Today, I thought I’d invite you to come along for a visit to the serene and scenic Victoria Falls.
Well, OK, I’m not springing for airfare to Africa, but we’re going to the Victoria Falls Lounge, which is pretty nice in and of itself.
This gathering spot, located in Disney World’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, is a great place to meet with friends, enjoy a quiet solo drink, or await your table at nearby Jiko or Boma. I love meeting friends here, and I thought you’d enjoy taking a closer look with me.
One of the coolest things about Victoria Falls is its name and its relationship to the lounge’s location. It’s actually suspended between levels of the hotel, below the main lobby, and yet overlooking Boma. It’s situated very much as a waterfall would be. Cool, eh?
Open iron railings allow light from all sides to pool in, and the stacked columns display colors of the savanna as well as the sunset. I especially love the indirect lighting that peeks up from within the stacked columns.
Tables for two overlook Boma, and are especially great for intimate conversation after the popular buffet restaurant closes for the evening.
Comfortable seating choices come in lots of earth tones and are mixed in style. This is the spot I claimed for a nice catch-up chat with a friend.
We met after I had dined at Boma for dinner and she had enjoyed a light supper. So while we weren’t starving, we were still interested in seeing what Victoria Falls had to offer.
In addition to the standard Disney bar menu, Victoria Falls has a couple of Signature Cocktails. And while the list isn’t extensive, it has its standouts.
I was really happy to see the Victoria Falls Mist back on the menu here! It started out at Victoria Falls, but then fell off the menu for a bit and was only available at Jiko.
As far as noshing is concerned, the food menu is just as slim. Animal Kingdom Lodge has some of the most amazing food at Disney, and Jiko sports an impressive array of delicious flatbreads and appetizers. It would be really nice if they were available here.
There are some interesting options for beer lovers available by the bottle, including some African imports.
Even though I didn’t indulge in one on this visit, I have been known to enjoy a Victoria Falls Mist (or two). This bright-green cooler is a combination of Van der Hum Tangerine Liqueur, fused with Melon and Banana Liqueurs, Sweet-and-Sour, and Sprite.
My friend decided to try the Nyami Nyami. Made with Amarula Cream (the same wonderful liqueur found in the Zebra Domes you enjoy at Boma and Animal Kingdom Lodge’s counter service spot, The Mara) and Banana Liqueur, this was sweet and creamy, like a grown-up milkshake.
A word here about the awesome bartenders. My friend isn’t a huge fan of banana liqueur, and happened to mention that. The bartender cheerfully offered to pull back on the banana and supplement with a little more Amarula. I love when they do that!
As I said earlier, we were both well satisfied by earlier dinners, but we still wanted a bite of something to go with our drinks. (Do you seriously think I would go to any Disney food establishment and NOT order something to nosh on?! You guys know me better than that.) We decided on the Crisp Breads and Dips.
Fans of the breads and hummus at Boma will recognize the assortment immediately. Hummus featuring White Beans, Black Olives, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes are all popular starters on the buffet there.
While I’m not a big fan of the bean spread, my friend is, and she thought they were all fantastic, with pronounced flavors of the different ingredients.
Victoria Falls is a great place to hang out. A beautiful mixture of upscale and rustic (like you’ve just come back to your Lodge from the safari on the savanna), it’s comfortable and conveniently located, and the staff is friendly and accommodating.
If I were to improve anything here, it would be the food offerings. Lounges are some of my favorite spots at Disney World, and much of that is because of the interesting food options. I can seriously make a meal from the incredible food at the Wilderness Lodge’s Territory Lounge. The pork belly at Mizner’s Lounge in the Grand Floridian is crazy good, and the interesting fusion of flavors at the Polynesian’s Tambu Lounge has me planning another visit there soon.
Still, Victoria Falls is a great place to unwind, grab a drink, and people watch. And with amazing food steps away at Boma, Jiko, The Mara, and Sanaa, you won’t go hungry.
Is Victoria Falls a favorite spot for you? Leave a comment below and tell us all about it!