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A Beloved Disney Theme Park Bar Returns – Dawa Bar is BACK!

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a park that grows on you. It is the kind of theme park that invites you to slow down, and the more you take the time to appreciate its detailed atmosphere, the more you’ll enjoy it. Dawa Bar inside Harambe Village, the park’s land themed around Africa, is a fan favorite. Its location allows patrons to savor the immersive atmosphere while sipping a refreshing cocktail.

Over the years Dawa Bar has changed its offerings. It did not reopen when the park itself did; it reopened just a few days ago. Has anything changed at this beloved bar?

Dawa Bar with Protective Shield September 2020

One thing that changed even before the COVID-19 shutdown was the removal of an entertainment act loved by many Disney fans. Burudika performed almost daily, offering irresistible live music and dancing. Live entertainment is scarce at Walt Disney World right now, so part of the appeal of Dawa Bar is diminished slightly. Right now seating at the bar itself is not allowed, but there is plenty of seating nearby for you to sip and savor.

Dawa Bar Outdoor Seating
Dawa Bar with Distancing Markers September 2020

According to over 500,000 surveys from our readers over the past few years, Dawa has earned a 96% thumbs up rating and is ranked number 4 out of 60 bars at Walt Disney World. No food is offered here, so if you are looking for a bite to accompany your beverage, consider a visit to Nomad Lounge, another highly rated bar inside Animal Kingdom. Highlights of the Dawa Bar menu include the Sugar Cane Mojito and the Lost on Safari rum drink.

Jungle Juice Cocktail at Dawa Bar
Dawa Bar with Protective Shield September 2020

During an important research trip, our field team toasted the reopening of Dawa Bar with a Ngumu Jungle Juice. Snow Leporard Vodka is mixed with Bols Peach Schnapps, and Tusker’s Famous Jungle Juice. The Jungle Juice itself is POG: Passionfruit, orange, and guava juice. POG is a popular tropical cocktail base, and tastes great on its own too. For $13.00, the Jungle Juice is the price of an average cocktail at Disney. It’s fruity, refreshing, tropical, and not overly sweet.

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Have you had a drink at Dawa Bar before? What’s your favorite?

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Born and raised in the land of sunshine and dreams come true, Dani is a proud Orlando Native who loves sharing her hometown with others. She's worked in nearly all of Orlando's theme parks, on board Disney Cruise Line, and in hotel management. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @thisfloridalife