UPDATE: Please note that the Flame Tree Barbecue reopening — originally scheduled for late April — is now anticipated for late May. The text below has been updated accordingly. Alternate food locations are still in operation.
Flame Tree Barbecue is a definite fan favorite among Counter Service options at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The name gives you a pretty good idea of the main attraction here. From ribs to pulled pork, barbecue is the headliner. Typically, you can also find Fruit Plates and some downright fantastic onion rings, among other items. And Flame Tree Barbecue has also become home to Jumbo Turkey Legs at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
The yummy eats, decent variety, and gorgeous outdoor seating areas make Flame Tree Barbecue a popular dining location. But for the upcoming months (re-opening is anticipated for sometime in May), this well-loved restaurant is undergoing a refurbishment.
Planning a visit to Animal Kingdom during this time frame? You may be glad to know that you can still find several Flame Tree eats around the park. And we’re here to tell you where to find them… Here we go!
Discovery Island’s Beastly Kiosk and the Gardens Kiosk — widely referred to as the “Allergy Kiosk” — are both carrying the same Flame Tree items: a 1/2 Slab of St. Louis Ribs, the Rib and Chicken Combo, and the 1/2 Chicken, as well as the Baked Drumstick Kids’ Meal. (More on where you can now find the allergy-friendly kiosk later in the post!)
The Beastly and Gardens Kiosks are a natural fit for the redistribution of these items, thanks to their close proximity to Flame Tree. In fact, for now you can still carry your items to the Flame Tree Barbecue seating area from these locations.
Dinoland U.S.A.’s Trilo-Bites is where you can now find the Jumbo Turkey Leg and a Barbecue Chicken Salad. This is a homecoming of sorts for
the Turkey Legs, since Trilo-Bites used to be the main location to find them in Animal Kingdom before they moved to Flame Tree.
Facing Trilo-Bites, you’ll spot a temporary cart to the right, where the Pulled Pork Sandwich is being sold.
The redistribution of these items has created a domino effect for the snacks typically carried in these alternate locations. For instance, since the Gardens/Allergy Kiosk is now serving Flame Tree foods, this allergy info and snacks kiosk is now located at what is typically Discovery Island Ice Cream, found just outside of the gates to Africa coming from Discovery Island.
A note: at this time, it’s anticipated that the Gardens/Allergy Kiosk will move back to its original spot near Flame Tree upon completion of the refurbishment, and Discovery Island Ice Cream will return to its regular menu as well.
Wondering where you can get your Bugs Sundae or hand-scooped ice cream while Discovery Island Ice Cream serves as the allergy kiosk? You can find them at Dino-Bite Snacks in Dinoland, U.S.A.
Which brings us to our final relocation, though this one doesn’t stem from the Flame Tree Barbecue refurbishments: the Isle of Java kiosk, previously located not too far from the park entrance, has been relocated outside the entrance to Dinoland, U.S.A. coming from Discovery Island in order to accommodate further Animal Kingdom construction.
While it’s not a major dining destination, Isle of Java is an easy spot to grab a cuppa joe, and has the bonus of being the other location aside from Kusafiri Coffee Shop and Bakery to grab a Cotton Top Tamarin Cupcake. YUM!
And thus ends our scavenger hunt for the alternate locations of some of your favorite Animal Kingdom treats 🙂 ! We hope you’ve enjoyed this jaunt, and that it helps you in pursuit of your favorite goodies in Animal Kingdom!
Are you looking forward to Flame Tree reopening later this spring? Please let us know with a comment!