Dinner At Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Victoria Falls Lounge

One of the most surprising meals I had on my last Walt Disney World vacation was dinner at Victoria Falls Lounge at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. Victoria Falls is named for a spot on the Zambezi River that is easily one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. Billed as a place to "sample suds from South Africa" the booze flows much more readily than Disney's version of the waterfall. I recently stopped by not only for a drink, but a quick meal at this often overlooked location.

Dinner At Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Victoria Falls LoungeDinner At Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Victoria Falls Lounge
Victoria Falls At Disney's Animal Kingdom LodgeVictoria Falls At Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Guests who use the staircase to walk downstairs from Animal Kingdom Lodge's lobby to the restaurants will be familiar with the unusual placement of Jambo House's lobby bar. As the stairs travel down along a trickling two story waterfall, they make a stop on a mezzanine. Step away from the staircase and this is where you'll find Victoria Falls Lounge, open daily from 4:00PM until Midnight.

Lobby Water Falls Next To The BarLobby Water Falls Next To The Bar
Animal Kingdom Lodge Victoria Falls BarAnimal Kingdom Lodge Victoria Falls Bar
Victoria Falls Overlook Into BomaVictoria Falls Overlook Into Boma

The seating areas and atmosphere at Victoria Falls have a great deal of variety for this open concept bar. The color scheme blends earthy tones of brown and red from the waterfall rock work (which look similar to Africa's Victoria Falls in the dry months) with dark rich carved woods, and massive layered pillars that divide the room. Guests can opt to sit at the long bar, at tables for two overlooking the restaurant Boma Flavors of Africa, or on lounges couches and decorative chairs set between the pillars. No matter which spot you choose, you're sure to enjoy the laid back vibe of this African watering holes.

Chairs And Small TablesChairs And Small Tables
Lounge Seating Tucked Between The PillarsLounge Seating Tucked Between The Pillars
African Beasts Carved Into The FurnitureAfrican Beasts Carved Into The Furniture

I settled in on one of the lounge couches with a small table, and was immediately greeted by a friendly cocktail waitress who brought me an ice water with some lemon in it and a menu. I always love a bar server that puts a glass of water in front of you from the get go. Not only does it remind you not to drink the alcohol too quickly, but it makes sure that guests who have been out in the Florida heat and sun stay hydrated. The Lounge Menu at Victoria Falls not only offers a great variety of African beer and wine, but quite the selection of whiskey, and specialty cocktails. You'll also find the standard Disney Bar menu drinks available such as the popular Magical Star Cocktail and Godiva Chocolate Martini.

Quench Your Thirst At Victoria FallsQuench Your Thirst At Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls Wine ListVictoria Falls Wine List
Victoria Falls Specialty LiquorsVictoria Falls Specialty Liquors

I'm not always a fan of red wines, but with two different wine flights on the menu I couldn't help but spin the wheel and order one. The Cape Coastal Flight includes three deep red wines, Black Pearl Shiraz-Blend, Camberley Pinotage, and Stark-Conde Cabernet Sauvignon.

  • Warwick Estate Three Cape Ladies Ripe plum and bramberry aromas fuse with a touch of pencil shavings to compliment the full bodied smooth tannins
  • Camberly Pinotage is from South Africa's most famous wine-producing district, Stellenbosch. It had a
  • I didn't finish the Stark-Conde Cabernet Sauvignon which while having a nice rich mouth feel, had far too much leather, tobacco, and char in its flavor for me.

Cape Coastal Wine FlightCape Coastal Wine Flight

Food wise, Victoriia Falls has a small food menu available from 5pm to 10 pm. Notably, the food served here comes from the kitchen at Animal Kingdom Lodge's Signature Restaurant - Jiko. That means that you can get fine dinning flavor applied to classic bar fare at a lower cost than if you were dining in the restaurant. Because of this Victoria Falls a fantastic spot to grab dinner without reservations.

At its heart what's being serves at Victoria Falls isn't fancy, but it has a unique personality inspired by the flavors of Africa that elevates each concept. The Lounge Fare Menu includes a Braai Burger and Seasoned Fries, Vulcan Spiced Crispy Chicken Wings, and Mushroom Flatbread, as well as small bites like Marinated Olives, Cheese and Charcuterie, and a bubbly Goat Cheese Dip.

Victoria Falls Lounge FareVictoria Falls Lounge Fare
Braai Burger And Seasoned FriesBraai Burger And Seasoned Fries

I ordered the Braai Burger with seasoned fries. A Braai is the African term for a wood fired grill and cooking meat upon it. The Braai Burger from Victoria Falls has all the smokey flavor you would expect from that, even the soft brioche bun has been charred on the braai.

The char grilled beef patty is topped with Black Diamond Cheddar, Applewood Bacon, tart Fried Green Tomatoes, and a tasty Red Onion Marmalade that makes it a truly special burger. In fact, this may be the best burger in Walt Disney World that you haven't eaten yet. It paired marvelously with the Camberley Pinotage.

The seasoned fries that come along with the burger are lightly spiced with a little bit of kick. The pickle that comes with this burger is pretty remarkable itself, not a sweet pickle, but also not a dill pickle. The flavor combines aspects of both pickle types along with just a hint of spice.

Braai Burger Stacked With Fried Green TomatoesBraai Burger Stacked With Fried Green Tomatoes
Cross Section Of The Braai BurgerCross Section Of The Braai Burger

I loved my meal at Victoria Falls and this peaceful lounge is on my must visit list for future stays at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge for more than just a nightcap.

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