The Lion King 30th Anniversary Food Guide for Disney’s Animal Kingdom

    Starting June 10th, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be celebrating the 30th Anniversary of The Lion King, including a meet and greet and some specialty bites and drinks. Here’s the announcement of The Lion King 30th Anniversary food guide for Disney’s Animal Kingdom:

    Can you believe that Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “The Lion King” first graced our screens 30 years ago? To celebrate this momentous occasion, the culinary teams at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park have put together some adorably delicious bites and sips for you to enjoy starting June 10 and running through Sept. 9, 2024. As you go on your own adventures throughout the park, you can have a foodie one too! 

    Can you feel the flavor tonight? Well, your appetite sure can! Let’s get into what’s cooking over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for the 30th Anniversary of “The Lion King”!  

    The Simba and Timon's Luau

    When exploring Discovery Island, there are multiple spots serving up can’t-miss “The Lion King” items. For a quick sip, Eight Spoon Café will be featuring The Simba. This refreshing mango-flavored slushy is combined with grenadine and topped with two gummy candies for some (sweet) grub. Over at Isle of Java, the culinary team has put together a truly unique dessert paying homage to none other than Timon’s iconic hula from the film. Timon’s Luau is a layered dessert with vanilla chiffon, passion fruit curd, guava jam, vanilla chantilly cream, an edible tropical flower for the lei and mint for the hula skirt.   

    Rafiki's Squash Banana and the "Remember Who You Are" The Lion King 30th Anniversary Dessert

    Before expanding your journey outside of Discovery Island, Tiffins Restaurant has a sweet sip to indulge in. Rafiki’s Squash Banana is a shake blended with squash bananas, baobab fruit, vanilla, cinnamon, and cardamom. Also, the “Remember Who You Are” The Lion King 30th Anniversary Dessert is a truly beautiful offering. The Kenyan coffee mousse is filled with caramelized bananas, chai chantilly, banana-caramel sauce, chocolate-coffee crumble, chocolate decoration, and sugar sun.  

    Zazu Ice Cream Sandwich and the You Follow Old Rafiki Cheesecake

    As you venture over to Africa, you’ll come across several of these new treats. Tamu Tamu Refreshments will be home to the Zazu Ice Cream Sandwich. This refreshing bite sandwiches vanilla ice cream between two blue cake-coated sugar cookies with a chocolate medallion on top. Harambe Market also will have a sweet delight for you to try. The You Follow Old Rafiki Cheesecake is the perfect dish to give you “no worries.” This passion fruit-mango cheesecake has a coconut-lime crust, vanilla bean chantilly, and a chocolate medallion to finish it off.

    Shenzi Strawberry Lemonade and Rightful Ruler Cupcake

    As we continue our foodie adventure throughout Disney’s Animal Kingdom for this momentous anniversary, we’re heading to DinoLand U.S.A. Here, there are multiple items worthy of a (lion) king. First, we’re dropping into Restaurantosaurus where there are two items on the way. The Shenzi Strawberry Lemonade is inspired by one of the iconic members of the hyena trio in the film. It combines Minute Maid Premium Lemonade, Minute Maid Strawberry Smoothie, and blue curaçao syrup served with a souvenir glow cube.  

    Next up, if you love red velvet and villains, you’re in for a treat. The Rightful Ruler Cupcake, which is available both here and at Pizzafari, draws inspiration from Scar himself, so be prepared to be met with flavor. It’s a red velvet cake with cookies ‘n cream cheesecake filling and chocolate icing topped with a chocolate medallion on chocolate rocks.  

    Zazu DOLE Whip Lime and Coconut Float and Simba Paw Cookie

    Trilo-bites will be serving up a special item that also is available through September 9, and it features DOLE Whip! The Zazu DOLE Whip Lime and Coconut Float deliciously swirls DOLE Whip Lime into Sprite with coconut and blue curaçao syrup. It’s then topped with a white chocolate medallion.  

    Last but certainly not least, at various outdoor food carts throughout the park, you’ll be able to get your paws on the Simba Paw Cookie!

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