Former Imagineer and Creative Mind Behind Animal Kingdom Reveals His Favorite Restaurant In the Park

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There are a lot of things to love about Animal Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World Resort. From thrill rides like Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain and Avatar: Flight of Passage to one-of-a-kind experiences like the Wild Africa Trek and delicious dining experiences at places like Satu’li Canteen and Nomad Lounge, everyone is sure to have a great day at this newest Disney World theme park.


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In addition to exciting rides and fun shows, there are also a ton of places to eat. For those who want something quick and delicious, Flame Tree BBQ is one of the most popular places to eat. Satu’li Canteen is another popular choice, known for its cheeseburger pods and build-your-own bowls. But what is the best restaurant in the Park? Well, there is sure to be some debate about that, but one former Disney Imagineer has named his pick — Tiffins Restaurant, located on Discovery Island.

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If you are a big Disney fan, then you may be familiar with the name Joe Rohde. Rohde is one of The Walt Disney Company’s most prolific Imagineers — being the main creative force behind not only Animal Kingdom Park, but also Expedition Everest, Pandora: The World of Avatar, and Aulani: A Disney Resort & Spa.

Rohde is very active on social media and was recently asked by a fan what his favorite restaurant in Animal Kingdom was. While Rohde admitted that it was difficult to choose, he ultimately decided on the high-end table service restaurant, Tiffins.

Best? Well I think it has to be Tiffins… Although, the last time I was there you get a pretty great meal at Nomads, You just had to find a place within the bar to eat. Satuli Canteen also pretty great. Bear in mind I have not been there since 2019

If you haven’t had the opportunity to dine at Tiffins, here is more information on the delicious eatery from the Walt Disney World Resort website:

Seek and you shall find a treasure trove of mouthwatering delights from far-off places for lunch and dinner.

Roam the road less traveled at Tiffins Restaurant, thanks to a globetrotting menu of artfully prepared fare fit for a weary traveler. Begin your expedition with Spiced Chickpea Falafel, Charred Octopus or our signature bread service, before planting your flag with the Tamarind-braised Short Rib or Surf and Turf. Seafarers, fortune hunters and vagabonds will no doubt find new discoveries in the shrimp and grits served with Applewood smoked bacon and heirloom tomatoes.

Leaving no stone unturned? Satisfy your sweet tooth with Passion Fruit Tapioca Creme or our signature dessert, South American Chocolate Ganache.

For an additional cost, Guests 21 years of age and up can pack additional provisions with a selection from the renowned wine list—many of which are available by the glass—in addition to a noble assortment of after-dinner liqueurs, dessert wines and specialty drinks.

No matter which direction your compass points, you’re sure to encounter an unimaginable abundance of delectable food at Tiffins Restaurant.

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As you can see from Rohde’s tweet, there are a ton of great dining options at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. Whether you want a small snack, a quick meal, or a signature or character dining experience, you are sure to find something you’ll love at Animal Kingdom. You can read more about all of Disney Park’s dining spots by clicking here.

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!