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Best Disney Dining Plan Restaurants at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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One of the most anticipated changes is coming to the Disney Parks soon, and we’re just as excited about it as you are! Beginning January 9, 2024, the Disney Dining Plans will return to the Walt Disney World Resort. This return has been long-awaited since the plans were last active in 2020. Here at DisneyDining.com, we’re ready to answer all your questions about the Disney Dining Plan. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite restaurants in Disney’s Animal Kingdom that accept the Disney Dining Plan.

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Beginning January 9, 2024, the Guests will be able to use the Disney Dining Plan, but for trips planned on or after that date, you can already add the Disney Dining Plan to a new or existing reservation.

Upon the Dining Plan’s return, two options will be available to Guests: the Disney Dining Plan and the Quick Service Dining Plan. The Disney Dining Plan includes credits for Table Service meals in addition to the Quick Service meals and snack credits included in both plans.

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Disney Dining Plan

Disney hasn’t released all the details about the new Dining Plan changes, but they have released which restaurants will accept the plan when it first returns. Currently, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, 12 restaurants will accept the Disney Dining Plan as of January 9, 2024. This is the current list of restaurants:

The returning Disney Dining Plan will offer Guests two Table Service meal credits, one Quick Service meal credit, and one snack/nonalcoholic beverage credit each day. Of the restaurants listed above, all of them will accept a snack or meal credit from the Disney Dining Plan, but only certain restaurants will accept Table Service meal credits (Tiffins Restaurant, Nomad Lounge, Rainforest Cafe, Tusker House Restaurant, and Yak & Yeti Restaurant).

Best Table Service Restaurants

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When we look at the best Table Service restaurants for the Disney Dining Plan, some of our favorites are Tiffins Restaurant, Tusker House Restaurant, and Yak & Yeti Restaurant. Tiffins offers Guests an elegant dining experience complete with signature wine and cocktail options for a relaxing evening. Tusker House offers a fun character dining experience, allowing you to enjoy great food with your favorite friends! Yak & Yeti offers delightful dishes in a unique environment. We recommend getting an advanced dining reservation for all three locations for the best experience.

About Megan Losey

As a Disney foodie, I love writing about Disney food and snacks. Some of my favorites are the Carrot Cake Cookie from Trolley Car Cafe, the Mickey Beignets from Port Orleans French Quarter, and the Apple Blossom from Port Orleans Riverside. When I'm visiting the parks, you can find me on Main Street taking in the good vibe of Magic Kingdom or relaxing with a drink at the Polynesian watching the fireworks from the beach. As a previous Cast Member, I will always have a special place in my heart for the Magic Kingdom, especially Main Street U.S.A.