Animal Kingdom Sustenance

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Disney food is it’s own subculture. There are restaurants that are impossible to get into; there are snacks people will wait in incredibly long lines for; and there are all kinds of Mickey-shaped foods. In short, there is literally something for everyone, from kid staples hot dogs and chicken nuggets, to adult staples like corn dogs and chicken tenders.

Wocka Wocka. So anyway, Animal Kingdom has some awesome eats. Here is a list of my Top 5 Places to Find Food at Animal Kingdom:

Tusker House Restaurant

The only reason this isn’t ranked is because it is not open right now (please, Disney, will you reopen???) and when it does reopen, it’s likely to not be a buffet, BUT….based solely on what I know already, this is actually my number 1 Nomz stop at Animal Kingdom. In the before times, this was an awesome buffet, with something for everyone and featuring food with an African flair.

**As a reminder: Disney’s current policies require all guests ages 2 and up to wear face coverings at all times unless actively eating or drinking (while stationary) or for socially distant photos. Photos may not show current compliance, as they are older.


We have eaten breakfast, lunch, and dinner here and we have never left hungry OR disappointed. And there was a chef that brought me not one, but TWO special allergy plates. You cannot beat that kind of service. Hopefully Tusker House reopens soon!

5. Yak and Yeti Restaurant

Yak and Yeti Restaurant is a Landry’s restaurant, so you can join Landry’s Select and get a table without an Advanced Dining Reservation. Serving pan-Asian food, it is good, but not great. I did like that the chef took my order for food allergies and basically made whatever I wanted (I ordered beef lo mein and while it was delicious, I’ve had better in my own kitchen), rather than me having to stick to a limited menu. The highlight of my meal was the excellent mango sorbet with raspberry sauce and fresh mango. IT WAS SOOOOO GOOD!!!!

4. Nomad Lounge

The Nomad Lounge has specialty cocktails and appetizers, and I’m sure they’re wonderful, but the only reason I go here, and the only reason this is on the list, is for ALLERGY-FRIENDLY CHURROS. Those with gluten/wheat, peanut/tree nut, and fish/shellfish allergies can safely eat these treats right here at Nomad Lounge!!

3. Flame Tree Barbecue

Located in Discovery Island near the entrance to Dinoland USA, this is one of the best quick service restaurants in Walt Disney World. They have HUGE portions, so meals are shareable. Get the ribs and chicken!! This is a great way to save money! Or a great way to try the whole menu! BONUS: they are currently serving the adorable Flamingo Cupcake!!

2. Tamu Tamu Refreshments

ATTENTION: Dole Whip with rum! While this may be the reason many people go to Tamu Tamu, it actually has a little bit more to offer. They’re currently serving a Colossal Mickey Cinnamon Roll for breakfast, among other options. Currently, they have the Simba Sunset, which is a Dole Whip pineapple with watermelon, strawberry, and coconut-flavored syrup that I hope is still available on my next trip, because it sounds AMAZING!!!

1. Restaurantosaurus

Maybe not what you were expecting? A quick service restaurant when there’s Tiffins? For starters, I travel with picky eaters, and have been known to be one myself. Secondly, the last thing I want to do when I’m sweaty from Animal Kingdom is go to a super nice place to eat. And Restaurantosaurus LITERALLY has something for everyone, now that they offer the Impossible Burger! VEGANS RISE UP! I mean, I’m not a Vegan and I like meat, but since I have dietary restrictions, I appreciate restaurants that try to be all-inclusive, and serving the impossible burger is quite a start.

The theming is GREAT! Perfect for Dinosaur lovers! And there is ample seating inside and out.

So there you have it! My Top 5 (plus Tusker House) places to eat at Animal Kingdom! Did your favorite Nosh Pit make the cut?!

**As a reminder: Disney’s current policies require all guests ages 2 and up to wear face coverings at all times unless actively eating or drinking (while stationary) or for socially distant photos. Photos may not show current compliance, as they are older.

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