Disney’s Animal Kingdom just celebrated their 20th anniversary with fun fanfare, but now they’re celebrating a popular Disney movie that preceded the park’s opening! Disney’s The Lion King is celebrating 25 years this year. In fact, parts of this movie were animated at Disney’s Hollywood Studios when it was still a working animation studio.
The celebration is called Circle of Flavors: Harambe at Night, and it will be a family-friendly progressive dining experience with cuisine inspired by African cuisine. There will be plenty of sights, sounds, and flavors of Africa and The Lion King.
Guests will start at the Wildlife Express Train Station where they will find light hor d’oeuvres, snacks and beverages both alcoholic and non-alcoholic plus festive acoustic music.
Then you’ll board the Wildlife Express Train and head to Rafiki’s Planet Watch, which closed temporarily for some magical enhancements. Circle of Flavors participants will be among the first to see the refurbished area. Upon arrival, you’ll get to meet Timon and Rafiki and participate in fun, interactive activities for all ages. You’ll also be treated to more tapas-style dining and drinks.
After visiting Rafiki’s Planet Watch, you’ll hop back on the Wildlife Express Train to Harambe Village for the main event. Once back in Harambe, you’ll enjoy the main entrees, which are said to be sweet and savory dishes paired with unique beverages.
Throughout the event, guests will learn about the Big Five game animals including the African elephant, the rhinoceros, the Cape buffalo, the leopard, and the lion, their importance, and the challenges they face in the wild and how Disney is working to protect them.
The first Circle of Flavors: Harambe at Night event will be on July 24th. Tickets are $125 for adults and $99 for children ages 3 to 9 plus separate park admission. Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members could start booking on April 2nd, and regular Advanced Dining Reservations opened to the public on April 3rd. There is limited capacity for this hard ticket event, so don’t wait to reserve your spot!
Will you check out the Circle of Flavors in Harambe Village?