We’ve got all the latest in our What’s New at Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom! Come along while we share lots of menu changes, loads of 20th Anniversary merchandise, and a few construction updates!
Updated Menus and Eats at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
The Smiling Crocodile has dropped the Salmon BLT from the menu, but the Turkey BLT and Pimento-Cheese BLT happily remain!
Thanks for sticking around, Pimento Cheese BLT!
The Feeding Ground has added Frozen Lemonade with Mango Rum or Raspberry Vodka. (See where else you can get a brand new spiked drink in Animal Kingdom!)
At Tamu Tamu Refreshments, the Chocolate Waffle has been removed and replaced by a Malva Cake Sundae.
The Viperwolf Paw we told you about at Pongu Pongu and the Pandora Ice Cream Cart has been changed. It’s no longer a paw shape, and it’s now called an Almond-Cinnamon Bun. It still looks yummy, but we miss the fun shape.
Pizzafari has seen a reboot of its menu. Flatbreads have been replaced by circular pizzas once again (save for the Shrimp Flatbread, which thankfully remains!). They’ve also removed the Cheeseburger and the Mediterranean options and added a Sausage and Pepperoni Pizza.
Both Hearts of Romaine salads are gone from the menu. Now there’s a basic Caesar Salad with Chicken.
They’ve also changed the dessert from Tiramisu to Cannoli Cake!
Over at Yak and Yeti Restaurant, the 44 Farms Burger is off the menu, and the Chef’s Fresh Catch is on.
Harambe Market has removed the Tikka Masala Chicken and the Grilled Vegetable Stack.
They’ve added a Roasted Vegetables entree to compensate for the absent Stack. The Corn Battered Beef and Pork Sausage has been replaced by simple Pork Sausage (no longer battered, according to the cast member, who says the only battered option left is the kids’ corn dog). And the Beef and Lamb entree (which was a gyro flatbread) is now an actual Gyro.
And the Safari Cake has replaced the Warm Malva Cake here.
Flame Tree Barbecue has dropped the Lime Mousse dessert and added Banana Maple Cake.
And all over the park, you can now find that the Lion King-themed snacks and treats have newly updated packaging.
Eight Spoon Cafe has changed the format of its Baked Macaroni and Cheese. Previously served in a black souffle cup, it’s now served in a cardboard boat.
And while it looks quite a bit different, on our most recent visit, it was still baked with lots of cheese and just as flavorful.
It’s all a little more mixed together now, rather than layered like it was previously. Ultimately, this makes it a little easier to eat, since there’s room to move the toppings around.
Caravan Road has removed the Asian Noodle Salad. The menu is now just two items: Teriyaki Beef Slider and Edamame.
And Drinkwallah has reopened with the same menu as before its renovation.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Construction
Speaking of the Drinkwallah reno, check out the fantastic new look!
The entrance is bit more opened up, making it a little easier to get in and out.
Of course the Animal Kingdom details we expect are everywhere — including these auspicious garlands over the ordering counter. But I do kind of miss walking into an actual structure versus having this be a walk-up window like it is now.
And if you’re looking for it, we’ve found the Way Out!
Over in the Tree of Life Garden there are some construction walls, and some animal habitats are blocked off.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Merchandise
Animal Kingdom merchandise is all kinds of awesome all the time, and right now, there are some great character tees!
And with the park’s 20th anniversary coming up this month, you can also find special anniversary merchandise! This design features the rides and attractions of Animal Kingdom, including the park’s newest rides Navi River Journey and Flight of Passage.
We love this understated tee, with animals making up the 2-0.
Minnie gets her adventure on in this one.
This cold shoulder look is vibrant blue with a shadowy rendering of the Tree of Life.
And the baseball tee makes an appearance with Mickey and his trusty binoculars.
Rides and attractions hug this water bottle.
Another great rendition of the 2-0 again, this time on a travel mug!
And this is one to display, y’all: an Animal Kingdom cutting board that’s too pretty to use!
If you’re a Magic Band collector, check out this anniversary version!
And finally, because it’s pretty in pink, this charming Minnie Mouse straw hat!
That’s it with What’s New at the Animal Kingdom this week! Stick with the DFB as we continue bringing you everything that’s new and fun at Walt Disney World!
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