It’s been quite the season for variations on the classic pineapple Dole Whip! The most recent version — before today — came to us from Pineapple Lanai in Disney’s Polynesian Resort, which is now serving up a new raspberry and lime swirl Dole Whip.
He’s brushin’ up on looking down, he’s working on his ROAR! It’s SIMBA, and he’s currently the star of the Simba Ice Cream Sandwich at Animal Kingdom’s Tamu Tamu as one of the specialty snacks celebrating The Lion King this summer!
The Simba Ice Cream Sandwich places a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream between two chocolate chip cookies — the top one of which is decorated with an edible image of Simba surrounded by a chocolate frosting mane. [Read more…]
This year marks the 25th Anniversary of “The Lion King” (and the live-action version of the film will make its debut in July!). And to celebrate, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is rolling out all the snacks — I mean, all the stops! — with a variety of treats available starting May 24th which will be available through the end of the summer!
Stop by Tamu Tamu for the Simba Ice Cream Sandwich: Vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies and decorated with a chocolate tail and an image of Simba. [Read more…]
Hello from a rainy Animal Kingdom! The rain might have kept a few people away… but not us 😉 ! Umbrella in hand, we explored the park and found all the new items, changes, and more for you!
Here’s everything we found including new sweets, menu updates, new merchandise, and the arrival of the 2019 Walt Disney World mugs!
So, if you’ve been following along recently, you know that LOTS of changes are in store for Disney’s Animal Kingdom!
Tamu Tamu Refreshments
Among them, Starbucks is due to open in mid-June, and the new Harambe Market will bring us FOUR new walkup food windows (along with merchandise shops) when it opens in late May. Add to that there are still rumors floating around about the possible addition of a Table Service restaurant to be located in part of what is currently Pizzafari… well, suffice it to say, the dining options at Animal Kingdom are certainly expanding!
With so many new food stops in the works, it’s bound to affect some of the established eateries around the park. In fact, we’ve already begun to see hints of change starting at Tamu Tamu Refreshments.
You see, it’s located in the village of Harambe in Animal Kingdom’s Africa, so it’s just across the way from where the Market will be.
Since the Harambe Market will have a whole slew of new entrees to choose from, the menu at Tamu Tamu just switched over to focus entirely on desserts and drinks as opposed to its previous entrees like curry dishes and the Pulled Beef Sandwich.
Lucky me, I had a group of friends visiting Animal Kingdom who offered to try them ALL!
Or perhaps I should say, “Lucky THEM,” because altogether there are FIVE desserts on the menu!
While the Pineapple Whip Soft-serve (with Dark or Coconut Rum) has been available since last May, the Chocolate Waffle with Espresso Mousse, Double Chocolate-Chip Ice Cream Sandwich, Mickey Ice Cream Chocolate Cookie Sundae, and Chocolate-covered Espresso Beans are all BRAND NEW to Tamu Tamu!
Let’s take them one by one, starting with the Chocolate Waffle topped with an Espresso Mousse.
The group reported that the waffle was [Read more…]
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 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!
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!”
Other Goodies at Tamu Tamu Refreshments
Some of you listened to the Healthy Eating in WDW episode of the WDW Today podcast last week, but there’s still a lot of information and tips for those of you who’d like to — or have to — start eating a bit healthier while you’re on vacation.
Even if you just want “not to go overboard,” (I feel your pain.) the tips, menu options, and “eat this not that” suggestions will help!
First thing first. These are tips everyone already knows, but we sometimes need a reminder or two…or three.
- Look for fresh, not processed foods: You can find fruits and veggies in every theme park. When you’re in a resort food court, consider a salad, boiled egg, or pita and hummus.
- Learn to be a “bother:” Order sauces on the side, substitute veggies/fruit for fries, ask that your meat not be cooked in butter, or see if you can order a half-portion of an entree for less money.
- Watch portion size: Disney likes to give you your money’s worth when it comes to food, so be aware when you order. Make a meal out of an appetizer, and when you splurge on a rich entree or huge dessert, share with someone else at the table.
- Eat breakfast: Breakfast is going to be one of the easiest and cheapest meals to eat healthily in a restaurant, so book mid-morning breakfast ADRs and fuel up with eggs, veggies, and wheat toast. Plus, there’s no temptation of ordering dessert!
- Call ahead: If you’re eating at a set-menu restaurant or want healthier, or no-sugar-added dessert options, call or write to Disney ahead of time (SpecialDiets@DisneyWorld.com, or 407-824-5967).
No Matter Where You Eat…
…there’s going to be something there that won’t eventually kill you 😉 Here are a few menu options [Read more…]