Is Disney’s Animal Kingdom really serving bugs n’ grub ice cream?


Disney often embraces some of the hottest food trends, but has the new Lion King inspired bugs n’ grub ice cream at Animal Kingdom gone a little too far?

One of the best parts of heading to Disney theme parks is all the delicious food offerings. From the iconic Dole Whip to the visually stunning Lotus Blossom cotton candy, there are a plethora of delicious food offerings at every turn. As Animal Kingdom begins to celebrate the Lion King returning to theaters, Lion King inspired menu items are everywhere.

As part of its special Lion King menus, the Bugs ‘n Grub Waffle Cone really caught our attention. Even though some people are adventurous eaters, Disney takes a little lighter approach to this sweet treat. No worries about participating in the ultimate Survivor or Fear Factor food challenge.

According to the Disney Parks Blog, this sweet treat contains “chocolate soft-serve ice cream in a green cone with cookies and cream “dirt” crumbles, gummy worms, and a chocolate beetle.”

In a way, it is a Disney version of a dirt cup. There is a more grown-up version at the annual Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. Still, kids (and maybe some adults) will love saying that they ate some bugs, intentionally.

The chocolate beetle is a really nice touch. While it is hard to tell from the photo, the beetle looks quite detailed. In a way, this ice cream cone is a nice alternative to the princess cones that are featured at Magic Kingdom.

In addition to this frozen treat, Animal Kingdom has several Lion King treats. From the Simba Ice Cream Sandwich to the Simba and Nala Waffles, it looks like Lion King characters are everywhere. Even your morning latte is getting some special artwork.

While the frozen drinks at the Canteen in Pandora are a great way to pass the time in the Avatar rides, the new King’s Cooler will get some adults’ attention. It takes the iconic Dole Whip, adds some rum and is topped with a red syrup flavored with watermelon and coconut. While not necessarily African centric flavors, it does sound refreshing on a hot day.

Although all the Lion King inspired treats sound tasty, it would have been nice for Disney to add some real African treats to the menu. Where is the biltong or even some Amarula flavored ice cream?

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Are you up for trying these new Lion King inspired treats? What’s your favorite treat at Animal Kingdom?