Animal Kingdom 20th Anniversary and Party for the Planet Live Coverage!

Disney World’s Animal Kingdom opened on April, 22, 1998…

Animal Kingdom's Tree of Life

Animal Kingdom’s Tree of Life

… and we’ve all been having a WILD time ever since!

We spent the day LIVE at the Anniversary, so you can see what’s in store for the Party for the Planet over the next two weeks… and more new additions to Animal Kingdom!

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Party for the Planet Eats And More for Animal Kingdom’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

This coming Sunday, April 22, 2018, marks the 20th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

Animal Kingdom's Tree of Life

Animal Kingdom’s Tree of Life

The celebration is also the kickoff of the park’s annual Party for the Planet, which will expand to run for two weeks this year (through May 5th) to recognize the milestone anniversary.

And what’s a party without CAKE? Or cupcakes, more specifically, if you’re in Disney World! Look for Earth Day Cupcakes and Tree of Life Cupcakes at counter service locations like Creature Comforts, Pizzafari, Flame Tree Barbecue, and Restaurantosaurus.

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What’s New at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom: April 3, 2018

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!

Animal Kingdom's Tree of Life

Animal Kingdom’s Tree of Life

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!

No more Salmon BLT at The Smiling Crocodile

No more Salmon BLT at The Smiling Crocodile

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Disney World’s Poutine Obsession: 15 Ways To Get Your French Fry Fix

So…a poutine cloud apparently burst over Orlando and now you can get varieties of this relatively obscure French Canadian pub grub delicacy pretty much everywhere in Disney World. There’s even a dining spot completely dedicated to poutine.

The dish traditionally consists of French fries covered in cheese curds and brown gravy, and Canadians will cheerfully tell you that NONE of the dishes below qualify. Yet they’re called Poutine on the menu, and since we love french fries with stuff piled on top of them, we’re happy to tally them up for you!

Oh, and here’s some real Canadian poutine for reference.

Here's some real Canadian poutine for reference...

Here’s some real Canadian poutine for reference…

So here’s the Disney World Poutine Crawl!

Cheddar Cheese Poutine — Refreshment Port, Epcot

Cheddar Cheese Poutine is the most recent addition to the poutine World and can be found at the Refreshment Port in Epcot.

Refreshment Port

Refreshment Port

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News: Tiffins Talks With Imagineers (Including Joe Rohde) at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Now Available For Booking

April 22, 2018, will mark the 20th Anniversary of the opening of Disney’s Animal Kingdom! And the park will mark the occasion by expanding the annual Party for the Planet for 2018 into a two-week celebration featuring unique PhotoPass opportunities, backstage experiences at Rafiki’s Planet Watch, 20th Anniversary merchandise, specialty food offerings around the park, and more. Tiffins Talks will also be part of the event.

Tiffins Sign

Tiffins Sign

These dining experiences at the park’s signature restaurant, Tiffins, are currently available for booking on select nights from April 22 to May 5, 2018. Guests will listen to animal and conservation experts (including Imagineer Joe Rohde on April 25th) while enjoying a four-course meal comprised of specialty food and beverages that will complement the evening’s topics, which can be seen below!

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What’s New at Animal Kingdom (Satu’li Menu Updates!) and the All-Star Resorts??

Your pals at the DFB are back with What’s New, and this week we’re back at Animal Kingdom and the All-Star Resorts! We’ve got menu changes (Satu’li!!), new merchandise, and a couple new activities to share. Let’s gooooooo!

Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom

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Is Tiffins in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Worth Two Disney Dining Plan Credits?

If you are looking for an eclectic meal in the heart of Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom, Tiffins could be the right choice. Open just under two years, Tiffins is a Signature Dining experience — which means it requires two Disney Dining Plan table service credits (or quite an investment from your wallet).

But guests agree that dining in Tiffins is as much about the atmosphere as it is the food. The restaurant is inspired by travel and the wonderful adventures that take place when one steps out of one’s comfort zone. You’ll see nods to travel quite literally everywhere — from wall to wall. You’ll also find love for animals and conservation in the artwork at Tiffins, in keeping with the Park’s theme.

The food at Tiffins is an interesting blend of flavors and ingredients from around the globe, and it’s generally enjoyed by guests who yearn for something adventurous in their dining. Tiffins, and her sister Nomad Lounge, adjust their menus with some regularity (particularly on the Small Plates menus), so if you plan on dining here, you’ll want to keep an eye on the menus.

Tiffins Sign, with tiffins on top

Tiffins Sign, with tiffins on top

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News! Animal Kingdom’s Party for the Planet — NOW WITH FOOD!

You’re invited to a Party for the Planet at Animal Kingdom starting April 22nd!

Welcome to Animal Kingdom!

Welcome to Animal Kingdom!

This year’s Party will kick off as it has in the past: it will start on April 22nd, which is both Earth Day and Animal Kingdom’s anniversary. But since 2018 marks 20 YEARS of magic at Animal Kingdom, the Party for the Planet will  be BIGGER than ever before. First, there will be a special 15-minute welcome celebration in front of the Tree of Life on April 22nd with music, dancing, and Disney pals!

The event will also feature unique PhotoPass opportunities, a special limited-time Wilderness Explorers badge location, backstage experiences at Rafiki’s Planet Watch20th Anniversary merchandise, and more… including Party for the Planet Special Edition Dishes! These limited time offerings will include Daily Specials at food and beverage locations around the park, and we can’t wait to share more information with you here once it is released.

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Review: Flame Tree Barbecue in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Flame Tree Barbecue in the Discovery Island area of Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom has long been a favorite quick service spot for DFB and our readers, viewers, and followers.

The fairly central location — just between Dinoland and the big tree — makes it convenient to most lands in this sprawling park. There’s typically lots of available seating (albeit some of it uncovered). And the food is consistently satisfying and delicious. (Plus the massive portions give us some options with regard to sharing and maximizing Disney Dining Plan credits!)

And there are so many fun details in the decor here, with brightly colored, playful animal carvings providing interest (as well as identifying different seating areas). And there’s always plenty of real wildlife around to entertain the kiddos during the meal — there are some very hungry birds around.

But birds and squirrels aside, let’s see what Flame Tree Barbecue is cooking up!

Flame Tree Barbecue Menu Sign

Flame Tree Barbecue Menu Sign

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News: Tiffins Prix Fixe Menus! Plus: Review of Two New Eats in Pandora!

There are a lot of still new things to enjoy at Animal  Kingdom, and today we’ve got the scoop on a few of them!

Over at Tiffins, the much-lauded signature restaurant that embraces travel and adventure, diners may experience not one but two prix fixe menus! The first prix fixe option is designed for busy days — days when the restaurant has lots of ADRs lined up. Offerings include Braised Wagyu Pozole and Grilled Swordfish.

Tiffins "Busy" Prix Fixe Menu

Tiffins “Busy” Prix Fixe Menu

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