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Limited-Time Lion King Dining Experience Coming to Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Alex Dunlap

by , Food & Beverage Communications Coordinator

Get ready to celebrate the circle of life with a new limited-time prix fixe dining experience inspired by “The Lion King!” Starting June 30, 2019, join us as we toast to the popular film at Jiko – The Cooking Place.

Located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Jiko transports you to the heart of Africa with its vibrant spices, crackling wood-burning ovens, and a delicious blend of traditional African wines and cuisine, making it the perfect place for this special celebration. Starting June 30, you’ll be able to partake in an exclusive three-course menu crafted as a one-of-a-kind culinary celebration of Simba’s story. As the dinner progresses, wildly talented musicians will join in on the fun with vibrant African melodies as well as live performances of the award-winning movie soundtrack.

I Just Can’t Wait to be King Starter from The Lion King-themed Menu Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

The menu will feature dishes inspired by The Circle of Life: Nants’ Ingonyama, a story celebrating Simba’s journey through life. Each dish follows our lion prince as he grows up, highlighting each stage of his life through unique flavors and spices. You’ll start your meal off with the “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” starter – a dish featuring Young Cedar Creek clam malata, potatoes, pomegranate, and a bone marrow finish. This dish symbolizes the playfulness of Simba’s joyous childhood and his desire to one day become king.

Be Prepared Entrées from The Lion King-themed Menu Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Moving on to the main event: Be Prepared. Choose from two entrées: Bone-In Ribeye with hibiscus, nettles, and fregula or Lobster Sosatie with red shrimp, squid, mussels, and fragrant rice. These dishes are inspired by the eerie elephant boneyard and Simba’s courage to persevere through trials and tribulations.

Hakuna Matata Dessert from The Lion King-themed Menu Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

And the third course, Hakuna Matata, celebrates balance as Simba grows up and learns what is truly needed to successfully lead the Pride lands. This dessert features caramelized orange, chocolate choux, and playful foliage.

Friandeses and Tea The Lion King-themed Menu Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Finally, finish off the evening with “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” and reflect on your journey with a selection of friandeses and teas to cap off your meal.

Wine and Bread from The Lion King-themed Menu Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

This limited-time prix fixe menu will be available during the dinner period at Jiko – The Cooking Place starting June 30 in addition to Jiko’s regular menu. Pricing is $65 per person, tax and gratuity not included, with the option to add your choice of two levels of wine pairings at an additional cost. The existing 10% discount for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members is also applicable to this exclusive 3-course prix fixe menu. For more information and to book reservations, call 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3463) or visit the Walt Disney World Resort website.  

Comments

  • Any chance of a vegan option?

  • Will we be able to see the performers even if we don’t choose the prix fixe menu?

  • Do we need to call to make special reservations, or are all dinner reservations with this?

    • Hi Andrea! This limited-time prix fixe menu is offered in addition to the regular menu and may be chosen upon being seated at the restaurant with a regular reservation.

  • I would love to do this in September! Any word on how long this will be available?

  • You say this is a limited time offering. Is there an estimated end date? Will it be offered through the summer months?

  • Will this be running in early August?

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