Sure, Animal Kingdom may not have all of the fun food festivals such as Epcot, but here you can create your own foodie tour by seeking out the best snacks for less than $15!
If you think Animal Kingdom is just a place to watch animals, then you’ll be surprised at all the rides, attractions, shows, and food you can partake in at this one-of-a-kind theme park. A large chunk of the park is geared towards educating you about animals and their habitats, but another chunk is aimed at providing exquisite cuisines around the world.
This is the first part in an installment of Animal Kingdom’s best snacks, so sit back and enjoy!
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#5 Black Bean Burger (with fries) $12.95
First stop is Restaurantosaurus. It is setup as a pre-hysteric, paleontology students dino-themed dorm. This massive restaurant is located in the DinoLand, USA section of Animal Kingdom. Restaurantosaurus features a homey kitchen and the number 5 snack of this post, the Black Bean Burger.
The Black Bean Burger is a spicy Southwestern-flavored patty on a toasted bun with provolone and refreshing house-made avocado spread served with French fries. It’s a tad bit smaller than burgers you may be used to, but it hits the spot and will leave you satisfied.
At Restaurantosaurus, your food will be served quickly and you can put unlimited toppings on your burger at the toppings bar.
You can use Disney Mobile Ordering service for this location!
#4 Chopped Wood-Grilled Chicken Bowl (Kid-size Portion) $7.49
Owned and operated by Alpha Centauri Expeditions (ACE), Satu’li Canteen supplies travelers on Pandora a few of the luxuries of home with meals meant to comfort. The food available at Satu’li Canteen is more health-conscious and more sustainable friendly. Although it is health-conscious, it is undeniably delicious.
Which leads to my number 4 pick, the Chopped Wood-Grilled Chicken Bowl. I was happy to try this smoky chicken goodness.
The bowl included chicken thighs marinated to perfection with garlic and olive oil topped with crunchy vegetable, vinaigrette, and chimichurri sauce. I had it placed on a bed of brown rice to complete the fantastic dish.
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Satu’li Canteen is located inside the new World of Avatar and is the best spot on Disney property for a healthy bite to eat. Plus, you can use Disney Mobile Ordering service for this dish!
#3 Mr. Kamal’s Fries $5.29
The number 3 choice comes from Mr. Kamal’s. This grab-and-go kiosk is located on the path between Africa and Asia right behind the Tree of Life.
Mr. Kamal’s seasoned fries come in a recycled paper boat and topped with tzatzikis salad and siracha ketchup. The tzatziki salad is a delicious combination of refreshing tzatziki, cucumbers, and tomatoes.
But the winner here is the sriracha ketchup!
The Sriracha ketchup is soooo good! The only bad side is that you don’t get that much, but you can always ask for extra on the side. The line at Mr. Kamal’s is usually short due to the fact that most people always walk right past it not knowing what great foodie adventure they’re missing.
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Next time you visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom, be sure to grab this snack at Mr. Kamal’s.
#2 American Kobe Beef Hot Dog $13.99
Get lost in the pan-Asian cuisine at Yak & Yeti Cafe. This café is themed to be located in a quaint village serving delicious dishes from various regions across Asia.
The café is a quick-service eatery located adjacent to the full-service Yak and Yeti restaurant. This charming grub spot offers lunch, dinner and snack options if you don’t want to do the whole restaurant thing.
It has my number 2 Animal Kingdom snack which is the American Kobe Beef Hot Dog. This hearty hot dog is served on a Brioche Bun with French Fries and your choice of toppings: Plain, Banh Mi, or Kimchi.
I picked the kimchi topping.
The beef hot dog is juicy with a smooth spice finish. The kimchi topping is more on the coleslaw side than the traditional presentation, but it’s refreshing, not too saucy, and perfect for Florida days!
#1 Shrimp Topped Mac and Cheese $6.69
If you like mac and cheese, then this is the spot for you! Eight Spoon Café serves a creamy trio of baked macaroni & cheese dishes. This includes options such as, regular mac and cheese or other offerings served with pulled pork and barbecue, or shrimp and sweet chili sauce!
For my number one choice I picked the Shrimp Topped Mac and Cheese. This savory baked macaroni & cheese is topped with shrimp and sweet chili sauce. The cheese is creamy, slightly sweet with just the right amount of sharpness. It’s baked with a home-style touch, which is a plus for such a small kiosk in the park.
The Eight Spoons Café only has two small tables, but you can get a table at the Flame Tree BBQ location which has epic views of Expedition Everest on the back of it.
This is a must stop for any ThemeParkHipster visiting Animal Kingdom.
As you can see, this park offers way more than your average theme park. You just have to know where to look and be adventurous. My biggest advice for you is to stop and look at each menu of the small kiosks you pass. You never know what delicious cuisine you may discover.
Let me know what your favorite Animal Kingdom snack is in the comments below!
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