The Disney Parks Blog announced a limited run Lion King inspired dining experience coming to Jiko at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Beginning June 30th, dinner guests can enjoy, “an exclusive three-course menu crafted as a one-of-a-kind culinary celebration of Simba’s story.” The meal will be accompanied by, “Wildly talented musicians will join in on the fun with vibrant African melodies as well as live performances of the award-winning movie soundtrack.”
Per the blog:
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.
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.
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.
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.
The meal is $65 per person and is available in addition to Jiko’s regular menu. To book reservations, call 407 WDW-DINE (407 939-3463) or visit the Walt Disney World Resort website.