Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Feb 28, 2011
    Miranda from NS Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    HI Moms Panel! LESS THAN TWO WEEKS! I booked us to eat at Jiko the first night we arrive (We're staying at PO-R). I'm beginning to question myself, is it a good restaurant to go to? It looks quite dark inside. Also can you see the animals from inside? Thx.

    Hi Miranda! Jiko is a fantastic restaurant, and a meal there would definitely be a special way to kick off your Disney World vacation! It is an upscale restaurant with uniquely flavored gourmet food. My husband and I dined at Jiko with another couple earlier in the year, and our meal was exquisite. It was easily the best meal of our vacation, even beating out the California Grill, which is one of our longtime favorites! We loved the flatbread appetizers, the flavorful soups, the Taste of Africa sampler of dips and spreads, and the delicious short ribs entree. Although you can't see the animals from Jiko, you can stroll out to the savanna before or after your meal to view them. (Night-vision goggles are even available for you to use when it's dark!)

    A meal at Jiko is a fine dining experience, and the restaurant is fairly dark and quiet. Service can be very leisurely, and in my experience, a meal there can take several hours. If this kind of leisurely, upscale meal is what you had in mind for your first night, you're going to love Jiko. If not, you might want to consider a different restaurant. If you want to view animals while you eat, consider Sanaa, also in the Animal Kingdom Lodge. If you want a bustling atmosphere and a quicker meal, consider the popular and tasty buffet at Boma. If you want to dine at a restaurant closer to the Port Orleans Riverside, Downtown Disney is a pleasant boat ride away and has lots of dining options. My family always enjoys the wood-fired pizzas at the Wolfgang Puck Cafe at Downtown Disney.

    Hope this helps! Come visit us again at the Moms Panel if you have more questions! We're happy to help! 
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Meet the Panelist: Amanda, North Carolina

I'm a busy mom of two from North Carolina who loves to find ways to stretch a Disney Dollar so that I can enjoy the luxury of Disney's deluxe resorts and fine dining. Learn More About Amanda

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