Giraffes at Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • On Oct 24, 2017
    Sharon from MA Asked

    hi, we are staying at the kidani village the weekend of January 12-16.. Just 4 ladies celebrating the 80th birthday of my mum who is very with it!!! any suggestions of an incredible weekend, like dinner/food restaurants ,events to see, what not to miss?

    Hi Sharon,

    What a fun and special weekend you are planning! Be sure to get your mum a Happy Birthday button, available at Guest Relations at all 4 theme parks as well as many other locations throughout Walt Disney World. Sometimes, a little extra pixie dust, like a free birthday cupcake, gets sprinkled on the wearer of one of these buttons. Even if not, it will be really fun to hear everyone wishing your mum a happy birthday!

    Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village is a great home base for this celebration. The resort is beautiful, with amazing decor. Be sure to take some time to enjoy the resort, and to check out the Recreation Guide for activities. You mention looking for special dinners, and I think that Sanaa, located right at this resort, is a wonderful restaurant. You can enjoy delicious Indian and African flavors while gazing at animals on the savanna! Right next door, at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, Jiko - The Cooking Place is another of my favorite restaurants at Walt Disney World. This upscale dining location offers African cooking, as well as an extensive list of African wines!

    As for events, you will be at Walt Disney World for the opening of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts. This festival will offer great food, art, and entertainment! Also, I suggest that you check out the special events and tours page to see if any of these are intriguing for your group.

    I hope that these thoughts are helpful for you, Sharon!
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