Location: Pizzafari is located in Discovery Island near the walkway to Camp Minnie-Mickey. As you walk to Asia from the base of the Tree of Life or the entrance of the Park, you’ll see it on your left as you walk toward Africa.
Food Type: Pizza, Salads, and a Hot Sandwich
Dining Plan: One Quick Service or One Snack
Discounts: Unlike most quick services, Pizzafari accepts Tables in Wonderland and the gratuity isn’t added, for a total savings of 20%.
Unique Items: Chicken and Vegetable Pasta Salad, Eppa Organic Sangria.
- Plenty of indoor, air-conditioned seating in a pleasant atmosphere. Outdoor seating is also available.
- Ordering process is usually quick.
- Convenient from Africa, the main entrance, and DinoLand.
- Serves breakfast in the morning.
- The Hot Italian Style Sandwich is delicious.
- Portions are large, especially the Sandwich and Pasta Salad.
- It’s usually open through Park close.
- Although it’s not bad, the pizza isn’t anything to write home about.
- Limited menu choices.
- Inconvenient from Asia.
Value: Average. The menu here is similar to Catalina Eddie’s at Hollywood Studios and your resort also probably serves the same items in its food court. If there’s more than one of you I would suggest ordering a few different things and sharing them. The sandwich, pizza, and Caesar salad are all good and complement each other nicely.
Reputation: Pizzafari is overshadowed by the superior Flame Tree Barbecue, but it isn’t a bad choice in its own right. And let’s be realistic, once your kids find out there’s pizza at the Animal Kingdom you’re going to be coming here anyway. I don’t usually advocate lying to children, but if you want to eat at Flame Tree you might have to tell them Pizzafari means “Broccoli Palace” in African or something. Anyway, Pizzafari is a decent stop if you’re in the mood for pizza, salad and sandwiches rather than barbecue. It may even be a better stop than Flame Tree if you want to get out of the heat or aren’t in the mood to fight off the birds and ducks. The comfort level in the summer heat really can’t be overstated.
Pepperoni Pizza with Side Caesar:
I’ve always enjoyed Disney pizza, knowing that it’s basically Digorno/Pizza Hut/Costco quality stuff. It’s not going to win any awards, certainly, but it’s hot, well covered in cheese, and has a decent number of pepperonis on it. It’s nothing special and the side Caesar salad is a little on the sad side, but it’s a decent meal if you’re in the mood for pizza and I don’t have any qualms about recommending it. You’ll find the same recipe at Pizza Planet in Hollywood Studios, Cataline Eddie’s also in Hollywood Studios, and the Pizza Cart in Liberty Square over at Magic Kingdom. Order the pizzas without the salad to save $2 and you may be able to request a bag of chips in place of the salad.
Hot Italian-Style Sandwich:
Unfortunately, my photography skills were not up to snuff back when I sampled the Hot Italian-Style Sandwich. It may or may not be larger than it looks, depending on how large it looks in the picture. It’s got ham on top, lettuce with Caesar dressing, pesto-marinated tomatoes, provolone cheese, Swiss cheese, and turkey anchoring the bottom. It was a nice, large portion that tasted like it was made fresh to order with light, fluffy bread and high quality ingredients. It’s a nice alternative to Pizzafari’s usual pizzas and at least a healthier-seeming choice than the Meatball Sub you’ll find at Toy Story Pizza Planet in Hollywood Studios. A similar sandwich is served at Catalina Eddie’s in Hollywood Studios as part of Sunset Ranch Market. Request it without the boring potato chips to save $2.
Chicken and Vegetable Pasta Salad:
The menu picture seems a bit more optimistic about the amount of zucchini, lemon, and tomato that are going to be included. On the other hand, the salad was full of chicken, pasta, and arugula(?) topped with a tastier-than-usual vinaigrette dressing. There were a couple of pieces of “vegetables” near the bottom, in the form of a lemon, two pieces of zucchini, and two piece of tomato. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. As a full size boy that can easily scarf down one of Disney’s 1/3 Pound Angus Bacon Cheeseburgers and Fries, Disney salads usually leave me wanting more. The pasta in this salad added heft and my particular salad was full of chicken. It was probably the most filling quick service salad I’ve had on property and comes recommended.
Pizzafari enjoys a lot of air-conditioned seating, along with outdoor patio seating. Like Restaurantosaurus and Backlot Express, you’ll find a variety of fun themes throughout the seating sections expressed in the murals, tables, and chairs.
Not a lot to write home about in the condiment section, unfortunately – red pepper flakes are about as exciting as this one gets. You’ll also find packets of mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise, sugar, artificial sweetener, salt, and Coffee-Mate.