On this Day in 2007: Yak & Yeti Opened at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

by | Nov 14, 2022 | Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World News, WDW Blog

Learn when Yak & Yeti opened, one of the most delicious restaurants in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Have you had the tuna nachos, yet?

What’s not to love about Yak & Yeti? Creative theming, a sit-down meal in AC, and very generous portion sizes of the famous Ahi Tuna Nachos—all hallmarks of a great day at Animal Kingdom. But this renowned restaurant didn’t come to Animal Kingdom until nearly a decade after the park opened. Find out what’s on the menu today and learn the backstory behind this favorite eatery, all on the blog.

The Story Behind Yak & Yeti

Yak & Yeti is located in Asia, one of the most immersive themed lands at any Disney Park. While visiting Asia, Guests find themselves exploring the Kingdom of Anandapur, or “place of delight” in Sanskrit. 

To stay consistent with the overall theme of Animal Kingdom of promoting the importance of conservation, residents of Anandapur share their knowledge of the animals who live in the region in the case of Maharajah Jungle Trek or Feathered Friends in Flight, and the devastating effects of deforestation with Kali River Rapids. 

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Photo by Cliff Wang

Nearby Anandapur is the village of Serka Zong or “fortress of the chasm,” where the Royal Anandapur Tea Company once operated a supply train that passed through the “Forbidden Mountain,” aka Expedition Everest. Initially, the yeti forced the closure of the company’s train, leaving the railway abandoned until it was eventually overhauled by a travel group known as Himalayan Escapes. The group uses the train to promote tourism to the area, and that is the setting for where Yak & Yeti exists today. 

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Photo by Esther Vallins

The restaurant specifically is actually the home of a man named Arjun, who was once a well-respected (and well-off) merchant. After some financial difficulties, however, Arjun decides to open his home up to travelers as a hotel and a place to grab a bite before they head on their way. 

Thanks to Arjun’s background as a merchant (and perhaps more logically as a way for Disney Imagineers to keep the authenticity of the real-world locales that inspired Animal Kingdom, Guests dining at Yak & Yeti can view all kinds of impressive artifacts on display. 

What’s on the Menu?

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The famous Ahi Tuna Nachos at Yak and Yeti. Photo by Esther Vallins

As for eats, Yak & Yeti has quite the menu lineup of pan-Asian and Nepalise-inspired cuisine with everything from noodle dishes like various lo meins to the restaurant’s very popular honey chicken, pork ribs, and more.

Other entree highlights include Chicken Tikka Masala, made with boneless chicken breast in yogurt and herb marinade cooked in a traditional Masala sauce, with jasmine rice and garlic naan, and the Malaysian Seafood Curry with shrimp & crab ravioli, zucchini, spinach, tomatoes, and mushrooms, in a red curry coconut sauce.

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Garlic Noodles at Yak and Yeti. Photo by Esther Vallins

As far as Table-Service dining at Walt Disney World goes, Yak & Yeti is on the more affordable side with several entrees being less than $23, and shareable appetizers for less than $17 making lunch or dinner with small plates and cocktails reasonable (again in terms of Disney pricing) as well. And don’t miss the Ahi Tuna Nachos!

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Coconut Shrimp at Yak and Yeti. Photo by Esther Vallins

For dessert at Yak & Yeti, you can’t miss the Fried Wontons, with skewers of fresh pineapple and cream cheese wontons, vanilla ice cream, and honey-vanilla drizzle. And for Guests ages 21 and over, this location offers a solid beer and wine list plus specialty cocktails like the Pink Himalayan, made with Tanqueray Gin, grapefruit juice, passion fruit, and lemongrass with a salted rim. 

Know Before You Go

Yak & Yeti is part of Landry’s Restaurant Group and as a result, you can receive select perks for dining at the restaurant if you are part of the Landry’s loyalty program. (At Walt Disney World, Rainforest Cafe at both Disney Springs and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and T-REX Restaurant at Disney Springs are also operated by Landry’s.)

If you do not have the time to sit down or are unable to score a table service reservation, check out Yak & Yeti Local Foods Cafe. This quick-service location is adjacent to the restaurant, and it serves up its own versions of the full menu’s greatest hits like the honey chicken, along with rice bowls, egg rolls, and more. 

Reservations for Yak & Yeti (and Mobile Order for the Quick-Service side) can be found in the My Disney Experience app. Be sure to take a walk around to check out all of the theming here during your next Disney trip, and enjoy!

Posts by Brittany DiCologero

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Brittany DiCologero is a freelance writer specializing in Walt Disney World history, along with various travel, and lifestyle topics based in New England. She is the author of “Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Realities of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort,” and “Brittany Earns Her Ears”. When she is not writing, you can find her exploring local museums and historic sites, and binging documentaries on Disney+.
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Brittany DiCologero

Brittany DiCologero is a freelance writer specializing in Walt Disney World history, along with various travel, and lifestyle topics based in New England. She is the author of “Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Realities of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort,” and “Brittany Earns Her Ears”. When she is not writing, you can find her exploring local museums and historic sites, and binging documentaries on Disney+.
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