DFB Video: Animal Kingdom Restaurants RANKED

Hey Guys! We’re back with another DFB Video today, and we’re ranking the Animal Kingdom restaurants from worst to best!

Tiffins sign

Tiffins sign

It’s ALL HAPPENING in Disney’s Animal Kingdom these days. The addition of an entire new land, Pandora — The World of AVATAR, has delivered more than its two new attractions. It also brought new dining options to the park. But even prior to Pandora, Animal Kingdom debuted its first Signature Restaurant with Tiffins, and its next door neighbor, Nomad Lounge. These in addition to all the ol’ standbys like Restaurantosaurus and Tusker House… well, you’ve got to check out the video to find out where they all rank! [Read more…]

DFB Video: EVEN MORE Disney Snacks!

Hey Guys! We’re back with another DFB Video today, and since Disney World is synonymous with SNACKING for us here at the DFB, we’ve got EVEN MORE Disney Snacks for you to check out to start your week off right!

No Way Jose at Beaches and Cream

No Way Jose at Beaches and Cream

Yes, we’ve covered Disney Snacks on our DFB YouTube Channel before. But there are SO MANY snacks to take in that we can’t possibly cover them all in just a video or two! So you should check out our newest installment and see if your favorite snack made our latest list! (And I’ll give you just one spoiler: the No Way Jose has landed on this one!) [Read more…]

DFB Video: 7 New Things You HAVE to Try in Disney World RIGHT NOW

Hey Guys! We’re back with another DFB Video today, and we’re letting you know the 7 new things you HAVE to try in Disney World RIGHT NOW!

Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Pulled Pork at Flame Tree Barbecue

Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Pulled Pork at Flame Tree Barbecue

Let me tell you something… Disney World sure is keeping us BUSY with all sorts of new, unexpected, and TASTY eats all over the parks and resorts lately! And if you’ve got a Disney World vacation lined up in the near future, you’re going to want to know the must-eat items topping our list. We got seven brand new hits for you today, so you can get ready by preparing a list of your own for your upcoming trip! [Read more…]

Review: Kobe-Style Brisket Poutine at Nomad Lounge in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

There’s a lot to explore — and a lot to love — at Animal Kingdom.

First, of course, is an entire new land, Pandora, and its new quick service restaurant Satu’li Canteen. And there’s Pongu Pongu, where you can snag fun and colorful drinks to sip on while you wait seventeen hours to ride Flight of Passage.

But before Pandora welcomed the masses to a whole new world this past May, the new kids on the block were Tiffins, the park’s first Signature Restaurant known for its creative dishes and incredible theming, and its next door neighbor, Nomad Lounge.

Nomad Lounge quickly became a guest — and DFB! — favorite, from our very first visit due to the peaceful, travel-inspired atmosphere and creative drinks. But Nomad Lounge also serves up small bites alongside beverages like the Leaping Lizard and Hightower Rocks. And the food offerings simply didn’t wow us the way the beverages did in the early days.

But when we heard of a recent addition to the menu — namely, House-Smoked Kobe-Style Brisket Poutine — we knew without a doubt that it was time to grab another bite at Nomad Lounge!

Atmosphere

Nomad Lounge is as much a destination for exploration as it is a destination for refreshments. For starters, the decor is designed to evoke stories of travel and includes fantastic banners that celebrate journeys taken by the WDW Animal Kingdom Imagineers themselves.

Travel Banners

Travel Banners

Once you look down, you’ll discover some suuuuuper comfy seating located both inside and outside the lounge. [Read more…]

Spotted: New Animal Kingdom Starbucks Mickey Tumbler and “You Are Here” Mug at Creature Comforts

HOW CUTE is the new Starbucks Mickey Tumbler for Disney’s Animal Kingdom?!?

Animal Kingdom Mickey Tumbler

Animal Kingdom Mickey Tumbler

You’ll find it at Creature Comforts, the Animal Kingdom Starbucks location. And much like when you’re in the park itself, the more you look, the more you see… from Mickey’s animal print ears and legs to the Tree of Life tucked on the bottom of Mickey’s shoe, to attraction logos and more, Mickey is ALL Animal Kingdom from head to toe!

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Review: New Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Pulled Pork at Animal Kingdom’s Flame Tree Barbecue

Picture it: A plate full of Baked Macaroni and Cheese.

On top of that, a pile of Flame Tree Barbecue’s Pulled Pork.

On top of THAT, another Flame Tree favorite: Onion Rings!

And on the side? Just a bit of coleslaw to provide a hint of cooling tang to the entire dish.

Well, guess what? You don’t have to simply imagine it — because the fine folks at Animal Kingdom’s Flame Tree Barbecue have made it a reality!

You’ll see it on the updated menu, where the Baked Macaroni & Cheese with Pulled Pork Topped with Onion Rings and Coleslaw has replaced the Smoked Turkey Sandwich.

Flame Tree Barbecue Menu

Flame Tree Barbecue Menu

You’ll notice a difference in presentation, though, from the menu.

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Review: Yak and Yeti Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Since its earliest days, I’ve always enjoyed a stop at Yak and Yeti Restaurant.

Yak and Yeti is located in Animal Kingdom’s Asia (you’ll pass it on the corner on your way to the Maharajah Jungle Trek) in the fictional village of Anandapur. Like Tiffins and Restaurantosaurus — and pretty much any restaurant in Animal Kingdom — theming is key here, with decor that is immersive and memorable. While you dine, you are surrounded by images and icons of Asian culture. Even the brightly painted exterior mimics that which you might see on the colorful village streets of Northern India or Nepal.

And as for the food? It’s also usually — dare I say it? – consistent here. Consistently GOOD. If you’ve been reading DFB for any length of time, then you’ll know that is a compliment I rarely bestow, as it’s so rarely earned in any Disney World Table Service restaurant.

So… I headed to Yak and Yeti ON MY BIRTHDAY, because I reeeeally wanted those firecracker shrimp on my special day. Did my most recent visit likewise measure up?

Atmosphere

Once you’re on the right continent in Animal Kingdom, the bright purple stucco exterior that makes up Yak & Yeti Restaurant is accented by arched windows, intricate corbels, and beautifully carved doors.

Yak and Yeti Restaurant

Yak and Yeti Restaurant

The backstory here is that the owner of this building in Anandapur is a man named Arjun, a former merchant who’s turned his opulent home into lodging for travelers. These details account for the eclectic mix of statues, wall hangings, and furniture. The bar area you see below features examples of these details. [Read more…]

News: Disney World Annual Passholder 45th Anniversary Dining Discounts Extended

Hooray!! This weekend, we’re celebrating Epcot’s 35th Anniversary. But last fall, all eyes were on Magic Kingdom for the 45th Anniversary of Walt Disney World. The occasion was marked with dining discounts for Walt Disney World Annual Passholders.

Hello from Disney World!

Hello from Disney World!

These discounts were originally going to end this month. But the great news is that these Annual Passholder discounts have been extended through December 23, 2017!

As a reminder, here is the list of locations that will continue to offer this extended benefit of 20% off food and non-alcoholic beverages: [Read more…]

DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom & Hollywood Studios Snacks 2017

Have you checked out the 2017 DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Snacks e-Book? The e-book is part of our DFB Guide Snacks Series and it’s a great tool for your Disney vacation planning!

AK-DHS Book Cover 2017

With over 380 pages of tempting snacks, the DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Snacks is a great resource for figuring out where to eat and what to eat at Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios!

You can get the Guide for 20% off the regular purchase price for a limited timejust use code SNACKS17 at the check-out! Save even more money when you bundle the DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Snacks with some of our other guides — check out the details below!

As always, you will enjoy an instantly downloadable PDF guide with comprehensive information and advice on well over 340 delicious snacks – including LOTS of Pandora snacks! – that you can enjoy at the Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios parks in the Walt Disney World resort.

The DFB Guide to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Snacks e-Book includes:

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DFB Video: Where to Find Late Night Eats in Disney World

Hey Guys! We’re back with another DFB Video today, and we’re getting down to the serious business of late night snacking at Walt Disney World!

Cheese Fries with Chili!

Cheese Fries with Chili!

Making the most of a Walt Disney World vacation often means burning the candle at both ends — and you’ve gotta fuel your late night push! Here are our picks for the best late night snacks and where to find them. [Read more…]