How often do you find yourself in the shade of the mammoth Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and think: “Gosh, a tasty beverage would sure hit the spot right now.”
If you’re anything like me, that happens pretty often, actually! Ever on my quest to try everything in all the parks, today I’m heading back to Upcountry Beverages in search of refreshment.
Haven’t heard of Upcountry Beverages? It’s on that trek between Harambe Village in Africa and Anandapur in Asia. You’ll find Upcountry situated just outside of the Flights of Wonder attraction.
The cute little kiosk has a sort of rustic Asian theme happening, so it’s the perfect decor for blending into this area — the Africa-Asia crossroads.
There’s no real seating right next to the kiosk, but you’ll find a few stand up tables under the building’s overhang, just in case you’d like to put your drink down and rest for a bit. And nearby (across the path), you’ll find real table and chair seating areas not far away.
Eats (But Mostly, Drinks)
Don’t plan on eating much when stopping by Upcountry — this is pretty much liquid refreshment. Head to Mr. Kamal’s nearby for more serious sustenance. There are a couple — no really, two — snack-type eats here. But nothing even approaching a meal.
The real draw here are the frozen drinks — mostly margaritas.
These drinks have a serious fan following. Some of our readers think that they’re just about the best frozen margaritas at Disney, and worth a trip to Animal Kingdom just to try one!
But since I had already indulged in the hi-octane bevs, I decided to try out the non-alcoholic choice this time around — and opted for the Shangri-La Berry Freeze.
All of the frozen drinks here are smooooooth, since they’re kept whirring in those big, commercial drink machines. That makes for a really creamy consistency with no icy chunks. Here, you can see the standard issue AK paper straw.
This was, of course, delicious. It’s basically a strawberry margarita without the tequila or lime. Just strawberry puree and sugar frozen to a slushie consistency, so what’s not to love?
In a perfect world, I would probably like a zip from some lime juice. But still, this is pretty great when you’re hot and thirsty.
This shot of the menu is a bit blurry, but I wanted to include it so you could see the prices for that “extensive” food menu.
But who needs food when you have tasty drinks, right?
I love this spot. When we first reported on it a while back, it had quickly become one of my favorite places to grab an icy drink on a muggy, Florida day. And every time I try something new here, I love it just a little more. I’m so glad that it seems to be a permanent fixture at this point. It’s Animal Kingdom’s answer to the Margarita Stand in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion.
Definitely stop by and try the Shangri-La Berry Freeze if you’re looking for a refresher, or even a sweet frozen treat. Whether you go with one of the Sauza margaritas or the berry freeze, you’ll be fueled up for more touring in short order.
Have you tried the drinks at Upcountry? Leave a comment and tell us which one is your favorite!