Try all three courses, with the last being the most beautiful, the Hakuna Matata course (Photo: Disney Parks Blog)

2019 is the year of The Lion King! From the celebration of the film’s 25th anniversary to the premiere of its remake in July, the iconic Disney film is on everyone’s minds these days. In fact, The Lion King is even inspiring an all-new limited-time prix fixe dining experience at Jiko -- The Cooking Place!

Jiko -- The Cooking Place is located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and specializes in traditional African cuisine and wines. Starting on Sunday, June 30, 2019, guests will be able to celebrate the circle of life with an exclusive three-course menu. Along with the delicious dinner telling the culinary tale of Simba’s story, musicians will join in on the celebration with vibrant African melodies and live performances of the movie’s soundtrack!

The prix fixe menu features an array of dishes inspired by The Circle of Life: Nants’ Ingonyama, a story celebrating Simba’s path through his life. The lion prince is represented through each dish as he grows up. Your meal begins with the “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” starter. This dish features Young Cedar Creek clam malata, potatoes, pomegranate, and abone marrow finish. The starter symbolizes Simba’s playfulness in childhood and his longing to be king someday.

For the second course, guests can choose between two entree selections. The first is a Bone-In Ribeye with hibiscus, fregula, and nettles. The second is Lobster Sosatie with fragrant rice, mussels, shrimp, and squid. These two dishes are inspired by the iconic elephant boneyard and Simba’s courage to continue on through his many trials and tribulations.

The third course will leave you with no worries! This colorful dessert features caramelized orange, chocolate choux, and playful foliage. The best part of the dessert is the picture of Simba, Pumba, and Timon walking across the log, just like in the film. This dessert is inspired by the Hakuna Matata sequence and celebrates the balance that Simba finds as he grows up and realizes what is truly needed to successfully lead the Pride.

Additional evening offerings include “Can You Feel The Love Tonight?” which allows you to reflect on your dining journey with cute, lion-shaped treats and a selection of teas and wines.

This special prix fixe menu will only be available during dinner time at Jiko -- The Cooking Place. Starting on Sunday, June 30, 2019 this menu will be offered in addition to Jiko’s current dinner offerings. Pricing for this meal is $65 per person before taxes and gratuity. Guests will also have the ability to add their choice of two levels of wine pairings for an additional fee. Ready to book your reservation? For more information, call 407-WDW-DINE!