Food is certainly one of the biggest expenses on a trip to Disney and knowing how to choose more economical options can help a lot in your budget. With that in mind, today we'll show you how eat cheap at animal kingdom.
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I take the opportunity to point out that eating with little money does not necessarily mean that you will eat poorly.
It is possible to eat well in the parks and spending little. So, follow our tips to save on your meals at Animal Kingdom.
If you want food tips from other Orlando parks, be sure to check out our list:
– Dining with Disney Characters
– Disney Dining Plan: The Disney Dining Plan
– How to eat cheaply at Disney's water parks?
– The Best Breakfast at Disney in Value for Money
– The Best Vegetarian Food Options at Magic Kingdom
– What are the best fast food in Disney?
– Disney kids food
– How to eat cheap on your trip to Disney
Here we separate 3 restaurants with good food options in Animal Kingdom, let's check each one of them.
Harambe Market – Good and Cheap Food at Animal Kingdom
Harambe Market is one of Animal Kingdom's Quick Service restaurants, and home to one of the Disney famous walls.
There are 4 windows available to buy your food, in an environment that is inspired by Africa.
The dish options are good and tasty and with attractive prices.
For example, you can order a pork sausage, which is served in an open-faced naa bun with onion relish and curry ketchup for just a little more than $$10.
One of the most ordered dishes at Harambe Market is Beef and Lamb Gyro. They are thin slices of meat served in open naan bread, with cucumber salad, tomato and special sauce. The value is just a little over $11 dollars.
An option with more food is the grilled chicken bowl with rice, coriander and leafy greens for just over $$11.79.
Another good option found there is ribs.
If you are looking for a vegetarian dish, there you will find the roasted vegetables bowl with rice, cilantro and green leaves that costs just over $10 dollars.
The Harambe Market also offers children's menu options such as the parsley skewer, or grilled chicken or barbecued ribs. All children's dishes cost less than $9 dollars.
Yak & Yeti
Yak & Yeti is one of the coolest restaurants in Animal Kingdom (by the way, the Disney parks as a whole).
The place has a very beautiful and fun decoration, with a pan-Asian theme.
The food is excellent and the portions are big, so you can share dishes with peace of mind.
Some of the options you can find there are, the Lettuce Cups which are chicken breasts in pieces, with chopped vegetables, Siagon Haison sauce and stuffed lettuce.
This dish costs just over $16 dollars but feeds 2 people.
They also serve a Basket of dim sum which is pork dumplings.
The price is the same and it serves the couple as well.
They also have a huge number of other dishes, which are much more expensive, but just as delicious.
A nice option is the small plates, which serve food in smaller quantities, but at affordable prices.
One option is the pork gyoza, which costs $9.99 dollars.
For children, the restaurant serves options such as Chesseburger (with the right to two side dishes from the list), macaroni, macaroni and cheese, grilled chicken breast and much more.
All options cost $9.50.
Smiling Crocodile – Cheapest Food in Animal Kingdom
This tip can be considered almost a secret.
Smiling Crocodile isn't exactly a restaurant, it's actually a kiosk.
It even goes unnoticed by most visitors.
However, know that it serves delicious and super cheap food.
It's a very small kiosk: there are only 4 items on the menu.
However, it is probably the cheapest food among all Disney parks.
It's ideal for those days when the budget is tighter and you need to save.
There are two very good sandwiches there, one with turkey, bacon, lettuce and tomato and the other with pimento cheese, lettuce, tomato and bacon.
They cost $5.29 USD each.
Cheap Dessert at Animal Kingdom in 2023
As is already traditional in our food guides, we separate a space to show how it is possible to eat cheap desserts in Animal Kingdom as well.
After all, your trip to Disney is meant to be a moment of fun, of making a dream come true.
It doesn't make much sense to know how to eat cheaply at Animal Kingdom, but go hungry or hungry in the process, right?
There's always room for an inexpensive sweetie in your budget.
To make it easier, we are going to list dessert options in 2 of the restaurants mentioned above, to make your life simpler and more practical, without having to go here and there.
This kiosk was not on the previous list but we needed to include it in the dessert list.
This is our favorite Animal Kingdom dessert!
The name of the dessert found there is Pongu Lumpia!
She's a pineapple cream cheese spring roll.
To be honest, I don't like pineapple very much but I had to try this dessert to create content about it.
And I'm glad I ate it because it's an incredibly delicious sweet!
I guarantee it's one of those different things that you'll love when you try it.
The kiosk is located at the exit of Flight of Passage, between the shop and the Satu'li Canteen!
So if you're going to have a meal there, save for dessert at Pongu Pongu!
As an open-counter restaurant, Harambe Market's desserts tend to be a bit more industrialized.
Because of this, they are naturally less appetizing than those in traditional restaurants, but they are still very tasty.
The most famous option is Bolo Safari, a coconut cake, with coconut and pineapple mousse and chocolate frosting. It costs $4.99 dollars.
In addition to the cake, you can find passion fruit, watermelon, pineapple and coconut slushies there, all costing just over $5 dollars.
Yak & Yeti
Yak & Yeti is one of the most robust restaurants in Animal Kingdom and has already been mentioned in this post.
Therefore, it is one of the most dessert options for visitors.
Yak & Yeti has a very exotic option which is Fried Pineapple Wontons which cost just over $10.
Other alternatives are the chocolate pudding cake ($$8.99) and mango soup ($$8.99).
And there are also more traditional options, such as cheesecake New York style, with mango and strawberry couli and whipped cream topping.
How much does it cost to eat at Animal Kingdom in 2023
We gave different values for food throughout this post and with that we were able to give a prediction of how much food would be spent in Animal Kingdom.
What value should you include in your trip planning?
If you go to eat at Yak & Yeti for example and order a Dim Sum Basket for a couple plus the chocolate pudding cake for both to share for dessert.
Your total would be somewhere around $$25 or $$12.50 per person.
Excellent value per person for a meal inside one of the Disney parks.
But of course, it is possible to spend even less than that.
Eating a sandwich each at Smiling Crocodile and a Pongu Lumpia for dessert.
Your total would be just over $20, just over $10 per person.
If you are planning a trip to the Disney making little money or thinking about how much these values would cost, now you have an estimate to budget.
If you are planning a trip, be sure to request your quotes with our agency where we guarantee the best values and we will help you with your planning!
In addition to these restaurants, there are other great restaurants at Animal Kingdom with affordable prices.
As always, check the menus online to know more!
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