Skip That Quick Service Restaurant, Eat Here Instead at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

With lands like DinoLand U.S.A., Pandora – The World of Avatar, Discovery Island, Africa, and Asia, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a great Park for adventure!  And thankfully, this goes for your taste buds, too.  

Imaginative restaurant theming and creative, delicious dishes abound throughout the Park, whether a Guest chooses a table service restaurant or a quick service restaurant.  Here are a few quick service restaurants you can rest easy about skipping during your Walt Disney World vacation, and a few you’ll be glad you didn’t skip.

Skip: Restaurantosaurus

This one stings a bit, because we adore the dinosaur theming of Restaurantosaurus in Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s DinoLand USA.  And if you have budding paleontologists in your party, you will probably want to give this one a try.  But if we’re being honest, the food here simply isn’t as exciting as the food at the quick service restaurants that make the top of the list in this Park.  

Eats here are largely comprised of typical American fare like hot dogs, cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets.  Nothing wrong with it, but nothing really special, either.  Skip this one if uniquely yummy dishes are most important to you, and just take a stroll through Restaurantosaurus to appreciate the theming instead. 

Eat At: Flame Tree Barbeque Instead

Guests rave about Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park’s Flame Tree Barbeque, in Discovery Island, and rightfully so.  Specifically, the BBQ sauce served here makes people swoon (we attended a wedding where the bride and groom were so obsessed, they created their own version and gave it to every guest as a gift – you can find the recipe online).  

Flame Tree Barbeque is a carnivore’s delight, with its smokehouse meat and massive portions.  There are some (though limited) items for veggiesauruses here, too.  This is comfort food at its best – and you sure won’t leave hungry.  Just be sure not to feed the birds that often frequent the outdoor eating area!

Skip: Harambe Market

Harambe Market, located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park’s Africa, would probably be on the “eat at” list if it was in a different Walt Disney World Theme Park.  It just has some serious competition here in Animal Kingdom, which is why we’ve put it in the “skip it” category.  But know that if you have the time, and you’ve already checked out the quick service restaurants that top our list, Harambe Market is well worth visiting.

It’s visually stunning, themed as a market in Africa.  There’s no shortage of fun details to look at (hunt for the Hidden Mickeys!), and food is sold from open-air market-esque stalls.  The menu’s a bit more limited than other quick service restaurants in the Park, and features rice and greens bowls with various meats.  Little ones will love the Simba-themed cupcake for dessert!

Eat At: Satu’li Canteen Instead

Satu’li Canteen is the go-to spot for hungry travelers in Pandora – The World of Avatar.  It ticks all the boxes for a memorable meal in Walt Disney World.  

Trademark Imagineer theming is at its best here: the backstory is that this used to be an RDA mess hall, and it’s now been converted by Alpha Centauri Expeditions.  You’ll find beautiful Na’vi artifacts and art throughout, punctuated by remnants of its former harsh, utilitarian décor, giving the restaurant a unique look and feel.  But it’s the delightful, other-worldly food that is the star here. 

Anyone who thinks healthy food can’t also be delicious and utterly creative, get ready to be proven wrong!  From customized protein bowls and cheeseburger steamed pods to alien-looking yogurt bobo balls and bright blue desserts, the globally-inspired food at Satu’li Canteen is an adventure unto itself!

Skip: Pizzafari

A Guest would be hard-pressed to think of a restaurant anywhere in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park that is as colorful as the interior of Pizzafari.  Seemingly every hue in the rainbow is represented here, with cheerfully vibrant animal artwork on every wall.  But while the décor may inspire happiness, Pizzafari’s menu may not do the same.  

There are very few offerings here besides pizza, which may be fine if, for example, you’re feeding kids who aren’t picky about the quality of their pizza.  Unfortunately, the pizza tends to be doughy and average at best.  With so many other excellent quick service options in the Park, feel free to skip this one.

Eat At: Yak & Yeti Local Foods Café Instead

There are no doughy pizzas in sight at Yak and Yeti Local Foods Café.  Like nearby table service Yak & Yeti Restaurant, the food here is inspired by cuisine across Asia, and it’s wonderfully unique – not to mention delicious.  Pork egg rolls, sweet-and-sour tempura shrimp and vegetable masala are just a few of the dishes available here.

You won’t be able to dine among exquisite Nepalese artifacts here like you can in the full service Yak & Yeti Restaurant, but if you’re looking for similar Pan-Asian dishes in a quick service atmosphere, this is the place to be!

Bottom Line

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park boasts some of the most fabulous quick service restaurants in all of Walt Disney World.  You’re in for a treat when you dine here!  While there are some quick service restaurants that you may want to skip (or just walk through without stopping to order), others are worth savoring.

About Stacy Milford

Stacy has lived in 4 countries on 3 continents, and travels whenever humanly possible. Passionate about music theatre, dessert, and adventure in the great wide somewhere, she visits Walt Disney World every year, usually during Halloween! Stacy currently divides her time between writing and teaching English as a second language to children in China, and is pretty sure growing up is over-rated.