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Dining in the Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Updated on November 30, 2014

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Dining in Animal Kingdom can be an experience. This park has a variety of restaurants to choose from, everything from counter service to a sit down meal can be found here. It just depends what you want to experience.

Let me walk you though some of the dining experiences that can be found here.

Just before you enter the park on the left hand side you will see a restaurant called the Rainforest Café. I am sure that many of you have heard of this restaurant, but in case you haven’t I will tell you about it. Words can’t do justice to this amazing restaurant/gift shop. When you first walk in you will see a huge, I mean huge, fish tank filled with exotic fish. Once you get past that you will see a bar with animal shaped bar stools then looking up you will notice a jungle of greenery.

The Rainforest Café is set up inside like a rainforest. It’s filled with green plants and animatronic animals that move and make noises. Looking around you will see a jungle cat, an elephant and more. When you are seated you will notice that the weather changes, you will experience a thunderstorm and rain (no rain on your table). This is a sit down restaurant that I recommend reservations for. They serve a variety of food that will temp the taste buds of everyone in your party.

As you are walking through the park you will see a variety of counter service restaurants, including Pizzafari, Restaurantasaurus, and Flame Tree Barbeque.

Pizzafari is as the name implies a pizza joint. Disney’s pizza is pretty good, so if that’s what you are looking for this is the place. They serve pizza and salads including a variety of drinks.

Restaurantasaurus is a counter service restaurant; you get your food and sit at a table. They have burgers and fries here much like McDonalds. You will find hot dogs, bean burgers and chicken nuggets in this dino themed restaurant. The food here is good; we eat here almost every time we visit this park.

The Flame Tree Barbeque goes without explanation. This is a counter service restaurant with excellent barbeque. They serve barbeque chicken and pork as well as various drinks including beer and wine.

The Tusker House Restaurant is a sit down restaurant that I recommend reservations for. This is a buffet filled with delightful foods. It is located in the Africa part of the park and includes African and American foods. This restaurant has Character dining and is uniquely themed. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Yak and Yeti Restaurant is located in the Asia part of the park and is a nice sit down restaurant that I also recommend reservations for. Do not get this confused with the Yak and Yeti counter service restaurant. Here you will find fine themed dining in a relaxed atmosphere. They serve sweet-and-sour chicken, Kobe beef burgers, tempera-battered shrimp, and vegetarian choices as well. For the kids lo Mein noodles, egg rolls, and chicken bites.

When you walk around the park you will come across many what Disney refers to as counter service restaurants each one serving something a little different.

If you are just looking for a snack, I love Disney’s soft pretzels and I swear that they make the best popcorn in the world. But it could just be that I’m in Disney – who knows? I love the cinnamon churros, but my all time must have is the Mickey ice cream. A trip to Disney is not a trip without this treat. Once again, my opinion, but I have found these parks serve some pretty good food overall.

Some of the quick serve restaurants have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for kids. These come pre packaged for convenience. Yes, I have tried them and yes, they are pretty good as well. I have even been on a budget and bought myself a children’s cheeseburger meal. It was plenty to fill up on, but I understand not everyone can eat a small burger and be full.

I only wish that every Disney restaurant had free refills on drinks. I think there may be a total of three that have free refills, I could be wrong. But one of them is in EPCOT, one in Animal Kingdom (Restaurantasaurus) and the other in Hollywood Studios.

The Tree of Life-Animal Kingdom

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The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life is the center piece for Animal Kingdom and has many beautiful carvings located on and around it. You will be able to see these when you are in line for It's a Bug Life show, located under the tree.

Don't miss the opportunity to see this.

Dining in Animal Kingdom

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      Shelly Wyatt 3 years ago from Maryland

      I've had some instances where the food at the counter service restaurants could have been better, that's for sure.

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      J Mughal 3 years ago from Sunrise, Florida

      I didn't get sick from the food, but the prices and thus the taste was quite disappointing ....:(

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      Shelly Wyatt 3 years ago from Maryland

      Wow I'm sorry to hear that. The food is expensive that's a fact, but I've never had bad food. I do stay away from room service because it's so expensive.

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      J Mughal 3 years ago from Sunrise, Florida

      I can't afford Orlando! I have stayed at the Animal Kingdom hotel--wonderful experience, especially with the animals just outside your deck. Unfortunately, I ordered room service, and not only was the food extremely expensive but pretty terrible.