Our top pick snacks in the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios have proven very popular, which tells me one thing – you all are awesome and are looking for good food options when you’re on vacation. You’re my kind of people. Finally, we finish with the fourth park at the Walt Disney World resort: our favorite Animal Kingdom snacks!
1. Jalapeño Cheese-Stuffed Pretzel. Once only available at the Animal Kingdom (Harambe Fruit Market, Kali River Snack Cart, Safari Pretzel), perhaps it is that scarcity that earned this pretzel the top spot in our hearts when we think of Animal Kingdom snacks. Or maybe it’s because it’s delicious. Either way, this has the perfect punch of flavor with just the right amount of heat that we can (begrudgingly) share it with our entire family.
2. Zebra Cupcake. This treat can be found at Kusafiri bakery alongside of other delicious options (such as another favorite, the Cotton Top Tamarin Cupcake, or the fair-favorite-made-even-more-delicious Kusafiri Elephant Ear). The deliciously moist yellow cake is topped with a mountain of buttercream icing similar in size to that on the Butterfinger Cupcake at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and delicious, melt-in-your-mouth white chocolate and milk chocolate striped shavings that give the delicacy its name. Many folks prefer the White Chocolate Elephant cupcake. I don’t do coconut so that one isn’t on my list, but I’m pretty sure you can’t go wrong with any of the
breakfasts desserts found at this little bakery window!
3. Hummus with Vegetables and Pita. Feeling a sugar overload from the cupcakes? Check out the Hummus package at one of the snack carts on your way to Expedition Everest. It looks unassuming, but is quite yummy if you’re looking for a filling, tasty snack between meals!
4. Fruit. I know, I know. That’s like the least exciting snack I’ve ever mentioned here. But I love fruit, and it’s widely known that Disney’s Animal Kingdom park is the hottest place in Florida on an overly sunny day. The fruit salad at Tamu Tamu refreshments, pieces of whole fruit (or pineapple slices – my favorite!) at Harambe Fruit Market, or the delicious, gigantic fruit plate at Flame Tree Barbecue are all excellent choices when you need something refreshing or are looking for a sweet-but-healthy choice. (On a related note: the mister fans they sell can be life-savers, especially in the summer. This price tag is a bit more palatable, though!) (affiliate link)
5. Chocolate Milkshake. Tired of making healthy choices yet? Ok. I get it, it’s vacation. So the next time you pass by Tamu Tamu Refreshments in Africa, try their chocolate milkshake. I can’t put my finger on why it’s so enjoyable because it is “just” a milkshake (and certainly no PB&J milkshake!) – but it’s one of our favorite choices!
6. Pineapple Soft Serve with Coconut Rum. Relatively new to Animal Kingdom (and once again found at Tamu Tamu Refreshments) is the ever-popular Adventureland treat, the Dole Whip. As an option at Animal Kingdom though, you can add a shot of coconut rum – yum!
Now for full transparency, I haven’t tried the following treat. It’s on my list for next time though because, well, look at it:
7. Brownie Paw. Brownie + chocolate ganache + buttercream frosting + chocolate. It has to be a win.
Looking for insider tips and tricks for snacking around Animal Kingdom? Check out the Disney Food Blog’s “Guide to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Snacks” here! (affiliate link) Make your plans and/or take the pdf on your smartphone into the parks.