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  • On Jan 4, 2014
    Lindsay from OH Asked

    We will be staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge 7/19/14-7/25/14. So excited! We have 9 yr and 20 mon sons will we be able to dine at Jiko as a family? We are planning to do all 4 parks one day each and a character dinning each day any other suggestions? Thanks

    Hi Lindsay,

    Jiko - The Cooking Place is a great restaurant, one of my favorites in fact. The African-inspired fare there is delicious. Your children will be welcome at this restaurant and there will be other children there; however, it is one of the slightly more upscale dining options at Walt Disney World. We just took our 8-year-old daughter there for the first time. You just might want to be prepared to take your 20-month-old son for a walk if he gets antsy. The restaurant is right near the pool and a playground, as well as some places to look at animals, so if there is an adult who is willing to take him out for a while, that might be a nice break. You could also consider eating at Boma - Flavors of Africa, which is the African-inspired buffet right across from Jiko. Boma offers so many options on the buffet, it is amazing. There are African-inspired dishes as well as a children's section with more traditional American fare. Boma is a slightly more boisterous atmosphere; less fancy dining than Jiko.

    Your plan to do the four different parks on one day each sounds wonderful. I am not sure which character meals you are planning on, but if your sons enjoy them, doing one a day could be really fun. I suggest that you try to see different characters at each meal. A final suggestion - if you have some time in your schedule, take time to explore Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. You will receive a list of activities when you check in.   These activities may include learning to play African drums, hearing African folktales, and of course lots of activities with viewing the animals.

    I would love to help you plan more Lindsay; however, I am limited in the amount of space that I have. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any further questions!  
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I'm a Director at the University of Maryland, wife, and mother. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your trip!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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