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Old 02-04-2015, 07:44 PM   #1
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Default Ohana's for a reception dinner

I'm an escape bride only because I dont want to do a formal reception after my ceremony. But now I am thinking of places to eat after. I thought Ohana's would be perfect because who doesn't love O'hanas?!?!

Does anyone know if they even do reservations for a group of 20?
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Old 02-04-2015, 07:45 PM   #2
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Can you use Disney Gift Cards to pay for the wedding, or can they only be used on hotel and park stuff?
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Old 02-04-2015, 08:28 PM   #3
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Hi Tiffany,

It's been quite a few years ago, but I know we had a large group, definitely more than 20, for dinner at 'Ohana. My friend had to contact Group Dining to make the reservation.
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Old 02-04-2015, 08:32 PM   #4
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From what I've heard from brides who have hosted rehearsal dinners there, when making a group reservation at Ohana big enough to warrant calling you're typically encouraged to boom either the first or last reservation of the day (I want to say 5:30 or earlier, or 9:30, something around that). I'll admit I have no first hand experience in this myself, just what I've heard from brides as it is a very popular rehearsal dinner option.
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Old 02-04-2015, 09:54 PM   #5
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Yes, what Jenn said was true for us too. I remember having the choice of early or late. We chose the earlier one. The servers were great and never rushed us. When we finished, we walked down to the beach to watch Wishes.
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Old 02-04-2015, 10:50 PM   #6
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We did our reception dinner there and I wore my dress and we served our cake. We took the early seating but I will say that while waiting they tried to push us to the later seating until my MOH went bridezilla on them for me. They had a secret plan in mind for us which would have been awesome if I had not had the Grand 1 yacht booked for a fireworks cruise They were trying to be nice to give us window seating so we could watch the fireworks from there. Once the manager finally understood we were seated almost immediately and were out quickly.

I do think that you can use the gift cards to pay for the wedding but I would definitely make sure to ask for the current policy.
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Old 02-05-2015, 06:00 AM   #7
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We used Disney gift cards to pay our room and anything that was charged to the room. I'm sure if you're looking to pay for Ohana's with the gift cards, as long as they accept it they will.

Since you're looking at doing a seated dinner - you may want to look into Tables In Wonderland, annual passes (or FL residents) are allowed to purchase it. It gives you 20% off many of the sit-down dining options (alcohol included) but then does charge you 18% gratuity - it's good for up to 10 people and cost around $100 (so your fiance may both need one). Our dinner was at Yachtsman and it pretty much paid for itself right there.
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Old 02-05-2015, 08:27 AM   #8
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We were told we could not use Disney gift cards to pay for the wedding, but we used them to pay for everything else.

'Ohana will let you book up to thirty through Disney dining. Over thirty, you'll have to call the restaurant to speak to the manager. As mentioned above, they try to put large groups as first seating or last seating.

I also second the tables in wonderland card as Haley mentioned. The first card is $100, and then a second card from the same household is $50.
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Old 02-06-2015, 07:43 AM   #9
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I have been to an Ohana dinner with 30 people, and we were all seated together at the early seating.
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Old 02-09-2015, 02:03 AM   #10
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Thanks everyone!

I'm not sure I understand the tables in wonderland. Could you explain what that is a little more? Do I have to be a florida resident?

Thanks you guys are beyond helpful you me and I cant thank you enough.
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Old 02-09-2015, 05:54 AM   #11
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Thanks everyone!

I'm not sure I understand the tables in wonderland. Could you explain what that is a little more? Do I have to be a florida resident?

Thanks you guys are beyond helpful you me and I cant thank you enough.
For Tables in Wonderland you have to either be an Annual Passholder OR a Florida Resident.

The way it works is they take 20% off your bill, but then add an 18% gratuity fee (so some people say that you're only saving 2% - but if you generally tip between 15-20% anyway that's not a true statement). The 20% off includes alcohol.

It is a card that you have to carry with you, at the end of your meal, you simply present your card and they'll run it through and work out all the math for your bill.

The list of participating restaurants and more information is here: http://tablesinwonderland.com/

You do want to double check your bill to make sure they did include gratuity as I've heard some restaurants do not.
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Old 02-15-2015, 12:36 AM   #12
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Oh, I am not a Florida resident, but I will be an annual pass holder when I get married there...will that count? Or could a florida resident purchase one for me?
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I had a Shades of Green wedding and did my rehearsal dinner at Ohana for a group of 33. We had a bit of a wait but that's what cocktails are for. We also waited because the staff tried very hard to give us two big tables. It was a wonderful night, hope you do it.
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Oh, I am not a Florida resident, but I will be an annual pass holder when I get married there...will that count? Or could a florida resident purchase one for me?
As long as you have your annual pass you can get Tables in Wonderland. It can be purchased at the Guest Relations counters at the parks or in DTD. When we turned in our Annual Pass vouchers for our Disney wedding, we purchased Tables in Wonderland at that time.
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We bought our second tables card the day before the welcome dinner. They don't need the card for you to make the ressie. Also, the name on the card has to match the person paying. So if you are paying by credit card, the name on the credit card must match the name on the tables card. For this reason, unless you have a Florida resident in your party who's willing to pay, you can't have someone get it for you.

Note that they don't always enforce this rule, but you never can tell. We both have our own cards, but we paid for the dinner with gift cards, so we didn't have this problem.
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Old 02-16-2015, 01:22 AM   #16
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Thank you guys so much! I will definitely be looking into that! Thanks so much for explaining tables in wonderland to me. And I hope I do get Ohanas for our first meal together as husband and wife! XOXO
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Old 02-23-2015, 05:09 AM   #17
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If I get the tables in wonderland will it give me the discount on all 20 something we plan on having for rehearsal dinner at Ohana's? Or because we'll be more than 10 no? Thanks!!
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If I get the tables in wonderland will it give me the discount on all 20 something we plan on having for rehearsal dinner at Ohana's? Or because we'll be more than 10 no? Thanks!!
You could have the bill split up, you have to make sure it's going to make sense to do this though. How many people do you have total? You can buy 1 Tables in Wonderland for $100 and add one on for $50 - this will allow you to get 20 up to 20 people at the 20% off (+ 18% gratuity). The rest, you'll have to pay the normal fees for. Some restaurants have given Disney brides more than the 10-20 people they were allotted, but that is TOTALLY up to the restaurant and you shouldn't expect it.

You'll have to do the math and see what is going to work best for you.
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Old 03-08-2015, 02:41 PM   #19
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We have done a reservation for 25 before so I am sure that would be fine! That was a few years ago though so I am not sure if it is the same. That would be a great reception place! Good thinking I will have to keep that in mind as well.
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Old 04-05-2015, 08:05 PM   #20
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Thanks for the tips on the Tables card. We have one, maybe do something like this versus a private location. I am also trying to find out about the Grand 1 experiences people have had versus the traditional DP
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Tables in Wonderland is also a DVC perk.
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Old 05-28-2015, 08:18 AM   #22
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We had a group of 24 at O'Hana for our rehearsal dinner. Our wedding party is still raving about the food!
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Old 07-01-2015, 03:02 AM   #23
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Is the fireworks outside on the beach at the poly really good? I'm debating having my welcome dinner at the California grill but o'hana would be much cheaper
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Thanks so much for explaining tables in wonderland to me. And I hope I do get Ohanas for our first meal together as husband and wife!
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