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“Good Quick Serve”
Review of Mara

Mara
Ranked #324 of 3,883 Restaurants in Orlando
Price range: US$0 - US$10
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Child-friendly, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours, Lunch, Takeout
Description: Open morning to night, The Mara offers a sweeping selection of soups, sandwiches, salads, pizza and burgers. Dine indoors or poolside.
Reviewed 15 June 2014

This was our second stay at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. We are really grateful that this quick service restaurant is there so we don't have to eat at a more expensive restaurant or have to bring our own food! Don't get me wrong, it's not cheap! It's typical Disney quick serve and will run about $50 for a family of 4. As with most quick serve restaurants in WDW hotels, it is cafeteria style. There is a decent variety and they add a few specials every day. The desserts are nice and there's a pretty good assortment of foods. We would definitely return on our next visit to AKL.

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Reviewed 8 June 2014

Food was blah and lacked enough choices. Children's menu was limited. Families with small children who didn't want to do sit down meals every night were at a loss.

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Reviewed 6 June 2014

We stayed 9 days at Animal Kingdom lodge. We did not have a dining plan. We ate there for a few dinners and breakfasts. Each meal costs about $50 for family of four. I liked the chicken and falafal pitas and their pastries. The coffee was HORRIBLE. One thing Animal Kingdom lodge really needs is a decent espresso bar with a barista.
Don't think you can outsmart Disney with any freebies. Everything is digital now; even the cups are programmed to only allow you 3 refills within 2 hours. All in all, this is a good choice if you don't have reservations anywhere and need something quick.

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2  Thank LV2TRVLandEat
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

We stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge and we had a Disney Dining Plan so this was often our choice for breakfast or (once or twice) lunch (quick service). The food was absolutely fine - some lovely muffins, pastries etc and we really enjoyed the Mickey Waffles. My husband enjoyed the African fare too. There were food choices for all tastes. It was brilliantly clean and reliable and the staff were great. Not a fantastic dining experience because it is sitting in a cafeteria with TVs on the walls but it does what it does very well so what more can you ask?

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1  Thank EmmieLouH
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

The Mara is a nicely themed quick serve restaurant at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. Selections range from cold grab and go salads and such from the refrigerated case to hot, order at the counter choices ranging from African stew to the obligatory hamburger - with a generous topping bar located near the soda fountains. There is even a serve yourself bakery case featuring pastries, cookies, and cupcakes. You will definitely find something for everyone in your group for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. We have always found the food to be cold and fresh or hot and good depending on your selection. Seating is available inside under the very pretty sculpted tree or outside on a beautiful patio. If you choose the patio, beware of the crafty birds who have mastered the art of begging and thievery. :)

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1  Thank Christine D
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