Disney’s Animal Kingdom offers a wide variety of choices for breakfast. Options range from coffee stands to quick-service restaurants offering mobile ordering to table service.
With this in mind, I compiled a safari field guide to the best places for breakfast in Disney World’s largest theme park.
Where can you get breakfast at Animal Kingdom?
The main entrance, Discovery Island, Pandora, Africa and Asia all have at least one location serving breakfast.
Does Animal Kingdom have free breakfast?
No, Disney’s Animal Kingdom does not offer free breakfast. However, you may pack your own food or snacks to any park at Walt Disney World. There are a few straightforward restrictions – no alcohol, glass, or large coolers.
So if you’re traveling on a tight budget, consider packing your favorite on-the-go snacks.
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Breakfast at the main entrance
For guests who arrive hungry, there are two options for breakfast right outside the main entrance: Rainforest Café and a Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company kiosk.
Rainforest Café is a sit-down table service experience. Allow at least one hour to dine there. I recommend making advanced dining reservations to minimize wait time.
However, for those who prefer a quick breakfast, grabbing a specialty coffee and pastry from Joffrey’s will be more your speed. Joffrey’s is known for its gigantic frosted doughnuts with sprinkles. They’re absolutely big enough for sharing.
Breakfast at Discovery Island
Once inside the park, your next breakfast options are Isle of Java or Creature Comforts. These coffee spots are on opposite sides of the centrally located Discovery Island.
If you’re near Dinoland, U.S.A., stop by the Isle of Java for a breakfast sandwich or pastry. You can also grab a coffee, assorted fountain beverages, milk, orange juice or bottled water.
But if you’re closer to the left side, toward Africa, Creature Comforts will be more convenient. You may be pleasantly surprised to find a familiar menu at this ‘Starbucks in disguise.’ In addition to all your favorite beverages and bakery treats, check out some of the specialty Disney menu items. Seasonally-themed cupcakes are just one example.
It’s also one of the only places to pick up co-branded merchandise like a Starbucks ‘Been There Series’ Animal Kingdom mug.
Breakfast in Pandora
Pongu Pongu is Pandora’s only breakfast spot. This quick-service restaurant has some unique and delicious food offerings. I suggest the Pongu Lumpia, a pineapple cream cheese spring roll.
They also serve breakfast sandwiches and French toast sticks. Wash it down with a colorful specialty beverage featuring juicy boba balls.
Do you want to avoid the long wait times for Avatar: Flight of Passage? If so, make a beeline for the attraction first thing in the morning. And then fuel up at Pongu Pongu after you finish your ride.
Satu’li Canteen doesn’t have a breakfast menu. However, they open relatively early for lunch.
Breakfast in Africa
Africa has three breakfast options: Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery, Tamu Tamu Refreshments and Tusker House Restaurant.
Harambe Fruit Market doesn’t have a breakfast-specific menu. But they do serve snacks all day.
Kusafiri Coffee Shop & Bakery and Tamu Tamu Refreshments are your quick service options in this area of the park. They have similar menus with breakfast sandwiches, croissants, muffins, cinnamon rolls and other bakery items.
In addition to coffee and hot cocoa, you can also find a variety of bottled and fountain beverages at either location. Both are a great option if you want to grab a quick bite and keep going.
But the headliner dining experience in Africa is certainly Tusker House Restaurant.
Tusker House offers a character meal served family-style. It’s hosted by Donald Duck and other classic Disney characters. This list includes Daisy Duck, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, and Mickey Mouse. A breakfast reservation is a must. This is one of the most popular restaurants in all of the Disney parks,
Pastries and assorted spreads are served alongside platters of fresh fruit for the first course. An oversized breakfast platter filled with scrambled eggs, Mickey and Simba waffles, breakfast potatoes, bacon and sausage follows. To add some ethnic flavor, throw in some rice, Durban chicken and egg curry, too!
In recent years, Walt Disney World Resort has made reasonable efforts to offer allergy-friendly menu items. But be sure to discuss any dietary needs when checking in with your party. They will be able to provide you with the most up-to-date official information regarding the allergy-friendly menu choices available.
How long is the breakfast wait at Tusker House?
Plan for breakfast at Tusker House to take about an hour. There may be a short wait for a table in the dining room after you check in with a cast member. As a result, you may be able to finish eating your breakfast in less time. However, the characters can take 30-45 minutes to complete their rotation around the tables. So kick back, relax, and butter up that third croissant. You’re on vacation!
Are drinks included at Tusker House?
Non-alcoholic beverages are included with your meal at Tusker House. Standard drinks include soft drinks, tea, juice or milk. Non-alcoholic specialty beverages such as smoothies or premium sparkling water are available at an additional cost.
Brunch cocktails like Mimosas or Bloody Marys are also available but at an additional cost.
Breakfast in Asia
Did you skip the Joffrey’s kiosk at the park entrance? Or perhaps ready for another caffeine boost or delicious treat? If so, you will be pleased to learn that there is another Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company in the Asia section of the park.
Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes is also a quick-service eatery in Asia. This cafe offers breakfast bowls and sandwiches. And it’s one of my favorite places to skip the line by submitting a mobile order. In addition, I like to take advantage of the shaded outdoor seating area while enjoying a meal.
What is your favorite breakfast spot at Animal Kingdom? Let us know in the comments.