Where to Find Food from Animal Kingdom’s Flame Tree Barbecue During Refurbishment

UPDATE: Please note that the Flame Tree Barbecue reopening — originally scheduled for late April — is now anticipated for early July. The text below has been updated accordingly. With the exception of Beastly Kiosk, which has switched back to its own menu, alternate food locations are still in operation. 

Flame Tree Barbecue is a  definite fan favorite among Counter Service options at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The name gives you a pretty good idea of the main attraction here. From ribs to pulled pork, barbecue is the headliner. Typically, you can also find Fruit Plates and some downright fantastic onion rings, among other items. And Flame Tree Barbecue has also become home to Jumbo Turkey Legs at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

The yummy eats, decent variety, and gorgeous outdoor seating areas make Flame Tree Barbecue a popular dining location. But for the upcoming months (re-opening is anticipated for early July), this well-loved restaurant is undergoing a refurbishment.

Flame Tree Barbecue closed for refurbishment

Flame Tree Barbecue closed for refurbishment

Planning a visit to Animal Kingdom during this time frame? You may be glad to know that you can still find several Flame Tree eats around the park. And we’re here to tell you where to find them… Here we go!

Discovery Island’s Beastly Kiosk and the Gardens Kiosk — widely referred to as the “Allergy Kiosk” — are both carrying the same Flame Tree items: a 1/2 Slab of St. Louis Ribs, the Rib and Chicken Combo, and the 1/2 Chicken, as well as the Baked Drumstick Kids’ Meal. (More on where you can now find the allergy-friendly kiosk later in the post!)

Gardens Kiosk temporarily serving Flame Tree items

Gardens Kiosk temporarily serving Flame Tree items

Beastly Kiosk outside of Asia gates from Discovery Island

Beastly Kiosk outside of Asia gates from Discovery Island

Location shot of Beastly Kiosk (left)

Area shot around Beastly Kiosk (left)

Temporary Menu for Beastly and Gardens Kiosks

Temporary Menu for Beastly and Gardens Kiosks

Barbecued Chicken and Ribs at Flame Tree Barbecue

Barbecued Chicken and Ribs at Flame Tree Barbecue

The Beastly and Gardens Kiosks are a natural fit for the redistribution of these items, thanks to their close proximity to Flame Tree. In fact, for now you can still carry your items to the Flame Tree Barbecue seating area from these locations.

Flame Tree Barbecue seating

Flame Tree Barbecue seating

Dinoland U.S.A.’s Trilo-Bites is where you can now find the Jumbo Turkey Leg and a Barbecue Chicken Salad. This is a homecoming of sorts for

the Turkey Legs, since Trilo-Bites used to be the main location to find them in Animal Kingdom before they moved to Flame Tree.

Trilo-Bites

Trilo-Bites

Trilo-Bites temporary menu

Trilo-Bites temporary menu

Turkey Leg at Disney -- Up Close

Turkey Leg at Disney — Up Close

Facing Trilo-Bites, you’ll spot a temporary cart to the right, where the Pulled Pork Sandwich is being sold.

Cart near Trilo-Bites on the right

Cart near Trilo-Bites on the right

Pulled Pork Sandwich sign

Pulled Pork Sandwich sign

Pulled Pork Sandwich at Flame Tree

Pulled Pork Sandwich at Flame Tree

The redistribution of these items has created a domino effect for the snacks typically carried in these alternate locations. For instance, since the Gardens/Allergy Kiosk is now serving Flame Tree foods, this allergy info and snacks kiosk is now located at what is typically Discovery Island Ice Cream, found just outside of the gates to Africa coming from Discovery Island.

Temporary Allergy-friendly kiosk

Temporary Allergy-friendly kiosk

Location shot of temporary Allergy-friendly kiosk location

Location shot of temporary Allergy-friendly kiosk location

Allergy-friendly kiosk menu

Allergy-friendly kiosk menu

Packaged snacks at Allergy-friendly kiosk

Packaged snacks at Allergy-friendly kiosk

A note: at this time, it’s anticipated that the Gardens/Allergy Kiosk will move back to its original spot near Flame Tree upon completion of the refurbishment, and Discovery Island Ice Cream will return to its regular menu as well.

Wondering where you can get your Bugs Sundae or hand-scooped ice cream while Discovery Island Ice Cream serves as the allergy kiosk? You can find them at Dino-Bite Snacks in Dinoland, U.S.A.

Dino-Bite Snacks

Dino-Bite Snacks

Dino-Bite Snacks Menu

Dino-Bite Snacks Menu

Oh, and those Mickey Pretzels and Jalapeño Pretzels that you can normally get at the Beastly Kiosk are still available at the Harambe Fruit Market in Africa as well as the Isle of Java.

Which brings us to our final relocation, though this one doesn’t stem from the Flame Tree Barbecue refurbishments: the Isle of Java kiosk, previously located not too far from the park entrance, has been relocated outside the entrance to Dinoland, U.S.A. coming from Discovery Island in order to accommodate further Animal Kingdom construction.

New Isle of Java location

Isle of Java to the left of Dinoland gates

New Isle of Java location

New Isle of Java location

Former location of Isle of Java

Former location of Isle of Java

While it’s not a major dining destination, Isle of Java is an easy spot to grab a cuppa joe, and has the bonus of being the other location aside from Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery to grab a Cotton Top Tamarin Cupcake. YUM!

Isle of Java Menu

Isle of Java Menu

cottontop tamarin cupcake front

Cotton Top Tamarin Cupcake

And thus ends our scavenger hunt for the alternate locations of some of your favorite Animal Kingdom treats :) ! We hope you’ve enjoyed this jaunt, and that it helps you in pursuit of your favorite goodies in Animal Kingdom!

Are you looking forward to Flame Tree reopening? Please let us know with a comment!

Comments

  1. George Bey says

    That was an impressive “scavenger hunt” to track down all these foods and treats and their movements. Well done!

  2. kelly says

    Any idea how late the kiosks are open? Are they open until park closing like Flame Tree was?

  3. Lisa says

    Tlhank you so much for the update! I was in a bit of a panic when I read Flame was closed. Love, love the barbecue salad!

  4. Sandra says

    We’ve avoided Flame Tree for all our trips to AK even though my guys like barbecue, in part because of the limited sides, but also because I eat mostly vegetarian, and a fruit plate doesn’t cut it for a full meal. My son will eat neither cole slaw nor baked beans, but he would eat fries, corn or rice. And would it be hard to have a skewer of grilled veggies served with rice or a roll with a cup of some kind of dressing or sauce? Or at least offer some kind of bread with the fruit plate. Maybe they’ll surprise us and update the menu while they’re at it.

  5. katie kahley says

    Is the dining plan accepted at these locations as they were at flame tree? I was planning on using a quick service meal here.

  6. Mark says

    Let me start by saying my wife and I have been annual pass holders for years now and Animal Kingdom is hands down our favorites park. So the question is, what is Disney doing? Honestly it seems like the whole place is one giant construction site. WHY should you need to find alternatives should be the subject of this blog. Disney is still charging full price for this construction site. Time to be honest with your readers who only come here once a year or less. Don’t bother visiting this park on your trip or just come for the Safari and Lion King and then go someplace else for lunch. Sana’a would be a great choice.

  7. Monica says

    The menu says beans for the side? Does that mean they won’t have the cole slaw anymore? Is there a place that is serving the key lime mousse for dessert that Flame Tree had?

  8. Arlene says

    I love the Flame tree bar-b-que. I love the fruit plate too as a dessert. Their food is the best and I am looking forward to being there this fall.

  9. Deborah says

    Thank you SO MUCH for the info on the refurbishment of the AK Flame Tree BBQ and where to find the FTB most beloved menu items while the counter service establishment is getting a much-deserved ‘rejuvenation.’ We will be visiting WDW in early February and Flame Tree BBQ is ALWAYS on our restaurant list. I must to have a plate of their yummy ribs, but perhaps I we can try Yak & Yeti this trip as well. Always nice to shake things up a bit.

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