• On Oct 12, 2016
    Cathy from TX Asked

    When is the best time in May to book a meal at the Saana, my grandson is 3 and loves to look at animals. When would there be more animals for him to see? Thanks

    Welcome back to Disney Parks Moms Panel, Cathy!

    Oh, my, you have stumbled upon one of my family's absolute favorite places at Walt Disney World: Sanaa!

    In fact, we just enjoyed a delicious meal there last week. I booked an 11:30 lunch, and we were so pleased with that time of day for our visit. First, the animals were all so active, as the heat of the day does not settle in until a bit later; several giraffes were also having lunch at that time, so they came oh-so-close to our table. A crane, too, was seemingly fascinated with either his reflection or a guest at the table next to us. His antics kept that whole side of the restaurant entertained for quite awhile. Your grandson will love it!

    At check-in, ask if you can be seated by a window. Because of the early hour, the restaurant may not be crowded, so getting a table in that location may be no trouble at all. (Check out the main picture of the dining room in the Sanaa link above; we sat at that first table for four that you see on the left side, right next to that gorgeously large window. What a treat!)

    While dining, try the Indian-style Bread Service. On the Sanaa lunch menu, you'll see this listed for around $12. However, we opted to pay just $2 more to get ALL of the accompaniments. These arrive arranged by level of heat, so the more timid diners can stick to one end of the dishes and the others can sample them all. Yum!

    Be sure to leave some time either before or after your meal to walk out onto the Savanna Overlook, too. So fun!

    Happy planning, Cathy!

    Andrea H



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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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