It is Animal Kingdom’s 20th anniversary! Meaning I have been visiting this beautiful park for 20 years. I have a lot of favorites, tricks, and tips for Animal Kingdom but this post is dedicated to some of my favorite eats! There are so many amazing food options in Animal Kingdom, but I have elected to narrow down my list to the things I can’t leave without having at least once during a trip. Otherwise, I would probably just link the entire Disney dining page.
Lets start with drinks! One of the most “Instagramable” drinks in Animal Kingdom is the Night Blossom from Pongu Pongu located in Pandora-The World of Avatar right near the exit of the magic that is Flight of Passage. The drink consist of layers of apple and desert pear limeade topped with passion fruit boba balls. The drink itself I absolutely loved, however I’m not a huge fan of boba balls (ever) so I tried a few and threw out the rest. The drink can be enjoyed two ways, non alcoholic or with rum. I haven’t tried the Rum Blossom but I have heard good things. The classic Night Blossom is $5.99. You can get this drink with the souvenir Glowing Unadelta Seed ($8.99) or the souvenir mug and seed ($14.99) as well.
Moving right along, it’s snack time. This little hut is a gem for popcorn lovers. Right over the bridge coming into Africa is a popcorn and glazed nut stand called Mahindi. I swear by this place, they make the absolute best popcorn on property. Without fail, every visit regardless of time my popcorn is fresh, hot, and buttery. I don’t know what they do different there but it’s special.
My second favorite snack is from Flame Tree Barbecue. I say snack because according to Disney, this giant plate of fries, pulled pork, and cheese is a snack credit. I usually split this with my mom during lunch! These are the French Fries with Pulled Pork and Cheese from Flame Tree Barbecue located near the bridge to Dinoland USA. This dish consist of shoestring fries covered in a nacho cheese sauce and the same pulled pork that comes on the signature sandwich. I love the BBQ sauce offering on the condiment bar so I recommend getting extra for dipping. The fries cost $6.79 and are on the Disney Dining Plan as a snack credit.
Okay, time to get serious. This Lamb and Beef Gyro from Harambe Market Place is everything. It comes with a black eye pea salad which is super refreshing. This whole meal is perfect on those hot summer days in Florida. I find most food around property can feel heavy (delicious but heavy) and this gyro is the exception. If you want to try this dish i recommend going for lunch. The Harambe Market Place closes earlier than most any other dining in Animal Kingdom. Like most items on this list, you can share the gyro leaving more room for snacks! The Lamb and Beef Gyro cost $10.99 and is worth every penny.
Last on my list of Animal Kingdom must haves is the Slow Roasted Sliced Grilled Beef Bowl (12.99) from Satu’li Canteen in Pandora-The Land of Avatar. They offer a build your own style experience starting with protein then moving on to base and sauce. This place is so amazing you wouldn’t even realize it’s actually a quick service restaurant. I recommend the bowls for dinner rather than lunch because of how heavy the meal has the potential to feel.
That’s all for Animal Kingdom treats, now go out and explore!