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Eating on a Budget – Animal Kingdom
What Disney’s Animal Kingdom lacks in restaurants, it more than makes up for in counter service cafes and snack kiosks. This may not be to everyone tastes but for a family on a budget it provides good quality food at affordable prices.
The thing about Animal Kingdom is that the food outlets have some great names that are bound to appeal to children, so getting them away from the rides and animals shouldn’t pose too much of a problem.
Let’s start with Petrifries which, as the play on words suggest, is a kiosk selling french fries and bottled water. Not the healthiest food option we have to admit but still a great place to refuel before resuming exploration of the park.
Restaurantosaurus in Dinoland is really just a McDonalds concession selling burgers and chicken nuggets. It does at least offer a chicken salad and vegetarian burgers to those who prefer a more healthy eating experience. On average expect to pay around $10 each for a meal including drink.
One of our favourites is Pizzafari, which as the name suggests specializes in Pizza. As an alternative this counter service restaurant also offers such delights as Chicken Caesars Salad and hot Italian style sandwiches stuffed with turkey, ham, swiss cheese and tomato. The Kids Pack for children under nine consists of either a Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich or spaghetti and meatballs and costs under $5.
The seating areas in this restaurant have been cleverly themed to deliver a true African ambience. While you are eating check out all the exhibits on the walls and ceilings and then before leaving let the children wander through the different rooms with such names as the Camouflage Room, the Nocturnal Room, and the Upside Down Room. . …they will love it.
For a family of four we would expect that you would probably get change out of $50.
For a little bit of Asian cuisine at less than $12 a head try the Yak and Yeti at the Anandupur Food Café. They serve delicious dishes of Sweet and Sour Pork, Shrimp Lo Mein, Chicken Fried Rice and Pork Egg Rolls. Once again the kids are catered for with a choice of either burgers, chicken or fried rice.
There are several other snack kiosks dotted around the park selling pretzels, popcorn and potato chips but hopefully we have given you enough food for thought (excuse the pun) to decide where your family might like to eat next time they visit Animal Kingdom.
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Page added on: 8 December 2009
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