The pros and cons of all Animal Kingdom restaurants

(Article last updated: May 24, 2017)

Animal Kingdom has several good options for meals and is one of the best parks to eat in.

Here's a list of Animal Kingdom restaurants to help you plan your time....



Breakfast

Satu’li Canteen (breakfast)

Quick Service

Price (adult/child): $9/$5

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Link to menu

Pros: Unique food options, indoor and outdoor seating, mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

Cons: May not appeal to less adventurous palates


Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks (breakfast)

Quick Service

Price (adult/child): $4.00/$4.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snack credits, Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Good option to grab a quick muffin or pastry on your way to or from Expedition Everest

Cons: No seating available so you'll have to take your food to another location if you'd like to sit to eat


Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery (breakfast)

Quick Service

Price (adult/child): $6.00/$6.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snack credits, Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Service is often quick and it's not as busy as many nearby locations

Cons: Low quality snacks and coffee


Tusker House Rivers of Light dining package (breakfast)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $39/$24

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Link to menu

Pros: Large buffet with lots of good food, classic characters (Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, Goofy and Mickey Mouse) appear in their safari gear

Cons: On the pricier end of restaurant prices at Animal Kingdom, service can be inconsistent

Tips: This dining package uses the same # of dining plan credits as when you eat here without the dining package but includes a voucher for seating at Rivers of Light.


Rainforest Cafe – Animal Kingdom location (breakfast)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $12.00/$6.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Ambiance

Cons: Pricey, not unique to Disney World, loud, waits are often long (even with a reservation), service is inconsistent


Tusker House (breakfast)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $31.00/$19.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Link to menu

Pros: Large buffet with lots of good food (standard breakfast items, along with some African-inspired dishes), classic characters (Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, Goofy and Mickey Mouse) appear in their safari gear

Cons: On the pricier end of restaurant prices at Animal Kingdom, service can be inconsistent

Tips: This is probably the most popular dining reservation at Animal Kingdom. Be sure to book 180 days in advance, particularly if you want the much-coveted 8 a.m. breakfast reservation.


Lunch

Satu’li Canteen (lunch)

Quick Service

Price (adult/child): $13/$6.50

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Link to menu

Pros: Unique food options, indoor and outdoor seating, mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

Cons: May not appeal to less adventurous palates


Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks (lunch)

Quick Service

Price (adult/child): $5.00/$5.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snack credits, Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Favorite frozen treats, pretzels, and popcorn available here. The location makes it ideal for grabbing a drink or snack before watching Rivers of Light.

Cons: No seating available so you'll have to take your food to another location if you'd like to sit to eat.


Harambe Marketplace (lunch)

Quick Service

Price (adult/child): $10.00/$7.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Link to menu

Pros: Well-themed area, unique menu offerings at 4 different windows (at the food windows, you can order food from any of the either food windows if you'd like)

Cons: Seating is all outdoors (though it is covered) and can get really busy. If you can, split up your group between ordering and looking for a place to sit.


Yak and Yeti Local Cafe (lunch)

Quick Service

Price (adult/child): $10.00/$6.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Interesting choices of various Asian dishes

Cons: No indoor seating, inconsistent food quality


Restaurantosaurus (lunch)

Quick Service

Price (adult/child): $12.00/$9.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Large indoor seating area, topping bar that makes the burgers and other sandwiches customizable, refillable drinks (including a spigot for refilling water), mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

Cons: Lines can be long, food is mostly standard fare


Pizzafari (lunch)

Quick Service

Price (adult/child): $11.00/$6.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Lots of indoor seating, generous portions, mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

Cons: Pizza isn't great (though it may be a welcome meal for kids who want something familiar)


Flame Tree Barbecue (lunch)

Quick Service

Price (adult/child): $12/$7

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Link to menu

Pros: Fantastic food (try the pork sandwich, smoked 1/2 chicken or ribs) and picturesque seating areas, mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

Cons: No indoor seating


Tiffins Rivers of Light dining package (lunch)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $67/$26

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Link to menu

Pros: Diverse menu with delicious food

Cons: Unique menu may not appeal to all tastes, pricey


Tusker House Rivers of Light dining package (lunch)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $52/$32

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Link to menu

Pros: Large buffet with lots of good food, classic characters (Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, Goofy and Mickey Mouse) appear in their safari gear

Cons: On the pricier end of restaurant prices at Animal Kingdom, service can be inconsistent

Tips: This dining package uses the same # of dining plan credits as when you eat here without the dining package but includes a voucher for seating at Rivers of Light.


Tiffins (lunch)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $39.00/$14.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Diverse menu with delicious food

Cons: Unique menu may not appeal to all tastes


Yak and Yeti Restaurant (lunch)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $22.00/$9.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Beautiful decor, variety of delicious Asian dishes

Cons: Food is a little pricier, may not appeal to all palates


Tusker House (lunch)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $42.00/$25.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Link to menu

Pros: Large buffet with lots of good food, classic characters (Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, Goofy and Mickey Mouse) appear in their safari gear

Cons: On the pricier end of restaurant prices at Animal Kingdom, service can be inconsistent

Tips: This is probably the most popular dining reservation at Animal Kingdom. Be sure to book 180 days in advance, particularly if you want the much-coveted 8 a.m. breakfast reservation.


Rainforest Cafe – Animal Kingdom location (lunch)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $20.00/$9.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Ambiance, some good food options like ribs, Cobb salad and pasta

Cons: Pricey, not unique to Disney World, loud, waits are often long (even with a reservation), service is inconsistent


Dinner

Satu’li Canteen (dinner)

Quick Service

Price (adult/child): $13/$6.50

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Link to menu

Pros: Unique food options, indoor and outdoor seating, mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

Cons: May not appeal to less adventurous palates


Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks (dinner)

Quick Service

Price (adult/child): $5.00/$5.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snack credits, Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Favorite frozen treats, pretzels, and popcorn available here. The location makes it ideal for grabbing a drink or snack before watching Rivers of Light.

Cons: No seating available so you'll have to take your food to another location if you'd like to sit to eat.


Yak and Yeti Local Cafe (dinner)

Quick Service

Price (adult/child): $10.00/$6.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Interesting choices of various Asian dishes

Cons: No indoor seating, inconsistent food quality


Pizzafari (dinner)

Quick Service

Price (adult/child): $11.00/$6.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Lots of indoor seating, generous portions, mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

Cons: Pizza isn't great (though it may be a welcome meal for kids who want something familiar)


Harambe Marketplace (dinner)

Quick Service

Price (adult/child): $10.00/$7.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Link to menu

Pros: Well-themed area, unique menu offerings at 4 different windows (at the food windows, you can order food from any of the either food windows if you'd like)

Cons: Seating is all outdoors (though it is covered) and can get really busy. If you can, split up your group between ordering and looking for a place to sit.


Flame Tree Barbecue (dinner)

Quick Service

Price (adult/child): $12/$7

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Link to menu

Pros: Fantastic food (try the pork sandwich, smoked 1/2 chicken or ribs) and picturesque seating areas, mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

Cons: No indoor seating


Restaurantosaurus (dinner)

Quick Service

Price (adult/child): $12.00/$9.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Large indoor seating area, topping bar that makes the burgers and other sandwiches customizable, refillable drinks (including a spigot for refilling water), mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

Cons: Lines can be long, food is mostly standard fare


Tiffins Rivers of Light dining package (dinner)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $67/$26

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Link to menu

Pros: Diverse menu with delicious food

Cons: Unique menu may not appeal to all tastes, pricey


Tusker House Rivers of Light dining package (dinner)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $52/$32

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Link to menu

Pros: Large buffet with lots of good food, classic characters (Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, Goofy and Mickey Mouse) appear in their safari gear

Cons: On the pricier end of restaurant prices at Animal Kingdom, service can be inconsistent

Tips: This dining package uses the same # of dining plan credits as when you eat here without the dining package but includes a voucher for seating at Rivers of Light.


Tiffins (dinner)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $39.00/$14.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Diverse menu, indoor and outdoor seating, waterfront views

Cons: Unique menu may not appeal to all tastes


Yak and Yeti Restaurant (dinner)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $22.00/$9.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Beautiful decor, variety of delicious Asian dishes

Cons: Food is a little pricier, may not appeal to all palates


Rainforest Cafe – Animal Kingdom location (dinner)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $20.00/$9.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Ambiance, some good food options like ribs, Cobb salad and pasta

Cons: Pricey, not unique to Disney World, loud, waits are often long (even with a reservation), service is inconsistent


Tusker House (dinner)

Table Service

Price (adult/child): $42.00/$25.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Link to menu

Pros: Large buffet with lots of good food, classic characters (Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, Goofy and Mickey Mouse) appear in their safari gear

Cons: On the pricier end of restaurant prices at Animal Kingdom, service can be inconsistent

Tips: This is probably the most popular dining reservation at Animal Kingdom. Be sure to book 180 days in advance, particularly if you want the much-coveted 8 a.m. breakfast reservation.


Everything Else

Isle of Java

Quick Service

Price (adult/child): $5/$5

On the Disney Dining Plan? No, Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Snacks and unique drinks available (including frozen rum and coke)

Cons: No seating, limited menu


Drinkwallah

Quick Service

Price (adult/child): $5/$5

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snack credits, Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Great spot to grab a snack and frozen drink

Cons: Limited menu, no seating


Pongu Pongu

Quick Service

Price (adult/child): $5/$5

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Delicious, unique drinks and snack

Cons: Drinks that come in souvenir mugs are super expensive


Nomad Lounge

Quick Service

Price (adult/child): $10.00/$10.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? No, Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Link to menu

Pros: Beautiful decor, view toward Pandora - World of Avatar, delicious drinks and food

Cons: Dining Plan credits not accepted


Smiling Crocodile

Quick Service

Price (adult/child): $5.00/$5.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snack credits, Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Unique options that can be a delightful change from burgers and nuggets

Cons: Only snack credits are accepted, closest seating is nearby at the Flame Tree Gardens


Warung Outpost

Quick Service

Price (adult/child): $5.00/$5.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snack credits, Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Great place to grab a quick snack (including Mickey pretzels) or a cocktail (a few margarita options are here, including the Triple Yeti Blast which combines all 3 flavors)

Cons: Open seasonally


Trilo-Bites

Quick Service

Price (adult/child): $7.50/$7.50

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snack credits, Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Fantastic place to use Disney Dining Plan snack credits (menu changes but can include things like sundaes and waffle sliders)

Cons: Limited seating


Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery

Quick Service

Price (adult/child): $10.00/$10.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snack credits, Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Service is often quick and it's not as busy as many nearby locations

Cons: Low quality snacks and coffee


Mahindi

Quick Service

Price (adult/child): $5/$5

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snack credits, Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Great tasting (and smelling!) snacks like popcorn and glazed nuts, Jungle Juice Slushy drink is a unique option available here

Cons: No seating (though there are seats in the vicinity), can be busy


Harambe Fruit Market

Quick Service

Price (adult/child): $4.00/$4.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snack credits, Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Healthy snacks and Mickey pretzels available

Cons: This cart is in a high traffic area so it can get busy


Terra Treats

Quick Service

Price (adult/child): $5.00/$5.00

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snack credits, Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Great spot to grab allergy-friendly snacks

Cons: Limited menu


Dino Bite Snacks

Quick Service

Price (adult/child): $5/$5

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snack credits, Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Great place to grab a snack (like cookies, ice cream, and a drink)

Cons: No indoor seating, though covered seating is available


Dawa Bar

Quick Service

Price (adult/child): $10/$0

On the Disney Dining Plan? No, Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Chance to grab a domestic or African imported drink, great theming

Cons: No food on the menu here, but there are lots of food options nearby


Creature Comforts

Quick Service

Price (adult/child): $6/$6

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snack credits, Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Starbucks drinks and pastries available here

Cons: No seating


Eight Spoon Cafe

Quick Service

Price (adult/child): $6/$6

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snack credits, Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Great place to grab good snacks, including various types of baked mac and cheese

Cons: No seating, limited menu


Anandapur Ice Cream Truck

Quick Service

Price (adult/child): $4/$4

On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, snack credits, Quick Service credit(s)

WDW Prep Favorite: No

Link to menu

Pros: Great place to grab a cool snack (ice cream, bottled water)

Cons: Limited menu


So, where will you be eating during your trip? I'd love to hear what you've decided to do in the comments.

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Rhonda B

Do you have any reviews on the Bohma Restaurant at the lodge? We are going in 20 days! So excited to find your blog. I’ve used so many of your tips planning our trip so far. 🙂

Jason S

We had the breakfast at Tusker house with the characters, they all made it around and this was enjoyable.. And dinner upstairs at the yak and yeti by the windows. That was great! Lunch at the rainforest cafe, could have done without this one. When we go back, we will probably skip lunch. 3 meals with three courses everyday was too much, and I’m a heavy eater.

Karen

Love these restaurant posts for the parks! Any chance you could list location within the park (what “land” or continent) or a map with a coordinating number? Some of the smaller ones I’ve never heard of but their menus look great!

Margaret

We plan to eat at Tusker House in October. We were hoping to make Rivers of Light dining package reservations, but nothing is on the calendar. Any thoughts or suggestions?

Mary Kendall

Thanks for this! Animal Kingdom food is my absolute favorite. I hear the colossal cinnamon roll at Kusafiri is wonderful. Can you confirm?

Elliott

So Rain forest Cafe is located OUTSIDE the park entrance? Is it a pain in the butt to leave the park to eat there for lunch, then try to re-enter the park and go back through security and all that mess? Leaving in 8 days for our FIRST TIME!!!

Lisa Cohen

How long do you think we will need to eat at Tiffins? Thanks

Ann

I never have much luck w/food in AK.

I do love the frozen bananas though.

We have eaten in the Dino area.

I wonder what restaurants might be included in a dinner package for Rivers of Light?

Randy

Shannon, I believe Tusker House dinner includes characters now, but I may be wrong.

Tasha

I am thinking the same thing.

Michelle

Is Tusker House doing character dining at dinner now as well. I keep finding mixed information out there.

Jason Graff

Yes, they have characters at dinner. I just called them and confirmed. The rep. said that they have had character dinners since march.

Daniel Grace

Rainforest isn’t worth the price or the wait. It’s worth walking in to check out, it’s a cool place. We had a table of three adults and one child. The bill was $150 and food was comparable to Applebees. We only got two drinks from the bar, so not much of it was booze.

Aimee

Several weeks ago I had a wonderful kale and quinoa salad with a glass of wine that made my day at rainforest cafe.

phyllis

We ate there years ago and never went back. It’s not as good as Applebee’s. I got a giant pile of mashed potatoes in a wide soup bowl with soup poured over them. Horrible!
I ordered what the menu said was chicken, vegetables and mash potatoes.

Mary

Totally agree. It sounds like it would be fun, but it’s crowded, LOUD, and over priced.

VERY accurate! Worked Restaurantosaurus 2000-2003, while it still had a character breakfast option. Miss it immensely, but wanted to raise my kids back home!

Christy

Anytime I see you post a DAK-specific article I get all nostalgic! As a past CP who worked merch in Dinoland, I know I can trust your articles because you say everything I would say! I always recommend this website 🙂

Also: I love Restaurantosaurus because I love the theme! The grad students who study at the Dino Institute live here. 🙂 After you order, go into the room on your right, then turn right again into the next room, and look up–you can see where the students sleep! The next room on your right is the rec room, which is also super cute!

Kelsey

We ate at Flame Tree on our first trip (together) and really liked it, but we haven’t been back since. We tried Pizzafari, too, but it was just like every other pizza place on WDW property. We generally eat at Restaunrantosaurus when we eat at AK, mainly because of the free refills (big deal for us), the indoor seating, and the toppings bar. If it’s cooler outside, I would definitely try Flame Tree again, though! Just prefer indoor seating when it’s available during the hot summer months!

Also, intersting note for someone who has never eat here – no restaurants in AK (at least QS) will give lids or plastic straws. They are a hazard to the animals (hadn’t thought about it until I ate there the first time). They do have paper straws, but still no lids.

Paula

Thanks so much for this–we are about to take our first trip to Disney World, and are planning to eat at Flame Tree and Rainforest Cafe (we don’t have one where we live, and my son will love the atmosphere; the food is not a big deal), but after reading this, we’re adding the ice cream sandwich at Dino-Bites.

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