Restaurant Review: Sanaa at Animal Kingdom's Kidani Village

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Very Happy Resident of the Kidani Village

One of the most unique dining experiences in Disney is Sanaa.  Sanaa is located a bit off the beaten path at Animal Kindgom's Kidani Village.  I can assure you the trek is worth it, especially if you have an animal lover in the group.

Unfortunately we could not get a dinner reservation (they were booked more than 6 months in advance)!   We were a little hesitant to take the time to leave the park to go to Sanaa for lunch because we didn't want to miss a moment in Animal Kingdom.  If you knew my son you would know that we had absolutely no chance of missing our reservation.  He had been dreaming of eating while watching the animals up close and Sanaa did not disappoint.  In hindsight it was the culinary highlight of our last trip and I am so thankful we rallied.

From the moment we arrived for our reservation our waiter was amazing.  He sat us right by a big window and described the exotic menu to us.  He brought out the children's menu right away and made sure that there was something appealing to Logan.  Sanaa's menu is not for the picky eater.  It is African cuisine with rich and exotic Indian spices mixed in.  Logan chose a simple chicken and basmati rice meal with carrots.  He loved it.  Sanaa does have burgers and pizza for the kids as a back up.

We asked the waiter to recommend the chef's top dishes and had him order for us.
We started with three different types of Naan bread that came with three unique sauces for dipping.  The bread was so filling I could have left satisfied right then.  Our meals were extremely spicy and the flavors were incredible.  I had the Durban shrimp which was amazing but four alarm spicy.  My eyes teared the entire time.  Of course that did not stop me from eating every bite!  My husband had the short rib which was a bit milder but not much.  For dessert we had the Tanzanian chocolate mousse and Logan inhaled the peanut butter turtle.  

In between courses our waiter gave us the name and history of every single animal on site.  Giraffes, zebras, ostriches, gazelles and very slow tortoises all paraded by our window while grazing in their own personal savannah.  It was amazing!  We could not believe how well versed and interested in the animals our waiter was.  

When planning our trip, we originally tried to get a seating for a meal with an animal specialist.  Of course that reservation proved impossible to get.  If you are interested book a year out.  We were disappointed but after our experience we found that it was not necessary.  The staff at Sanaa is terrific and very knowledgable.  Of course, that won't stop us from trying next time!




Happy Birthday to the Big Cheese!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Mickey Mouse made his official debut on November 18th, 1928 in the short, Steam Boat Willie. Since his debut, Mickey has won over the hearts of many through his countless adventures. He is the most recognizable cartoon character in the world. So much so that he was the first of his kind to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Mickey continues to entertain through television, appearances at the Disney Parks, and even lends himself to be featured in a few video games. He is also the primary mascot of The Walt Disney Company and its many branches.

In honor of the Big Cheese we have all grown to know and love, I thought it would be nice to revisit some of his best moments. Happy 86th Birthday, Mickey!

"Plane Crazy" was the first short Mickey was featured in.
However, "Steam Boat Willie" was where Mickey became a star.


In "The Brave Little Tailor", Mickey not only shows that he is resourceful,
but he also demonstrates that it doesn't matter who or what you are. 
You can be used to do great things.


Who couldn't forget this famous scene from the film "Fantasia"?!


This has to be one of my favorite Mickey shorts and how much more
appropriate to end this tribute showing that one time the gang
got together to wish him a Happy Birthday!


What is your favorite Mickey Mouse short? 

Wonder Forge Disney Games: Perfect Holiday Gifts for the Whole Family!

Sunday, November 16, 2014


I recently had the please of checking out three of the great Disney holiday board games available from Wonder Forge this holiday season! The wonder-ful people over at Wonder Forge sent me the following three games for review (and my family loved them all!):


Pictopia: Disney Edition Trivia Game – The Ultimate Picture Trivia Family Game!
Age 6+
$19.99

Disney Princess Palace Pets Royal Pet Salon Game - Spend a day at the spa with your pawfect companions!Ga
Age 3+
$19.99

Disney Jr Super Stretchy Game - The twisty, turny, see what you can do, game!
Age 3+
$16.99

"Games are a great way to spend time together as a family over the holidays—and they make great gifts! Wonder Forge’s award-winning Disney games are sure to please everyone on your list—with enduring play value that keep kids coming back for more fun throughout the whole year."


My niece especially loved the Palace Pets game.  Like all the games it was made of durable, high-quality parts, with pieces that will withstand multiple uses.  One of my favorite parts of cleanup was that the box was actually organized which (as any parent or babysitter knows) can be the most tedious part of playing a game- clean up! These games are fun for more than just kids and come with really great, easy to ready and follow instructions. For the cost these are really good quality products. 


Wonder Forge's great line up of Disney games gets the Picturing Disney seal of approval this holiday season! :)

A Halloween Story

Friday, October 31, 2014


Before our huge family trip to Disney for Thanksgiving, I tried to convince my son Logan to dress up as Peter Pan or Captain Hook for Halloween.  I figured it would get him psyched up for vacation and he could take the costume with him to wear at the Magic Kingdom.  Disney and Halloween are the perfect match after all.  They are made for each other.  Endless characters to choose from and exotic costumes to conjure up from your wildest imagination! 

Logan chose Iron Man instead.  It was a great costume and he had a blast pretending to be Tony Stark.  
Iron Man

Then.... we got to Disney.  

Then.... he rode the Peter Pan ride.  

Then.... he became obsessed!

It happens to the best of us.  The Disney bug!   

A year later and the obsession is in full swing.  

Peter looking for his shadow!
Happy Halloween from our little piece of Neverland to yours. 
May you never grow up and stop wanting to dress up!



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