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Sometimes I just don't feel like going to a full service restaurant after a long day at the parks. I want to get the kids fed and into bed. Mara is a good resort option for that. There was enough variety on the menu that the picky eaters in the group could get something familiar, and the adventurous could try something with flavors from Africa. Not the tastiest food I've had at a counter service, but it was good.
For me, the best part of Mara as far as resort counter service options goes is the list of African offerings. That said, the execution of the food left a little to be desired for me. I am a falafel connissieur (I admit it ; >)... the falafels here did not meet my standard for crispy on the outside,moist and flavorful on the inside. They just weren't that good. The salad and couscous that came on the plate with them, though, was great. Thumbs up for salad and couscous!
We went for dinner, and thre wasn't anyone there but us. It was a pleasant ambiance for a quick and quiet meal with African music playing in the background.
Staying at Jambo house(Animal Kingdom Lodge), we decided to save some mullah and catch dinner at the Mara. There was no wait and plenty of seating. Although the music is fun, I found Mara to be an average resort quick service experience. I had a chicken pita which was fresh with African seasonings, it was an adequate light dinner. There was no No-added-sugar option for dessert., although they did have some Baby Cakes brownies those who are Gluten Free. We spent $30 for our two pita sandwiches and two drinks, which is pretty normal for an on property quick service -- but I left feeling like I didn't get much for my money which is largely why I am giving Mara only 3 stars. All in all, I'd only eat here if I were in a hurry.
I really liked the variety of choices at that The Mara has to offer. The different stations gives you a feel of a moderate or a value food court. They have great soups and desserts here.
For our recent stay at Kidani Village, Animal Kingdom Lodge, we had our favorite croissanwich from Mara every morning. Its a bit of a hike from our room, but it is a nice fresh croissant and they do have Lattes available too. The first morning the place was packed, and although they were pumping people through in a very efficient manner, it still detracted from my experience since it was hard to place my order exactly the way I like it. Today it was much less crowded and I got my stuff exactly the way I like it so I was happy!
For an inexpensive and fresh breakfast I think you can't beat Mara and the other "new" Disney counter services that are popping up in all the resorts.
As part of our recent stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas DVC, I made several visits to The Mara for supplies, breakfast croissants and espresso (for Ahnalira!). I found that the facilities were adequate, the food was good and the selection very nice. I was especially happy to find microwave popcorn and big bottles of water for sale
The ambience was nothing special, and it did get a bit crowded at times hence I give it a 4 as being a nice place to grab a snack but nothing special.
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