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Dining at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge



By Dave Shute

For the first page of this review of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, click here

DINING AT DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM LODGE

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge has some of the more interesting dining among the Disney deluxe resorts. There’s two table service restaurants–one family-friendly, the other sophisticated–at Jambo House, a third fun table service option at nearby Kidani Village,  and a strong quick service at Jambo.

Moreover, as Disney’s Animal Kingdom shifts to being a park reliably open late, dinner there becomes an option as well, at least for those with park hoppers. A short bus ride away, the Animal Kingdom includes Rainforest Cafe, Yak and Yeti, Tucker House, and the new Tiffins. All but the Rainforest Cafe require park entry.

All dining in Jambo House is on the first floor. From the main lobby (on the third floor) , take either the elevator or the stairs.

The stairs will take you past the Victoria Falls Lounge–one of the best Disney World bars.

Keep going and you’ll find the main dining area, with family-friendly Boma on one side. Here’s the review of Boma from The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2017:

boma-review-from-the-easy-guide

Next to Boma is the more sophisticated–and expensive–Jiko.

Jiko Disney's Animal Kingodm Lodge from yourfirstvisit.net

The Jiko review from The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2017:

jiko-review-from-the-easy-guide

Kidani Village is Jambo House’s sister DVC resort.

Sanaa Kidani Village from yourfirstvisit.net

Kidani is a longish walk or short shuttle ride away from Jambo House. Its restaurant Sanaa is well worth a visit…

sanaa-review-from-the-easy-guide

….especially for the bread service.

Sanaa Bread Service Kidani Village from yourfirstvisit.net

Back at Jambo house’s first level, outside and down the walkway to the left you’ll find one of Disney World’s best resort counter-service locales, The Mara.

Menu Mara Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge from yourfirstvisit.net

Like the other venues here, The Mara combines African-inspired and less exotic offerings as well. (Click the menu to enlarge it.)

African Stew Mara Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge from yourfirstvisit.net

African stew, anyone?

Mara Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge from yourfirstvisit.net (2)

Hot food is ordered through one line, which can get long. You’ll get a pager, pay, and return to pick it up when the pager goes off.

Mara Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge from yourfirstvisit.net

The large dining area will fill during common meal hours.

Outdoor Dining and Play Mara Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge from yourfirstvisit.net

There’s more seats outside, right next to the pool.

THE UZIMA POOL AT DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM LODGE

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