Mornings at Animal Kingdom are pretty magical. The animals are awake and active. The cooler morning air makes exploring all of the great details around the park a breeze (Ha!). Nothing clinches a perfect start to an Animal Kingdom day like a good breakfast. I mean, fueling up is a must before hopping in that Flight of Passage standby line!
Mornings at Animal Kingdom have also increased in popularity (especially since the Na’vi moved in.) Good news though! There are now more Animal Kingdom breakfast options then ever. So now the question is, “Where is the best breakfast at Animal Kingdom?”
So whether you’re rope dropping Pandora or looking to start your wild day on a full stomach, here’s where to find the top breakfast in Animal Kingdom.
3) Kusafari Coffee Shop & Bakery
Much like Winnie the Pooh, when I’ve got a rumbly in my tumbly first thing in the morning, it’s for time for something sweet. At Animal Kingdom, Kusafari Coffee Shop & Bakery is a great place to go. My cringe worthy reference aside, you really should check out this Quick Service spot for their array of pastries.
The Colossal Cinnamon Roll is a Disney fan favorite. Warning: the name isn’t kidding. This shareable treat is flaky, drizzled with icing, and sure to start your day off right. If that’s not quite satisfying your sweet tooth, check out their chocolate dipped elephant ear.
If savory is more your style, they also offer a wrap with egg, sausage, cheese, and spinach. The quintessential grab and go offerings like cereal, fruit, and yogurt are also available. All of the options clock in under $10 too! If you’re on the Disney Dining Plan, you can pay with a Snack Credit for the majority of items.
Bonus fun fact- there are rarely lines here. Kusafari’s location is tucked back in Africa (and beyond Creature Comforts aka Starbucks) make this a quiet eatery. Before going on that next morning safari, stop in here for some coffee and breakfast sustenance. Also, morning safaris are the best!
2) Yak & Yeti Local Food Cafes
If your eye is on the Expedition Everest prize, then make a bee line for Asia and the Yak and Yeti Local Food Cafes. Not to be mistaken for the adjacent Yak & Yeti full service restaurant, this quick service locale is sometimes called Anandapur Local Food Café. Yeah, the name’s kind of confusing, but the breakfast is worth it.
While Yak & Yeti has an Asian inspired lunch/ dinner menu, the breakfast menu is standard American fare all the way. Everything is portable, too! A variety of breakfast sandwiches make up the bulk of the menu. Breakfast tacos and burrito round out the choices. The kids meal options are a pancake and sausage stick and French toast sticks. Even the hash browns are cooked bite sized! Travel ready breakfast items are a nice option for a Fastpass filled day.
Additionally, Yak & Yeti is a good bet to maximize your Animal Kingdom morning due to its location. Grabbing food from here positions you near two key attractions – Kali River Rapids and Expedition Everest.
The restaurant is practically located at the exit of Kali. And if you’re rope dropping Everest, this is your closest option for breakfast in Animal Kingdom. Stop by Yak & Yeti before (or maybe after) you take on the thrill ride.
Don’t forget to take in the views of Asia at Yak & Yeti’s outdoor seating area. Or take that egg and cheese biscuit on the go because adventure is out there!
1) Donald’s Safari Breakfast at Tusker House
Jambo and welcome to the top breakfast in Animal Kingdom. Tusker House is hands down the winner. I trek to Animal Kingdom just to have breakfast at Tusker House, and nothing else!
A trip to Tusker House is a perfect excuse to get lost in the gorgeously themed Harambe Market area of Africa. Imagineering brought their A game for this entire section of Animal Kingdom. The immersive theming of the land carries over to the interior of Tusker House. From the safari ads on the walls to hand woven baskets in the central market area, this sprawling restaurant is filled with intricate details!
Equally fascinating though is the food. The African inspired cuisine is easily one of the most interesting menus in Disney World. The food is a mesh of unique flavors and traditional breakfast fare. So no worries! Even the pickiest eaters will find something (Mickey waffles included). The beef bobotie and coconut topped sweet potatoes are delicious. And can’t forget the famous Jungle Juice! A trifecta of orange, guava, and passion fruit juice.
That’s not all though! The #1 duck around stops by on his way to a safari! At Tusker House you can meet Mickey, Donald, Goofy, and Daisy, all awesomely decked out in safari garb. The interactions are fantastic! When it comes to Character Dining, this experience is pretty high up there. Just a heads up, plan for about 75 minutes for all of Donald and his friends to make their way over.
All of the flavorful dishes to try, atmosphere to soak up, and opportunity to meet characters make Tusker House a must for breakfast when you’re at Animal Kingdom. We even did a recent review of Tusker House that you can check out below!
Bonus: Satu’li Canteen
If you’re at Animal Kingdom, Satu’li Canteen is a can’t miss. It’s definitely the most unusual Counter Service at Animal Kingdom, possibly even all of Walt Disney World. Cheeseburgers served up in pods? Midnight blue desert domes? If you’re up for something unique, this food will satiate. The overwhelming immersion of Pandora continues in Satu’li Canteen. (Very cool theming!) Plus there’s indoor seating. Win win!
This makes the list as a bonus because it’s a pseudo breakfast option. Satu’li Canteen operates within breakfast hours since it opens at 10 (compared to 11 for lunch menus elsewhere).
The menu is consistent from open to close. There is a designated breakfast menu but it operates seasonally. So if your hearts set on eggs for breakfast maybe stop back by here for lunch. Otherwise, why not go ahead embrace morning Na’vi style.
Next time you’re at Animal Kingdom, be sure to start your adventure with an amazing breakfast. Have fun out there Wilderness Explorers!