This week, I’m sharing a series of dining reviews from my recent trip to Disney World. You can check out my reviews for days one and two, and stay tuned throughout the week for more food allergy “magic!”
With Day 3, came Animal Kingdom and all the Cheetah Girl references my sisters and I could fit into 24 hours (FYI: it was a lot). Last year, we searched high and low for the cheetah print Mickey ears, but they were nowhere to be found. So instead, I found some cute ones on Etsy that I bought for us to wear this year. Adorable.
Every time we go to Animal Kingdom, we start with Expedition Everest so we miss the lines. We used to go on it like 3 times in a row, but I can’t do that anymore. After 1 time I feel kind of queasy and after 2 times I’m done. One of the weird, nerdy quirks we have in my family is knowing exactly where all of the cameras are on every ride, so naturally, we take advantage of that and come up with synchronized poses. So that’s always fun. We pretty much went on all of the rides before lunch. The safari ride is my favorite, for sure. We got stuck on the ride a few times this year because of an ostrich and a rhino blocking the road, so my mom got some pretty good photos on her camera.
Anyways, on to the food – we had a late lunch (like 2pm) so we had a snack in the morning. There’s a running joke in my family that I always end up with a banana. Have you ever seen the Series of Unfortunate Events movie? You know the part when Count Olaf is “getting snacks” for the Baudelaires? To be fair, that’s usually a good option for me since most parks have fruit at their kiosks. This time, though, I got fresh pineapple.
We ate lunch at Tusker House, a buffet-style restaurant in the Africa section of Animal Kingdom. And it was a CHARACTER meal! So we got to meet Mickey, Donald, Goofy and Daisy! The chef was pretty helpful here as well. Most of the dishes were okay for me. Like I mentioned in a previous post, ethnic food is usually a good bet for me. I ended up getting a salad, green curry with chicken, broccoli, roasted potatoes, collard greens, and grapes. Oh and maduros! I also accidentally got the tofu because I thought it was chicken (still Kathleen-friendly). Update: I still don’t like tofu. Ick. The rest of the food was GREAT. Loved the curry. I always like curry – if it’s on a menu, then usually I will order it (provided I can eat it). That was probably my favorite part of the meal.
I love how whenever Disney chefs show me around at a buffet, they point to the dessert section and say “obviously” you have to stay away from this section. Hah. Of course. The chef at Tusker House, though, went on to say that he could bring me a cookie plate. He goes “oh we have these cookies – they’re gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, etc.” And I was like, oh! Enjoy Life! Yes please! #Winning So after lunch, the waitress brought me an actual platter of Enjoy Life cookies (Vanilla Honey Graham, Sugar Crisp, and Double Chocolate Brownie). It was so cute! I loved the presentation. As you can see from the photo, I was pretty ecstatic. I mean, doesn’t everyone look at their ELF cookies that way? Or is that just me?