Mom And Daughter; Animal Kingdom
  • On Dec 27, 2008
    Katie from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I'm trying to plan a "date night" for my husband and I during our upcoming visit. We love California Grill, but I'd like to try someplace new. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    When I saw this question I felt like a child in the classroom trying to raise my hand slightly higher than all the other kids, biting my tongue so as not to say "pick me, pick me!  I know the answer!"

    During our most recent trip to WDW my husband and I enjoyed an adults only dinner at Jiko.  It was our first time dining in that particular restaurant though I have eaten in all of the others.  Ever since that experience I can't help but sing the praises of Jiko.  The food was incredibly delicious and so very artfully presented.  The atmosphere is very upscale and sophisticated, with understated African influences inspiring the decor.  We were seated at a table on the upper level (a portion of the dining room is recessed by a few steps) in the perimeter of the room.  At some point after our appetizer we noticed that the lighting that highlights the walls had subtly changed colors.  We asked the server about it and he explained that the effect is supposed to mimic the sunrise/sunset on the African plains.  It was a very unique touch, that really helped to create a relaxing atmosphere.

    I could go on and on about the meals we ordered but I'll spare you.  Suffice it to say, though, that of the appetizers, entrees, and desserts we ordered, not a single member of our party was disappointed. The wine list was equally impressive, offering a wide selection of South African wines.  Overall, our experience at Jiko was second to none and it has since replaced Artist Point as my favorite restaurant in all of WDW.

    I hope you'll give it a try; you won't be sorry!  Enjoy your date night!
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Meet the Panelist: Darcie, Alabama

Given your inclination to plan a magical trip, I can already tell we have a lot in common. I'm Darcie, and my friends would be the first to tell you that Disney trip planning (especially dining!) is my love language. Of course, the vacations my family enjoys today look much different than they did when our kids were little, but while some of our favorite activities have evolved, Disney destinations still top our travel wish lists. Let's work together to plan a downright dreamy vacation for your family! Learn More About Darcie

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