Satu’li Canteen in Pandora The World of Avatar
* POST UPDATED JANUARY 10, 2019*
One of the highlights of my recent trip to Walt Disney World Resort was visiting the latest addition to Animal Kingdom: Pandora The World of Avatar. The land is probably the most immersive area of any Disney Park I’ve ever been to, and the rides are incredibly state-of-the-art. I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy my time in Pandora since I had never seen the film Avatar, but regardless if you’re a fan of the film or not it’s impossible to not fall in love with Pandora: The World of Avatar at Animal Kingdom. The Na’vi River Journey is a ride all ages can go on, and is the most elaborate dark ride by far. Flight of Passage lives up to the hype, giving you a sense of freedom never before possible. Another big highlight of Pandora was it’s restaurant Satu’li Canteen.
I was pleasantly surprised to discover that not only were the food options at Satu’li Canteen unique, but they have one of the most extensive dietary needs menus I’ve ever seen. They can accommodate just about any need: vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and a wide variety of allergy friendly foods without compromising taste.
While the vegetable curry pods are sadly no longer available, they do still offer the crispy tofu bowl (pictured below with the retired pods). There is another option you can request, which is a similar bowl but vegan. The vegan bowl has the crispy tofu, as well as pesto and stewed veggies. If you’re in the mood for a lighter meal, you may even want to choose something to order the crispy tofu bowl off the kids menu which is a little smaller.
If you ask to see an allergy friendly menu at Satu’li Canteen, you will see it can also accommodate practically any dietary needs you may have:
- Egg allergy
- Fish/shellfish allergy
- Milk allergy
- Peanut/tree nut allergy
- Soy allergy
All of the above dietary restrictions also have options on the kids menu! I just love that Satu’li Canteen in Pandora has a massive allergy-friendly menu, which is a huge step in Disney’s healthy eating initiatives and setting a precedent for a new standard at Disney Parks restaurants. The only thing that would make these new options better? Visibility. If you know to ask for an allergy-friendly menu when you’re at the restaurant, you can easily order to fit your needs. But my hope is someday restaurants will have these menus displayed on their menu boards along with their regular offerings, so that those who may be having their first visit to Disney are aware, and so it is easier to place a mobile order that fits your dietary needs.