Category Archives: Animal Kingdom

Breakfast at Rainforest Cafe

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This past weekend, I made an early trip to Animal Kingdom and stopped by Rainforest Cafe to try their breakfast. I started with a Jungle Fever – Spicy Bloody Mary Mix (I’m guessing Finest Call brand) and vodka blended with “secret seasonings.” It’s topped with their “famous Kettle Chips,” which I believe are Cape Cod chips.

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The drink was okay with some doctoring – Tabasco, salt, pepper. The glass was rimmed with celery salt, which I used my straw to scrape and stir in. It was one of those “you know what you’re walking into” situations in terms of the cocktail.

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Harambe Market’s African Milk Tart

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When Harambe Market opened a few months ago, there was an item on the menu that sounded interesting and I wanted to try, but we were sampling so many other foods, we knew we wouldn’t have any room: the African Milk Tart. You can also find them at the Creature Comforts Starbucks, which is where I picked mine up.

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It is described as Coconut Custard in a Chocolate Shell dusted with Sugar and Five Spice Powder, drizzled with Dark Chocolate Ganache. If you’ve been reading the blog a while, you are probably aware that I’m not big on sweets or chocolate, but the promise of coconut certainly gets my attention.

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Gardens Kiosk’s Farmer’s Salad

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In addition to the recently added Baked Lobster Macaroni & Cheese that was added to the menu at Beastly Kiosk, the Gardens Kiosk also made some changes. Also known as the “Allergy-friendly” kiosk (see former menu here), they recently became home to two new salads. The Trek Power Salad features Quinoa, Beets, Edamame, and Citrus, while the Farmer’s Salad features Blueberries, Goat Cheese, and Candied Pecans.

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At the ordering window, a display shows what each of the salads looks like. They are also prepared to order (at least mine was), so you don’t have to worry about the greens getting saturated and wilting.

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Beastly Kiosk’s Baked Lobster Macaroni & Cheese

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Last month, we saw that Beastly Kiosk, well as some other locations in the park,  were undergoing some menu changes. In addition to selling Mickey Pretzels and Jalapeno Pretzels, it was adding a Baked Lobster Macaroni & Cheese as well as a Baked Three-Cheese Pasta.

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For those on the Disney Dining Plan, every item on the menu is currently a Snack Credit, making the Baked Lobster Macaroni & Cheese the best value. Those paying cash, like me, may find it on the pricey side at $5.99. When I ordered it, the cast member noted that it was a snack-size portion, so I imagine they’ve received comments of disappointment and are being proactive (many other kiosks are setting out displays so guests can see what to expect). Still, for the price, it’s the size of an Epcot International Food & Wine Festival portion. In fact, it costs less than last year’s Baked Lobster Alfredo served at Hops & Barley Market.

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Also, as you can see, this is not a “Disney Standard” Macaroni and Cheese. Instead of elbows, they used campanelle. It’s not DayGlo orange. There’s a layer of cheese baked on top.

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Holiday 2015 Dining at WDW

We may just be a few days into August, but the holidays will be here before we know it, and if you’re spending your time at WDW, you definitely want to start making your dining reservations if you haven’t already.

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For Thanksgiving, you can find the classic turkey dinner served family-style at Liberty Tree Tavern in Magic Kingdom.

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Over in Epcot, Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot serves traditional Norwegian meatballs and pan-seared salmon at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in addition to the traditional offerings. Special Thanksgiving menus during lunch and dinner seatings will also be served at Biergarten Restaurant, Coral Reef Restaurant, Le Cellier Steakhouse, Tutto Itlalia Ristorante, Restaurant Marrakesh, Rose & Crown Dining Room, and Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria, as well as quick service location Sunshine Seasons in The Land pavilion.

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New Dishes at Animal Kingdom

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Some new dishes have made their way onto the menu at several locations at Animal Kingdom, according to the Disney Parks Blog. At the Gardens Kiosk, on Discovery Island, you’ll find the Trek Power Salad, which features quinoa, beets, edamame and citrus.

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There’s also a Farmer’s Salad with blueberries, goat cheese and candied pecans. Both are eligible as a snack entitlement on the Disney Dining Plan. A Chilled Green Tea infused with orange blossom honey, cucumber-mint-pomegranate lemonade, and raspberry lemonade sweetened with stevia is also available.

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Quick Bite: Rainforest Cafe’s Chicken Tenders

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While on my way out of a recent trip to Animal Kingdom, I exited through Rainforest Cafe. I made a quick stop for lunch and kept it simple by ordering their Chicken Tenders – golden fried chicken tenders served with your choice of  Buffalo sauce and blue cheese dressing or BBQ sauce and ranch dressing. I opted for the latter, but it was just served with BBQ (which was fine by me).

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