This summer will mark the 25th anniversary of the Disney animated hit, The Lion King. (A live action remake will also hit theaters this summer in July!) To celebrate the big occasion, Disney World is hosting several extra offerings around Animal Kingdom this summer. New scenes will be added to the Tree of Life Awakenings projections show, and the Hakuna Matata Dance Party has already debuted in Discovery Island. But today, Disney has announced yet another way you can celebrate the tale of Simba. Jiko - The Cooking Place is a signature restaurant at Animal Kingdom Lodge and for a limited time, offer a special prix-fixe menu paired with some live entertainment inspired by the film!
Starting June 30, you’ll be able to partake in an exclusive three-course menu crafted as a one-of-a-kind culinary celebration of Simba’s story. As the dinner progresses, wildly talented musicians will join in on the fun with vibrant African melodies as well as live performances of the award-winning movie soundtrack.
The menu will feature dishes inspired by The Circle of Life: Nants’ Ingonyama, a story celebrating Simba’s journey through life. Each dish follows our lion prince as he grows up, highlighting each stage of his life through unique flavors and spices. 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.
This special Lion King themed dining experience will begin on June 30th, 2019. It will be priced at $65 per person plus tax and gratuity. The regular menu will continue to be offered at this restaurant throughout the summer. For those on the Disney Dining Plan, Jiko is a signature restaurant and requires 2 table service meal credits. To make reservations, click here.