4. Where to find food
Wherever you go within Walt Disney World you cannot deny that Disney does dining right, in a way that caters to all tastes and distinctions. And Animal Kingdom Park is no exception, with its lineup of restaurants, snack stops, and other established eateries. It doesn’t matter whether you’re seeking quick and casual options, are hankering for full sit-down table services, are following a special diet, or you’re on the search to try something new and exotic, because you’re sure to find whatever you seek right here. For starters, there’s the ever-popular Rainforest Café Restaurant saddling the entrance to the Park. A familiar favorite to many guests looking to stay within their comfort zones, one interesting thing about the location here is that you can enter the restaurant from two points—from outside the Park and if you’re already inside. But that’s just the start! Some of Animal Kingdom’s other epicurean accolades include:
- Tiffins—A world-class signature dining destination at Discovery Island featuring international cuisine, the menu here draws on the best fusion flavors in Asian, African, and other inspired tastes around the globe, dishing up a spirited sense of travel and adventure at every meal.
- Tusker House—A featured favorite family-friendly buffet option located in the heart of Harambe Village in Africa, Tusker House boasts a wide selection of African cuisine options alongside traditional American favorites, served up throughout the day. And character appearances by Donald, Daisy, Mickey, and other Disney Pals donning full-fledged safari garb make for memorable mealtime magic to delight diners of all ages.
- Restaurantosaurus—This eatery over in DinoLand U.S.A. is full of prehistoric fun puns in a design that references being a paleontology student’s dorm. Serving as a quick service pick for eating on the go or taking a respite to sit down in a casual and relaxed setting, menu selections range in all sorts of offerings, including classic American like burgers, nuggets, sandwiches, as well as vegetarian items, like the Spicy Southwestern Burger.
- Pizzafari—Another quick service favorite, every meal here sends your taste buds on a safari-packed adventure at this Discovery Island family-friendly eatery. While the name implies pizza is the primary mainstay here, other Italian favorites are just as big with many guests. From pastas and salads to delightful desserts and even specialty drinks, you’ll find it all here. And as for the pizza, varieties are plentiful, including those for special diets. And if you’re looking for a festive all-you-can-eat dining option for the whole family with all the works of true Italian hospitality, be sure to check out Pizzafari’s new Family-Style Dining package.
- Satu’li Canteen—For other worldly quick service eats, this newer food hub located in Pandora – World of AVATAR offers plenty of enticing picks to choose from. It’s interesting to note that the menu here is inspired by the land and bounty of Pandora, featuring many fresh and flavorful options including vegetables, grains, and proteins. With hints to international flavor fusions and several vegetarian options to boot, Satu’li Canteen presents a wondrous and new approach to the concept of trying something new and is a hit with all appetites and curious foodies alike.
- Flame Tree Barbecue—A longtime mainstay of Discovery Island, this family-favorite quick service pick boasts a bounty of savory barbecue hits you know and love so well. From savory smokehouse conventions to signature menu items (including their house specialty baked beans and coleslaw) and even crisp fresh salads, Flame Tree Barbecue is a great on-the-go option with plenty of outdoor seating for those looking to stop and take a casual mealtime break.
- Harambe Fruit Market—While more of a quick service kiosk than an actual eating establishment, Harambe Fruit Market in Africa does not disappoint for those looking for fresh, flavorful snacks. There is also a surprisingly pleasing array of counter service smaller bite-size selections to make a light meal out of. So while not often a place many immediately think of when planning where to dine at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, this hidden gem does in deed deliver to many, depending on specific tastes.
- Yak & Yeti—My personal favorite, this table service restaurant in Asia follows a Nepalese theme in décor and style, from the interior design down to the menu enticements. You’ll find a vast array of pan-Asian cuisine features here, including well-loved classics and novelty items alike. There are even a couple American items available as well, including cheeseburgers and more familiar favorites on the kids’ menu. And while I highly recommend doing full table service dining, which comes with the experience taking in the ongoing theme of the village storyline surroundings, Yak and Yeti does also have a connecting counter service counterpart for those looking for quick service meals on the go via the Local Foods Café fixture. And don't forget about the lounge, boasting quality drinks and more. With Yak and Yeti it's the best of all worlds.
In addition to all these, the Park is laden with many quick-stop snack and refreshment outposts all throughout, including bakeries, coffee shops, ice cream stops, lounges, and so many other palatable picks.