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Walt Disney World Animal Kingdom Lodge Dining Guide

Animal Kingdom Lodge is comprised of two different resorts making up the whole resort: Kidani Village and Jambo House. Guests will be able to find great dining options at either resort. The one drawback of this resort for guests not staying there is the distance from the other parks making it more difficult to stop by for a bite to eat unless you are using Disney’s Minnie Van service or using your own transportation to get around. Here are the options awaiting guests at Animal Kingdom Lodge!

 

1. Sanaa (Kidani Village)

Open to guests for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Sanaa offers waffles, a breakfast platter, and a breakfast sandwich.  Lunch and dinner feature one of the most sought after appetizers on property — the bread service.  Tradional na’an is served to guests with their choice of accompaniments — roasted red pepper hummus, mango chutney, tomato-date jam, and many more! On the entrée menu, guests will find tandoori shrimp and chicken, a truly unique burger, South African sausage, or a design-your-own potjie.  Dinner also features additional entrees such as lamb shank, duck, as well as biryani (rice served with vegetables available with chicken or shrimp).  Desserts are plentiful and feature a variety of flavors, so be sure to save some room to sample these culinary creations!

Sanaa

2. Jiko – The Cooking Place (Jambo House)

A signature dining experience inviting guests to enjoy dinner and authentic African dishes in an amazing atmosphere!  Guests can enjoy appetizers such as African-spiced scallops, pork tenderloin, or a refreshing pear and watermelon salad!  You can also start your meal with a variety of artisanal cheeses.  On the entrée menu, guests will find a Moroccan lamb tagine, grilled filet mignon, Wagyu strip loin, Vulcan-spiced fish, elk loin, beef short rib, or a seafood curry.  A variety of African-inspired desserts also awaits guests at the end of their meal, so be sure to save some room!

3. Boma – Flavors of Africa (Jambo House)

Open to guests for breakfast and dinner, Boma is a buffet allowing guests to enjoy traditional and African-inspired dishes in a restaurant overlooking the savannah with grazing animals.  At breakfast, guests can enjoy enjoyable dishes such as French toast bread pudding, hand-carved turkey and ham, as well as breakfast potatoes and sweet plantains. Dinner features a wide selection of soups and stews, among the selection, a spicy Nigerian soup, a chicken-corn chowder, and a lamb stew.  Guests will find the same variety for salads, as well.  Chicken salad with a chili cilantro, an apple jicama salad, a Ghana tomato salad, and an avocado, grapefruit, and papaya salad.  As entrees, guests will be able to have roasted chicken, slow-roasted pork ribs, spice-crusted beef sirloin, and a variety of African selections.

Boma

 

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4. The Mara (Jambo House)

This is the quick-service dining option at Animal Kingdom Lodge serving guests from breakfast through late-night snacking! At breakfast, guests can find traditional favorites, as well as a croissant breakfast sandwich, quinoa served with apples and other dried fruit, as well as a variety of grab-and-go snacks! Lunch features a variety of sandwiches and burgers, as well as a selection of flatbreads (pepperoni, braai chicken, and mixed tomato), vegetarian falafel bites, and African potjie (a stew featuring beef, turkey, ham, rice, bread, and vegetables)! Dinner has a separate menu with entrees ranging from slow-roasted barbecue ribs, rotisserie chicken, a barbecue pork sandwich, as well as options for the lunch menu. If you return from the park late, you can grab a late-night snack of any of the flatbreads and variety of delicious desserts!

The Mara

5. Maji Pool Bar (Kidani Village)

Guests needing a snack while relaxing at the pool at Kidani Village can find it and enjoy a pulled pork sandwich seasoned with Kenyan coffee, Caesar salad topped with tandoori chicken, a roast beef melt, roasted turkey, as well as traditional selections of an all-beef hot dog, warm pretzel, fruit cups, and chips. Guests will also find specialty cocktails and unique drinks here to aid in refreshment!

6. Uzima Springs Pool Bar (Jambo House)

Located at the Uzima Springs Pool, this pool bar also serves a small selection of bar bites for guests to enjoy while relaxing in the pool! In addition to standard options like a bacon cheeseburger and chicken nuggets, guests can also enjoy the Mara chicken salad, a grilled chicken Caesar salad, a pepperoni flatbread, a turkey and avocado club sandwich, as well as a variety of refreshing drinks and specialty cocktails!

Aside from being far off the beat and path, Animal Kingdom Lodge is great place to have a meal if you are looking for something truly new and unique. If you aren’t a guest at the resort, you’ll want to build in some extra time to get to your meal, but also some time to look around the resort afterwards and scout out the animals that call the resort home!

About Tyler

Tyler is a lawyer living in South Florida who visits Disney World at least once a month. He enjoys re-living classic Disney experiences and discovering new things about the parks when he visits. Friends and family always ask him to plan their trip for maximum Disney magic!