Our attention has returned to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Most recently, I reviewed the newish breakfast offering at Yak & Yeti in Asia. And in this post, I took you along for a very hot, very humid rope drop into Pandora with what is now a 9am regular open.
This time around, we’ll take a look at some odds and ends around the Park, first focusing on a couple of new additions to Harambe Fruit Market. Remind me that I need to write an updated review on Nomad Lounge, where they have all sorts of things like Vegetable Pad Thai, Churros, Fish Tacos, and who knows what else. I’ll also have another Tiffins review for you. And a ton of other stuff too.
Back to the afternoon of July 25, 2017.
Harambe Fruit Market is the large stand that sits outside Kilimanjaro Safaris in the Africa section, largely offering…fruit…whether it be whole apples, oranges, and bananas, or things like cut watermelon or trail mix.
Last month, in this post, I reviewed what Disney is calling “Shaved Ice.” Poorly, of course.
Those options have been expanded to include what is probably best described as a “splash” of either Snow Leopard Vodka or Parrot Bay Coconut Rum depending on your flavor choice.
Against my better judgement, I threw down on a $9.25 VodkaWtrmlnShavIce.
The ordering process seemed to confuse people as many lined up in front of the sno-cone maker attempting to order something, only to be forwarded to the cash register to the left. Once you pay, you proceed to the ice machine to pick up your concoction. The poor cast member, who may well have been the stickiest person on the planet at that time with all of the syrup going on, seemed genuinely excited to make a “fun one.” It was slightly less fun to pay an extra $5.26 for what amounted to an ounce of vodka, but she did try to give us twice the half-ounce amount that Disney probably would have preferred.
Anyway, this is “shaved ice” the same way Universal is a good theme park. Which is to say, not really. It’s crushed ice. And very gritty, hard ice at that. It probably goes without saying that ice is cold, but about half of your “shaved ice” is going to melt away instantly while an incredibly dense, impenetrable, rock hard glacier swims around the impossibly sweet, viscous syrup for the remainder of the day. You might actually be able to bring it home and win first prize at the science fair, assuming of course that there is still school and science is still a thing. Speaking of medicine, you know how you have to go in and see the doctor in-person to receive what may end up being a particularly devastating diagnosis? I feel like you would have to go into some office and sit down if you were to ask about how much sugar is in this syrup. I shared with a friend and we still both got up shaking like Tickle-Me-Elmo. Maybe if there was more vodka in it, we would have been okay.
Anyway, the “Shaved Ice” is very cold and does its job in that respect, even if someone looking for something Aulani-esque is going to be disappointed. You’d probably be better off putting the $5 and change you’d spend on the vodka to work elsewhere, but there is an ounce added that you have no hope of tasting. And considering Disney lounges charge around $8.50 for a single vodka and soda, five bucks may not be terrible.
If you were going to ask me what would top my list of most-desirable snacks at Animal Kingdom in July, hot, spicy corn on the cob would probably not be up there.
Yet here we are. I’m not sure how short the straw has to be or who you have to have wronged to end up on grill duty.
The corn is served somewhat awkwardly with aluminum foil wrapped around one end.
So I walked it over to Harambe
Fruit Market’s seating area like I was some kind of band leader waving a baton.
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.
Like Pork Glop Platter worse.
Unfortunately, we still don’t see the return of the cult favorite Jalapeno Cheese Pretzel here, but you might remember that a similar Pepper Jack Cheese Pretzel has been added at the Lunching Pad over at Magic Kingdom. That’s in Tomorrowland underneath Astro Orbiters. It’s 95.6% as good as the jalapeno version.
I don’t think there’s a ton of other food news at Animal Kingdom. Also as previously mentioned, the Jungle Juice Slushy returns.
You can order it without the tumbler for around five dollars, though who doesn’t want to listen to the children trying to play “Zelda’s Theme” for the rest of the vacation?
The Bugs Sundae, one of the last vestiges of Camp Minnie-Mickey, is no more. Queue up a Disney Parks Blog event.
Dino Diner has Churros. That’s exciting…
Some related shirts:
Imagine if the T-Rex was around to defend itself.
Outside the Park, you may run into some new trams.
This one is red.
That one is green.
That ties up Animal Kingdom’s loose ends for now. We’ll get to Part 2 of that rope drop post and perhaps over to Epcot to check some things out before Food and Wine gets going…next month. It’s exactly four weeks until the first Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. It’s still July.