LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Walt Disney World guests can get up-close-and-personal with a dolphin trainer, veterinarian or animal curator during a new "Lunch with Walt Disney World Animal Programs."
Each Tuesday (beginning Nov. 1), a Disney animal specialist shares stories, passions and their background over an authentic South African luncheon in the wine room at Jiko-The Cooking Place at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. The noon-2 p.m. experience features personalities such as Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Animal Curator Joe Kalla -- who spent much of his career at the San Diego zoo, traveled to Africa to study baboons and learned Swahili to communicate with villagers.
Chef Anette Grecchi Gray serves up a traditional South African feast with menu items that include whole wheat lavosh flat bread with Moroccan Chermoula, organic field greens, followed by maize crusted and pan-roasted halibut, and oven-roasted tenderloin with sweet potato and potato gratin. For dessert: Pomegranate macerated fruit salad with homemade yogurt.
The cost is $65 per person with a wine pairing option offered for an additional $15. For more information, contact 407/WDW-DINE.