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