It’s been fairly quiet in Disney’s Animal Kingdom as of late… but all that’s about to change! Disney has provided a few glimpses of what will be the new Harambe Market, opening in late May!
Disney shares that the story behind the Market revolves around it serving as a center of commerce and place of welcome for visitors from all around the world who come to the village in order to explore the animals of Africa on the reserve.
While the marketplace will also feature merchandise spots, food will be the focus, featuring four walk-up windows serving African-inspired street food, with seating for over 200 guests. The idea is to wander and find what catches your fancy, though you may find it hard to decide…
Kitamu Grill will be serving up Skewered Chicken as as well as a Kabob Flatbread Sandwich.
Famous Sausages will feature sausage Corn Dogs, with the unique distinction of
being dipped in a curry-infused corn batter.
Chef Mwanga’s will be home to the Spice-rubbed Karubi Rib, served with a green papaya-carrot slaw.
Disney Chef Lenny DeGeorge shares that “the karubi rib is our version of the giant turkey legs served in the Disney theme parks.”
Wanjohi Refreshments will serve plenty of cold beverages including both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. In addition to the Safari Amber Lager, six South African wines will be served by the glass, among other libations. The Starr of Harambe frozen cocktail will feature Starr African Rum blended with mango puree.
With so many new food additions on the way, there could be changes among the offerings at other Animal Kingdom eateries; indeed, one has already taken place. Tamu Tamu Refreshments — also located in the Village of Harambe — previously featured a rotating menu of curry dishes and items like the popular Pulled Beef Sandwich. However, the menu has just changed to focus entirely on desserts including a Chocolate Waffle with Espresso Mousse, Chocolate-covered Espresso Beans, a Mickey Ice Cream Chocolate Cookie Sundae, and a Double Chocolate-Chip Ice Cream Sandwich. Oh, and Pineapple soft-serve (with and without rum), is still up for grabs there, too!
I don’t know about you, but I’m loving what I’m seeing so far! While many changes to Animal Kingdom have been a long time coming — including the upcoming Starbucks and evening spectaculars in addition to the Market — it seems to me that it will all be well worth the wait.
Which of Animal Kingdom’s expansions are you most looking forward to? Please let us know with a comment!