News! And Review: Animal Kingdom’s Tamu Tamu Refreshments New Menu!

We’re heading to Harambe Village in Animal Kingdom’s Africa. Tamu Tamu Refreshments is our stop today, so we can check out the entirely new menu!

Tamu Tamu Refreshments


It’s easy to stroll past Tamu Tamu on your way to Kilimanjaro Safaris, because this unassuming little spot blends in so perfectly with its surroundings.

Tamu Tamu Refreshments

Ordering Counter

There are a few clues, however, as to what is available to passersby:

Good Eats!

Cold drinks!

And the best part of the atmosphere is arguably a hidden gem. A lot of people aren’t aware of the gorgeous and peaceful outdoor seating area tucked behind!

Entry into the Harambe Fort

Chunky wooden tables and chairs are complemented by rustic plaster walls and artwork. It’s truly unexpected!

Tamu Tamu Seating Area

Tamu Tamu Seating Area

But I’d mentioned a new menu, so let’s dive in!


I was truly surprised to see the all-new offerings, especially since the Pulled Beef Sandwich had been a hit. (I must admit to being sad over the loss of that gorgeous fresh fruit bowl on the menu, and will continue to look for it at Bradley Falls whenever it is open!)

Tamu Tamu Menu

The menu is now offering three primary entrees: Slow-cooked Chicken Curry, Vegetarian Curry, and Roasted Chicken Salad. [Read more…]

Snack Series: Häagen-Dazs Vanilla Milk Chocolate Almond Ice Cream Bar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Time for another Disney World ice cream treat for National Ice Cream Month! While you can also get this one in  your local grocery store, most likely, it can be found at several locations in Disney as well.

Häagen-Dazs Vanilla Milk Chocolate Almond Bar

Today, we’re sampling the gorgeous Häagen-Dazs Vanilla Milk Chocolate Almond Ice Cream Bar.

Häagen-Dazs Vanilla Milk Chocolate Almond Ice Cream Bar

I spied this treat on a recent trip through Animal Kingdom. You seem to find the Häagen-Dazs brand in this park more than the others. Since the brand is affiliated with Nestle (which owns Dreyer’s and Edy’s), it makes sense that their products are marketed here.

A glance at the nutritional information tells you just how decadent this treat is. But at least they don’t try and sell it as three servings! :-)

Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream Bar Nutritional Information

Your premium ice cream bar comes [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: August 18, 2013

New technology continues to be unveiled at Walt Disney World restaurants. This week, we have an exclusive report on the Rapid Fill beverage program at Disney resorts, as well as the Touch to Pay system that comes along with the MyMagic+ rollout.

Choose your Rapid Fill mug!

Choose your Rapid Fill mug!

Let’s not forget that we’re still gearing up for the 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. We’re excited about the new Chase VIP Lounge location in the American Adventure pavilion!

It’s time to catch up on the news. Read on…

Disney Food News

Lots of news from Disney this week!

Of course, there’s more! Check out all the latest Disney Food News — even the stuff we don’t mention in posts on the blog! — on our Disney Food News Pin Board, including An Artful Open House at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in Disneyland’s Downtown Disney district, Animal Kingdom Menu Changes, New Entertainment at Scat Cat’s Club in the Port Orleans French Quarter resort, and more.

DFB Reader Finds

If you find a fun new food — or other edible awesomeness — in or from Disney, share a photo with us on facebook or twitter so we can add it to our DFB Reader Finds each Sunday!

We love this tweet received from Reader Nicole: “Thanks @DisneyFoodBlog for all the yummy suggestions and it’s only Day 1!” You are welcome!! ;-)

Day 1 of Disney Food!

Reader Becky tweeted the new menu from Epcot’s Sommerfest restaurant. The side item — German Potato Salad — is a new addition!

Sommerfest Menu — click image for larger version.

The DFB Guide to the 2013 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book

We’re thrilled to announce the grand launch of the DFB Guide to the 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival e-Book! With over 190 pages and multiple bonus items, it’s pretty substantial!

In honor of our grand launch, we have a discount option for DFB readers (as always!). You can get the new mini-guide for $3 off the regular purchase price for a limited time — just use code CHEFS at the check-out!

As always, we’ve made this mini-guide instantly downloadable for your convenience, and easily installed on your mobile devices. It’s a PDF guide with over 190 pages of detailed information about the Festival as well as photographs and customized bonus items to help you get the best experience possible.

Bonus Items

The DFB Mini-Guide to the 2013 Epcot Food & Wine Festival includes customized bonus items that go above and beyond any other Food & Wine Festival coverage currently available. These include:

  • A full, daily schedule of events for every day of the festival
  • A printable World Showcase Booth Menu Checklist that you can use to plan, and easily bring with you to the festival
  • Themed World Showcase booth crawls (there’s even one for the kids!)
  • Food and Wine Festival customized Touring Strategies for One Day visits, Budget-Conscious visits, visits with kids, and more
  • A chapter dedicated to all “New for 2013″ events, menu items, booths, and more
  • Full food, wine, beer, winery, and chef indexes, including dates and locations of where you can find your favorites
  • Epcot Food and Wine Festival recipes
  • And more!

Once again, celebrate the grand launch with us by getting $3 off the purchase price for the e-Book! Order your copy now for only $11.95 (regularly $14.95). To secure the discount, use code CHEFS at the check-out.

Want an Even Better Deal?

We’ve got it! For an even bigger discount, [Read more…]

Review: Hot Fudge Sundae at Dino Bite Snacks

Guys, it is so hot out there!! And when I’m sweltering and sweating, there’s one thing I know to do: eat more ice cream.

Fortunately, that’s not a hard proposition when you’re in Walt Disney World — just check out our Ice Cream Gallery for the goods!

Dino-Bite Snacks -- Outside

Today, I’m heading over to DinoLand U.S.A. (YAY!!!!!!) in Disney’s Animal Kingdom to one of my favorite ice cream stops, Dino-Bite Snacks!

With its shiny quilted aluminum siding, this little snack shack has a vintage feel that matches the rest of DinoLand U.S.A. It serves up ice cream in a variety of ways, plus churros and other snacks.

Most of the time, a stop for me here means just one thing: a hand-made ice cream cookie sandwich! But I decided to branch out just a bit today and try their new-to-me Old-Fashioned Hot Fudge Sundae.

Old-Fashioned Hot Fudge Sundae

You’ll find Dino-Bite Snacks just to the right of Restaurantosaurus (YAY!!!!!!!!!!!) as you’re facing the counter service spot. It’s not much more than a kiosk, with separate windows for ordering and pick up.

Like I mentioned, the menu is limited only to snacks and beverages. Nothing here would make a meal — unless you fancy an ice cream sandwich in place of breakfast. (I’m not necessarily admitting I’ve done this before, but…)

Hand-scooped ice cream is available, but there are only a few varieties. Choose from vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, or chocolate chip. You can also get a float here as well!

Dino-Bite Snacks Menu -- Click to Enlarge

But we hadn’t tried the hot fudge sundae, so I decided this was the day. Once I ordered my sundae at window number one, [Read more…]

Now Available! DFB Podcast Episode 16: The Other Parks

Hola, fellow Disney food-lovers!

Exciting news today for all you hungry commuters, walkers, runners, beach-goers, gym-goers, Disney summer road-trippers, and other assorted podcast listeners!

Just a note to let you know that the 16th episode of our DFB Podcast is now up and ready for downloading!

In this episode, Brad and I cover the latest Disney food news and discuss their favorite table service restaurants at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and California Adventure.

We also answer two listener questions (sundaes, ice cream sandwiches, and chocolate chip cookies, oh my!), and reveal the answer to our Episode 15 trivia question (and reveal a pretty tough question for this episode)!

Here’s the Podcast page for Episode 16. Thanks in advance for listening!!

Please rate and review the podcast on iTunes, follow DFBPodcast on Twitter, and [Read more…]

Review: Onion Rings and Chocolate Mousse at Animal Kingdom’s Flame Tree Barbecue

So, many of us agree that Flametree Barbecue in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is pretty awesome.

Awesome barbecue, great views, weird animals-eating-other-animals/circle-of-life vibe goin’ on…what’s not to love.

But although I usually head here for a full meal (and a big meal at that), this place can also be a good snack stop if you’re in the mood to take a load off and sit by the water for a bit during a looooooong Disney day. So let’s head over and check out some between-meal goodies for your next trip…


You’ll find Flame Tree Barbecue on Discovery Island as you veer right toward Dinoland (DINOLAND, YAY!).

Flame Tree Barbecue Sign

The roped-off queue lines are your first hint that this place is pretty popular. It’s rare to find it looking this desolate, but that’s another good reason to visit in the late afternoon for a snack instead of at prime meal time!

One of my favorite things at Flame Tree, besides the ‘cue, is the quirky and daring (for Disney) themeing. Depicted in statuary, signs, and even the pavilions is this creepily awesome Circle of Life theme. It’s all in such totally cheerful colors that I wonder how many people actually stop to really see what’s going on here.

And don’t forget that Flame Tree has one of our favorite views of any counter service joint. The  [Read more…]

Snack Series: The Chocolate Raspberry Mickey Tart at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

OK, I’ve got a special treat for you today!!!

I first saw this little guy at The Mara at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge on a trip to the World in February, and I couldn’t wait to try it!

This counter service spot is a great place to grab really interesting and healthier-for-you quick options, like the Chicken Pita or African Stew.

But they offer some pretty amazing sweet treats as well! The legendary Zebra Domes are well documented, but I’m pretty sure this one will catch some serious fans as well. I thought it was my beloved Mickey Ganache Tart, but I was in for a surprise…

The Chocolate Raspberry Mickey Tart

I was seriously over the moon about the Mickey Ganache Tart the first time I had it while visiting Jolly Holiday Bakery in Disneyland. It quickly became one of my all time favorite Disney sweet treats!

So I was super excited when I started seeing similar tarts pop up in Disney World bakery cases as well — including here at The Mara.

Cute Mickey Tarts at The Mara!

This seemed to be a slight variation on the original. To begin, there was no adorable little white chocolate Mickey face, but that wasn’t a deal breaker. And the star-shaped sprinkles provided a whimsical touch.

Chocolate Raspberry Mickey Tart

The most striking difference at first glance, however, is the crust. While Jolly Holiday’s version is [Read more…]

Guest Review: Dino Diner Snacks at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

We’re welcoming back DFB Guest Author Joey Beyer with a guest review of the Dino Diner in Animal Kingdom’s DinoLand!

Howdy everyone! On a recent visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom I had the opportunity to try a couple of delicious items at the Dino Diner in DinoLand U.S.A. While Chester and Hester may seem like they are all fun and games, in Dinoland they are serious about snacking!

Dino Diner!


The Dino Diner is located to the left of Primeval Whirl if you are facing the entrance to that attraction. The stand is designed as a concessions trailer that you would expect to see at a carnival or county fair, and fits perfectly with the theme in this area of the park.

Seating is minimal and there’s little shade, so this is more of a grab-and-go spot.


The menu here is small and features cinnamon glazed nuts, drinks, and a hot dog if you are looking for something a bit more filling.

But the BIG news is the frozen lemonade. New this year, Animal Kingdom has introduced several alcoholic frozen lemonades around the park at various locations. Dino Diner is one of the lucky ones, sporting the Frozen Bacardi Raspberry Rum Lemonade.

Dino Diner Menu.

But first — the food. I am a big fan of the cinnamon glazed almonds but my partner in crime on this particular day preferred the pecans, so we went with those.

These can be found in all of the parks and many [Read more…]

New Menu Item: Quinoa Salad at Tamu Tamu Refreshments in Animal Kingdom

We’ve got another great Animal Kingdom menu item to share with you thanks to a DFB Reader who was recently in the park!!

This yummy treat comes from Tamu Tamu Refreshments in the Africa area of AK — Quinoa Salad!

Tamu Tamu Refreshments offers good eats and cold drinks.

Tamu has been improving its menu for over a year now, and even though there’s no under-cover seating, it’s starting to be able to take its place with the other counter-service spots in Animal Kingdom when it comes to food quality!

South African Quinoa Salad

The relatively new menu shows the vegetarian Quinoa Salad selling for $8.19. A great deal for a full meal in Disney World!

Menu at Tamu Tamu Refreshments.

According to our reader, “This salad is made with fried tofu croutons, large cuts of red pepper, vine ripe tomatoes, feta cheese, cucumber, and kalamata olives….with quinoa and romaine lettuce!

The fresh squeezed lemon juice just makes this dressing!”

Quinoa Salad.

Other Goodies at Tamu Tamu Refreshments

For more great goodies at Tamu Tamu, check out this review of the Pulled Beef Sandwich, and this look at the [Read more…]

Review: Flame Tree Barbecue at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Last week, I had the pleasure of heading to Walt Disney World for a super quick jaunt around the parks.

And while there, I decided it was high time to stop by one of my (and yours!!) favorite spots in Animal Kingdom, Flame Tree Barbecue.

Flame Tree Barbecue consistently gets rave reviews from Disney food fans as one of the top — if not the top — counter service spots in all of Walt Disney World. I was anxious to see if it still lived up to my fond memories…


Located in the Discovery Island section of Animal Kingdom, you’ll find this colorful restaurant adjacent to the entrance to Dinoland (which is awesome, and you should totally go there). And as the name clues you in — they specialize in barbecue, with meats that are smoked right in the “Flame Tree Barbecue Smokehouse.”

Flame Tree Barbecue Sign

Normally, you see lines snaking back from the ordering area — note the cow-line ropes in the picture. But it was shockingly not busy when I got there late in the afternoon (around 4:30pm). See? I told you those Disney Dining Tips are for real! ;-)

Flame Tree Barbecue -- Outside View

The set up is your standard Disney counter service situation, with multiple ordering stations and pick up lines. You won’t find any automated kiosks here…yet!

Ordering Kiosk

For guests who aren’t familiar with smoked meats and the pink color that the meat takes on due to the process, you’ll find these signs. You can be sure that your meat is thoroughly cooked, even though it may appear pink inside.

Sign Regarding Smoking Process

Once you’ve chosen your food, be sure to [Read more…]