We continue our consideration of fast food at Disney’s Animal Kingdom with a look at everything that we can expect to find outside of Pandora and Harambe Market, beginning with Pizzafari and then moving on to Africa.
Harambe Market, which I reviewed in depth here, is (arguably) Animal Kingdom’s third or fourth best overall quick service option. Despite that, it may be a good fit for your group, particularly if the majority of the members are vegetarians as the Roasted Vegetable Bowl is one of the best meat-free entrees available in any of the theme parks.
Satu’li Canteen is a strong contender for best overall quick service given the ease of ordering, vast indoor and outdoor seating areas, menu variety, and high quality of the food, among other things. Still, a lot has changed since it opened in Pandora just over 18 months ago. Catch up on all of that here in case you missed it.
We pick things up just outside Pandora at Pizzafari, the home of the theme park Digiorno. For some reason, “It’s not freshly made, it’s Pizzafari!” has not caught on.
We open with what might be the worst menu picture of all time.
Here’s what the $13.49 “Shrimp Flatbread – Roasted Shrimp, Tomato, Red Pepper, Alfredo Sauce and Pesto and topped with Greens and served with a small Caesar Salad” looks like when it doesn’t appear on a poorly lit menu board in a dark room.
There are better options out there, of course, but this benefits from being one of the only items on the menu that isn’t completely reheated from frozen. And if the kids “demand” to eat here, then it’s nice to have a semi-fresh option. For a full review of what Pizzafari has to offer, see this post, which also includes a nice rundown of Donald’s Dino-Bash, among other things.
I would add that no matter how uppity I might seem, and no matter how sad this $11 pizza might look, that sometimes this thick circle of reheated dough, paper-thin layer of cheese, and precisely-chintzy number of toppings is just what the Shaman of Song ordered.
The smart money may also be ordering the Garlic Knots and a cup of Tomato Basil Soup to share for about the same price as a pizza.
You’ll come away with five of these buttery, garlicky knots and a nice cup of hot, creamy soup.
Pizzafari closes things out with the usual assortment of beverages, in addition to the Mandarin Orange Lemonade with or without Vodka.
The taste of cheap vodka is strong in the alcoholic version as it’s basically just watered down with the artificial sweetness of Minute-Maid Light Lemonade and the threat of artificial orange extract. It might work if you really, really need a cocktail to eat at Pizzafari, but I’d recommend guaranteeing what you’re receiving with a Safari Amber over this pre-mixed, Splendarific nonsense. Nomad Lounge is within reach if only you would reach out and touch an angel.
A “culinary adventure” is definitely one way to describe Pizzafari’s family-style offering, which begins daily at 4:30pm at a cost of $20/adult and $12/child. If you’re planning on dining at Pizzafari after 4:30pm and like pepperoni pizza, then you might actually consider springing for this fixed price meal. The cost of a personal Pepperoni Pizza and fountain beverage is $14.49 and this adds a Caprese Salad with Mozzarella and Tomatoes to start along with Baked Ziti and Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo accompanying the Pizza and Caesar Salad, plus Cannolis for dessert. The pizza is also somewhat freshly made rather than the reheated frozen pizzas that Disney normally serves. Unlike some family-style meals, it isn’t all-you-care-to-enjoy, though I haven’t heard of anyone ever walking away hungry. With a fountain beverage running $4 just about everywhere and after attributing $4 to dessert, the rest of the food “only” costs $12 per person, which is a reasonable value. The family-style dining accepts reservations, which you can pull up here. It’s unlikely that you’ll need one, but once you decide that it’s what you want, it makes sense to book it so you won’t be turned away,
Every meal can’t be at Tiffins.
If you’re not interested in the family-style offering, Pizzafari continues to serve its full regular menu after 4:30pm.
I neglected to include the frozen treats available in Pandora during that update, so here’s the sign:
With the exception of the Strawberry Fruit Bar, which is available in numerous locations, the Dibs and Other Fruit Bars are relatively unique to the alien landscape. The easiest cart to find is located on the right as you walk towards Na’vi River Journey from the main entrance into the Land, sort of across from the restrooms and before arriving at where the Pandora Drummers play.
Looking away from the entrance to Na’vi River Journey, you’ll (probably) find the cart at one of the two circles.
Creature Comforts, on the left as you head towards Africa, remains the Park’s Starbucks installation.
As with Fountain View at Epcot, Trolley Car Cafe at Hollywood Studios, and Main Street Bakery at Magic Kingdom, you’ll find the full rundown of beverages at prices that should be similar to your local shop.
Mostly iced beverages.
And seasonal beverages.
All of the Starbucks locations offer new-ish tumblers with art specific to the Park in which they’re found. The newer version is on the right with the Starbucks logo opposite. Each will set you back $25.
Terra Treats is the name of the kiosk located on the right just before the entrance into Africa on Discovery Island.
Outside of Christmas, when Terra served a different menu, I haven’t seen this kiosk open in quite a while – I want to say in a year or more.
For a while, it was known as the “Allergy Kiosk” where you could go and look at the menus for the various quick services and restaurants and see lists of ingredients, in addition to a menu focusing on gluten-free items.
Like this menu from a couple of years ago.
With all quick services now equipped with extensive allergy information, and just about every food outlet across property crafting menus around the ability to make substitutions for allergies and preferences, there’s less of a need for a dedicated kiosk that’s probably also inconvenient. On the other hand, Animal Kingdom usually has four or five of these kiosks scattered around the Park that are usually closed, which doesn’t “feel” very “Disney-like.”
On the other other hand, few people potentially notice.
Despite Mahidi being a small popcorn kiosk in Africa across from Tamu Tamu Refreshments, the outlet is often the first to receive new popcorn buckets, souvenir cups, and other trinkets.
They were the first to receive the holiday popcorn bucket.
Which is pretty cute this/last year.
The same can be said for this precious Gingerbread Mickey straw attachment, which also turned up first at Mahindi.
You could make a decent living just on reporting what plastic containers show up here on a daily basis.
Back to the menu, note that the sales tax is not included in these prices, which may make it “feel” like they’re less expensive than some of the other kiosk menus where tax is included.
Here’s the Corn-Ivores menu in DinoLand, for example, where Souvenir Popcorn Buckets ring in at $10 with $2 refills. If you add the 6.5% sales tax, the bucket at Mahindi costs exactly $10 and refills come in at two dollars and one cent.
So it may be worth seeking out Corn-Ivores for that refill.
It might be time to make a new one of these as we look ahead to Tamu Tamu Refreshments with a fresh arrow pointing to Mahindi out of frame. At least there isn’t an arrow pointing to the now-defunct Rafiki’s Planet Watch.
I feel like the new Tamu Tamu menu looks like a CVS circular where they’re trying to advertise everything in the store across eight colorful pages with different size pictures, random descriptions, and big and small fonts.
But there are a few things worth noting as we zoom in on and/or crop the menu. First, the name of the item that I’m always forgetting, the Malva Cake Sundae, can now be accompanied by Dark or Coconut Rum for $2.50 more than the standard price. Tamu has offered the Dole Whip for a while now, historically under the “Pineapple Soft Serve” banner, but now offers Floats with Pineapple Juice. Dole must have signed a new contract. It’s also available with Dark or Coconut Rum, this time for $3.51 extra. Perhaps Disney felt like $8.49 was the ceiling on the Sundae, while those yearning for nostalgia are willing to throw up the extra penny for the sake of a round number.
The $6 “Malva Cake Sundae – Warm Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream and Caramel” is actually really good. The cake is light, moist, and sweet with a pleasant, almost-carrot-cake-like spice to it that’s enhanced by the cinnamon on top of the refreshing vanilla soft serve. The caramel adds even more sugar, making for a unique, nicely-balanced dessert.
The rest of the menu has expanded quite a bit as well as you’ll now find three draft beer options, up from zero, in addition to the African Coffee that’s at least part of the permanent winter menu. The Warm Brownie Sundae and Double Chocolate-Chip Ice Cream Sandwich are similar to what you’d find at Storybook Treats and Sleepy Hollow Refreshments, respectively, over at Magic Kingdom.
If you haven’t been to Animal Kingdom in a few years, you might be surprised to see that Dawa Bar has switched sides and is now found on the other side of the Tusker House check-in counter.
Perhaps a victim of its own popularity, the drinks are now largely pre-made, but it remains one of the better bars for a takeaway cocktail.
I still miss the Sugar Cane Mojito.
Of the remaining drinks, the $11.75 Ngumu Jungle Juice is my favorite. It’s Vodka and Peach Schnapps mixed with “Tusker’s famous Jungle Juice,” which you may recognize as the same POG mixture of pineapple, orange, and guava.
The quality depends a bit on the strength of the pour of vodka, but in my experience, it’s a surprisingly strong drink with the tropical flavors of the juice doing a nice job of masking the alcohol.
The $12.75 “Lost on Safari – Starr African Rum and Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum with our refreshing Pangani Punch” is my other recommendation here, particularly if you’re looking for a juicy cocktail that isn’t too sweet.
Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery is the outlet that you’ll find on the left across from Mombasa Marketplace on the walk towards Kilimanjaro Safaris.
There’s a few changes here too, like the switch over to the $11 “Hot Roast Beef Sandwich – Toasted Herb Focaccia Roll, Horseradish Spread and Sliced Marinated Roast Beef” that actually sounds really good. It replaces the Roast Beef and Cheddar Panini that was really not. The Ham & Cheese Panini is no longer offered, while the Smoked Turkey Sandwich is accompanied by Cranberry Mayonnaise instead of advertised alongside Leaf Lettuce and Bacon.
The Curry Chips that are served with the Sandwiches are my favorite of the various preparations – salty and crunchy with distinct spiciness from the curry that isn’t overwhelming against the potato. In the past, I’ve come to the conclusion that this is a good stop if you’re in the mood for a sandwich without any fuss and that probably remains true. We may have an opportunity to give the other options a whirl.
There’s a sort of hidden seating area behind Tamu Tamu Refreshments that I recommend if you’re picking up anything to eat or drink around here. I’ve been known to walk food from Harambe Market over to one of these tables, too.
Below is the breakfast menu:
The Pistachio Honey Croissant and Guava Cheese Danish were also added in December and appear all day, while the Spinach & Feta Quiche is a new hot item along with the Sausage, Egg, & Cheese Biscuit available only in the morning.
While the $6.79 “Hot Breakfast Wrap – Egg, Sausage, Spinach and Goat Cheese” still shows up online at DisneyWorld.com, you won’t see it on the physical menu at the quick service, which may be a shame. It was served piping-hot and arrived jam-packed with creamy egg and tangy cheese, in addition to a lot of meaty sausage.
If you’re looking for a quick breakfast, then I would recommend Kusafiri much more highly than Yak & Yeti Local Foods Cafe in Asia. You can pull up what ended up being a pretty scatching review here. Above is ten bucks worth.
Harambe Fruit Market is the expansive stand that you’ll find just about right in front of the entrance to Kilimanjaro Safaris.
It’s also home to Mickey Pretzels served with Cheese Dip for $6.59 (not including sales tax). Interestingly, the 6-pack of Babybel Cheese is less expensive, but not considered a snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan as it packs too much protein.
Sometimes I wish I was the kind of person that would pick six chunks of watermelon for five dollars over a Mickey Pretzel.
But most of the time I’m happy not being.
For whatever reason, it always seems like there’s a horrendous wait to pay for anything here, despite there rarely being more than one person in line. There’s also like six registers, none of which anybody can ever seem to find.
If you notice a roasty-toasty smell in the air and it’s not a stroke, then it’s probably the Corn on the Cob offered at the Market – Flame-Grilled, Butter-Dipped with Market Curry Spice.
The freshly-grilled ears are available fresh throughout the day.
According to my review:
The corn was really good – perfectly grilled in the husk with perfectly steamed morsels that easily tore away from the cob with a nice juicy sweetness. It was slathered in butter and salt and although it might look like it’s covered in the berbere spice, it only adds a mild spiciness to about half of the corn. Overall, the butter, salt, and chili flavors combined to make for an addictive flavor profile and the corn was satisfying, even in the unrelenting summer heat. It’s probably not a “must buy,” but if you’ll die if you don’t imminently ingest corn on the cob, then you could do a lot worse.
In cooler temperatures, it tastes even better.
That’s what’s going on at Pizzafari and throughout Africa. We’ll begin our trek down towards Asia next.