Disney’s Animal Kingdom Restaurants for Teens and Older Kids
It is easy to find dining experiences for young children at Walt Disney World. There is a plethora of character meals and you certainly never have to go far to find a kids meal. But what about older kids, junior high students, and teens? Are there any memorable or fun restaurants for them?
We’ve compiled a list of restaurants we consider the best Disney has to offer big kids and teens that we’ll be sharing in a series format. We aren’t including counter-service / fast food type locations in this list – just table service restaurants. Today we’ll start with:
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park Dining Choices for Older Children and Teens
- Rainforest Café ~ You may have been to a Rainforest Café in another city – if so, you know what to expect: great jungle / rainforest type theme with good but not amazing food. There is also a Rainforest Café located in Downtown Disney. This restaurant does not participate in the Disney Magic Your Way dining program.
- Tusker House ~ You’ll want to skip breakfast, which is a character meal. This restaurant has a bit of an African theme and offers a nice buffet with some interesting but not overly exotic choices. It is a favorite of my own children who appreciate the chance to sit and cool down in a nice air-conditioned space. This isn’t an amazing experience – just a nice choice for lunch or dinner.
- Yak & Yeti ~ This is a new restaurant by the same people who created the “Rainforest Café” and “Joe’s Crab Shack”. It is a bit spendy – with entrees starting at $15.99 and going up to about $22.99. The restaurant very well themed to look like something you imagine you’d find in Nepal or Tibet. TIP: Try to make a reservation for this restaurant’s last seating (usually) at 4:30PM – you can watch Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade in the Asia Area and then hurry over to check in for dinner.
We hope these suggestions help you and your teen have a great day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We’ll look at the restaurants at Disney’s Hollywood Studios next in this series.
Guest post by Annette – BABMT.com