PHOTOS: Harambe Market Menu and Facades Revealed, Opens This Month

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The 200+ seat Harambe Market counter-service restaurant will open to guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in late May. The food service windows and open-air market are the latest addition as part of a massive overhaul of the park which includes the new Rivers of Light nighttime show and the AVATAR themed land.

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Disney revealed the first images captured behind the work walls in Africa yesterday. The Marketplace resembles one built around a Colonial-era train depot, complete with a 1960’s water tower. The marketplace re-creates a bustling center of commerce where guests are welcomed from around the world who have come to visit the little seaside town and venture out to the reserve to observe Africa’s animals.

Chef Lenny DeGeorge led the Food and Beverage concept development team, and states that it’s the sort of food you’d find in a street market in Africa. “The menus reflect the unique personalities of the establishments’ owners,” says Chef Lenny.

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The restaurant is separated into 4 service windows.

  • “Kitamu Grill” offers skewered chicken and a kabob flatbread sandwich.
  • “Famous Sausages” features a corn dog, inspired by a South African sausage called a boerewors, dipped in curry-infused corn batter.
  • “Chef Mwanga’s” serves a spice-rubbed karubi rib with green papaya-carrot slaw. The karubi rib and curry corn dog are also available here.
  • Wanjohi Refreshments (“wanjohi” means “brewer” in Swahili) offers beverages including six South African wines by the glass; Safari Amber Lager and Orlando Brewing I-4 IPA on draft; red sangria with Van der Hum tangerine liqueur from South Africa; The Starr of Harambe, a frozen drink with Starr African rum with mango puree in a souvenir mug; non-alcoholic tangerine lemonade, and fountain beverages including Sparberry from Zimbabwe and Bibo from South Africa.

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The new market, together with the recently opened Harambe Theatre area doubles the size of the original Harambe Village in Africa at Animal Kingdom.

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  • The food looks yummy and I can’t wait to see. We are exploring the park today and plan on getting our own pics and checking the area out before it opens. We will return later in the month when it opens – can’t wait and love the additions to the park as it grows and develops.

    Thanks for the pics and updates!

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