Sanaa Lounge, Kidani Village Resort / Animal Kingdom Lodge, Walt Disney World
Bread Service, 5 Traditional Naan Bread with 3 dips (cucumber raita – yogurt and cucumber, mango chutney, and hummus) & Samosas – Spiced Peas and Potato in a bread dough with tamarind sauce, mango chutney and shredded vegetables
We love ordering the bread service at Sanaa, it is one of the most popular things on their menu. We usually order all traditional naan bread, but they offer 5 different ones (I believe one of them is very spicy) and if you do not specify which ones, they bring out one of each. You get to choose your dips as well, we choose three of the most mild ones they have, each of the ones we get are delicious.
The lounge at Sanaa is small, they don’t take reservations in the lounge – which is good because most of the time you need a reservation for the restaurant, but here you can come in and get service as long as you can catch a table. There is some seating at the bar, then two 4 top half booths, and a long table – I think an 8 top. Good news, you can order anything off Sanaa’s full menu at the lounge, and they also have special appetizers like the Samosas available here as well.
We ordered a Biryani with Shrimp to share, it was so good. I’ve ordered it before and loved it.
They have great coffee and have a full bar, plus some specialty drinks only found at this restaurant. For anyone who likes adventurous eating, you definitely should try Sanaa. It is one of our favorite places at Disney.
We haven’t been to Art of Animation Resort before, many people have raved about resort and the food court, so we thought it might be worth trying. While the resort seems nice, the lobby has interesting artwork and is bright and colorful, it still has the feel of a busy budget resort. The lobby bathrooms and floors near the restrooms seemed dirtier than most Disney restrooms. The toilet paper they have in the restrooms is practically see through, the thinnest one ply paper I’ve ever seen.
While I had originally had high hopes for the Landscape of Flavor Food Court, sadly, I ended up feeling ill after eating here. It was obviously the food, as I hadn’t eaten earlier in the day, and my husband also got sick as well. He said it was top 10 of all time getting sick from food. That’s bad.
I ordered a Chicken Burger with a side of cole slaw and Caesar salad and a soft drink. My husband ordered a Veggie Burger with salad and a soft drink and he ended up getting more sick than me. Nothing smelled or tasted off, it looked okay, just right after eating we both started getting intestinal distress, which is a tell tale sign of food poisoning/bacteria. I ate about half of my burger. I was a little bit concerned about ordering cole slaw, since cole slaw is one of those things that needs to be really fresh, but it looked ok. And the salad was premixed with dressing on it, not really the most ideal set up, I would have preferred to have lettuce separately and add a packet of dressing myself.
They had a lot of different food options at the food court: a pasta counter, a sandwich counter, a dessert section, a smoothie bar, gelato, etc. but we won’t be going back. I wouldn’t want to risk getting sick again.
I’m sure hundreds of people eat here daily, but I couldn’t honestly recommend this food court to anyone after my own experience.
- A 20% discount offered on food and beverage, including alcohol, at over 100 participating restaurants at the Walt Disney World® Resort (discount is valid for a party of up to 10 Guests including the member).
- Complimentary Resort Valet and Theme Park parking for dining purposes.
Looking for healthier alternatives at Walt Disney World? You can usually find salmon on the menu at most places. At Artist Point a dish like this (below) will run about $40. Unfortunately, the side dish here changes with the seasons, and the bed of greens/arugula wasn’t a great choice for a $40 dinner. Looking back now, we should have asked for an alternative side dish, and I’m sure they would have given a choice of something else.
This meal is from Columbia Harbor House and is about $13, for the price, it’s pretty decent. You can ask for double broccoli if you do not want the couscous, get your extra dose of vitamins!
The salmon from Sunshines Seasons, is also priced about $13, it comes with green beans. The sauce is made from tomato and onion and it went well with the salmon. You could choose to get plain if you prefer. Overall, this was a really nice quick service meal.
This last example is from ABC Commissary. The portion seems a little small on the fish, but the whole salad was filling. I wasn’t hungry after eating the whole thing. Fish was nicely done for quick service. The dressing was a little too tangy. This one cost about $12. As with all Disney menus, you may find they change the menu and switch up the dish. At ABC Commissary they now have an Asian salad with choice of protein, so it’s going to look different than this one here.
(from my disneyforaday.wordpress.com blog)
I recommend trying the quick service meals, as they are portioned decently and priced a lot lower than the table service meals. While they may not be gourmet – they certainly are better than average fried junk food.
We just tried Morimoto Asia and I wanted to do a short review.
Atmosphere. While the place was nice and new, I liked some aspects of the modern design, but not others. There is an industrial feel to it that makes me feel uncomfortable. We had to dine in the bar area because it was too late for regular dinner. Their bar area isn’t designed well, most of the seating is on small hard wood stools around small high top tables, the stool was uncomfortable and slightly unstable, considering they just opened the restaurant in the last couple months, those chairs shouldn’t feel rickety. The late night menu consisted of sushi and appetizers mostly.
Prices. Some of the pricing is downright shocking. There are things on the menu for crazy/stupid high prices. Alcohol was definitely overpriced. This is not a place I would want to go to order sushi dinner and sake. A three ounce pour of sake was $12?! Most house sake is usually in the $10 for about 8 ounces. So at that price $12 for 3 ounces which is $4/ounce, 8 ounces would be comparable to $32. That is just outright ridiculous. We can easily go through 4 (10 oz.) bottles of sake at dinner with friends, so at a reasonable place also on Disney property that would be $40 (and our local place only charges $7.50 per 8 ounce carafe), at Morimoto Asia that would be $128 equivalently. They are pricing their sake like it’s hard liquor. No thanks. We asked if there was a house sake, and the waitress said that was the house brand. In other words, I won’t be having sake with sushi here, and that is pretty lame.
Food. Chicken Dumplings – skip it, for $10 for 4 dumplings, it wasn’t worth it. I’d guess it was the same for the pork or vegetable dumplings as well. The dipping sauce was tangy, I think it was a combination of soy sauce and rice wine vinegar. These dumplings seemed like what I can buy at my local Asian Grocery, which I have made at home in a steamer basket at had similar results. I was hoping these would have been something more special. We like the chicken potstickers at Nine Dragons in Epcot better.
The sushi, I would recommend trying a roll or two, they were good. Portion was small-ish, about 6 pieces on most, some were 5 like the Soft Shell Crab roll. Overall the sushi tasted good, fresh. The wasabi seemed stronger than most places. They offer tempura crunch for a $2 up-charge, and they do offer white or brown rice for the roll. We stuck with white. I think I’ll probably go to Tokyo Dining instead since their sushi is just as good, cheaper, and their sake is also better priced. (Plus Epcot has fireworks at night, so that is a bonus.)
Service. Although eager to please, the service was not top notch. There were a lot of mistakes made. Lack of communication or common sense being the main source of all of the problems. Mistakes with sushi presentation, separate orders were just plated all together. Despite the lack of customers at this late hour, our service seemed extremely slow. Our bills were also made out incorrectly, it took 3 times to straighten it out and each time took about 5-10 minutes, and I’m not even sure if the first two tickets were voided properly. I’m going to have to check our credit card, which is a hassle. When a customer has to go through such hassle to get a bill corrected multiple times something isn’t right.
Overall. I would go back again to try a regular dinner service, however I’m my expectations have been considerably lowered, and my overall excitement about eating here is gone. Curiosity satisfied.
February 25, 2016
I had gotten a reservation for the DVC 25th Anniversary Party back at the beginning of February by calling Member Services. Luckily there was still space available at the time and I didn’t have any trouble. Although there was no fee for this event, space was limited.
Event check-in was simple, a section at the front gate was dedicated the Event entry, where they check your credentials and provide each attendee with a special wrist band. Event programs were provided as well, the program just outlined where the character meet and greets were and where the refreshment stands were set up, the location of the dance party, and which rides would be open. Party was scheduled to start at 9:30. Magic Kingdom officially closed at 9:00 pm to regular theme park guests. DVC attendees and their guests could enter as early as 7:00 pm and enjoy the whole park before the party started. Once the party started, Adventureland and Frontierland would be closed.
Magic Kingdom was crowded during the regular park hours, which is completely normal. We headed over to Adventureland, but stopped to watch the Castle projections for 5 minutes, then kept walking towards Pecos Bill’s. I was interested in trying something off the new menu, but the lines at Pecos Bill’s were really long; 4 registers open, but still at least 8 people deep at each line. No thanks. Decided to go to Columbia Harbor House instead. Got there, a few people blocking the entrance just trying to figure out if they were eating there or not, and asking the cast member at the door if they needed a reservation (internal monologue – “pfft, reservations, what are you talking about?!”). WDW must be confusing for newbies. Evasively walked past so they didn’t get in front of me and got in line. I’m grumpy when I’m hungry.
Ordered a Tuna Sandwich with Broccoli – yay! Was excited not to eat fries. Ordered a Clam Chowder to share, husband ordered the Salmon dinner. Went upstairs and got a table in the front section that overlooks Liberty Square. I had to eat very slowly as I have been dealing with tooth pain. Seemed like everyone around was wearing DVC party wrist bands.
Around 9:00 we headed right for The Haunted Mansion, to our surprise the line was already halfway through the graveyard section – this is much longer than we are used to, usually late at night the line is so short. Once we were actually the only two people in the stretching room – that was amazing, I’m going to remember that the rest of my life. We decided to just wait, we got in after 5-6 cycles, seemed like 15-20 minutes. When we left, we headed towards Fantasyland to see what was going on. The lines were long at Peter Pan…
There were some tables set up near the Carousel with loads of people crowding them, these were the refreshment tables and I couldn’t really get a good look at them.
We decided to walk further, we had just ate anyways, and we saw Prince John, Robin Hood, and Friar Tuck! These characters are pretty rare, I have never seen them in the parks before, and we really love that movie, so we got in line. We had to wait about 35 minutes, they had to take a short watering break for about 5 minutes. Overall it wasn’t that bad of a wait, they were really cute. I didn’t get to interact much, just get in place and smile for the camera and done. But, it was fun to watch them. Friar Tuck had been blessing people and making the sign of the cross. Prince John was kissing some hands.
Next, we walked over to the Be Our Guest area, more refreshment tables with no waiting. There were three kinds of potato chips, Baked Lays, Classic Lays, Miss Vickie’s BBQ Kettle Chips, chocolate chip and sugar cookies. Lemonade and Zephyrhills Water to drink. We helped ourselves to some Baked Lays and drinks and sat down. All the while just thinking about how incredibly cool this was to be there, all these people were DVC members (or guest of DVC members), wow. The weather was a little nippy but not too cold that it was causing any discomfort, we had enough layers on to keep warm.
We wanted to keep walking around and see what else was going on. We headed towards Gaston’s and saw an ice cream cart and the cast member was giving out FREE ice cream?! What?! We walked up to see if that was indeed the case, and sure enough, Free Mickey Bars, Mickey Ice Cream Sandwiches, Mango and/or Strawberry bars! Wow. We excitedly asked for two Mickey Bars and then found a nice spot near Ariel’s ride to eat them. Nearby a castmember was giving out DVC 25th Anniversary buttons, so we each got a button, a nice keepsake to add to my button collection.
We then walked towards the Circus area, and saw there were a couple characters, which happened to be Darkwing Duck and Launchpad. Pretty neat, haven’t seen either one of them before in person. We still hadn’t seen the dance party, so we went over to Tomorrowland where the DJ was, and to my surprise I saw Mickey, Minnie, Pluto and Goofy! All of them together, that was cool. I took a little video of them dancing.
Over towards Buzz Lightyear’s ride, we spotted Beymax! The line wasn’t very long here. He was so cute, especially when he was walking, he was taking such tiny steps, it was adorable.
We went back around through the center hub and went back to Haunted Mansion and saw the Cadaver Dans! Didn’t even know about them at all! I have never seen them before. When I got home I did some research and found out they only perform during the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, and they roam around, which is probably why we have never seen them before. Definitely worth watching. Was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen at WDW.
We had a little time left before the fireworks at 11:30 pm, so we headed over to the center hub to pick a spot. As you can imagine, although it was still crowded when everyone gathered at the hub, it was a tiny fraction of the amount of people on any given day. We got a really close spot, the closest we’ve ever been! Check out the video of the fireworks here:
After the fireworks there was about 20 minutes left, we headed back to Haunted Mansion, grabbed an ice cream at the nearby cart and wandered around, while we were near the Seven Dwarf Mine Train, I had the urge to get in line, never been on it before! I had to ride solo, since my husband doesn’t like fast rides, plus since neither of us had ridden it, we didn’t know what to expect. So, I would be the one to test it out. With two minutes to midnight, I got in line and in less than 15 minutes got onto the ride. The line queue was really cool, loved the gems. The line queue itself was LONG, REALLY LONG. The ride itself only takes about 2 minutes, and it goes fast – slow – fast – slow. It’s kind of like Big Thunder Mountain, not really scary. I did manage to get video of the ride, but it was so dark you can’t really tell what is going on. It was fun, I got off the ride with a smile on my face. The guy in front of me in the car said that this was his 5th time riding it.
It was an incredible night, my feet are still killing me, we walked a lot, but had a lot of fun. Best part is there will be another party next week, we’re bringing two of our friends, I hope they have a fun time. I’m also curious if the characters will be the same or if they will be different? We’ll see.
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The Golden Spoon phenomenon was started by BirdsofPreyDave over on the Disboards forum. He created a full list of Walt Disney World Restaurants where you can eat at, he also added the Epcot Food & Wine and Flower & Garden Booths (if you are so inclined to check those off your list). The “Golden Spoon” is the proverbial achievement for someone who has indeed eaten at every place listed.
This is THE Food Quest for Disney Fans.
I just checked my progress yesterday and took notes of where I’m at.
I’ve eaten at 158 out of 270 restaurants at Walt Disney World (59%)
I’ve eaten at 48 out of 100 quick service/counter service restaurants at Walt Disney World (48%)
I’ve eaten at 53 out of 73 table-service restaurants at Walt Disney World (73%)
I’ve eaten at 8 out of 20 signature restaurants at Walt Disney World (40%)
I’ve eaten at 2 out of 3 dinner show restaurants at Walt Disney World (67%)
I’ve eaten at 0 out of 4 dessert parties at Walt Disney World (0%)
To find out how far you fare, go to the website below and fill our your own check list for your result. If you would like to post your complete results, there is a code generator for the forum, or a simple text version (like mine above) which you can post on your Facebook.
Just a couple photos to get you motivated!
Just wanted to share one of my favorite photos of The Pinocchio Village Haus, it’s really pretty at night. The restaurant is a quick service spot that often gets incredibly busy during the day. They serve a few different hot meals, like flatbreads, chicken parm and chicken alfredo. It is a limited menu, but Columbia Harbor House is a short walk away and they have more variety. I think that Pinocchio Village Haus is probably more geared towards the families with little ones since it’s located smack dab in Fantasyland, near Peter Pan and Elsa and Anna – so when a kid has a melt down it’s the closest place to eat.
During busy hours, they have to have a cast member there to direct people to tables, or to prevent non-dining guests from occupying the seating area. But at night, this place closes kinda early and it is empty.
Be sure to look inside the restaurant there are Pinocchio themed murals along the walls, which are very cute.
Many times we’ve grabbed an ice cream cone from Storybook Treats, and head back over to the outdoor patio and sit down and eat while enjoying the view.
This place is great for a quick dessert, they serve brownie or cookie sundaes, or just regular cones. It’s just a walk-up place with a few ordering windows, most of their desserts are about $5. During Halloween they do Candy Corn ice cream!
For quick service food, we will usually eat over at The Columbia Harbor House, sometimes Pecos Bill’s or Cosmic Ray’s. But, one of the things I love about Walt Disney World is trying everything!
Top row (left to right)
Macadamia Nut Cookie, Giraffe Orange Marmalade Cupcake, Oatmeal Cookie, Sugar Cookie, Zebra Chocolate Butterfinger Cupcake, Chocolate Chip Cookie
Middle row (left to right)
Candy Bar Brownie, Blueberry Muffin, Peanut Butter Brownie, Double Chocolate Chip Muffin, Candy Bar Brownie, Chocolate Chip Muffin
Bottom row (left to right)
Turnovers, Anna and Elsa Cupcakes (2 columns), Croissants (2 columns), Banana Nut Bread
The Mara is located in Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House. It’s on the bottom floor of the hotel, located near the pool. The Mara serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, plus baked goods and refrigerated foods. It’s basically a small food court, you can order hot food or get pre-made items, snacks, drinks, etc. This is also where you can get the infamous Zebra Domes dessert, a must!