New ‘Lion King’ Dining Experience Announced for Jiko at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
2019 marks 25 years of the “Lion King!” To celebrate, Jiko, inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, has announced a new limited-time prix fixe “Lion King” dining experience.
The new “Lion King” dining experience begins on June 30, 2019. Guests will be transported to the heart of Africa with food featuring vibrant spices and cooked in wood-burning overs. Guests 21 and over can also enjoy traditional African wines making this new experience the ultimate celebration. The three-course menu designed just for this dinner is being toured as “a one-of-a-kind culinary celebration of Simbas’s story.” In addition to outstanding food and drink, Guests will be entertained by wildly talented musicians playing a vibrant mix of Africa melodies and live performances of the “The Lion King’s” award-winning soundtrack.
Each dish on the menu follows Simba’s stages of life and is inspired by The Circle of Life: Nants’ Ingonyama. The first course, the I Just Can’t Wait to be King starter, features Young Cedar Creek clam malata, potatoes, pomegranate, and bone marrow finish. The dish was designed keeping the playfulness of Simba’s childhood while he was waiting to become king in mind.
Be Prepared….for the main event! Guests will be able to choose from two entrees including Bone-In Rib eye with hibiscus, nettles, and fregula or Lobster Sosatie with red shrimp, squid, mussels, and fragrant rice. Both entrees are inspired by the eerie elephant boneyard and Simba’s courage to preserve through his trials and tribulations.
Hakuna Matata! It’s time for dessert! The final course, celebrates the balance as Simba matures and discovers what is needed to be a leader. The dessert features caramelized oranges and chocolate choux among some playful foliage.
Guests “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and think back on your “Lion King” dining experience culinary journey with a selection of friandeses and teas – the perfect way to end the night.
The “Lion King” dining experience will be offered in addition to Jiko’s regular menu. The cost is $65 per person plus tax and gratuity. Guests can also add on one of two levels of wine pairing for an additional fee. An end date for the experience is yet to be annoucned.
Will you be trying out the new “Lion King” dining experience coming to Jiko in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge? Let us know in the comments below!
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