Dining at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Disney's Animal Kingdom has taken an innovative approach to its animal-themed restaurants beginning with the Rainforest Cafe, located just outside the entrance to the theme park. Inside the theme park, guests will find a generous helping of traditional fare along with a sprinkle of African- and Asian- inspired selections.
Restaurants and eateries are classified by meals served and amount you should expect to spend per person:
$ = Inexpensive (under $15)*
$$ = Moderate ($16 to $25)*
$$$ = Expensive ($26 to $45)*
$$$$ = Very Expensive (Over $45)*
NEW! Picnic in the Park
Disney’s Animal Kingdom is serving up a new mealtime option with an alternative to restaurant dining — “Picnic in the Park.” The to-go meal includes either sandwiches or rotisseries chicken or ham. Sandwich choices are chicken wrap, ham grinder, tuna pita or turkey foccacia (and you can request a variety). All meals include sides, desserts and bottled water for each guest.
The al fresco meal is reasonably priced with sandwich picnics ranging from $24.99 for three to $48.99 for a meal serving six. Rotisserie picnics range from $29.99 for three to $56.99 for six. Guests can make arrangements by stopping at a podium near the entrance of Disney’s Animal Kingdom between 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. daily, or if you’re already in the park or it’s after 1:00 p.m., you may order picnics at the podium at Tusker House Restaurant. Picnics are ready for pick-up within two hours at Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery in the park. The Picnic in the Park is considered a “quick-service” meal for those guests on the Disney Dining Plan.
Tusker House Restaurant - This African-inspired buffet features hand-carved meats and a variety of interesting tastes, such as chutneys, hummus, spiced tandoori tofu and couscous salad. Choose by the glass from more than a dozen South African wines. Character Breakfast $$. Lunch and Dinner $$ to $$$. (In Harambe)
Yak & Yeti Restaurant - The newest dining establishment at Disney's Animal Kingdom features table-service and a full-service bar. Decorated with eclectic antiques and artifacts, including elaborate staues of ancient gods and goddesses and an intricately carved wooden staircase that was made in India, the atmosphere is as much a treat as the food. Menu selections range from appetizers to Shaoxing steak and shrimp, and the full-service bar features five varieties of chilled sake; as well as, beers from India, Thailand, Singapore, China and Japan, and wines. (Located in Asia - Dining room seats 250)
Chakranadi Chicken Shop - In a hurry? The adjacent quick-service restaurant with outdoor seating, features a limited menu of sweet-and-sour pork, crispy honey chicken, fried rice, egg rolls and other Asian favorites. Lunch and Dinner $. (Seats 350 Outdoors)
Restaurantosaurus - Themed as a camp dorm for paleontology students, dinosaur memorabilia and class notes line the walls and those "nature students" keep guests happy with beverage refills. Since this restaurant is presented by McDonald's you will find the usual Chicken McNuggets, Fries and Happy Meals, but the Disney chefs have had their way with the hamburgers, chicken sandwiches and hot dogs. Lunch and Dinner $.
Flame Tree Barbecue - In addition to some pretty usual beef and pork BBQ fare, this counter-service eatery also offers a salad with BBQ chicken, fruit plate and smoked turkey sandwich. Lunch and dinner $. (Outdoor seating)
Pizzafari - Pizza with its special crust baked in an open-hearth oven is the specialty. The quick-serve eatery also offers a chicken parmesan sandwich and hot Italian-style sandwich, but it is the restaurant's decor that will impress. The walls are covered with animal murals and the ceiling is lined with colorful animal figurines. Lunch and Dinner $.
Rainforest Cafe at Animal Kingdom - This popular full-service national chain restaurant is a wild place to eat — from the animal shaped bar stools at the Magic Mushroom Bar to the waterfalls, lush plants and animatronic animals that roar to life when you're least expecting it. The best thing is you don't need park admission, because there is an entrance outside the park. You do need reservations though, unless you're up for a long wait. Lunch and Dinner $$ to $$$.
If you take a closer look around there are many eating opportunities throughout Disney's Animal Kingdom. Delights such as "dinosaur" (turkey) legs in DinoLand U.S.A.; fresh-baked cookies at Chip 'N' Dale's Cookie Cabin, located in an Adirondack-style cabin at Camp Minnie-Mickey; or, ice cream bars with the imprint of Simba's paw are just the beginning of the colorful food counters found along the streets of Disney's Animal Kingdom.