10 Best Desserts at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom is known for its unique attractions, but there’s plenty of great food as well.  Whether you’re looking for a quick sweet treat to enjoy on the go, or looking to cap off a meal at one of Animal Kingdom’s table-service restaurants, we’ve got you covered.  Read below for the Ten Best Desserts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!


1. Churros

I’m hesitant to share this information because one of my favorite things about the Nomad Lounge is that it’s off the beaten path and a quiet reprieve from the busyness of the park.    My other favorite thing about Nomad Lounge is their Churros.  This (gluten-free!) treat comes hot and crispy, with the perfect dusting of sugar and dipping sauce.

2. Dole Whip (with Rum)

Dole Whip, which is also served at Aloha Isle in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom, has a tremendous cult following among Disney fans.  The creamy, tropical delight is a perfect sweet treat on a hot day, and the fact that you can only get it at a few locations in Disney World seems to increase its appeal.  At Animal Kingdom’s Tamu Tamu Refreshments, you can get the original Dole Whip Pineapple Soft Serve or spice it up with either dark or coconut rum!

3. Night Blossom

Some people may disagree with a frozen beverage making its way onto a dessert list, but once they drink the Night Blossom they will probably understand.  This drink, served at Pongu Refreshments in Pandora, is bursting with color and flavor.  With a base of limeade, paired with apple and dessert pear flavors, and topped with passion fruit popping boba, this drink is perfect at any time of day.  So go ahead – have dessert for breakfast!


4. Fried Wontons

Fried Wontons for dessert?  Yup – you read that right!  Yak and Yeti has taken one of the staples of Asian restaurant cuisine and given it a dessert makeover.  These wontons are stuffed with sweet cream cheese, served on skewers with fresh pineapple, and accompanied by vanilla ice cream and a honey-vanilla drizzle.  It’s a great light dessert and perfect for sharing.

5. Banana Bread Pudding

Google Tusker House’s Banana Bread Pudding and your search results will be flooded with people sharing the recipe and their tales of making it at home.  It’s literally one of those foods you encounter at a restaurant that you need to have more of, and if you’ve got a while before your next Disney trip, then a home recipe will have to suffice!

6. Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar

Hard chocolate outside.  Creamy, cool vanilla inside.  A Disney classic that holds its own against the rest of the creative options on this list.  It’s available at snack carts throughout the park, so it’s generally close by when you need it.

7. Blueberry Cream Cheese mousse

This dessert, one of two options at Satuli Canteen in Pandora, makes the list on looks alone.  The blueberry cream cheese mousse is housed in a sparkly blue pod, topped with a vivid passion fruit curd and a dollop of whipped cream.  It’s just asking to be photographed for your Instagram feed!

8. Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

If you’re envisioning a packaged ice cream sandwich that you can get at any grocery store, throw that image away.  The Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich at Dino Bite Snacks is so much more!   Order up this treat and you’ll get hand scooped vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.  With cookies that are 6” in diameter and 3 scoops of ice cream, these really could take the place of a meal!

9. South American Ganache

Are you reading this list wondering where the chocolate is?  Well, look no further – we’ve save the chocolate for last.  We’ll start with Tiffin’s South American Ganache.  Small in size, this dessert is meant for enjoying slowly so that you can savor the deep, dark chocolate flavor.  Garnished with an edible flower and caramelized banana slices, this is the perfect ending to a signature dining experience at Tiffins.

10. Sparkling Volcano

Since Disney likes to end their days with fireworks, we’ll end our list the same way.  Make sure you bring friends to help you – this Rainforest Café dessert featuring a tower of three warm, giant brownies, vanilla ice cream, chocolate and caramel sauce, and topped with a “firework” is designed to feed three or more.  It’s a great way to end your day at Animal Kingdom!

About Katie D

I grew up in New Jersey in a family where the word “vacation” was synonymous with “Disney World.” After a few years of visiting regularly, my family became Disney Vacation Club members which meant we visited even more! Going to Disney always felt kind of like going home, and some of my best childhood and teenage memories occurred there. Now that I live in Jacksonville, FL I am excited to be a short drive from this magical place and look forward to making new memories for years to come.