Today is our fourth and final $20 a day meal plan for visiting a Walt Disney World theme park. Disney’s Animal Kingdom has some great counter service food options, and I decided to include my ultimate favorite theme park snack too! But before we get started have you read our first three installments?
- Magic Kingdom Meals on Just $20 a Day
- Epcot Meals on Just $20 a Day
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Just $20 A Day
Now let’s get wild – it’s a jungle out there! Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the park I spend the most time visiting. I find that the animals make it a different experience every time, and it features the best stage shows on property, which are a weakness of mine. That is why I was surprised that when I thought about breakfast items there, I couldn’t think of anything that stood out. Determined to redeem my favorite park, I set out to try something new. After reviewing menus I decided on the African spice cake from Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery for $4.25 after tax. I’m disappointed to report this was basically coffee cake with a strange layer of icing in the middle. My husband thought it was great, but I was bummed “African spice cake” wasn’t something more exotic. If I had it to do over again I would go with something cheaper and more predictable. Balance after breakfast with free ice water: $15.75
For lunch I went for one of my old favorites. This meal is so perfect that I have been known to grab one to-go on my way out of the park. (Did you know that most Disney counter service restaurants keep foil behind the counter to cover dishes in case you’d like to take them to-go?) The smoked chicken salad from Flame Tree Barbecue is one of the best salads on all of Disney property. It features thinly sliced smoked chicken, shredded carrots, pinto and garbanzo beans, crunchy tortilla chips, corn, and a combination of two dressings. The flavors blend together so perfectly that it’s really a table service quality dish and a steal at $9.79 after tax. It is also very filling for a salad with all those beans and soft, delicious chicken. The only salad I’ve found that is better than this one is the much pricier Famous Cobb at The Hollywood Brown Derby. Balance after lunch with free ice water: $5.96
For dinner I decided to grab my absolute favorite snack in all the parks. It is rather large, so it really does eat like a meal. The jalapeño cheese stuffed pretzel is the perfect cheesy snack and not nearly as spicy as you would think! The cheese inside is rich and doesn’t taste fake. These are served at several locations in the parks, with Magic Kingdom being the only place they aren’t sold. The easiest place to find them at Animal Kingdom is at the Harambe Fruit Market. For just $4.79 after tax you can try this delightful treat! This same style of pretzel is also offered with cream cheese filling and sprinkled with sugar, but I’ve never thought it could compare to jalapeño variety. Fair warning – these pretzels are highly addictive!! Balance after dinner with free ice water: $1.17
So there you have it – you can survive in any Walt Disney World theme park for just $20 a day! What would you have chosen if you had $20 and a day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom? Remember, if you’d like to plan your meals to check out our Touring Plans Menus. Thanks for reading. Please let us know your thoughts or ideas for future stories in the comments below.