I had some work to do this morning, so J and T decided to go out for a round of mini golf at Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course. As the story goes, Santa was out making his deliveries one Christmas Eve and noticed some snow in central Florida. Landing to investigate, he thought to himself that this would be a good place to build a vacation home for his elves – the only thing missing was a golf course! His elves couldn’t decide if they liked snow or sand better, so they decided to make two courses – one for each season – and the Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course was born! We have the “Water Parks and More” option on our tickets, so a round of golf before noon was included. They decided to play on the “winter” side, and although not a very challenging course, they had a great time. T was a little disappointed that his “Elf on the Shelf” Dan was not there, but I think the water-shooting snowman on hole 13 made up for it!
Dinner tonight was at ‘Ohana at the Polynesian Resort. We had been to breakfast here before, but never dinner, and I had heard good things about the meal so I was looking forward to it. And if you like meat, this dinner does not disappoint. ‘Ohana means family in Hawaiian, so everyone is a “cousin” and the food is all served family style. After being greeted by a “cousin” and lead to our table (and a conversation with the Chef regarding allergies) we were brought our first course – a tossed salad mixed with Honey-lime dressing. It was light with just the right amount of sweetness, and even T (who only ever eats salad with ranch dressing) said it was good! Next up were pork-fried dumplings and coriander chicken wings – J really liked the dumplings and I couldn’t get enough of the wings. The sauce was excellent! After the appetizer round, Cousin Gabe brought us broccoli with green peas, pad Thai noodles (EXCELLENT by the way) and some dipping sauces (peanut, spicy mustard, and sweet-and-sour)…and then came the meat! Servers walked around with large skewers with marinated sirloin steak, Asian BBQ pork loin, mesquite-grilled chicken, and non-peeled shrimp that had all been prepared over an oak fire. Think Brazilian Churrascaria meets Polynesian Island…definitely come hungry to this restaurant!! They also had some more kid-friendly options such as macaroni and cheese and chicken fingers. And, if you are not already too full, the “main course” as they like to call it is an amazing ‘Ohana bread pudding à la mode with Banana Foster sauce! There’s nothing bad on this menu!
While all of this eating is going on, they have Hawaiian entertainment in the form of a woman playing the Ukulele, leading a parade and doing the hula with the children, and giving out lei’s. They even had a “push the coconut with a broom stick” race (I am sure there is a more technical term for it than that!!) that the kids seemed to enjoy!
After dinner we headed down to the beach in front of the hotel to watch the fireworks over Cinderella’s Castle. The hotel was showing a movie on the beach, and the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show was also going on so there was a lot of noise on the beach, but still relatively empty. Luckily the storms that blew through this afternoon had passed and the skies were clear for the show. They piped in the Wishes music, so once the show started all of the other noises faded away and everyone was able to enjoy the display! We are going to try and watch the fireworks from all of the hotels around the Seven Seas Lagoon, and then I will be doing a compare and contrast ranking at the end. It’s all for science, but the fireworks junkie in me is really looking forward to all of the testing!!