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The Ultimate Foodie’s Guide to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Each Disney Park at the Walt Disney World Resort is home to unique and totally delicious dining options that range from signature experiences to snacks that can be enjoyed on the go. With so many choices, it can be hard for Guests to narrow down just what foods and beverages are must-tries, especially in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where bold and exotic flavors can be found at every restaurant and dining location.

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Tree of Life

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom invites Guests to tap into their wild sides and enjoy the beauty of nature and the importance of conservation through immersive experiences, including dining locations. Guests who explore all corners of the Park can enjoy cuisines from around the world and sample unique items that can’t be found anywhere else at the Walt Disney World Resort. These are the ultimate foodie options that can’t be missed at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

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Ahi Tuna Nachos

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Yak & Yeti Restaurant – Ahi Tuna Nachos

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to several table service restaurants, and one of the most popular is Yak & Yeti Restaurant in the Asia area of the Park. This beautifully themed restaurant serves up pan-Asian cuisine from Southeastern Asia for lunch and dinner each day, and Guests can enjoy choices from an extensive menu throughout two floors of beautifully decorated space. The ultimate indulgence on the menu at Yak & Yeti Restaurant is the Ahi Tuna Nachos which feature a bed of crispy fried wontons smothered in sushi-grade Ahi tuna, Asian slaw, wasabi aioli, and a sweet soy glaze for a massive portion with the perfect blending of flavors that can be enjoyed as a shared appetizer or single main course.

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Fried Wontons

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Yak & Yeti Restaurant – Fried Wontons

Yak & Yeti Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom also features a unique and unforgettable dessert that Guests absolutely have to save room for. The Fried Wontons feature perfectly crispy cream cheese-filled wontons skewered with large chunks of fresh pineapple that are served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a honey-vanilla drizzle. They are the perfect combination of hot and cold, tangy and fruity, and smooth and crunchy all coming together to create the perfect bite to end any lunch or dinner at Yak & Yeti Restaurant.

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Baked Macaroni & Cheese with Pulled Pork

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Flame Tree Barbecue – Baked Macaroni & Cheese with Pulled Pork

Mouthwatering barbecue food can be found at Flame Tree Barbecue, a quick-service location on Discovery Island that features a variety of different barbecue styles from across the country. Guests can enjoy their delicious meals from the location on open-air back patios with beautiful greenery, bright colors, and views of Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain in the distance, and one meal is so over the top it cannot be missed. The Baked Macaroni & Cheese with Pulled Pork tops creamy and crunchy baked macaroni and cheese with a heaping portion of smoked pulled pork, crispy onion rings, and crunchy coleslaw for the ultimate barbecue indulgence!

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Tiffins Signature Bread Service

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Tiffins Restaurant – Tiffins Signature Bread Service

Tiffins Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom can be found on Discovery Island just before the bridge that passes into Pandora – The World of Avatar. The table service restaurant features a menu of bold and international flavors that invites Guests to tap into the spirit of travel and adventure for lunch and dinner. A popular way to begin any meal at Tiffins Restaurant is by enjoying Tiffins Signature Bread Service, which is served up in metal tins to make Guests feel as though they are out on safari eating their meals on the go. Guests can sample several types of bread as well as red pepper hummus, spicy coriander yogurt, and ginger-pear chutney to use as spreads. Guests can also find Tiffins Signature Bread Service on the menu at the adjacent Nomad Lounge.

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Surf and Turf

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Tiffins Restaurant – Surf and Turf

There are several unforgettable entrée options at Tiffins Restaurant, but none is as indulgent as the Surf and Turf which brings Guests to South Africa with traditional spices and flavors. The Surf and Turf pairs South African Braai Spiced Beef Tenderloin with seared scallops, potato pave, grilled vegetables, dhania butter, and a cola demi-glace for a filling and completely unique take on surf and turf that can only be enjoyed in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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Pongu Lumpia

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Pongu Pongu – Pongu Lumpia

Pandora – The World of Avatar is one of the most immersive areas in all the Walt Disney World Resort, offering Guests the chance to explore the stunning Valley of Mo’ara where exotic vegetation, gravity-defying floating mountains, and delicious dining options can be found. Pongu Pongu translates to “party party” and is a quick-service counter location found near the exit of Avatar Flight of Passage. This convenient location serves up Pongu Lumpia, unique spring rolls that are filled with a tangy pineapple cream cheese and perfectly fried for a crispy exterior. They are the perfect snack to enjoy while exploring Pandora – The World of Avatar, and a great alternative to traditional chocolate treats.

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Steamed Cheeseburger Pods - Bao Buns

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Satu’li Canteen – Cheeseburger Steamed Pods – Bao Bun

Guests who are looking to enjoy a full meal in Pandora – The World of Avatar can head to Satu’li Canteen, an immersive location that was once the mess hall of the RDA but is now run by Alpha Centauri Expeditions who have given the interior a new look with traditional and cultural items from the Na’vi. Open for lunch and dinner each day, foodies will absolutely love the Cheeseburger Steamed Pods – Bao Buns from Satu’li Canteen which are perfectly steamed bites of ground beef, ketchup, mustard, and cheddar cheese accompanied by a crunchy vegetable slaw and vegetable chips.

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Cinnamon Roll at Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery

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Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery – Colossal Cinnamon Roll

The ultimate breakfast item that foodies can enjoy in Disney’s Animal Kingdom can be found at a quick service location in the heart of the Village of Harambe in the Africa area of the Disney Park. Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery can be found not far from the entrance of Kilimanjaro Safaris and serves up a variety of sweet and savory items throughout each day. Guests who visit for breakfast can dig into the indulgent Colossal Cinnamon Roll, which is a massive serving of warm and moist bread with cinnamon sugar ribbons and a generous topping of smooth icing.

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Mr. Kamal's Fries

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Mr. Kamal’s – Mr. Kamal’s Fries

A great snack option that Guests can customize with a choice of dipping sauce can be found from Mr. Kamal’s quick service location on the pathway between the Africa and Asia areas of Disney’s Animal Kingdom just before the Anadapur Theater. Mr. Kamal’s is a standalone booth that serves up a limited menu of snacks including his signature Mr. Kamal’s Fries, which are coated in a zesty and flavorful spice combination. The fries on their own are delicious, but Guests also have the option of selecting several sauces for dipping, including traditional ketchup, tandoori honey mustard, saffron aioli, and spicy honey ketchup.

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Pulled Pork Jelly Doughnut

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Eight Spoon Café – Pulled Pork – Jelly Doughnut Sandwich

The final foodie item that Guests can’t miss in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the ultimate combination of sweet and savory comfort foods fount at Eight Spoon Café on Discovery Island. This quick-service location is a standalone counter where Guests can order up several unique options throughout the day, but none is as indulgent as the Pulled Pork – Jelly Doughnut Sandwich. This ultimate bite stuffs a sweet jelly doughnut with a heaping portion of pulled pork and serves it with a crunchy slaw for the perfect combination of sweet, smoky, crunchy, and unforgettable!

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About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane has been visiting Walt Disney World since she was a child and has developed a deep love and appreciation of the Disney Parks with a particular interest in the small details and history that can be found all around. Visiting every chance she gets, Caitlin loves to enjoy the ambiance of the Disney Parks and try something new every time. She can often be found eating and drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, riding the Haunted Mansion, sipping on a Lapu Lapu, pretending Illuminations: Reflections of Earth was still in existence, and enjoying seeing the magic through the eyes of her children. When not in WDW, Caitlin can be found at home in New York dreaming of a ride on Living with the Land and counting down the days until her next trip.