day of our trip and we really wanted to eat at Chef Mickey's, but it was booked. The phone agent suggested 'Ohana instead, and we've been hooked ever since.

Riding the monorail to the Polynesian:

Inside the Polynesian:

Waiting for our table:

My daughter pretended our pager was a phone:

We didn't have to wait too long to be seated. One of the things I love about the 'Ohana breakfast is that it's not a buffet. The food is all brought to your table family-style. There are breads and pastries, Mickey and Stitch waffles, eggs, bacon, sausage and potatoes. But the highlight of the meal is the POG juice from Hawaii!

The kids met Lilo, Stitch, Mickey and Pluto:

Every 30 minutes or so there is a dance parade around the restaurant with shaker noise makers:

I'm glad we were able to squeeze this restaurant in during our trip.

After we returned to the Contemporary, we still had 2 more hours until the Magical Express bus would take us to the airport to switch to our rental car. I tried unsuccessfully to move up our time. So our tired kids watched some cartoons in the lobby.

And we took a few more photos outside before hopping on our bus back to the airport.

Once at the airport, we got our rental car and drove a little more than an hour to Daytona Beach Shores. What a lovely sight from our room! (See my hotel review here).

Although we ate a large breakfast, we didn't really have much lunch so we decided to go out for an early dinner before heading to the beach. We read good reviews of a nearby seafood restaurant called DJs Deck. Located about 5 minutes from our hotel, it's a place where you order at the counter and they bring your food to you. It's right along the water.

Brian and I enjoyed our sea food and the laid-back atmosphere. The kids had the standard kids meal fare of chicken nuggets, hot dog, etc.

Next to the dock there was a fish food machine. I had only one quarter on me, so we bought one round of food and started dropping it into the water. Nothing. Several minutes went by, and the fish food just floated on the water. Disappointed, we started to walk away when we heard and saw this big school of cat fish start gobbling up the food!

The kids were in a hurry to get back to our hotel to try out the pool and the beach. I don't really understand why they were so excited to get into the pool since we have one in our neighborhood at home and we go there several times a week...but they were. So we first spent some time in the pool before we walked down to the beach.

Ahhhhh, the beach.

The kids were thrilled at the big waves! Brian and I were a little nervous, especially the first night, because our kids didn't seem to have any fear of the ocean and wanted to keep going out further and further. We had to keep motioning for them to come back in closer.

As the sun started to go down and it became later, we dragged the kids back to our hotel with the promise that we would return to the beach a lot in the next 3 days. On our way up the stairs to our hotel, we had a bit of good fortune. Some young adults were flying home the next day and gave us 4 boogie boards to use during our stay. Whoop! We passed them along to 2 other families at the end of our trip.

Up next: Our time at Daytona Beach Shores

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