Disney’s Animal Kingdom has a dearth of dining establishments. It’s true; we all know it. But what they DO have is…beautiful. While food-wise, Pizzafari could be thought of as leaving much to be desired, exploring the place itself almost makes up for it!
You’ll find Pizzafari on the path to Africa — just take a left at Discovery Island! And once again, Animal Kingdom comes out on top when it comes to themeing and imagineering decor.
Very rarely will the decor in any corner of the Animal Kingdom be random. Over at Flame Tree Barbecue, you’ve got the intriguing-yet-gross-if-you-think-about-it predator and prey theme. Here at Pizzafari, the theme is a bit more understated, but no less intriguing: while stylized animals cover the restaurant in all sorts of different colors and textures, each seating room carries a secret.
The animals in each room are grouped by something they have in common, and most folks have to look hard to figure it out! In one room, the animals featured are known for their camouflage tactics; in another, the animals carry their homes on their backs; in a third, the animals spend a lot of their time upside down; and in the final room the animals featured all come out at night!
However, some of the most fantastic themeing is in and around the main ordering area and restrooms. From massive tile snakes slithering across the floor to huge murals of tropical birds to a bevy of 3-dimensional frogs hopping down the walls, you never know what you’re going to see at Pizzafari!
But don’t stop exploring there. There is incredible artistry on the inside AND the outside of the restaurant.
This place is definitely worth a peek inside, even if you’re not really up for Disney pizza!
The menu at Pizzafari is small, and I won’t waste breath saying it’s the best food — or even the best counter service food — in Animal Kingdom.
However, if you (or your little one) is craving pizza, this is as fine a spot as any to get an individual pizza, Italian sandwich, or grilled chicken salad.
And, of course, there are always some pre-fab desserts for you to end your meal with a sweet snack!
So, while I know this restaurant has plenty of fans, personally I’d rather head over to Flame Tree or Anadapur Local Cafe for my counter service in Animal Kingdom. The food can be lacking here, but, again, if pizza is what you crave — or if you have someone in your group who’s a pizza fan — then you’ll be perfectly well fed at Pizzafari. Plus, just staring at the walls and figuring out the themeing is enough reason to drop a few bucks there in my opinion!
What do you think? Is Pizzafari your favorite spot, or are you more a fan of the other counter service locations in Animal Kingdom? Let me know in the comments section below!
Thanks to Elizabeth Benvenuto for the donation of these pics!