PHOTOS - First look inside the new Harambe Marketplace at Disney's Animal Kingdom

May 01, 2015 in "Harambe Market"

Harambe Market behind the walls
Posted: Friday May 1, 2015 9:18pm EDT by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has shared some photos from inside the new Harambe Marketplace, opening later this month at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Harambe Marketplace is an expansion to the Africa section of the park, bringing a new quick service restaurant, covered outdoor seating for 200+ guests, and a new walkway linking Africa to Asia.

Food and beverage includes street-inspired dishes, all served from one of four walk-up windows throughout the Marketplace.

“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.

"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.

Following on from last year's addition of the new Harambe Theater district, this new addition will double the size of the original opening day Africa land at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Harambe Market opens May 22 2015 - we'll be back later in the month for a full walk-through and review of the food.

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Figment2005Jun 15, 2015

The food is definitely some of the best quick service options available in Animal Kingdom, if not on property.

Cosmic CommandoJun 14, 2015

Re-reading the blog post, it does say that they'll have candy apples... maybe there will be a bakery counter after all! I should reign in my inner fanboy until things open... sometimes.

Cosmic CommandoJun 14, 2015

Marlins1Jun 14, 2015

Overall the food in Harambe is pretty unique and the area looks great. Generic desserts for the kids who won't like the authentic stuff is not a big deal IMO.

Mike SJun 14, 2015

They have Chocodiles?!?!?!

Cosmic CommandoJun 14, 2015

I'll admit, I was a little disappointed when I saw that it seems more like a shop than a fresh bakery thingy, but what they did is actually really good. I didn't like the Lion King character stuff, but I do like that they did things like chocolate crocodiles. Overall, I still think it's a plus to an already great looking area.

note2001Jun 12, 2015

Agreed, those have such a nice design but displaying chocolate bars is not going to work in my household. ;) (nor would I want anyone to 'test' them when they're a few years old) I' hope Disney will have a small wooden replicate of the graphic to buy. In fact, I like some of the painted construction fences they have around AK & would not mind seeing miniatures of those as options to buy as well.

DisneyDebRobJun 12, 2015

The chocolate bars have great packaging if that's the final design! One package to eat, one for display. Disney does know how to separate me from my money.:cool:

RayTheFireflyJun 12, 2015

Agreed. Thankfully, clip art Simba seems to only really appear on the products geared specifically to small children. :)

Jon81ukJun 12, 2015

Okay I am being a bit harsh, after looking again, the five pack chocolate bars with the tree of life design is great. But clip art Simba still doesn't look good.

RayTheFireflyJun 12, 2015

I see your point about the clip art, but I thought the products actually were a nice, unique twist on standard items. And there is unique, new packaging for them. Harry Potter is a huge mythical world described in 7 books, giving them a lot to work with in terms of products, whereas Harambe is just a fictional version of real life places.

Jon81ukJun 12, 2015

Other places are reporting it will be a candy store and shop. But those boxed treats look so generic! Why can Universal offer such unique stuff for Harry Potter. Then Disney do a great new counter service area and ruin it with generic looking boxed candy with clip art Simba on it. Why not exclusive art work similar to the FOTLK posters in Harambe?

doctornickJun 12, 2015

Yeah, I was imagining a window, but this sounds more like a shop. And if it is a shop, it might explain the previous confusion where the Harambe Market was reported to get a "merchandise" location.

RayTheFireflyJun 12, 2015

Do we know if Zuri's is a counter, or a shop you can go in?
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