Restaurantosaurus in Disney’s Animal Kingdom has a new burger and ice cream sundae dining experience. Lucky for the herbivores among us, there is a plant–based burger option! We decided to check out this new dining experience to see if it was worth the $23 per person cost…especially if vegans and vegetarians would get their money’s worth.
First, I would highly recommend making reservations for those hoping to try the burger and sundae experience. It was a pretty light attendance day at Animal Kingdom, but Restaurantosaurus was packed with large groups wanting to try this dining opportunity. The burger and sundae experience is offered daily from 4:30-7:30pm. Included in the $23 ($15 for children) is a gourmet burger created by D-Luxe Burger with your choice of side salad, onion rings or fries, build-your-own sundae card to redeem for your ice cream at the sundae bar, and a refillable soft drink.
Guest will check-in at the desk and order their food as they would at any other quick service restaurant. However, a server will bring your food to the table, kind of like Be Our Guest. While you wait for your food to arrive, there are dinosaur stencils, crayons, and markers at the table to draw on the paper “tablecloth.”
Let’s start with the burger. The burger is vegan as is. It comes with a vegan “Gouda” cheese, onion jam, and arugula. There’s also an option for a gluten-free bun too. D-Luxe provided some extra condiments in addition to the traditional ketchup, mustard, mayo, and BBQ. Here, you’ll find buffalo ranch, BBQ mustard, horseradish, and ketchup mayo. BBQ sauce and mustard are my two favorite condiments, but I had never thought of combining the two together. The combo sauce had a smoky honey mustard flavor. The burger on its own was pretty flavorful. It reminded me of the plant-based burger at Captain Cook’s at the Polynesian Resort. For those of us who enjoy loading our burgers up with extra toppings, it might be worth mentioning that there isn’t a burger toppings bar with this experience.
Vegans can choose between a side salad or fries (might be cooked in a shared fryer). The onion rings are vegetarian friendly. I had the fries and liked that they weren’t the standard quick service fries you find all over Disney property. They were thick steak fries served hot and perfect for dipping.
Next came dessert! The sundae experience was probably the part I was looking forward to the most. It came with a variety of toppings at the build-your-own sundae bar including Fruity Pebbles! Vegans will be happy to know that chocolate and vanilla Tofutti flavors are available. There is also a raspberry sorbet that’s vegan too. The dairy ice cream selections are chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and mint chocolate chip. Ice cream is a little too heavy for my stomach so I decided to try the vanilla Tofutti ice cream and raspberry sorbet. I loved the raspberry sorbet and loaded on more toppings than I could handle.
Overall, this was a fun experience and definitely worth it for vegans and vegetarians who want to add a little dinosaur fun to their Animal Kingdom day. It’s a great option for larger groups who may have some picky eaters in the bunch. Although, with all of the unique food options at Animal Kingdom, this probably won’t become my new “go to” place. It’s definitely fun to try at least once and vegans and vegetarians won’t leave hungry. We were so stuffed that we wished we would have shared a meal.