The Mara is a Quick Service Restaurant at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. It is a family favorite, and in our humble opinion, offers some of the best quick service options on site! We visit this restaurant on almost every trip, even if staying offsite. (Disney allows FREE non-guest parking for day visits, perfect for dining and shopping!)
Fun Fact: The Mara is named for the the Mara River and the Masai Mara National Reserve in Africa. Learn more about their conservation efforts here: https://www.maratriangle.org/.
The Mara is located on the bottom floor of the Animal Kingdom Lodge (Jambo House). It is conveniently located next to the resort pool and the new Simba’s Clubhouse. https://midwestmainstreet.com/a-visit-to-simbas-clubhouse-at-animal-kingdom-lodge/
Inside, the decor follows the Animal Kingdom theme, with animal murals gracing the walls of the seating area.
The menu offers a welcome departure from the usual quick service selection. Options include African Potjie, Falafel Bites (Vegetarian), Butternut Squash Soup, and a Tamarind Barbeque Pork Sandwich. But, if you prefer more familiar choices, the usual burgers, flatbreads, chicken nuggets and salads are also available. https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/animal-kingdom-lodge/mara/menus/lunch/
But what keeps us coming back on almost every trip? We LOVE the Braai Chicken Flatbread. Disney describes this offering as a “Freshly prepared Flatbread with a Sun-dried Tomato Pesto topped with Oak-fired Chicken pieces, Bacon, Red Onion, Mozzarella and Saag Dahl Ranch Drizzle.” We describe it as DELICIOUS! Many Disney pizza options seem bland and underwhelming, but this pizza is an exception.
Another favorite? The Mara also offers “Jungle Juice” slushies. This is a frozen blend of Passion, Orange and Guava Juices. The non frozen version is available at Boma as well as the Tusker House restaurant inside the Animal Kingdom park .