If you pass through the Oasis at Animal Kingdom and enter Discovery Island, bear left and head down a quiet path…there you will find Disney World’s newest signature dining restaurant, Tiffins!
I was very excited to reserve The Jungle Book: Alive With Magic Dining Package at Tiffins in June so that my son and I could experience both this new restaurant and the new nighttime show!
When we arrived at Tiffins, we were greeted outside the restaurant and brought inside to check in. INSTANTLY it felt like we had left the hustle and bustle of the theme park behind us and were now on a gorgeously peaceful retreat. We were a little early for our reservation, so they asked me for my cell phone number so that they could text me when our table was ready, and then they guided us to the Nomad Lounge to wait.
The lounge, as you’ll see below is gorgeous and comfortable. It even has an amazing wrap around deck with seating.
It was a very humid evening, so all I wanted to do was stay in the air conditioning and down a Diet Coke, but the Nomad Lounge has a great food and drink menu. The menu not only tells you what they offer, but also a little about the lounge and restaurant.
Tiffins was designed to showcase the travels and adventures that went into the creation of Animal Kingdom.
As a matter of fact, they refer to each of the 3 dining rooms of the restaurant as a gallery of art! There’s the Safari Gallery:
The Grand Gallery:
And the room we dined in, the Trek Gallery:
Our table was ready very quickly and when we entered the Trek Gallery we didn’t know where to look first. There were so many artifacts on display! If you’ve been to Animal Kingdom before, there are a few that will definitely look familiar to you. It was very cool to see the travels and process of making Animal Kingdom displayed this way.
As you can tell…I loved the décor…and I’m happy to report I loved the service and food too!
The leather bound menu offers some truly tempting choices (I’ll post menu pictures at the end). We had had a long and filling morning at Hollywood Studios, so even though it was included in our package I passed on the bread service and appetizer course and just asked our server what he recommended for the entrée. He suggested the Wagyu Striploin and Braised Short Rib and it didn’t disappoint!…and at a the a la cart price of $53, I still felt like I got my money’s worth with the dining package.
The meat was so tender, the vegetables were cooked perfectly and I even tried the sauces (which I had asked for on the side, as I am always afraid to have my entrée drenched in something I may not like, lol.)
Our sever, Mo, took care of everything – anticipating things we’d need before we even knew we needed them. Additional staff were at the ready to clear plates and crumbs. We even got to meet with the chef, Robbie, a few times due to my son’s allergies and he was wonderful.
For dessert I ordered the South American Chocolate Ganache, which was dense and delicious. My only complaint of our whole experience was that they could only offer my son fruit as dessert to accommodate his allergies. I know most other Disney restaurants will at least have some pre-packaged allergy safe treats in “the back”, so he was disappointed and passed on dessert (don’t worry, I always bring him a safe dessert alternative in my bag to have just in case).
After our meal, we were presented with both a Joe Rhode print (he was the lead designer of Animal Kingdom) and our tickets to The Jungle Book: Alive With Magic.
Tiffins is open for lunch and dinner (valid theme park admission required). You can order and pay a la cart or use 2 table service credits on the Disney Dining Plan. We purchased the dining package (which as of today is still accepting reservations through September) which cost $67/adult and $32/child. And while, yes, Tiffins is an expensive choice – I feel the quality of the food (far better than what you’d probably find in an actual tiffin) and the service were worth it. Plus with the dining package we had the added value of not needing to arrive at The Jungle Book: Alive With Magic (which I’ll be sure to write about soon) crazy early to secure seats.
Have you tried Tiffins yet? What do you think? Comment below or on Facebook and let us know your experience!
Here are menu photos, as always please check Disney’s Official Website for the most updated information.