We’re making our way around Disney’s Animal Kingdom today, and having a fun adventure (even if it’s raining)!
While we made our way to Expedition Everest to say hello to our old pal Disco Yeti, we found a bit of a pleasant surprise in the park. Although Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks has been half closed since the parks reopened (Trek Snacks has been open, but Thirsy River Bar has been closed), it had a random re-opening today for guests!
You might know Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks as a great spot to grab a cool drink while you’re walking around Asia or home to some GREAT chocolate chip cookies. However, the quick-service location is operating differently than we’ve seen it before now that there are distancing measures and new health guidelines in place.
Guests who pop over to the area will be asked to wait behind distancing markers until Cast Members can place their order. And note that Thirsty River is only operating with one side of its bar open at the moment!
Previously, guests could come from either side of the stand to pick up drinks, but the side opposite of Expedition Everest is the only area available for guests to visit. However, BOTH sides of the Trek Snacks portion of the quick-stop spot are currently open.
Along with distancing markers, plexiglass barriers and contactless payment are also being used at Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks (even though the Cast Members will still take cash).
As for food, Thirsty River is serving up the Simba Pretzel, which has also returned to other locations around the park…
…but Trek Snacks is serving up more treats next door, like hot dogs and lots of ice cream treats for everyone to beat the Florida heat!
And, to commemorate the occasion, we decided to get a snack and drink while we were at Thirsty River. Although the gorgeous pink colors of the Himalayan Ghost are enough to sell some folks on the drink, the flavors are worth the buy as well!
The Himalayan Ghost is mixed up with Snow Leopard Vodka, Guava, and Odwalla Lemonade for $13. While it’s raining today in the parks, we had our own little slice of paradise with the fruity and sweet flavors in this guest favorite pink drink!!
Now, if you’re heading to Animal Kingdom and DON’T get a Simba Pretzel, you might not be doing Disney the right way. ;D
Of course, we were ready to dig into all that plastic cheese dip to go with our warm pretzel for a great snack to kick off our day for only $6.79.
Currently, Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks will open at 11 AM and close at least an hour before the park at either 4 PM or 5 PM according to Cast Members. However, there could be changes and modifications to these hours at a later time and date!
Lots of spots around Disney World are reopening again! And, since Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks is so close to some of our favorite attractions in Animal Kingdom, you can bet your Simba Pretzels we’ll be back again soon.
What is your favorite treat to get when you’re back in Disney World? Let us know in the comments below!