Sanaa; A Savannah Dining Experience

The Sanaa Restaurant located in the Kidani Village of the Disney Animal Kingdom Villas, is definitely a welcomed change of pace from your Disney adventures. Sanaa serves both lunch and dinner and is a pleasure that is missed by many but was enjoyed by my family at our last visit to Walt Disney World.

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Having planned our reservation to Sanaa on a day we were exploring the Animal Kingdom, we caught a bus to the Kidani Village from the Animal Kingdom Villas bus stop. The Kidani Village lobby is beautiful with a glass back wall, giving you a full view of the Savannah. The restaurant is found down the staircase in back of the lobby, and once there you feel as though you have arrived at an African Game Reserve: gazing upon giraffes, zebras, ostrich, kudu, and gazelles. After checking in for your reservation, walk out onto the deck. This view should never be passed up. It’s amazing to see the animals so close. You and your will family quickly get immersed in the wonder and magic of Disney and forget for a moment that you are still in Walt Disney World!

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I always encourage guests to talk to the Cast Members they meet, as you will hear fascinating stories of far away places and cultures. We met a special Cast Member, Bulelani, from South Africa, and he shared with us the many facts and stories about giraffes. We hung on his every word and really enjoyed talking to him! Did you know that giraffes in their native habitat sleep only 30 minutes a day? They take very short naps because of the constant danger of predators. We saw a giraffe lying down, and he told us you would never see that in the wild. So fascinating! Bulelani continued to entertain us by talking about his home, and we were amazed that there are 11 official languages in South Africa.

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Our adventure continued as our name was called and another wonderful Cast Member sat us at our table. Amee was from Botswana, and she told us that is was very hot in Botswana but that Florida was way too humid for her – she could hardly breathe!

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The menu at Sanaa is a fusion of African and Indian – the best of both worlds! They did include a Bison Burger on the menu in case your tastes were more traditional. The entrees were delicious, but the desserts could not be beat in display or taste! I had the Tanzanian Chocolate Mouse (my mouth waters just thinking about it today!). Everything on my plate was made of chocolate – including the butterfly and the writing on the plate! At this point, I became a little selfish, and would not share with anyone, no matter how much the begged; it was way too good!

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After the enjoying your meal, don’t let the adventure stop – be sure to explore the Resort! One place to stop is The Library. As you enter the lobby from the stairway, walk down the hall on your left… you will find a sign for the Library. We actually thought we were going to a Library (we are readers). However, we found a beautiful sitting room with an outdoor porch where you can sit in rocking chairs and enjoy the Savannah View.

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With the beauty of this Resort and the tremendous views, you can understand how easy it would be to get lost in the moment and feel as if you had been transported to the exotic continent of Africa! It was a perfect ending to our visit to the Kidani Village. Don’t you think it is time for you to enjoy Disney’s Animal Kingdom?

sylvia@travelwiththemagic.com

Dessert Wishes

Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party

Who doesn’t like dessert?  And who doesn’t love a great fireworks show?  Combine the two and you have the Tomorrowland Terrace Fireworks Dessert Party held most nights in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.  I’ve had the pleasure of being able to experience this for myself and really enjoyed it!

 The dessert party starts roughly one hour before the nightly showing of Wishes.  You check in at Tomorrowland Terrace where you receive a wristband and then are shown to your reserved table

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You are then free to hit up the buffet which is filled with just about every kind of dessert you can think of.  Here is just a sampling of what they have to offer

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It was all good, but my favorites were the chocolate covered strawberries and the pistacio crème brulee!  While enjoying our goodies, we were able to relax and watch the castle as it changed colors throughout the evening

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Before long it was time for Wishes to begin.  Watching the fireworks from this location makes them appear to be off to the side of the castle instead of directly behind it like they do when watching from Main Street

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 But the trade off of being able to relax and watch with an unobstructed view, from the comfort of your own table, without hundreds of people surrounding you, is well worth it.  Not to mention, one of the best part of viewing from this location is that you are able to see Tinkerbell fly directly over you!

 Advanced reservations for the dessert party are strongly recommended.  Cost varies between $21.99-$25.99 plus tax per adult and $11.99-$13.99 plus tax per child.  Prepayment is required at the time of booking.  The dining plan is not accepted and theme park admission is also required.

 Would you like help planning your family’s trip to Walt Disney World?  I’d love to be your travel agent.  It doesn’t cost any extra to book your vacation through me and all of my planning services are free!  Drop me an email at michelle@travelwiththemagic.com or check me out on facebook and let’s get started!