Dino Diner Review at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Dino Diner Opened On: April 22, 1998.
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You’ll find Dino Diner sandwiched in between a couple of carnival games in the back left corner of Chester and Hester’s Dino-Rama.
Who doesn’t want to pick up something to eat from such a swanky camper?
Disney has switched around Dino Diner’s menu a number of times. Currently, Hot Dogs and Corn Chip Pie are the main events, along with a couple of rotating snacks, beverages, beer, and a boozy frozen lemonade.
$8.49 Corn Chip Pie – Corn Chips, Chili, Sour Cream, Green Onion, Shredded Cheddar and Jalapeño
I’m not sure what set of circumstances would bring someone to the Dino Diner to order Corn Chip Pie, but here we are. The dish is just about what you would expect with Disney’s standard, inoffensive beef and bean chili on top of a lot of Fritos that are accompanied by the lowest quality shredded cheese that money can buy, a dollop of sour cream with some green onion in it, and two slices of jalapeno on top, perhaps for the sake of color.
I actually have a bit of a soft spot for Disney chili – there’s just something comforting about it. Here at the Dino Diner, you don’t even have to suffer through the smell of Casey’s Corner to order it. It ends up being a sizable, filling snack that several people could share. The dish also looked “made to order,” so you could leave something off. I would have liked more sour cream, myself. I don’t think I would recommend seeking this out given all of the other interesting options available around Animal Kingdom, but those going Full DinoLand may appreciate a carnival-esque “treat.”
$13 Frozen Minute Maid Lemonade with Bacardi Raspberry Rum
The Frozen Bacardi Raspberry Rum Lemonade was added back in 2012, when Disney was adding an ounce of rum to just about everything. Like most of Disney’s frozen concoctions, it consists of less than an ounce of “Bacardi Black Razz” rum underneath the usual frozen lemonade. I’d look at Nomad Lounge or Dawa Bar before I’d consider committing to this. In fact, the Restaurantosaurus Lounge would probably be a better option. But it’s here if you’re desperate.
Dino Diner has a few picnic tables out in front of it. There are also a few benches in the immediate vicinity. If it’s hot out or there aren’t any tables available, head over to Restaurantosaurus. There, you’ll find plentiful air-conditioned seating and additional patio tables.