IMG_4793Disney's Animal Kingdom has kicked off the summer season in a big way with a new lounge and restaurant, a reimagined attraction, and new nighttime entertainment — all of which add a whole new layer to the park.IMG_4782The largest, or should I say "lion's share," of the additions take place after the sun goes down. There is one new experience that will have all the Disney foodies talking and that is the new Signature Restaurant, Tiffins, and its companion bar area, the Nomad Lounge.IMG_4796Tiffins is located behind — actually, connected to — Pizzafari along the path that will lead guests to Pandora: The World of Avatar next year and is modeled after Carthay Circle restaurant at Disney California Adventure as an upper scale restaurant which is reflected by the menu options and price points.IMG_4798Guests are greeted at the front desk and issued a pager and invited to sit in the lobby area or enjoy the Nomad Lounge. The check-in desk has a beautiful carved wood map of the world with small castles representing each location of a Disney Park including the soon to be open Shanghai Disneyland.IMG_4814Tiffins has three distinct dining rooms, each with their own theme. The Safari Gallery, the former Camouflage Room of Pizzafari, is the largest of the three with beautiful light up animals that reminded me of Discovery Island and the Tree of Life.IMG_4811 IMG_4807 The Grand Gallery has some of the details that influenced the design of the nearby village of Harambe.IMG_4813 IMG_4812 Last is the Trek Gallery that's influenced from the Asia part of the park with its prayer flag wall art.IMG_4835IMG_4834For me the highlight of this new location is the Nomad Lounge.IMG_4831

It is a perfect place to take a break from the busy day in the park and relax and enjoy a wide variety of libations or small plate options.IMG_4828For those that enjoy private label beers, Tiffins and Nomad Lounge are home to the Kungaloosh. If you are a Pleasure Island fan, I am sure you are saying to yourself that drink sounds familiar. Well, it is not the former signature drink of the Adventurers Club but a spiced excursion ale draft beer brewed only for this location.IMG_4832There is also a wide variety of options to keep any bar crawler busy for days.IMG_4821

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