REVIEW: We Tried 5 NEW Snacks in Animal Kingdom, and One Was the CLEAR Winner

Prepare to eat like Pumbaa, Lion King fans. 

Timon and Pumbaa

In preparation for the upcoming 30th anniversary of The Lion King, Disney has introduced five NEW desserts themed to the film at Disney’s Animal KingdomThere’s a new ice cream sandwich, a Simba-themed cookie, a Zazu DOLE Whop float, and more! Let’s get eating!

The Zazu Ice Cream Sandwich 

Available for $7.29 at Tamu Tamu refreshments, the Zazu Ice Cream Sandwich is vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two blue cake-coated sugar cookies with a Zazu medallion on top.

Zazu Ice Cream Sandwich

While this dessert may seem a bit basic, we really enjoyed it! We’re big fans of the ice cream sandwiches at Dino-Bite Snacks, and this one was similar.

Zazu Ice Cream Sandwich

The cookies were moist with a hint of lemon, the ice cream was cold and refreshing, and the treat is large enough for TWO people to split.

Zazu Ice Cream Sandwich

We’d definitely recommend it — in fact, we thought this was the BEST new treat of the five we tried today!

Zazu Ice Cream Sandwich

Simba Paw Cookie 

While the Zazu Ice Cream Sandwich was basic but enjoyable, the Simba Paw cookie was simply basic.

Simba Paw Cookie

It’s a shortbread cookie covered in fondant that’s sure to melt in the Florida sun.

Simba Paw Cookie

While the cookie is cheap ($4.50)  and plentiful (available at a bevy of popcorn and snack stands), it’s essentially a run-of-the-mill shortbread cookie.

Simba Paw Cookie

Still, big fans of The Lion King might enjoy it! And it could be a hit with kids who like treats with simple flavors and fun theming. 

Rightful Ruler Cupcake 

The Rightful Ruler Cupcake, available at both Restaurantosaurus and Pizzafari for $6.29, is a red velvet cupcake with chocolate buttercream and cookies and cream cheese filling, topped with a white chocolate medallion.

Rightful Ruler Cupcake

Our take here was a simple one: This is very sweet. The red velvet cupcake is solid — moist with a good crumb. It’s a solid cake. The cookies and cream filling has a rich, sweet cream cheese taste.

Rightful Ruler Cupcake

The chocolate buttercream frosting on top is good, but there’s just a ton of it to get that domed effect and make it pretty. That buttercream and the cookies and cream filling combine into a bit of overkill sweetness.

Rightful Ruler Cupcake

Red velvet fans will like this, but we’d likely recommend splitting it because it’s incredibly sweet. 

You Follow Old Rafiki Cheesecake

Available at Harambe Market for $6.49, this passion fruit-mango cheesecake features a coconut-lime crust, vanilla bean chantilly, and a chocolate medallion featuring a meditating Rafiki.

You Follow Old Rafiki Cheesecake

We found this snack pretty to look at…but very hard to eat! The coconut-like crust was almost too hard, to the point that we broke a plastic knife and fork trying to cut into it. Eventually, we resorted to eating the rest of the layers, then picking the crust up to eat like a cookie.

You Follow Old Rafiki Cheesecake

Now, the crust was delicious — crispy with lots of coconut and a hint of the lime flavor. It just should be a cookie instead of a crust for this dessert, in our opinion.

You Follow Old Rafiki Cheesecake

Also, the item is billed as a passion fruit-mango cheesecake, but what we tasted was more like a plain cheesecake base, with a passion fruit-mango glaze on top. The glaze had the consistency of a jelly.

You Follow Old Rafiki Cheesecake

The vanilla bean chanttily cream was light and delicious. The Rafiki meditating medallion on the top is normal white chocolate.

Zazu DOLE Whip Lime and Coconut Float

This DOLE Whip float costs $6.49 and features lime-flavored DOLE whip swirled into Sprite with coconut and blue curaçao syrup. You can get it at Trilo-Bites!

Zazu Dole Whip Lime and Coconut Float

It’s supposed to come topped with a decorative white chocolate character medallion; however, we didn’t receive one as  Cast Members said they didn’t have them yet.

Zazu Dole Whip Lime and Coconut Float

Overall as we often do with lime DOLE Whip, we found the lime flavor a bit overpowering, as it dominated the other flavors coconut and blue curaçao, especially just tasting lime and Sprite.

It was fun and refreshing, and if you’re a big fan of lime, you’ll probably love this! But if you prefer more subtle flavors, you might want to stick to the regular DOLE Whip or DOLE Whip Pineapple Orange Soda Float over at Tamu Tamu Refreshments.

Zazu Dole Whip Lime and Coconut Float

These Lion King desserts are available at Animal Kingdom right now in celebration of the iconic animated film’s 30th anniversary. Stay tuned to DFB for further reviews of new Disney treats. 

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Which of these Lion King desserts sounds most appealing to you? Let us know in the comments below. 

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