‘Harambe Nights’ Evening Spectacular at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Includes Enticing Flavors of Africa

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Harambe Nights at Disney’s Animal Kingdom presents the sights, sounds and flavors of Africa during a dazzling new theatrical production and energetic street party celebrating the 20th anniversary of “The Lion King” classic film.

Each Saturday from June 7 through August 9 during this special-ticket, after-hours event, Harambe Nights treats guests to a magical evening. Venturing to the Africa section of the park, guests start the evening with a welcome reception featuring refreshing sips and savory bites of African-inspired appetizers.  As they head to the Harambe Theatre, guests receive a special package of chef-created “Lion Chow” perfect for the 55-minute theatrical extravaganza, “The Lion King Concert in the Wild.”  This original show comprises celebrity narrators, a live orchestra, choir and special effects to present the moving story of Simba’s coming of age like never before.

After the show, guests head back into Harambe Village for a lively street party rocking with Afro-pop rhythms, street performers and an abundant selection of buffet stations with perfectly seasoned dishes for pairing with beers, wines and specialty beverages, all included in the event admission.  When the stars come out, an array of desserts adds a sweet touch to the fun.

Guests can enjoy food and beverages selections that include:

Reception Tastes
Durban spiced chicken tenders
Moroccan beef kefta with tamarind glaze
Safari cheeseburger roll with tomato curry aioli
Pickled fennel paneer cheese with tomato

During the Show
“Lion Chow” – Sea salted pretzel chips, benne crumbles, cardamom candied pecans, golden raisins, dried cherries and candied ginger

Fresh Cooked Breads, Salads and More
Watercress, melon, feta and berry balsamic onion salad
Kachumbari salad with tomato, paneer, carrot and cilantro
Roasted beetroot salad with sunflower seeds
Spicy vegetable samosa with mango chutney
Slow-roasted chicken legs
Traditional naan, onion kucha and pappadum breads
Roasted pepper hummus, raita and garlic-ginger pickle
Creamy mac ‘n cheese

Surf and Turf Station
Line-caught corvina filet with goan curry sauce
On-stage-seared lamb chops with tamarind pomegranate sauce
Mango, radish, lime and mustard seed salad
Watermelon, cucumber and fennel salad
Coriander chutney roasted potatoes

Slow-cook Action Stations
Fork-tender peri barbecued pork
Vegetarian eggplant tikka masala curry served over creamy goat cheese pap
Butter chicken thighs and vegetarian legume wat served over basmati rice

Sweets
Golden pineapple with toasted coconut
Apple slices with Amarula caramel sauce
Ripe melon with minted lime yogurt dip
Rice pudding, dried fruit compote and pistachio gremolata
Caramel salted Tanzania chocolate Kenya coffee bite
Chai cream with zebra stripes
Novelty ice cream bars

Wine
Spice Route Chenin Blanc
Fairview Goats do Roam Viognier Blend
The WolfTrap Syrah blend
Fairview Pinotage

Beer
Tusker Lager
St. George Ethopian
Bud Light
Corona

Specialty Drink
Jungle Juice (Passion fruit, orange and guava juices mixed with rum)
Simba juice mix (non-alcoholic)

Also on hand for all guests:  Soft drinks and water

Harambe Nights takes place every Saturday from June 7 through August 9.  The event’s welcome reception begins at 7 p.m.  At 7:30 p.m., it’s show time. Tickets are $119 for adults, $79 for ages 3-9, plus tax. Capacity is limited.

For tickets, call 407-939-1319 or visit Disneyworld.com/HarambeNights.

Entertainment, celebrity narrators and menu are subject to change.