Eating Our Way Through Animal Kingdom

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Jambo friends! There is so much delicious food to enjoy at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. In fact, we go to enjoy the food almost as much as the attractions and animals. There are some incredible Animal Kingdom restaurants to sample during your theme park day.

In fact, Animal Kingdom Park is home to some of the best theme park food at Walt Disney World. With Disney Dining favorites like Pongu Pongu, Satu’li Canteen, Tusker House, and Rainforest Cafe offering up cold flavorful drinks and delicious snacks, it can be hard to choose where to eat first when visiting this Disney Park. In this article we plan a progressive supper matching the best food in the Park to the perfect courses as we eat our way through Disney’s Animal Kingdom.



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Let’s begin our progressive supper through Disney’s Animal Kingdom with the salad course at Flame Tree Barbecue. Located on Discovery Island this is a really delicious barbecue restaurant that serves fun spins on barbecue dishes. Think barbecue pulled pork fries or barbecue laden baked mac and cheese.

For a salad course, we recommend trying the Smokehouse Chicken Salad. This mixed green salad is tossed with smoked cheddar cheese, tart Granny Smith apples, sweet dried cranberries, cornbread croutons, and crispy onions. The salad is drizzled with a barbecue ranch dressing and topped with a hearty helping of smokehouse chicken on top. At only $11.29 this is a hefty portion of a delicious salad for the price. You will most likely find yourself returning to Flame Tree Barbecue to indulge in this healthy but delicious salad in the future.




We are enjoying our soup course at none other than Yak & Yeti Restaurant in the Asia section of Animal Kingdom. The wonton soup is a must try at Yak & Yeti Restaurant. A simple but flavorful dish this chicken broth-based soup combines vegetables with juicy and meaty pork wontons to make for a filling and extra delicious soup course. We love that this soup comes in only $7.99. Even better, Guests at the Yak & Yeti Restaurant can add on a smaller portion of wonton soup as a side to any entrée for only $4.99.

This restaurant has long since been one of our favorites for the value and delicious food. With awesome portion sizes and great prices, Yak & Yeti Restaurant stands out as a great value at Walt Disney World.


Cocktails are delicious but frozen cocktails are even better. Let’s head over to Pandora- The World of Avatar to check the drink menu at Pongu Pongu. The bright flavors of a Night Blossom are striking and always bring back fond memories of other trips to Animal Kingdom when I take that first sip of this frozen beverage. Today we are going to enjoy the alcoholic version of the Night Blossom, the Rum Blossom.

At $14 this frozen beverage is much like the Night Blossom but with Bacardi Superior Rum topping the layers of apple and desert pear limeade. As always, the frothy frozen creation is topped with the beloved passion fruit boba balls that are an iconic part of this drink. This frozen cocktail really hits the spot during a warm day at Animal Kingdom. We all need a drink to cool us off in what I believe is the hottest Walt Disney World Park.

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If it sounds strange to you that we are buying the appetizer course from a fruit cart, then you are unfamiliar with Animal Kingdom’s famous grilled corn. You will smell it before you see it. The Harambe Fruit Market grills up some of the most delicious corn I’ve ever eaten. This grilled corn on the cob and we served with or without African spices and rings up at only $5.29 per ear of corn. This can be a messy eat, so be sure to grab extra napkins. But you really can’t beat the flavor, value, and yum factor of this appetizer.


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Tiffins at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park

Tiffins Restaurant in Discovery Island is not to be missed if you are looking for flavorful international cuisine that’s inspired by adventure. This restaurant fuses Asian, Latin, and African cuisines in a fine dining setting. For the main course in this progressive supper through Animal Kingdom we are going to opt for Tiffins Shrimp and Grits. Ringing in at $35 this dish combines Anson Mill Grits with crispy applewood smoked bacon, tops the dish with heirloom tomatoes, and is garnished with a smoked pepper jam. As a general rule, you can’t go wrong with Shrimp and Grits but Tiffin’s Shrimp and Grits sounds extra delicious.

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What beats a churro? Churros with a vanilla crema or chili strawberry dipping sauce. That is exactly what you will be enjoying during our dessert course at Nomad Lounge. Also located on Discovery Island, Nomad Lounge serves up small plates, ala carte appetizers, and desserts. These crunchy and sugary churros ring up at $9.00 and are accompanied by these decadent dipping sauces that make for the perfect final course in this progressive supper. Easy to share and easy to eat while sipping a cocktail, this upscale take on a classic park snack is one of our favorites.




Time for an after-dinner coffee!  Lucky for you our final beverage of the evening isn’t far away from your dessert spot. Located near the entrance of Discovery Island, Creature Comforts is the perfect spot to grab a cup of java as you end your progressive supper and your park day.

Technically, Creature Comforts brews up Starbucks Coffee so the menu probably looks familiar and is not unique to Animal Kingdom. Still, we will never pass up a delicious cold brew, so that is exactly what we are purchasing this evening. For $4.99 you can purchase a grande size vanilla sweet cream cold brew that hits the spot and is the perfect end to our journey of eating our way through Animal Kingdom.

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About Katie Chapman

Hey There! I am a Georgia native with a passion for writing, traveling, cooking, decorating, pugs and of course all things Disney. Growing up in South Georgia just a few hours from Walt Disney World made for a magical childhood. Some of my best memories were made on Main Street U.S.A. with my sister watching SpectroMagic nighttime parade or beside my grandparents, parents and extended family at Chef Mickey’s celebrating on a family vacation. Epcot was my favorite park from a young age and I credit it with my interest in and love for international travel. As a kid I loved meeting characters and watching films around World Showcase and could spend hours exploring each of the countries in Epcot. These days, my husband and I get away to explore a new country whenever we can and even incorporate trips to The Disney Store and Disney Parks around the world in our travels. One of our travel goals is to visit every Disney Park in the world. I love writing about Disney restaurants, park tips, Disney outfit inspiration and Disney history. Pocahontas is my favorite Disney Princess (90s kid here!) but Mr. Toad is my spirit animal. When I’m not at Disney I’m reading about park history, watching Disney documentaries and shopping vintage Disney merch for park outfits. I never pass up a reservation to Ohana, an empty seat on Living with the Land or a Violet Sake.