Jiko, according to Walt Disney World’s Website:

“Jiko – The Cooking Place fuses the bold flavors of traditional African, Indian and Mediterranean cuisine at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Twin wood-burning ovens roar and the soothing, warm colors of an African sunset bring energy to this remarkable restaurant. The menu includes vegan, vegetarian and meat-based dishes that change seasonally”

Inside Jiko

Inside Jiko

Aside from the African flavor, what makes Jiko unique  is the Vegan Menu.  Tell your server you are vegan and out comes your very own menu to keep.  Granted, the  menu is limited, but it is all vegan, complete with dessert.  As of 2009, Jiko is one of the only WDW restaurant  that actually advertises it’s vegan options on the WDW website.

Jiko is pricey at $36 – $60 per person (standard menu pricing), which makes it most affordable while on the Disney Dining Plan (DDP), although this is Signature dineing, and costs two table credits.  Regardless of how you will pay, reservations are recommended well in advance.

MAKE YOUR VEGAN DINING RESERVATION AT JIKO

  1. Call  (407) WDW-DINE to make Advanced Dining Reservations (ADR’s) up to 90 days prior to your visit.
  2. Inform the  Cast Member (CM) of your “dairy, egg & shellfish allergies”.  As of Fall 2008, The CM’s were not able to note that you are vegan, only which foods you “have an allergy” to.  *** UPDATED***  as of May 2009, this seems to have changed.  Now it is possible to get both “vegan” and “vegetarian” on your ADR.  You can still add the allergy info is you want to be extra safe, but recent reports are now saying that you can request “vegan” to your ADR.
  3. Request the Jiko Food & Beverage phone number.  You need to request this number before the CM is done with the reservation, because after it is complete, they cannot access it in their system.
  4. Call the Food & Beverage representative (usually the chef) to discuss your vegan dining options 24 – 72 hours prior to your ADR.

Vegan Reviews of Jiko – The Cooking Place at Animal Kingdom Lodge

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