Disney is known for some of it’s amazing food and experiences. During a spring trip to Orlando, Florida I wanted to try a few popular Disney World resort restaurants. Even though we weren’t planning on visiting any of the Disney theme parks I went ahead and booked us a lunch reservation at Sanaa.
Sanaa is located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Kidani Village. It offers a unique dining experience as exotic animals roam the Sunset Savanna outside the restaurant window while you dine on African cooking with Indian influences.
We arrived at the resort a little early so we could walk outside to see the animals before our dining reservation. Because we had a reservation we had no trouble parking at the resort. We briefly explored this beautiful resort before our 1pm reservation. We walked outside to an animal viewing area of the Pembe Savannah where you a knowledgeable cast member greeted us and answered any questions we had about the animals.
We were not seated at a table directly beside a window but still fairly close, under the large tree in the middle of the restaurant. From our table we were able to see the animals that roamed around just outside all of the large windows that line one wall of the restaurant.
Children under the age of 10 order off of the kid’s menu, which was disappointing to our 10 year old who had to order off of the adult menu. However, he did try something new and enjoyed his meal. Actually, all of the kids tried new things. We ordered the Indian-style Bread Service which comes with a selection of 5 different breads and 9 Accompaniments (dips as we told the kids). All of the kids tried different breads and sauces (avoiding the spicier fare).
The kids went fairly simple with their meals and ordered naan cheese pizzas. Jude ordered the Sanaa burger which was topped with spiced mustard and goat cheese. He removed the goat cheese. Joe ordered the Mishkaki which is a Gingered Braai Beef Kabab with Kenyan Mukimo and Braised Greens. I ordered the Potjie Inspired where I got to select my Journey, braised beef and my Harvest, Lentil Dhal (pictured).
All of the kids meals came with a choice of dessert and the 3 younger boys selected the African Shield Dessert which was a shield shaped cookie with icing “paint” that you decorated yourself and also a chocolate cake topped with ice cream.
Because Jude was too old for the kid’s menu we let him order an adult dessert that he and I shared, the African Triple Chocolate Mousse. (pictured) It was delicious!
It was a pricey lunch but the food was excellent and it was an experience we all will remember for a long time. All of the food we had was wonderful, the service was great and the view was spectacular. If you get the chance, I highly recommend making the trek to Animal Kingdom Lodge – Kidani Village just to eat at Sanaa.