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Ultimate Dessert List: Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom

1. “UP!” Cake Push Pop

One of the newest (and trendiest) desserts perfect for an ultimate dessert list at Animal Kingdom is the “Up!” inspired Cake Push Pop. A simple and easy dessert to eat on the go, snag this cake pop from Warung Outpost before seeing the new “UP! A Great Big Bird Adventure” located in Asia. This colorful dessert is layered with earth chocolate cake, mountains and skies of green and blue buttercream, and balloons of white chocolate.

2. Soft serve ice cream from Anandapur Ice Cream Truck

This ice cream truck may seem like an elaborate piece of theming at first glance, with its beautiful painted murals and attention to detail, but it’s actually home to some of the best ice cream in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The menu is simple, chocolate, vanilla, or twist soft serve in a cup or a waffle cone, but on a hot day in the park it can satisfy your sweet tooth and give you some relief from the heat.

3. Chocolate-covered espresso beans from Tamu Tamu Refreshments

Tamu Tamu Refreshments has offered a number of different snacks over the years, but it’s recently been revamped with a dessert-only menu! It’s now another location where you can get Dole Whip (and add dark or coconut rum if you like) but the most unique dessert here comes with the chocolate-covered espresso beans. Perfect to eat on-the-go for a day visiting Animal Kingdom, you won’t find these treats anywhere else at Walt Disney World.

4. Colossal Cinnamon Roll from Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery

You may have seen these cinnamon rolls at Gaston’s Tavern in the Magic Kingdom, but did you know you can now find them in Animal Kingdom too? Made for two, these cinnamon rolls draw you right over once the smell hits you, and they’re perfect for sharing a sweet treat while strolling through Africa.

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5. Sparkling Volcano from Rainforest Cafe

Speaking of shareable desserts, you haven’t lived until you’ve seen the Sparkling Volcano from Rainforest Cafe! Intended for three or more guests, this “volcano” is crafted out of a giant chocolate brownie, stacked to form the shape of the volcano, all served warm with vanilla ice cream. It’s topped with fresh whipped cream, caramel, and chocolate sauces, and as the name suggest, a sparkler!

6. Safari Cake from Harambe Market

Safari Cake is one of the most unique cakes you’ll find anywhere at the Walt Disney World Resort. It’s light and fresh, with a coconut cake base and a pineapple-coconut mousse between layers. The entire dessert is then coated in chocolate, making this sweet treat even more decadent and delicious. Since it’s found way back in the Harambe Market and not really advertised until you’re already ordering food there it tends to fly under the radar, but it’s worth the stop if you’re looking for something totally different for dessert.

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7. Fried Wontons from Yak & Yeti

This tasty treat is only available from the table service side of Yak & Yeti, but this dish alone is worth the reservation! Served on a skewer, these fried wontons are filled with fresh pineapple and cream cheese and topped with vanilla ice cream and a honey-vanilla drizzle. Tart, sweet, and creamy, this is one of the most unique desserts in the park and something you simply won’t find anywhere else. Share it if you also ordered entrees, but get your own if you’re just here for the dessert.

8. Smokey Bones Chocolate Shake from Trilo-Bites

Standard chocolate shakes are available for the younger guests, but for the 21+ members of your party the Smokey Bones Chocolate Shake is a must-have when visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This blend of a classic chocolate shake with bourbon and topped with candied bacon offers a totally new and interesting taste on a well-loved dessert. The bacon even adds some salt to go with the sweetness of the shake–so if you love chocolate covered pretzels for the chocolate salty flavor, you’ll most likely love this one too!

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9. Sorbet tasting from Tiffins

Sometimes you just need something light and refreshing but also sweet to cap off your meal. The sorbet tasting from Tiffins will do just that featuring Kaffir lime syrup, passion fruit curd, and crunchy vanilla crouton over seasonal sorbets. Portions are reasonable and for a signature restaurant the price (under $10) is right, making this a sweet way to end a memorable dining experience in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

10. Banana bread pudding from Tusker House

Love banana bread? You can’t miss the banana bread pudding from the buffet at Tusker House! Found throughout the day, you can enjoy this delicious baked good for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It stands out from the other bread puddings you’ll find around the Walt Disney World Resort as the bananas are baked into the dessert, allowing more of their flavor to blend with this treat.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a graduate of St. Anselm College, where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in History. She completed two Disney College Programs, one at Dinoland U.S.A., in Animal Kingdom, and one at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Hollywood Studios. She is the author of “Brittany Earns Her Ears,” a memoir about her experiences on the college program, and she currently resides in Massachusetts.