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Disney’s Animal Kingdom is quickly moving up and ranking right with Epcot as my favorite places to “graze” around the park taking advantage of all of the unique and delicious food offerings. One of my favorite places to grab a snack or meal is the Harambe Market located just outside the main village of Harambe in the Africa section of the park. Here are 8 things I think you’ll love about Harambe Market:
8. Drink Menu
If you are looking for adult refreshment, Harambe Market is a great spot to visit. Several beer selections include Safari Amber Lager, Reef Donkey APA Draft and Tusker Lager—sure to satisfy fans of international beer selections. A Red Sangria is also offered along with a Leopard’s Eye cocktail (Snow Leopard Vodka with Kiwi and Mango flavored Bibo). Nice options for an afternoon or early evening break.
7. Mobile Order Option
My new favorite Disney food related thing is mobile ordering. It is starting to catch on more now that the option to use your Dining Plan credits is available, but it is still a big time saver over waiting in line. Harambe Market offers mobile ordering which is a great time saver. There are 2 things I love about it. Number 1, you can sit down, look through the menu and carefully order your choices rather than standing in the order queue reading the menu board and trying to decide with your family. Number 2, you could order while you are on your way to Harambe Market so that your food will be ready even faster. Exit your Kilimanjaro Safari truck and log in to your app to begin your mobile order as you walk over to Harambe Market (just watch where you are going!).
6. The Entrée Menu
As I said, Animal Kingdom is right up there with Epcot for my favorite places to find unique & delicious quick service food. And Harambe Market is one shining example. Serving lunch & dinner you can find great dishes like Tikka Masala Chicken, a Grilled Vegetable Stack, Beef & Lamb Gyro Flatbread, and other choices that feature African spices and sides. Granted, it may not be the best for picky eaters, but there is a Corn Dog on the Kids’ menu and you can always bring something from another park location (or home) in to the area to eat with the others in your party who enjoy the more adventurous flavors.
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5. The Train
The Harambe Market is adjacent to the former entrance of Rafiki’s Planet Watch. The Wildlife Express Train that took guests to and from Africa to Rafiki’s used to run right by the Market which was always a great thing for kids to see during their meal break. If you sit near the back of the Market you can see the railroad tracks are still there. In the future, Disney says they will reopen the Rafiki’s Planet Watch area (possibly with a new name) after an extensive refurbishment.
4. Warm Malva Spice Cake
This is the one dessert item listed on the Harambe Market Menu, but it can definitely stand on its own. The Warm Malva Spice cake is a South African dessert known as a pudding there. It is what we think of as a cake, but a very dense & moist version. It is spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg and topped with orange crème sauce. Yummm… pair this with a beverage and it makes a perfect afternoon pit stop to refuel, or after dinner dessert.
3. The Seating
All of Harambe Market’s seating is outdoors, but it does offer some covering to shield you from the sun and weather. The nice thing is that there seems to be ample seating here for diners, except maybe at very peak mealtimes at busier times of year. And I love the way they’ve put together the mis-matched chairs & tables to create the sense of place. Harambe Market only serves lunch & dinner, but I find it a wonderful place to stop for a morning break with some snacks we pack or with something we pick up at the fruit stand in the village. Nice and quiet with plenty of ambiance.
2. The Frozen Flamingo
I am always on the search for delicious non-alcoholic beverages. I like fruity & frozen most of the time. In Harambe Market I’ve found a favorite in the Frozen Flamingo (it also helps that I think of the Flamingo as my Spirit Animal). The Frozen Flamingo is a mix of Strawberry and Passion Fruit . . . and so good! If that doesn’t sound like your thing, the Harambe Market has a couple of other non-alcoholic specialty beverages. You can get Bibo which is a kiwi and mango juice drink or Sparletta Sparberry which is a raspberry Cream Soda.
1. The Atmosphere
While the Harambe Market is in essence an outdoor food court, the design details are what make it a really fantastic place to take a break or have a meal. I mentioned the seating which resembles what you would expect to find in an outdoor market in Africa. The train that goes by adds a lot to the atmosphere. And in front of the tracks is a stage or boarding area filled with goods and equipment for folks traveling. Throughout the market the worn down walls are filled with fliers and art work—here is where you will find the Instagram Famous “You Are Most Beautiful” wall. But everywhere you look is some detail that adds to the authenticity of place for the Harambe Market.
Do you enjoy the Harambe Market? What is your favorite thing about it?