A brand new limited-time prix fixe dining experience is coming to Jiko — The Cooking Place in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Inspired by The Lion King, this new offering will become available for a limited time starting June 30, 2019.
The three-course menu is “crafted as a one-of-a-kind culinary celebration of Simba’s story.” Live musicians will further set the scene with African melodies and performances of The Lion King soundtrack.
Dishes are inspired by “The Circle of Life: Nants’ Ingonyama,” and will celebrate Simba’s journey through life. Each course will follow Simba through each stage of his life by featuring varied flavors and spices. The “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” starter will feature Young Cedar Creek clam malata, potatoes, pomegranate, and a bone marrow finish.
It’s meant to symbolize “the playfulness of Simba’s joyous childhood and his desire to one day become king.”
“Be Prepared” is the inspiration for the main course. Guests will select either the Bone-In Ribeye with hibiscus, nettles, and fregula or Lobster Sosatie with red shrimp, squid, mussels, and fragrant rice — both “inspired by the eerie elephant boneyard and Simba’s courage to persevere through trials and tribulations.”
And for dessert? “Hakuna Matata!” This dessert — featuring caramelized orange, chocolate choux, and foliage — “celebrates balance as Simba grows up and learns what is truly needed to successfully lead the Pride lands.”
A selection of friandeses and teas will end the meal for “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?”
This limited-time prix fixe menu will be available during the dinner period at Jiko starting June 30th, and please note that this will be in addition to Jiko’s regular menu, and not a replacement. Pricing for the prix fixe meal is $65 per person (tax and gratuity not included), with the option to add your choice of two levels of wine pairings for an additional cost. Interested guests may make an Advance Dining Reservation for Jiko online or by calling (407) WDW-DINE.
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