Guest Review: Dawa Bar in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Welcome to Friday Happy Hour! Guest Author Melissa Sue Sorrells Galley takes us to one of our favorite rest stops — the Dawa Bar in Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

You sure do a lot of walking in Animal Kingdom. The paths are beautiful, but they’re long. And after a morning touring Disney’s most animalriffic theme park, I like to stop for a nice, refreshing drink. Luckily, there’s a perfect place for resting and sipping in Africa’s Harambe Village.

Dawa Bar in Harambe Village


Located just as you cross the bridge into Harambe, Dawa Bar is inside a huge, covered pavilion just next to the line to get into Tusker House and across from Tamu Tamu Refreshments.

Dawa Bar Seating

It’s a great place to sit, relax and watch Harambe pass you by. If you time your cocktail right, you can even [Read more…]

Guest Review: Tamu Tamu Refreshments in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

We’re welcoming back guest author Melissa Sue Sorrells Galley with a review of Tamu Tamu Refreshments in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. There’s a new sandwich that you’ve gotta try…

I have walked by Tamu Tamu Refreshments a million times. This is probably not an exaggeration. But I’d never stopped to eat there until AJ encouraged me to check out their newest menu item: a pulled beef sandwich. Before I knew it, I was standing in line at the little counter in Harambe.

Tamu Tamu Refreshments offers good eats and cold drinks.


Tamu Tamu can be a little confusing at first. It appears to be little more than a [Read more…]

Review: White Chocolate Elephant Cupcake at Animal Kingdom

We’ve featured rockin’ cupcakes from Animal Kingdom’s Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery before, and we’ve sung the praises of their brownies too, but on my recent trip, I had to sample the white chocolate elephant cupcake for myself!

Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery Sign

Kusafiri Menu - click image for larger version

While I’ve heard recently that sometimes the treats are scarce, I had no trouble finding what I came for the day of my visit. As it turns out, you sometimes just have to wait until 11:30 for the ‘cakes to be available. No worries!

And as you can see, the cupcake is still the towering showstopper that it’s always been!

White Chocolate Elephant Cupcake

I mean, this thing is HUGE. You WILL get stares as you walk around with this cupcake, so be ready to answer [Read more…]

Review: Triple Yeti Blast at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Lots of you will remember when I spotted Upcountry Beverages in Animal Kingdom for the first time — I sampled some yummo frozen drinks, braved the pouring rain, and ended up with the Maharaja Margarita! :-)

Well, on my recent visit I was interested to note that the daiquiris are gone from the menu, and the whole thing is margaritas now!! So I just had to try all three…

Animal Kingdom Upcountry Beverage Cart

Updated Menu (no daquiris) - click image for larger version

Fortunately for my ability to stand up straight, they offer all three of these refreshing margaritas in one delightful drink — [Read more…]

Top 5 Disney Dining Plan One-Credit Table-Service Values for 2012

Now that you’ve booked your 2012 Disney World vacation, it’s time to make your Advance Dining Reservations. Which restaurants are credit-worthy?

The vacation package add-on called the Disney Dining Plan is a meal plan with a set price in exchange for a certain number of credits. Many table-service meals in Disney World cost one credit, but are you getting the best value?

Stick to the one-credit restaurants, order the most expensive meal on the menu, and maximize your savings! Let’s get to my top picks for best value at “one table-service credit” Walt Disney World restaurants. I think some of them will surprise you!

Criteria Used

When we looked at values, our main criteria was price. These restaurants offer a great bang for your buck when paying with the Disney Dining Plan.

We also looked at enjoyment level and food quality, but these criteria were secondary and tertiary to cost. Note that these aren’t necessarily our favorite restaurants, but they are good values for one Disney Dining Plan credit.

Tutto Italia

Tucked into the Italian pavilion at Epcot, Tutto Italia Ristorante boasts regional cuisines from Italy in an Old World setting. Table service is attentive, although the fine-dining atmosphere can lead to longer waits.

This restaurant serves up a Roasted Rack and Leg of Lamb ($34) as an entree. End your meal with Copetta Sotto Boscue, a dessert specialty comprised of berries, zabaglione cream, gelato, and chocolate sauce, which has an out-of-pocket price of $14. When both of these items are ordered, Tutto Italia becomes quite possibly your best one-credit table-service value in Walt Disney World.

There’s also a Veal Roast which would run you $31 out-of-pocket but… perfectly worth one dining credit!


Tutto Italia is closed for refurbishment until [Read more…]

Pomegranate Martini at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

While headed to Dinoland from Asia in Disney’s Animal Kingdom last week, I saw this drink cart (technically called “AK Hot Dog 2 Cart” on my receipt) next to the bridge between Expedition Everest and Finding Nemo: The Musical.

In addition to beer and a fun cheese and cracker plate, they were serving Pomegranate Martinis! I had to give that a try…

Pomegranate Martini Conquers Everest

When I asked, I was told that this cart is [Read more…]

Bi-Coastal Menu News! Tamu Tamu Refreshments and Flo’s V-8 Cafe

As you know, we’re always on the look-out for menu news!

Today we’ve got some sneak peeks to share about Flo’s V-8 Cafe, part of the upcoming Cars Land in Disneyland Resort’s Disney California Adventure. AND we have some fun menu news out of the Animal Kingdom in Disney World! Let’s go…

Flo’s V-8 Cafe Sweet Stuff

Reminiscent of the small cafes along Route 66, Flo’s V-8 is slated to serve comfort food…including pies!

And the DisneyParks Blog just revealed a few of the pies that will be offered at Flo’s V-8!! These include… Dutch Apple-Cheddar (yum), Strawberry Rhubarb (yum), Mississippi Mud (double yum), and blueberry (yum)!!

Yet another reason that dining in Cars Land is on my bucket list! ;-) Flo’s is scheduled to open this summer.

Tamu Tamu Menu Addition

Across the country in Orlando, Disney World’s Animal Kingdom has quietly revealed a new menu item that’s creating a [Read more…]

Disney Food for Families: Feed the Birds (and Other Creatures, Too)

There’s a spot at Walt Disney World where there’s no restaurant, but lots and lots of food. I’m speaking of Conservation Station at the Animal Kingdom — a public area where guests can learn about how the non-human residents of the parks eat.

After my foodie daughters have had their fill at the Tusker House buffet, we often hop on the nearby Wildlife Express train to Rafiki’s Planet Watch, the home of Conservation Station, to see what the animals are having for lunch. It’s a wonderful educational opportunity — a chance to see that a balanced diet is important for all species.

Rafiki's Planet Watch

What to Expect

Once you get to Rafiki’s Planet Watch, the animal food preparation center is located toward the back of the Conservation building. There is a large, open window into a sunny, and scrupulously clean, food prep area.

During guest viewing hours, you will find [Read more…]

“You Won’t Believe This!” Snack: Cottontop Tamarin Cupcake

It’s been a while since we had a new cupcake for you, but this one’s a doozey!! (Is that how you spell “doozey?”)

You remember the White Chocolate Elephant cupcake and the Zebra cupcake, right? Well, joining its furry friends is the new Cottontop Tamarin cupcake at Kusafiri Bakery near Kilimanjaro Safaris in Harambe Village! You can also find this sweet treat at the Coffee Kiosk at the entrance to Discovery Island.

Cottontop Tamarin Cupcake -- Please excuse the rainy day photo

Pastry Chef Andreas Born blended both white and dark chocolate to create the cute (weird?) little Cottontop Taramin face. The mold sits atop a generous layer of butter cream. Underneath that is [Read more…]

Disney Food Post Round-Up: September 11, 2011

Donald Duck announces new lunch!

It was an exciting week with the announcement of a new character meal hosted by Donald Duck that will be offered at Tusker House in the Animal Kingdom.

And we’re getting so close to the 2011 Epcot Food and Wine Festival now that we’re already planning our touring strategy. You can too — just check out the information in our mini-guide below! We got some great reviews this week!

Latest Disney Food News

  • Starting December 4th, a Tusker House character lunch will be offered in addition to Donald’s Safari Breakfast!
  • Disney Parks exclusive wines will be debuting at the Food and Wine Festival!
  • Downtown Disney’s Raglan Road announced a Thanksgiving meal in addition to its regular lunch and dinner menu.
  • ‘AMA’AMA at Disney’s new Aulani Resort in Hawai’i is now serving guests! Check out this dinner review.

The DFB Mini-Guide to the 2011 Epcot Food & Wine Festival e-Book Review

We’re honored that our newest Mini-Guide is getting such positive reviews! One of the most recent is from Kristin Ford with the Orlando Sentinel’s A Mom and A Mouse! Here’s some of what she has to say about the Mini-Guide…

Like her other projects, AJ Wolfe’s new e-book is thorough. She, of course, explains the many components of the festival, such as seminars, celebrity chef meet-and-greets, signature tastings and concerts. It’s all valuable information laid out in an easy-to-find and easy-to-read format. …I especially like the “With the Kids Strategy” in The Disney Food Blog Mini-Guide to the 2011 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Wolfe offers ideas to engage the kids throughout the park so that the family is moving around World Showcase, allowing parents to sample much of the food.

Read the rest of the review here. Thanks to Kristin and the Orlando Sentinel!!

The Disney Food Blog Mini-Guide to the 2011 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival e-Book has over 125 pages of information you need to dive right into the festival. Start YOUR planning with the purchase of your guide.

On to the Round-Up!

Meet the World in Progressland Has a compilation of photos of Tokyo Disney Resort’s popcorn stands! This is from 2009, but it’s awesome! Love the Roastie-Toasties!

The Disney Blog tells us how to eat cheap at Disneyland!

Main Street Gazette takes us to the River Roost Lounge for evening entertainment and eats! Yee-Haa!!

Eating (and Drinking) Around The World shows us how to make Tuna Poke, Aulani Style!

All Ears Net‘s Jack Spence talks restaurants at Epcot’s France Pavilion. We love it when he does that.

DisMarks has released their 29th Disney Blog Carnival! Lots of great articles on your favorite topics over there.


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