Counter Service Restaurants

Table Service Restaurants

Food Carts

Bars or Lounges

Because touring the Animal Kingdom takes less than a day, crowds are heaviest from 9:30 a.m. until about 3:30 p.m. Expect a mob at lunch and thinner crowds at dinner. We recommend you tour early after a good breakfast, then eat a very late lunch or graze on vendor food. If you tour later in the day, eat lunch before you arrive, then enjoy dinner in or out of the theme park.

Animal Kingdom isn't particularly exotic. You'll find a lot of counter service fast food, along with Tusker House, a buffet-style restaurant, and Yak and Yeti, a table-service restaurant, in Asia. You'll also find plenty of traditional theme park food—hot dogs, burgers, and the like—but even the fast food is superior to typical Disney fare. Our two counterservice favorites: Flame Tree Barbecue in Discovery Island, with its waterfront dining pavilions, and Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes (just outside the full-service Yak and Yeti) for casual Asian dishes from egg rolls to crispy honey chicken.

The new Harambe Market, to the right as you approach Kilimanjaro Safaris, has four windows, each serving a different specialty food. Choices include spice-rubbed ribs, batter-fried sausages, and grilled chicken or beef kebabs. Beer and South African wines are also available.

A Whitestone, New York, dad thinks we sell Tusker House short:

You really underestimate Tusker House. It was easily the best buffet, and the characters at lunch ended up making it a great meal.

A Cambridge, England, reader loved the full-service Yak & Yeti:

Our meal was the best we had in the World—in fact, some of the best Asian cuisine we had tried since our travels in Southeast Asia—yet we were dismayed to see tables of Americans next to us ordering burgers with so many Asian specialties to choose from.