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Best Disneys Animal Kingdom Restaurants for Teens at Walt Disney World

Updated on December 17, 2014

What are the best restaurants for teens & adults at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park?

It is easy to find dining experiences for young children at Walt Disney World.  There is a plethora of character meals and you certainly never have to go far to find a kids meal.  But are there any memorable or fun restaurants at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park for older kids, junior high students, and teens?
We’ve compiled a list of Animal Kingdom theme park restaurants we consider the best Disney has to offer big kids and teens.  We aren’t including counter-service / fast food type locations in this list – just table service restaurants. 

The Rainforest Cafe has an entrance outside the park so you can did there without a theme park ticket but you'll need a Disney theme park admission ticket to enter Disney's Animal Kingdom, even if you're only going into the park to dine.  If you're driving, parking will be about $14 for the day - unless you are staying at an official Walt Disney World Resort hotel.

We have links below to our articles about dining with teens in the other Disney theme parks, Downtown Disney, and resort hotel restaurants.

All photos are my own. (c)Stephen Johnson.

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Try something new and different with your teen!

The Rainforest Cafe has a wonderfully themed interior and a menu that has something for everyone.
The Rainforest Cafe has a wonderfully themed interior and a menu that has something for everyone. | Source
Tusker House has classic Disney characters in safari outfits present in the dining room at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Tusker House has classic Disney characters in safari outfits present in the dining room at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Inside Yak & Yeti - a restaurant in the Asia area of  Disney's Animal Kingdom park at Disney World.
Inside Yak & Yeti - a restaurant in the Asia area of Disney's Animal Kingdom park at Disney World. | Source
Inside Boma - a great buffet at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.   Try the zebra domes - they're delicious!
Inside Boma - a great buffet at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. Try the zebra domes - they're delicious! | Source
Bread service appetizer at Sanaa - a restaurant in Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge at Disney World.
Bread service appetizer at Sanaa - a restaurant in Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge at Disney World. | Source

Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park Dining Choices for Older Children and Teens

  • Rainforest Cafe© ~ You may have been to a Rainforest Cafe© in another city - if so, you know what to expect: great jungle / rainforest type theme with good but not amazing food. There is also a Rainforest Cafe© located in Downtown Disney. Rain Forest Cafe now participates in the Disney Dining Program.
  • Tusker House ~ This restaurant is a Disney character dining location with classic Disney characters (Donald & Daisy Duck, Minnie Mouse, and Goofy) present at breakfast, lunch in dinner but this restaurant has a bit of an African theme and offers a nice buffet with some interesting choices, without being overly exotic. This park has a lot of outdoor activities and can be warm so you may appreciate the chance to sit and cool down in a nice air-conditioned space.
  • Yak & Yeti ~ This is a new restaurant by the same people who created the "Rainforest Cafe©" and "Joe's Crab Shack". It is a bit spendy - with entrees starting at $18.99 and going up to about $24.99. The restaurant very well themed to look like something you imagine you'd find in Nepal or Tibet. TIP: Try to make a reservation for this restaurant's last seating (usually) at 4:30PM - you can watch Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade in the Asia Area and then hurry over to check in for dinner.
  • Restaurants at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (Hotel) - It is a quick bus ride over to Disney's Animal Kingdom lodge, where you'll find some great dining options to follow a fun day at the Animal Kingdom theme park. Our favorite is "Boma"- a unique buffet with "African Inspired" foods. They encourage you to try little bites of lots of things and then go back for more of the foods you liked best.

    Sanaa is over at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village and is a sit-down restaurants with some very good and unique choices. The bread service appetizer is SO good with options that include six or nine different toppings. If you go during daylight hours, ask for a table next to the window so that you can look at the animals out on the resort's savanna. The food may not appeal to picky or unadventurous eaters but the setting and menu may be a fun choice for your teen, now that they've outgrown chicken nugget kids' meals.

    All of these restaurants participate in the Disney World Meal Plans.

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