Animal Kingdom Offering a New Limited-Time Tasting Sampler Program

Disney World‘s Animal Kingdom is launching a limited-time program just for foodies and fans of the theme park’s nighttime show, Rivers of Light!

Animal Kingdom Tree of Life

To participate in the new program, guests need to purchase a Tasting Sampler card at least a day in advance for $30. The day after the purchase, guests will receive a Digital Value Card with a value of $35 (a $5 bonus). Plus, with the Tasting Sampler, guests receive preferred seating for Rivers of Light.

The Tasting Sampler Digital Value Card can be redeemed for tasting-sized sips and bites at more than 40 food and beverage kiosks and carts throughout the park. A map of participating locations will be available at Creature Comforts or Isle of Java.

Animal Kingdom Tasting Sampler Program 2018 ©Disney

Options for the Tasting Sampler Program may include:

  • Africa: Dole Whip float, and craft beer selections
  • Discovery Island: Meatball with polenta, and apple cider donut holes
  • Pandora: Pineapple lumpia, pretzels, and select beverages
  • Asia: Fried dumplings, margaritas, seasoned fries, and a beer flight
  • Dinoland U.S.A.: Corn chip pie, chili cheese dog, milkshakes, and a holiday sundae
  • Other Locations: Additional carts are available throughout the park
Animal Kingdom Tasting Sampler Program 2018 ©Disney

Plus, during this Tasting Sampler program, you can try new offerings, such as

Be sure to stop in Creature Comforts or Isle of Java to pick up the map of participating locations.

This Tasting Sampler program is being offered December 22, 2018 through January 2, 2019. Digital Value Cards can be redeemed between 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Rivers of Light

After a day of eating, sit down and enjoy Rivers of Light! To check in for the show, Tasting Sampler participants will use the theater entrance closest to DinoLand U.S.A. From there, guests will be escorted to a reserved seating location overlooking the lake with great views of the show and surrounding theater.

To purchase the Tasting Sampler, call (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463 or visit the Disney website. Advance purchase is required — the Tasting Sampler will not be available the day of purchase to use. Dining plan entitlements may not be redeemed for this offering. No cancellations. All sales are final. Gratuity is not included or required when purchasing tastings and beverages. Valid theme park admission is required.

The day after you purchase the Tasting Sampler, you’ll receive an email containing your Digital Value Card. This gift card will contain a bar code that can be added to your digital wallet and scanned at more than 40 outdoor carts and kiosks throughout the park. If you purchased multiple Tasting Samplers during a single reservation / transaction, the value of your purchase will be combined and reflected in a single digital value card. The email will be sent to your primary email address on file.

What do you think of this new program? Let us know in the comments below!

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3 Replies to “Animal Kingdom Offering a New Limited-Time Tasting Sampler Program”

  1. I’m assuming that, since there is a dollar value applied to this digital card, we will pay and draw down the balance as we redeem it? Does anyone know what the cost of each “sample size” item is? I realize that the dates for this offer have expired, but I’m guessing Disney will try it again in the future…

  2. is the assumption that if you have 4 people (2 adults, 2 kids) in your family, then to gain access to the reserved seating of RoL you need to buy 4 x tasting samplers?
    Or will 2 adults purchasing the samplers be enough to get everyone in?

    (I’m suspecting the former)