Even the giraffes peeking through the floor to ceiling domed windows will be eyeing your food enviously at Sanaa, where Africa meets India to create lavish and aromatic dishes sure to please even the most tepid traveler. Sanaa integrates all the flavors you’ll find at the Animal Kingdom into one. From the far Eastern borders of Mongolia in Asia, to the southern tip of Botswana in Africa, the merging of spices produces a feast imbued with each culture. Dining at Sanaa with kids is sure to be one of your family’s favorite experiences during your Walt Disney World trip!
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3701 W Osceola Pkwy
Kissimmee, FL 34747
Walt Disney World, Florida
Animal Kingdom Lodge | Kidani Village
Phone: (407) 827-8709
Hours: Breakfast 7 – 10a | 11:30a – 3p | Dinner 5p – 9:30p
Price Range: Adults $19 – $34 | Kids $10 – $13
Disney Dining Plan Accepted
Rarely does Animal Kingdom get it wrong, and the vibrant and dynamic Sanaa is no exception. At Sanaa, the colorful restaurant incorporates all the spirited colors that represent Africa: Red for the ancestry of the African noble blood; Black for the people and Green for the grasslands that span as far as the eye can see. The colors continue through the ceiling weaving a jungle tapestry resembling an acacia tree with lights that are shaped like gourds.
The dome shaped windows offer a crisp view of the surrounding savanna and compliment the bold colors of the restaurant. Animal Kingdom is home to over 30 different species of animals that Walt Disney World has created a habitat for, including gazelles, zebras and ostriches.
During your meal at Sanaa with kids you will be privy to observing the animals grazing outside your window as if you aren’t anything to be bothered about and nothing could be more natural. The children loved interrupting their meal to run up to the window and watch in awe as the animals meandered about. Occasionally they would make eye contact and become giddy with wonderment. The assimilation of blended environments is accomplished seamlessly.
Our dinner here was spent with friends, self proclaimed picky eaters, and they enjoyed every last bite that was offered to them. We gorged ourselves on the Indian Bread Service, offered with a wide array of eclectic relish including chutney and and hummus. From lamb sewers to dishes we aren’t sure how to pronounce, we savored our experience here and enjoyed the time spent with friends, wildlife and delicious food.
*Sanaa has changed their menu since we visited, so we are not entirely sure what we ordered. I remember a chicken sandwich, the bread service, and platters piled high with meat. I do know unequivocally that we loved all of it. In fact, we have immensely enjoyed every single restaurant we’ve dined at within the boundaries of Animal Kingdom and Animal Kingdom Lodge (except Tiffin’s).
► For Kids: Sanaa also serves pizza and other typical kid fare, though we do not recommend ordering off the kids menu. The food here is incredibly diverse and tasty and a well rounded tiny adventurer is sure to love any option they are served.
Have you dined at Sanaa with kids and enjoyed the ambiance of the jungle and the accompanying food? What did you think of the experience?