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Limited-Time Lion King Dining Experience Coming to Jiko – The Cooking Place at Walt Disney World

We have learned from Disney Parks Blog that Jiko – The Cooking Place will offer a dining experience themed after The Lion King starting on June 30th, 2019.  The experience will feature an exclusive three-course menu that will celebrate Simba’s story.  During the meal, musicians will join in on the fun with vibrant African melodies as well as live performances of the award-winning movie soundtrack.

 

I Just Can’t Wait to be King Starter from The Lion King-themed Menu Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

The menu will feature dishes inspired by The Circle of Life: Nants’ Ingonyama, a story celebrating Simba’s journey through life. Each dish follows Simba as he grows up, highlighting each stage of his life through unique flavors and spices. The meal begins with the “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” starter, which features Young Cedar Creek clam malata, potatoes, pomegranate, and a bone marrow finish.

Be Prepared Entrées from The Lion King-themed Menu Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

The main event is called 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.

Hakuna Matata Dessert from The Lion King-themed Menu Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

The third course is called, Hakuna Matata, which 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.

Friandeses and Tea The Lion King-themed Menu Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Guests get to end the evening with “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” with a selection of friandeses and teas.

Wine and Bread from The Lion King-themed Menu Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

This menu will only be available during the dinner service at Jiko – The Cooking Place, in addition to the regular menu.  The price is $65 per person, tax and gratuity not included.  There will also be an option to add two levels of wine pairings for an additional cost.

What do you all think of this amazing themed menu?

Photo and Source Credit:  Disney Parks Blog

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About Christy Caby

I am a long time Disney addict! This love began as a child and stayed with me in my teen years. I completed the Disney College Program, was engaged and honeymooned at Disney, visited WDW while pregnant with each of our two boys, and have brought our boys since they were babies (they are now 5 and 2).