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Top 6 Reasons We Love Dining In Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom

From walking trails through lush tropical jungles, a thrilling ride into a forbidden mountain, safari tours across wide savannahs, a trek through the mythical world of Pandora, special tours, and spectacular entertainment, Disney’s Animal Kingdom has excitement for guests of all ages. Having a great meal with a favorite character or trying a new dish is part of the fun too. Don’t forget about the fantastic dining options available at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, with something for every budget and appetite. When you’re planning your next adventure to this park, consider these great reasons why we love dining here.

1. Character Interaction

Getting your picture taken with a character at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a lot of fun, but enjoying a meal with your favorite characters is even more magical. Find Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, and their friends all dressed up in safari gear at the colorful Tusker House Restaurant, located in the village of Harambe. As guests are eating a delicious meal from the African-inspired buffet, their favorite characters visit each table for hugs and pictures.

2. Theming

There are many options to pick from when you looking for a place to dine at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and each has a fascinating theme that completely immerses you in your surroundings. The Yak & Yeti restaurant invites guests to enjoy a delicious Asian meal in a quaint Himalayan inn filled with authentic décor and artifacts. If you’re ready for an adventure-filled meal, check out the Rainforest Café and dine in the middle of a lush jungle, complete with tropical animals and even sudden thunderstorms. Tiffins offers guests the chance to dine in an adventurer’s hideaway, while the Tusker House Restaurant is a lively and festive safari buffet with African-inspired flavors.

3. Reserved Show Seating

Rivers of Light, is now part of the Animal Kingdom’s evening entertainment. Rivers of Light takes place on Discovery River and treats guests to amazing special effects and music that weave a mystical tale of the natural world. Reserve a great seat in advance to the show by taking advantage of the Rivers of Light Dining Package. Participating restaurants include Tiffins and The Tusker House Restaurant, and the package includes a meal, a nonalcoholic beverage, and special seating to one of the showings.

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4. Delectable Menus

Many of the restaurants in this park offer tempting menus with Asian, African, or Indian influences, giving guests a great chance to try a new dish or maybe an unfamiliar flavor. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is a quick bus ride away and offers several great restaurants with delicious dishes as well, including Sanaa, Jiko-The Cooking Place, and Boma-Flavors of Africa.

5. Counter Service Options

While there are great choices for full-service dining at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, there are fantastic counter-service options as well. Don’t pass up Flame Tree Barbeque for amazing pulled pork and ribs. Satu’li Canteen is the newest quick service option in Pandora and has refreshing pods and bowls that are unique and extremely tasty – plus the dessert is on point! Pizzafari offers good pizza, flatbreads, and salads, and the Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes offers Asian counter-service meals as well as some American favorites. Disney’s Animal Kingdom provides guests several exotic open air bars that feature unique alcoholic beverages and small snacks, like the Dawa Bar in Africa, Thirsty River Bar & Trek Snacks in Asia, and Pongu Pongu in Pandora – The World of Avatar.

6. Rest and Relaxation

Spending a day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom typically involves a lot of walking in a place that always seems to feel warmer than the other parks in Walt Disney World. Beat the heat, rest your feet, and make time for a great meal in one of this park’s wonderful restaurant choices. It’s the perfect way to relax and talk about the day’s adventures.

About Melissa Fegely

I have been a professional writer for over 18 years with degrees in Biology and English. I am a lifelong Disney fan and a Disney Vacation Club member of over nine years. Having visited Walt Disney World several times growing up, I really caught the Disney bug after many trips with my husband. Now I am happily addicted to taking our son to Walt Disney World as often as possible and watching him experience the magic and Mickey Bars as he grows up. Traveling to Walt Disney World twice a year, I enjoy attending the Flower and Garden festival held in the spring and strolling around the World Showcase, as well as exploring all of the hidden gems that all four parks have to offer. I love helping my family and friends plan their next Disney trips based on my experiences. I also enjoy reading, swimming, traveling, and cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers. I grew up in Southwestern Pennsylvania, attended Shippensburg University, and current live in suburban Philadelphia with my husband, son, and two cats.