Where to grab lunch at Animal Kingdom
Animal Kingdom is lush with different kinds of cuisine. With 5 different areas of the park, each one representing different cultures, the restaurants reflect this diversity. Not only that, there are pockets of great choices in front of your eyes that you may bypass because they have no seating. So check out this list to find your best choices for lunch at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Caravan Road Menu
A great spot to grab a snack style lunch, Caravan Road Menu is found on the road between Africa and Asia and offers beef sliders and edamame. They open at 11am. The perfect thing to grab if you’re on your way to one of the treks in Asia or Africa.
Your Starbucks location at Animal Kingdom, Creature Comforts has all your favourite Starbucks lunch options including sandwiches, bagels and muffins. They open at 9am but will start serving lunch options around 11am. Creature Comforts is found in Discovery Island on your way to Africa.
Opening at 10:30am, Dino Diner is found in DinoLand U.S.A.. Offering a couple snack lunch options Dino Diner has Chili Dogs and Corn Chip Pie (which is nachos with cheese, sour cream, green onions). Unfortunately non of them count as Dining Plan snacks.
Eight Spoon Cafe
Use some dining plan snacks at this Discovery Island counter service spot. Eight Spoon Cafe serves Baked Macaroni and Cheese on its own, with pulled pork or shrimp and chilli sauce. Don’t overlook this small spot. They open at 11am.
Isle of Java
Here you’ll find some snack options that you may want to enjoy for lunch. This coffee spot has the Elephant Ear Pastry which should fill you up for a meal if not more. And of course you’ll find coffee here including an Island Cappuccino which is served with Captain Morgan rum. They open at park open so you can stop here whenever you start getting hungry.
Pongu Pongu is found in the World of Avatar, Pandora, they have a small but great menu for breakfast but for the remainder of the day you can choose between the Colossal Pretzel or Pongu Lumpia (a dessert style spring roll). Not really a filling lunch but ideal if you have an early dinner reservation or at a late breakfast. Plus, you may be stopping here to enjoy one of their raved about beverages.
The place to grab lunch if you’re looking for a snack credit lunch. They serve a couple different sandwiches that are snack credits. They are open faced and artisan. Open during peak times, the smiling crocodile is found on Discovery Island near the entrance to Mickey and Minnie’s meet and greet.
Found as you’re exiting Discovery Island into Africa, Terra Treats serves hummus and veggies and buffalo wing. Terra Treats is open at 11am, at this counter service spot you order up, grab and go.
Check out this small counter service restaurant in DinoLand U.S.A. for their Buffalo Chicken Chips. Which are chips with chicken, blue cheese and all kinds more loaded on top of this dish. Everything else being served here is drinks and of the ice cream variety. But you may want to try these for your lunch item for your Animal Kingdom day. They open at 10:30am.
Yak & Yeti Quality Beverages
Skip the lines at Yak & Yeti’s local cafes by getting some lunch at the neighbouring Yak & Yeti Quality Beverages. They serve an Asian Chicken Wrap and a Ginger Chicken Salad along with sides including spring rolls. They open at 11:30am.
Flame Tree Barbecue
Another great hidden gem, Flame Tree Barbecue has a spot to eat behind the ordering counter that’s actually covered making it a great spot to eat. It’s found in Discovery Island on your way towards DinoLand U.S.A. Flame Tree has delicious bbq options including pulled pork sandwiches, rib and chicken combo, rib dinner and a pulled pork, rib and chicken sampler. Flame Tree opens at 11am and all meals require 1 quick-service meal credits.
Harambe Market is found in Africa and opens at 11am. It’s a proper market with a few windows to choose from. You have Kitamu Grill, Famous Sausages, Chef Mwanga’s and Wanjohi Refreshments. You’ll find rice bowls, gyro either the beef and lamb or chicken variety, you can also enjoy sausages. The seating is outside, so may be your best choice on a hot day or a rainy day.
Kusafiri Coffe Shop & Bakery
Found in Africa on the main path, Kusafiri offers a few sandwiches for quick lunch. Choose between roast beef, turkey, or tomato and mozzarella. They also serve a variety of pastries that could work as a snack style lunch. You can also enjoy an Iced Coffee with Amarula Cream Liqueur, giving you that alcoholic drink to go with your quick-service meal for those on the dining plan making the most of your investment.
Get your pizza fill at Pizzafari in Discovery Island. Open at 11am, you’ll find Pizzafari at the turn off for Pandora. Pizzafari serves a variety of pizzas and caesar salads with or without chicken. There’s not much offered here in the means of alcoholic beverages, there’s 2 beers and one hard lemonade. But it’s certainly an easy option for families. They have a huge area for dining inside. Giving you a break from the weather.
If Pizzafari is your spot to grab pizza, then Restaurantosaurus is your place to grab a burger. Another great place for families because of their familiar menu items, they also have a lot of seating areas. There’s also some chicken nuggets on the menu. Restaurantosaurus is found in DinoLand U.S.A. and opens at 11:30am. Stop in here during your time at this part of the park.
We loved dining here on our last vacation. Satu’li Canteen is found in Pandora and has delicious bowls that you design to your own preference. This restaurant doesn’t just serve delicious quick service meals but they also have a large amount of seating inside as well as under their covered patio. Make sure to save room for their blueberry cream cheese mousse. Round your out of this world meal with grog ale. Satu’li opens at 10:30am for lunch.
Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes
One of the most popular places to grab lunch at the Animal Kingdom, Yak & Yeti’s is a place where you head up to the counter and order then bring your food on a tray back to your table. Because it’s such a busy spot make sure to have one of your party members grab a table while the other grabs the food. The seating is all outdoors. What makes Yak & Yeti so popular is the location, many guests find themselves in Asia by mid day and Yak & Yeti’s is so obvious. It’s not tucked away, it’s right on the path, you can’t miss it. We’ve eaten here a few times and loved our meals, they serve honey sesame chicken, teriyaki beef bowls, rib tips. So you’re getting a very substantial meal for a quick-service location. They are open at park open but start serving lunch around 11am.
Tiffins’ lounge also serves its own menu. So although you can’t order off their main menu, you can satisfy your hunger with a charcuterie board, a bread service, or sliders. You won’t need a reservation for this spot but it may require a bit of a wait. They open at 11:30am.
This sit down restaurant is located at the entrance of Animal Kingdom which means you need to head out to the front of the park to dine here. You’ll find all your favourite rainforest cafe items here including their one of a kind atmosphere creating a memorable dining experience for you and your family. Lunch happens here from 10:15am-4:55pm. With their huge menu and large restaurant, it’s a great spot for large groups.
Found in Discovery Island, Tiffins Restaurant is the Signature Restaurant at the Animal Kingdom. This menu is globally inspired, with dishes from India, Africa and Asia. The restaurant is known for its incredible design as well as its wine list. Guests can dine here for lunch from 11:30am-3:30pm. If you’re on the dining plan Tiffins will require 2 table service meal credits.
This buffet style restaurant is tucked inside Africa. Donald and all of his friends stop in as they take a break from their safari. They are dressed the part. Donald, Mickey, Goofy and Daisy make the rounds as guests grab their food at the buffet. Tusker House offers guests a chance to try some Asian and African dishes while still offering some American favourites. For lunch you can enjoy pita, hummus, curries, black eyed peas salad, and peri peri whole salmon. There’s a special section of kid friendly choices, such as corn dogs, mashed potatoes and mac & cheese. Tusker House gives you a chance to try an assortment of dishes. Lunch is from 11am-3:55pm. You definitely need an advanced reservation for this spot.
We love this restaurant. Found directly across from the bridge taking guests from Asia to Discovery Island, Yak & Yeti is a two floor restaurant that offers Asian inspired dishes. They open for lunch at 11am and serve until 3:30pm. They have a large menu, similar to the size of Rainforest Cafe, but the location is so much better because it’s in the middle of the park. You can grab lunch here after riding Kali River Rapids and before heading to the Kilimanjaro Safari. For a full review of the restaurant click the heading.
Although Animal Kingdom is on par with Hollywood Studios with their lack of dining options, they have much more variety. What you find in one area of the park drastically differs from what you’ll find on the other end of the park. Which means planning is definitely required, especially if you have picky eaters in your group. So take the time to explore your options before you end up eating just anywheres. Happy Planning, Friends.