Today’s walkabout was thwarted by rain. It has been wet recently and should continue to be…forever. One thing about summer Orlando weather is that it almost always calls for thunderstorms every day, especially as you look at days four to ten of a ten day forecast. Right now is no different for example. And it does rain most days, usually for about 30 minutes around 3pm and again for 30 minutes around 8pm. Longer bouts of rain are less common. It isn’t worth freaking out over the the weather report more than a couple of days in advance. It isn’t going to call for a low (20% or less) chance of rain until two days before any given day. I know you’re going to freak out anyway, but rest assured that the chance of rain can and does go down. And please don’t compare “Disney World crowd prediction” to a weather report. Not mine, anyway.
All is not lost though as we do have a worthy merchandise update to cover!
I don’t know if anything is new these days. There is so much stuff and they are constantly moving it. Even items in the “New Arrivals” section can be relatively old. Just new to that particular store. The funniest “This is new” item is still that Tower of Terror shirt that I said was new. Then I linked to a post with all of the other Tower of Terror merchandise and the shirt was the fourth picture down or something. Sorry, you’re stuck with me.
I like these:
Doubles would be more convenient. I’m pretty lazy.
I have a set of these refreezable ice cubes. They are the cutest thing ever, but they don’t stay particularly frozen and they’re a hassle to clean. You can always throw them at each other.
Like most Disney designs, they find one they like and slap it on everything.
Making it very easy to match.
Fun until the liquid around the side leaks out resulting in mesothelioma.
Seriously, on everything.
That’s enough merchandise. I walked through a bit of Magic Kingdom while it was raining, but had to holster Tom, so we don’t have any photographic proof of that. I could use some B-sides from last year or something I guess. Or write an entire review with no photos of what was actually ordered on that particular day.
HDR! It’s been a while!
The Polynesian Resort is my favorite on property. Half of that is due to a very special trip I took with my family in 2002, but I like most everything about it, other than the fact that I’m constantly getting lost among the various longhouses.
I wouldn’t bet on anything major happening here anytime soon, despite what the rumor mongers always seem to be selling.
It looks like disaster relief in here, only less organized than FEMA. Actually, this is mostly luau people being told (I would guess) that their show has been canceled.
Waiting to see about the always-popular ‘Ohana. Good these days, but not great.
The Polynesian still has my favorite resort-specific merchandise. I have a detailed look at the various items here and then better pictures of select items here. And the Polynesian last Christmas if you missed that.
Mostly because of this glass.
But also this.
But we’re interested in the Kona Cafe Sushi Bar. This is it right as it opens at 5pm. Seating is very limited, so you’ll want to arrive right at 5pm to guarantee seating.
You can order any of the sushi items next door at Kona Cafe. Likewise, you can order anything off the Kona Cafe menu at the Sushi Bar. Since walkups are usually available at Kona Cafe, I’d choose to dine there. Service will (most likely) be more attentive and it’s a little more comfortable.
By 5:12pm, seating is mostly full. It really only takes a family or two. If it isn’t obvious, you’ll find the Sushi Bar, Kona Cafe, ‘Ohana, and the Tambu Lounge on the second floor. The Sushi Bar is just inside the entrance from the Monorail on the left side. It officially operates from 5pm to 10pm. Both the Sushi Bar and Kona Cafe accept Tables in Wonderland. If you’re ordering “take out,” be advised that it’s treated as a table service meal. You’ll get the standard book/receipt with the amount and tip to fill in, just like you were dining at Kona Cafe.
The Sushi Bar doubles as a coffee shop in the morning.
The Kona Cafe Dinner Menu:
Kona Cafe is another personal favorite, though it’s been a while since I’ve dined there. It is an “unsung favorite” by virtually everyone, which probably means it’s sung. Easy to get a reservation and the food is reasonably priced. You can get out of there for less than $20. Go to Le Cellier and they’ll tack on $15 for the same steak or visit Fulton’s and they’ll tack on $20 for the crab.
They have several items displayed in the window:
The Volcano Roll.
What you see is exactly what will be served.
Prepared fresh at the bar.
They also do “takeout.” I ordered the Volcano Roll to go.
If you were going to make a list of things you can’t trust other people to do, I think “building a sushi volcano” would be pretty high up on that list. I order the Volcano Roll to go so I can build the volcano myself. Unfortunately, the Volcano doesn’t look particularly appetizing here because the lighting at Captain Cook’s is bad.
As the To-Go carton is prepared. Two sets of chopsticks, two small plastic bowls if you want to mix the soy sauce/wasabi like a bunch of white people, and the “tempura crunch” in a small cup.
As far as quality, is isn’t on the same level as our prior experience at the California Grill. If given the choice, you’ll want to head to the bar/restaurant at the Contemporary. While the sushi there is more expensive, there’s also more of it. Sushi in general runs on the expensive side, so $14 for what you see isn’t necessarily a crazy price. It’s a couple dollars overpriced, but most things at Walt Disney World are far more egregious. This isn’t something that I would necessarily go out of my way to try, but it was very good. Strangely filling. Very easy if you’re looking to bring something back to the room if you find yourself staying at the Polynesian and it adds some variety to the Kona Cafe menu next door. I could definitely see bringing out an order of sushi to the Polynesian beach pre-Wishes. I enjoyed every bite.
Leaving with what seems like an Instagram shot. Sorry. This is a mixture of condensation and HDR. Maybe the biggest travesty in photography history, save for Instagram itself.