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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Quick Service Dining Guide

When it comes to quick-service at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, you might be surprised by the number of choices available. In fact, there are over 20 different options to pick up a quick service meal or snack.

In this review, we’ll take a look at all of the Animal Kingdom quick service dining locations. I’ll also share what I consider to be the best quick service locations in the theme park.

Animal Kingdom quick service

Animal Kingdom Quick Service

Below you’ll find a list of every quick-service restaurant or kiosk in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This list is in alphabetical order. As we go along, I’ll add a few pictures, menus, and specific locations in the park.

Anandapur Ice Cream Truck

Our first quick-service stop is over in Asia, not far off from the entrance to Expedition Everest. Like almost everything else in the park, the Anandapur Ice Cream Truck is perfectly themed and offers a ton of charm.

Quick Service Animal Kingdom in Asia Section ice cream

The ice cream truck has elaborate artwork and makes for a nice photo background.

Quick Service Ice Cream Truck Animal Kingdom

When you are in the area, you’ll more than likely notice guests walking around with large chocolate and vanilla soft-serve ice cream cones. This is where you can pick one up as well.

The posted menu indicates the different soft serve options.

Quick Service Ice Cream at Animal Kingdom

Offerings include a float, soft-serve waffle cone, soda, or water at the ice cream truck.

Caravan Road – Animal Kingdom Quick Service

Caravan Road has not been open on my last few visits. It’s located across from the Tree of Life near the bridge to Asia.

Kiosk for quick service at Animal Kingdom.

The quick-service kiosk usually offers Asian cuisine in the form of a vegetarian dish and an alternate item. We’ll take a closer look when they re-open.

Creature Comforts (Starbucks)

As you probably already know, all of the Disney theme parks have a Starbucks location. Animal Kingdom’s Starbucks is named Creature Comforts. The quick-service coffee shop is located on the Africa side of Discovery Island just before the bridge.

Coffee location for quick service at Animal Kingdom.

Below is one of the menus posted outside.

But if you’re familiar with Starbucks you know that the menu is significantly longer. You can view the extensive version here on Disney’s site if desired.

Personally, I think Creature Comforts is a good place to pick up a treat or your favorite caffeinated beverage.

Dawa Bar – Quick Service at Animal Kingdom

Dawa Bar is a quick-service bar located in Africa outside of Tusker House restaurant. The photo below is of the large, covered outdoor bar area.

You can order a specialty cocktail here like an African Margarita, Ngumu Jungle Juice, a Lost on Safari, or Harambe Iced Tea. There are also several options for wine and beer.

As you can probably tell, there are plenty of seating options in the above space. We always find it a nice place to stop and wait out a small rain shower or take a break. There’s no purchase necessary for grabbing a seat.

Dino Bites Snacks

When you visit Dinoland, you might find yourself in full-on carnival food mode.

Quick Service Animal Kingdom Dinoland

Thankfully, there are a few decent food stops in the area. Dino-Bite Snacks is one of them.

Per the menu, you can pick up hand-scooped ice cream. And it’s not just any ice cream; it’s Haagen-Dazs. Not only that, you can get your ice cream in a waffle cone, sundae, float, or in between a few freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.

Dinoland Animal Kingdom quick service menu

That’s what the menu says anyway. It also indicates you can get a pretzel or bag of chips. Additionally, no-sugar-added ice cream is available upon request.

Dino Diner

What do you think a quick-service location that’s shaped like a camper and goes by the name Dino Diner serves?

Corn chip pies and chili dogs, of course!

An Animal Kingdom quick service in Dinoland

And that’s exactly the kind of food you can expect in Dinoland. There are also churros and frozen drinks, all a winning combination when it comes to carnival-themed food.

Drinkwallah

If you have ever visited Animal Kingdom on your way over the Asia Bridge toward Expedition Everest, then you’ve probably passed my soda cart.

Drinkwallah quick service at Animal Kingdom

Normally, it sits out front so that you nearly run into it when you come around the corner to turn right toward the forbidden mountain. So if you see it out, you’ll know you are at Drinkwallah!

Isn’t Drinkwallah a fun name? And the tiny quick-service location has so much going for it.

Here you can pick up a frozen coke with or without rum. Drinkwallah also serves cinnamon nuts, chips, and regular drinks like soda and water.

Make sure to take a good look around. Animal Kingdom is absolutely full of true theming. You never really question what kind of park it is when you’re there.

You just know.

Inside the Drinkwallah quick service location.

There’s something that can be said about the safety of stability. I’m lucky to have the park as my neighbor when I’m in Kissimmee.

Eight Spoon Cafe

Eight Spoon Cafe is another kiosk on the Asia side of Discovery Island. This stop also seems to be open on a seasonal basis.

If you are visiting during a higher crowd time, usually everything will be available.

If they are open on your visit, you can pick up a quick service macaroni and cheese dish here.

Flame Tree Barbecue

Flame Tree Barbecue is one of my favorite locations in Disney’s Animal Kingdom to take a break. As far as food? It’s good!

Main quick service for Disney's Animal Kingdom

Here’s a look at the menu. This Animal Kingdom quick service is a barbecue joint, and that’s the only reason I rarely eat here. I’m from the land of barbecue, basically, so I rarely indulge when I’m in Florida.

Besides, Satuli Canteen is the winner of my attention regarding quick service at Animal Kingdom, but we’ll get to that.

Quick service menu at Animal Kingdom

But I don’t think you can go wrong when it comes to Flame Tree, and the outdoor seating area is absolutely wonderful. All of the covered eating areas have wood carvings featuring hunters and their prey in the wild. It definitely takes the win for the best quick-service seating area at Animal Kingdom.

Since I wrote this initial review, I’ve returned to Flame Tree for the vegan hot-links sandwich. If you are vegan or vegetarian, you’ll definitely want to add this to your list.

Harambe Fruit Market

Up in Africa, close to the Kilimanjaro Safaris entrance, you’ll come across the popular Harambe Fruit Market.

I wish there were more quick service dining areas like this in the other parks. There’s always a nice variety of fresh grab-and-go fruits and snacks.

Quick service fruit items Animal Kingdom

You can also get one of those tasty Mickey pretzels here as well.

Animal Kingdom quick service snacks

It comes with or without cheese dip.

And this is also where you pick up the infamous theme park corn on the cob.

Quick Service corn on the cob at Animal Kingdom

It’s one of my favorite treats in the park. The corn comes off the grill and has this wonderful butter flavor with a bit of spicy kick.

Make sure to pack your floss, but it’s so worth it!

Harambe Market

Around the corner from the fruit market, you’ll run into Animal Kingdom’s large Harambe Market. Anyone who enjoys the theming of Animal Kingdom will want to, at the very least, take a walk around the area.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Quick Service Restaurants

Once you enter the market, you’ll be greeted by a variety of different quick-service dining locations.

Entrance to Harambe Market Animal Kingdom quick service locations

This is another space that’s not open during lower crowd times, which is understandable but somewhat disappointing. The seating area, however, is always open. You can walk that corn on the cob right on over here to enjoy it.

One of the walk-up windows is Chef Mwanga’s in the Harambe Market. They offer variety of bowls containing ribs, chicken, and a vegetable option.

This is also where you might be able to pick up the “Most Beautiful Cake.” Take it right on over to the matching wall for a picture.

The area is well-themed offering many interesting things to observe.

And all the bright pops of colors and plants in the area make it feel like you’ve stepped into another space in time.

Toward the very back, you can even sit up against the chain-link fence and watch as the train from Rafiki’s Planet comes into the station.

Place to eat outside at the Harambe Animal Kingdom quick service.

This area used to be elaborately themed, but the trade-off of extra seats with a view isn’t too bad.

Isle of Java

The Isle of Java is where you’ll find Joffrey’s brand of coffee at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Similar to Starbucks, Joffrey’s is also available in each of the four theme parks.

The Isle of Java also offers the popular tiger tail twist similar to the Cheshire tail over at Magic Kingdom. And you can pick up a bite for breakfast here with the sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit. However, at nearly $7, I might eat breakfast elsewhere.

Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery

Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery is located in Harambe and serves Joffrey’s coffee and a few different snacks and pastries. You can preview their menu here on Disney’s site if desired.

This location is a walk-up window and is located right across from the walkway from Mombasa Marketplace.

Quick service at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Mahindi

Mahindi is another quick-service kiosk located in the Africa section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. They have also yet to reopen, so I’ll add a few more photos and details when they eventually do.

In the meantime, you can preview the menu here if you like. The main offerings are popcorn and seasoned nuts.

Pizzafari

Normally, you could expect to get average theme park pizza at a restaurant like Pizzafari. But right now, you can’t even get that. What you can get is a place to stop in and relax during the day.

Since Animal Kingdom reopened, this popular quick service has been turned into a relaxation station. Guests can elect to sit inside or on the patio.

There you can remove your mask and indulge in a break. We’ve been known to grab a snack at neighboring Creature Comforts and bring it over to take a rest.

Make sure to take advantage of these relaxation stations in the parks during your visits.

Pongu Pongu

Over in Pandora, you can stop in for a few fun drinks and snacks at Pongu Pongu.

This is where you’ll find the extremely popular Pongu Lumpia. The lumpia is a cream cheese and pineapple stuffed spring roll that’s served warm.

You might also want to pick up the Night Blossom, another fairly popular menu item here that’s non-alcoholic. Additionally, there’s the Mo’ara Margarita and Rum Blossom.

On the downside, they offer the same sausage biscuit that’s served all over the park for breakfast. With all the different quick-service dining options here at Animal Kingdom, it seems they could do a little better for breakfast.

Restaurantosaurus

Back over in Dinoland, you might find Restaurantosaurus a good stop for lunch.

It’s located on the pathway toward the DINOSAUR attraction. They also have a lounge area offering cocktails, wine, and beer.

The menu at this quick service is similar to what you would expect in any theme park. There are burgers, chicken nuggets, and a shrimp plate. Those looking for a vegan option might elect to order an Impossible burger.

Impossible has become Disney’s choice vegan burger within the last year or so, and I have been really pleased with my experiences. I recently shared one I had for dinner in my Grand Floridian Cafe review.

Royal Anandapur Tea Company

This location carries a variety of coffee, tea, beverages, special cocktails, and pastries. Those wanting to pick up their daily chai latte will want to make a special stop at this popular Animal Kingdom quick service.

Satu’li Canteen

Satu’li Canteen is the location I deem to be the best quick service dining at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. And I think that would be the opinion of most guests who have had the opportunity to try out Satu’li.

Best Quick Service at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Guests can elect to eat inside the large dining hall or outside. The menu offers a variety of different build-your-own-bowl and salad options. You choose a protein option, then add a base and sauce.

This is also the place that offers the popular cheeseburger pod kids’ meals.

Below is a look at the shrimp protein with noodles combination. I ordered this with the charred green onion vinaigrette on the side. I have a full review of Satu’li Canteen available here on the site.

Best quick service meal at Animal Kingdom.

An outdoor dining area is a great option when the weather is nice. There’s not a lot of shade out here, though.

Outdoor dining quick service at Animal Kingdom.

The Smiling Crocodile

Smiling Crocodile is another one of those kiosks that usually only open during higher crowd times. So it may or may not be open when you visit.

It has also yet to re-open this year, so I’ll add in a closer look when life gets back to normal.

The Feeding Ground is in the same vicinity and offers popcorn and a souvenir canteen-style drink.

Tamu Tamu Refreshments

Along the lines of popular quick service at Animal Kingdom, we have Tamu Tamu Refreshments. This stop is located in the Africa section of the park.

Tamu Tamu is so largely popular because they offer Dole Whip. Disney fans usually know where their Dole Whip stop is in every park. They are also very eager, generally speaking, to try out the latest rendition of the dairy-less soft serve. With that being said, not all menu items with Dole Whip are dairy-less.

Currently, you can pick up a cup of Dole Whip, float, King’s Cooler, or Simba Sunset at Tamu Tamu Refreshments.

Make sure to check out the Strawberry Dole Whip at Magic Kingdom when it’s available.

Terra Treats

Terra Treats, when available, is a kiosk on Discovery Island and has small pizzas and cupcakes. You can view their menu here.

Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks

Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks are located toward the back of the park next to Expedition Everest. You can see the prayer flags from Expedition Everest below continuing in this direction.

Another one of the Animal Kingdom quick service in Asia section of the park.

This is a well-known quick service location for picking up a Mickey ice cream bar, popcorn, pretzel, or frozen treat.

They usually offer the latest popcorn bucket like the baby Simba one below.

If you aren’t familiar, guests can purchase a “length of stay” popcorn bucket and pay a minimal charge to have it refilled with fresh popcorn during their vacation. If you have a place to store your popcorn bucket (aka a stroller) easily, it seems to be a fairly decent deal.

Trilo Bites

Trilo Bites is located on the main walkway from Discovery Island into Dinoland. This Animal Kingdom quick service has a walk-up window with no seating area.

Here’s a look at Trilo Bites. Do you know what trilobites are? Yeah, I don’t either.

I’m just kidding. They are, well were, three-lobed arthropods supposedly dating back over something like 500 million years ago. This is my contribution to your “hopefully learned something new today.”

If you already knew that, you might not know that you can pick up a soft-serve ice cream, milkshake (oreo), and an order of buffalo chicken chips at Animal Kingdom’s Trilo Bites.

Apparently, these items all go together. Make sure to hop on Tricera Tops Spin as soon as you finish. Or don’t.

Warung Outpost

Warung Outpost is a kiosk that’s located on the walkway between Africa and Asia. It sits out in front of the theater where Feathered Friends in Flight is held.

When open, Warung serves pretzels, chips, sodas, and a variety of cocktails.

Zuri’s Sweets

All of the Disney parks have a confectionery-like stop for those of you with a sweet tooth. These kinds of places provide those good vacation memories that you look forward to on your next visit.

Animal Kingdom quick service stop at Zuri's.

It’s where you get that massive caramel apple, the one shaped like a Mickey Mouse. Or that dipped crispy rice treat that you find yourself craving anytime you see a friend post on their social media that they’re in Disney.

Maybe you’re the type that picks up a slice of fudge on day one and savors it in tiny slices each night of vacation before bed. I am.

And then there’s cupcakes, cookies, and all sorts of pre-packaged candy.

At Animal Kingdom, that quick service is known as Zuri’s Sweets. It’s located in the very back of Africa nearby the safari. You can go in through the main entrance or cut through Mombasa Marketplace to find it.

Zuri’s is definitely the best quick service option for delectable sweet snacks.

Yak & Yeti Local

Last, and definitely not least, is another one of my top recommendations for quick service at Animal Kingdom. You might remember I recently did a review of Disney’s Yak and Yeti here on the site. That review goes over dining in the table service portion of the restaurant.

The main restaurant offers a quick service option outside to the left. This is where you can pick up a carton of fried rice, egg rolls, and other various cuisines. If I weren’t eating quick service at Satu’li, this would be my next choice.

Here are the items you can expect to find:

Final Thoughts on Animal Kingdom Quick Service

I hope this Animal Kingdom quick service review gave you some good ideas about where to eat on your next vacation. There are just so many options that it’s tough to know what is the best. And a dining establishment that one group may love might not work well for another group.

Make sure to jot down a few of these places that you know will work for your family. I usually like to use the notes app on my phone to makes notes for each park day. It usually goes something like:

  • Things we have to do
  • Things we would like to do

Another point I wanted to make is that vacation time is precious. I always recommend that those who aren’t familiar with the parks go in with a loose plan. Then try your best to tour where you’re at as you work your way around the park. And that goes for adding in dining plans as well.

Whatever you decide, I hope you enjoy your day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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