• On Sep 11, 2021
    Autumn from AL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello Disney experts! We have a reservation at 8:45 pm at Sanaa, but Animal Kingdom is listed as closing at 7pm. Will we need to enter the park (park hopper) before 7? Also, will there be a bus to take us back to our resort after 9pm? Thank you!

    Jambo, Autumn! It's my pleasure to welcome you to planDisney. Let's chat about one of the most amazing dining experiences on the savanna! 

    Your family will absolutely love dinner at Sanaa. But I'm happy to report that you won't need to worry about entering Disney's Animal Kingdom Park, because Sanaa isn't located in the theme park. You'll actually find Sanaa in Kidani Village at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, the Resort hotel next to the park. Since there's no Disney transportation service directly between Resort hotels, you may be able to take a Disney bus to the theme park and then transfer to another bus headed for Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. You may need to watch the timing here, however, since buses typically will stop running about an hour to 90 minutes after the park closes. I'd check with your Resort hotel concierge to find out what your best option is.

    Returning to your Resort hotel will require a little more creativity, since a bus to Disney's Animal Kingdom Park will likely not be available to transfer. You could hop on a bus at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge to Disney Springs, then transfer to a bus back to your Resort hotel. A much quicker and more direct option would be to use a ride share service like Uber or Lyft, or to call a taxi. A Cast Member at the front desk of Kidani Village can help you arrange a ride with one of these services if you need it.

    Autumn, when you're dining at Sanaa, I have only one recommendation for you: Be sure to order the bread service. Trust me on this one. You won't regret it!

    I hope this helps you enjoy your fabulous meal inspired by the flavors of Africa, Autumn! Thank you so much for stopping by to see us, and please come back again if you have any more questions!

    Keep Disney Dreaming,

    Kathy K.
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Meet the Panelist: Kathy, Florida

I've lived my whole life just an hour's drive from Walt Disney World, so I've been a regular visitor for as long as I can remember. Even after all these years and so many visits, I love that there's still so much to discover! Now that I'm a mom myself, seeing my favorite place through my son's eyes has given me a whole new perspective that I enjoy sharing with other parents of young children. Learn More About Kathy

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