Just returned from the World and was able to do a few special experiences. One amazing one I want to endorse is the Lion King Dining Package (“Tier 1”). First, it was $99 each, so definitely not cheap. However, if you have any desire to eat at Tiffin’s anyhow, you need to do this before it’s scheduled to leave in late November.
We (two adults) started with lunch at Tiffin’s at 2:00. We were each given a glass of champagne and a short explanation of the amazing artwork in the restaurant. The service was wonderful and felt very personal. Then we were given a menu and allowed to choose anything – one appetizer, one entree, and one dessert – plus a glass of wine or beer or a signature cocktail. The food was AMAZING. The meal alone would have been at least $90 each given what we ordered (including surf & turf that was listed at $59).
At the end of our meal we were given VIP lanyards and a cast photo of the Lion King show. We were told to report to the exit of the arena for the Lion King show around 3:45.
At 3:45 we reported and were escorted to the FRONT row. We were also told to stay seated after the show and wait for a cast member. I have seen this show several times, but I have never appreciated it as much as I did from that vantage point. Awesome.
After the show, there were a total of 16 of us with VIP lanyards who were escorted by two animal experts to our own personal safari. The vehicle and the route were the same as the Kilimanjaro Safari ride, but we were treated to tons of behind-the-scenes details as well as time to ask any questions we wanted (and no line).
The whole afternoon was amazing. Again for close to $100 it was a splurge, but no more than a meal at Tiffin’s would have been. I cannot recommend this enough to anyone who might be thinking about it.
Thank you for the report! I’m making a list of possible birthday ideas, and since I love the Safari AND FOTLK, this one is high up on my list.
One question: Did you pay when booking or when you ate?
Have they extended this package?
Oh, I don’t know. I still have a way to go until my 180+ day mark.
I did t think to look for February!
Currently only through November 21st😩
Oh, that one is well covered. My birthday is in July.
Drat. Fingers crossed they extend it. My list of things I’m pondering right now is pretty short. The Poly may end up being the special thing. Well, that and the Disney Dream double dip cruise after (2 stops at Castaway).
I too am hoping they will bring it back. I am hoping February but August would be good too!
We are going on March 11, 2019. All of March was in blue so it was available but do not see past that.
We are going to this on March 11, 2019. Few questions.
What section were you seated in at FOLK?
How long is the Safari portion of it?
You only use a credit card to hold it like most other dining. You pay for it at Tiffins. I called to make sure on this.
I am going President’s week. My dinner is at 6:30pm and it says show at 3 but I am unclear if that is when I check in at Tiffins or if that is when I go to the Lion King.
@PrincipalTinker I thought the timing was a bit unclear as well. Checked availability for our trip and there was a slot at 5:10 but I couldn’t tell for sure what show that would put us at for FotLK.
If you go select the dining, it decides and lets you know what time the Folk will be. If you call the disney dining, they can tell you what time everything would be at. I had to call to find out about when the Safari was.
I believe you have to go to Tiffins to get the pay for it and get the credentials for the other parts of the package.
I am planning on stopping by Tiffins early. I do not know if it is the 3:00 show, or check in at Tiffins at 3:00. I made a 2:20 FoP FP and I will drop that if it is the 3:00 show.
I would call Disney Dining to find out exactly the order of what you need to do so that you can get to the show and the Safari. That is my suggestion, it was what I had to do so we could get our day planned out as our FP window is on 1/8.
Great suggestion, thanks!
I think we were in the warthog section. I know we were in the very front row. The safari was probably 30 minutes – the ride route is the same but it takes a while to wait for everyone to leave the theater then walk together to the safari. You get in the vehicle before the general line, so there are a few minutes there to ask your guide questions before you get going. Once you’re on the safari you’re in the middle of the regular vehicles so you move at the same pace.
If you look at your online reservation information it should tell you details about the timing. We had lunch first and the waiter gave us lanyards with what time to arrive at the theater and check in.
My issue is that the timing does not make sense? I have a 6:30 Tiffins. It is. 3:00 lion king show. They are planning 3 1-2 hours for those two events?