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The Best Plant-Based Quick Service Meals at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

The Walt Disney World Resort is home to so many amazing dining options that there is literally something for every single Guest, no matter their dietary restrictions or preferences. Guests who follow a plant-based diet have many different delicious menu items to choose from throughout the Walt Disney World Resort, and each option is packed with flavor and fresh ingredients.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to several incredible quick-service dining locations that serve up flavorful lunch and dinner menus, including everything from mouthwatering barbecue to freshly made pizzas. Each of these quick-service locations also features a plant-based menu item that Guests are sure to love, as they include fresh ingredients and bold flavors.

Let’s check out the best plant-based menu options at the quick-service restaurants in Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

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Pizzafari – Greens and Grains Salad

The go-to spot for pizza in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is Pizzafari, a quick-service restaurant located on Discovery Island, not far from the bridge that leads into the Africa section of the Disney Park. Pizzafari is open daily for lunch and dinner and serves up a menu of delicious pizzas, salads, and more that Guests can enjoy in several vibrantly colored dining rooms that feature murals of many types of animals. It’s a bright and fun environment for Guests of all ages to enjoy, but especially younger Guests as they can make a game out of spotting as many animals as possible throughout their meal.

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In addition to the pizzas, Pizzafari’s menu features one plant-based item that is a healthy way to energize before continuing to enjoy all that Disney’s Animal Kingdom has to offer. The Greens and Grains Salad tops a bed of mixed greens with garbanzo beans, white beans, red onions, pepperoncini, Kalamata olives, tomatoes, quinoa, and a drizzle of green goddess dressing. This salad is the perfect combination of hearty proteins and vegetables to enjoy for either lunch or dinner to give Guests plenty of energy and fuel to last an entire day in Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

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Satu’li Canteen – Chili-Spiced Crispy Fried Tofu Bowl

Pandora – The World of Avatar in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to one of the most popular quick-service locations at the Walt Disney World Resort. Satu’li Canteen was formerly a mess hall for the RDA that is now run by Alpha Centauri Expeditions and serves up a menu of healthy and customizable menu items that allow Guests to craft their perfect meals for lunch and dinner each day. Guests will love enjoying their meals in a unique dining area that features industrial metals and plenty of incredible details that combine the location’s military past with the culture and beauty of the Na’vi and their natural home.

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The menu at Satu’li Canteen offers Guests the opportunity to customize their meals by giving options for protein, base, and sauce, making each order completely unique and delicious. Guests who are looking for a plant-based option can order the Chili-Spiced Crispy Fried Tofu Bowl which combines perfectly fried tofu, crunchy vegetable slaw, and boba balls with the option to choose a base and sauce with choices such as quinoa and vegetable salad, and charred onion chimichurri.

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Restaurantosaurus – Impossible Spicy Southwestern Burger

The Dinoland area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to Restaurantosaurus, a quick-service restaurant that is open daily for lunch and dinner and features some unique theming. The interior is the cafeteria for the professors and students from the nearby Dino Institute, and each room is filled with paleontology items and props that have been given some humorous flair by the mischievous students. Guests who dine at Restaurantosaurus should definitely spend a few minutes wandering around and checking out all of the great details.

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The menu at Restaurantosaurus serves up some American classics like burgers and hot dogs, as well as one plant-based option that puts a healthy spin on a burger and is bursting with flavor. The Impossible Spicy Southwestern burger tops a fresh bun with a plant-based burger patty, “pepper jack cheese,” chipotle sauce, lettuce, and tomato for a bite that is juicy, spicy, crunchy, and good to the last crumb! Guests who want to really soak in the ambiance of Restaurantosaurus and Dinoland can enjoy their plant-based burger on a small outdoor patio that offers up some great views and breezes.

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Flame Tree Barbecue – Hot Link Smokehouse Sandwich

Discovery Island in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to one of the best places to enjoy flavorful barbecue throughout the entire Walt Disney World Resort. Flame Tree Barbecue is a quick service location that is open for lunch and dinner that serves up an array of barbecue items inspired by different techniques and styles from across the country that Guests can enjoy on a large outdoor patio that offers beautiful views of Expedition Everest across the water.

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In addition to many meat-based options, Flame Tree Barbecue’s menu also offers a flavorful plant-based option that doesn’t sacrifice taste or spice at all. The Hot Link Smokehouse Sandwich features a house-made New England-style roll that is generously topped with plant-based sausage, tangy mustard barbecue sauce, slaw, and crispy onions. Each bite is filled with smoky, crunchy, and tangy flavor, and this is an amazing example of how plant-based items at the Walt Disney World Resort are just as delicious as every other menu option available!

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About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first visited Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of the trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning about the history and small details of the parks, enjoying a Lapu Lapu, and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York teaching preschool and spending her time counting down the days to her next trip.