PHOTOS - Pizzafari reopens from refurbishment with new color scheme

Nov 18, 2015 in "Pizzafari"

Pizzafari overview

Pizzafari at Disney's Animal Kingdom has reopened from refurbishment with a new color scheme and revised menu.

Like the rest of Discovery Island, the exterior of Pizzafari has been repainted with more earth tones, and with a much less whimsical look. Much of the exterior decoration has been removed, and new signage introduced. The interior appears to be largely the same as before.

The menu has undergone a slight revision, with the addition of a Mediterranean Pizza in place of the former Vegetable Pizza. The Mediterranean Pizza is served with Antipasto Salad and topped with Alfredo Sauce, Mozzarella, Parmesan, Pesto, Roasted Tomato, Roasted Red Pepper, Kalamata Olive, Arugula, and Red Onion for $10.49.

Much of the work during the refurbishment was for the addition of a new table service restaurant at the rear of the restaurant, which will open in 2016.

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Article Posted: Nov 18, 2015 / 2:06pm EST
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Gabe1Jul 01, 2016

Thank you. I liked your tour of Tiffin more than the Disney Promo video! Appreciate you sharing. This photo reminds me of the backstage Trek Food and beverage containers for the lunch break.

flyerjabJun 30, 2016

@Gabe1, here are a sample of a few things in this restaurant. I have many more, but you almost can't help but look around when you are in there. Lobby Nomad Lounge Dining Areas 148873 148874 148876 148878 148879 It is a beautiful space. Parts of this park have adopted what was the best about Epcot. The culture on display throughout this restaurant - and the African and Asian sections of the park in general - crushes the displays in World Showcase. And this restaurant really shows you how much effort the Imagineers put in researching and developing this park.

Gabe1Jun 30, 2016

I am very fortunate to have experienced AK-EMHs at night years ago twice. It was pretty but at that time the lighting was not in any way good for total darkness. Some area paths were very very dark. A trip two years ago I was at AK until close, there was a huge storm earlier and nobody was at AK any longer. It was pretty at sunset and I have some pretty photo's looking across the pond at Everest. I am hearing the lighting at AK at night still is insufficient in many areas for navigating the uneven paths. I am looking forward to Rivers too, guarded that elements might get chopped out just to launch Rivers. I'm with you, it is disappointing, like Frozen still having the same issues of Maelstrom. I'll hope for the best however Disney has messed up everything they have tried to do with that River-like it is cursed. I was unfortunate enough to ride the boat cruise around the hub during the opening of AK. It was horrid, a very long, slow tour of nothing happens, nothing to see. It was hot and everyone was bored. They tried adding some commentary and some wildlife on the boats are the Safari Village (now renamed Discovery Island) but nothing helped. The show Jungle is just another misfortune to the Rivers failures over the lifetime of AK. I really do hope that Tiffin's makes it or they fix it if not like they are trying with the Canteen at the MK. So much hinges on Rivers being a big bang otherwise anyone can just visit Avatar during daylight hours as the Safari Night time isn't reviewing as a Bang! Wow! not to miss experience either.

flyerjabJun 30, 2016

I am at the opposite end of the spectrum from you regarding DAK. Harambe, Anandapur and Serka Zong are my favorite areas of all the Disney and Uni parks in Orlando. I love just standing on the bridge from Discovery Island to Harambe and looking from the theater district, to the main town, and then towards the Marketplace. The depth in theming is remarkable to me, as are all of the nooks you can hide away in if you are eating a snack/drink, or just relaxing for a bit. There are also areas in Asia that I love to just be in also, I don't need to even be riding anything. Those parts of the park are just Zen for me (Dinoland not so much). The refurbs that they have done on Discovery Island have also helped to improve it from both appearance and traffic flow standpoints. What I would suggest for you is to go there as the sun is setting, just when the lights are coming on in the Oasis, and just take your time on some of the meandering pathways as they lead up to Discovery Island and the Tree of Life (my favorite park icon). I would have a reservation booked for Tiffins, and give yourself time there. Look at some of the things that they have in the lobby and some of the rooms. Also enjoy the lounge before or after the meal - it is beautiful. Then I would start your adventure in that park. For me, I was truly disappointed with how they bungled the RoL show. WDW has been doing this lately and it is becoming annoying. I really hope that they get that fixed because the park needs that show. The JBAwM is not watchable to me, and it is not what that incredible theater was designed for. I can only imagine how great an evening there will be when you can eat at Tiffins, hand out in the Nomad Lounge, and then head over to the theater for the fixed and everything is working RoL show. That will be a great evening in a theme park.

halltdJun 30, 2016

Ate there for the first time tonight and the food was awesome. I had the curry popcorn soup for an appetizer and the duck for entree. Mmmmmmmmmmm. I will totally return and try more items on the menu. PS: Reservations online were showing booked solid. But, the place wasn't very busy at all. So, if you can't get reservations online and still want to go, I'd be willing to bet that it'd be pretty simple to do a walk-up with little to no wait. If there was a wait, get some drinks at Nomad and call it a night. But, there were many empty tables in all the dining rooms while we were there.

Gabe1Jun 30, 2016

AK is the only park at Uni or WDW that I have had problems warming up too. I've gone from hating it-being there for its Opening, to 1/2 day in 2 weeks and now up to a couple half days. I'm warming up to it a bit. Add to it while Epcot WS is is very hot since so many of trees are now gone that once yielded shade to the main walkway to make room for special events and dessert parties :mad: I find AK over the top humid and warm coupled with so many attractions outdoors so little relief. I tend to agree with WDWMagic that Tiffins could be a nice Signature for those heading there in the evening that shower and change. Unfortunately there will likely be that mix of sweaty smelling guests in park clothing of the day mixed with those who hoped for a different atmosphere. I haven't heard any good rumors as to when Rivers will finally launch but if it does launch during FREE DINING I'm betting at least temporarily the capacity might be met at Tiffin.

flyerjabJun 29, 2016

I think the one advantage people will have now is that the restaurant is not operating at capacity as it is so new, and expensive. Maybe they might not encourage that if every seat is full. It is hard not to though, I have to say, because the history behind the research that went into creating DAK is everywhere in that establishment.

Gabe1Jun 29, 2016

I understand Disney encouraging guests to view the hallways and main lobby. The dining room not so much, visitors strolling around in between tables and paths between tables would make me uncomfortable while dining, let alone fine dining. I would have liked to have gone and looked around Yak and Yeti too I just couldn't bring myself to stroll around where people were dining.

flyerjabJun 29, 2016

I had inquired as to if it was alright to look at some of the items they have on display and they said certainly. In some cases, what they had on display was directly behind a table so I kind of avoided those (that would have been uncomfortable) but there were many other things that were in-between tables, in the hallways, the main lobby, etc., where you could go up and look. The details and care put into the artwork and displays is great. Pretty much what I expect from DAK at this point.

Gabe1Jun 29, 2016

Yep, after watching the video I wondered if it was way back originally inspired by the Grand Hyatt's Tiffins. I can see the similarities in both the lounge and the restaurant. Interesting both Tiffins are fine dining and the Hyatt's Tiffins is only minutes from Disneyland Hong Kong. Makes you wonder? Just a coincidence? US $70 high end buffet in Hong Kong. Yeah, I never subscribed to the idea that just because food is expensive that makes it fine dining. I know what I pay for food at a Stadium and Chef Mickey's runs about $50 for dinner, not exactly high end vittles. Even a pizza at Via Napoli family pizza is $48 So glad you liked your meal. Question? You are encouraged to walk around the areas where guests are seated in the restaurant and lounge and tour the artifacts? You have me wondering. AK was once bright vibrant colors, now gone to earth tones much like Future World was once cheerful and they have gone that way of earth tones. Even the shopping district of the original DTD is calm colors for the most part now. We all saw the Poly be transformed to a more minimalist similar to Swan and Dolphin motif so maybe this is the 'designer' look for Disney? McDonalds started this trend several years ago and Wendy's is now following in their footsteps. It does seem to be a trend at WDW, minimalist.

flyerjabJun 29, 2016

We were in the parks a few weeks ago and after our visit, we - wife, 3 kids and I - all declared that the best restaurant that we ate at was Tiffins. I felt that it was worth the price as the food was exceptional and the service was outstanding. Also, I will add that this restaurant also acts as a cultural experience. The artifacts that the Imagineers have throughout this restaurant are beautifully presented, many with large write-ups explaining the cultural and historical significance that they have to the people in the different areas that were visited when designing DAK. We were allowed to browse throughout the dining areas, as well as the Nomad lounge, and they are all designed wonderfully with so much to look at. And the Nomad lounge itself is one of the most beautifully-designed spaces on property, both the indoor and outdoor sections. It wasn't busy when we were there because it is off the beaten path - for now. When that main thoroughfare to Pandora opens next year, there will be a constant stream of traffic going by this establishment. And I know that it is expensive, but to us it was completely worth it.

RiderJun 29, 2016

They probably anticipated traffic to be a little light until Avatar opens and the slow corner it's in becomes a major thoroughfare. I haven't tried the food yet but Nomad Lounge has already become my second favorite Disney bar.

Gabe1Jun 29, 2016

Ha! Seriously? That is how they sealed off the area? Come on folks. ROL could fill the tables, it certainly helped at the Studios. It isn't a testament to fine dining more how desperate guests are to get a seat at Fantasmic. Quality steak I'm going to Yachtman or Shula's if I'm on property. And yes, when my kids were small we'd stay at the FQ or POR for 14-16 days each year, minimum. $89 a night. No way could I justify the current prices for a room there now for that length of time.

Jon81ukJun 29, 2016

I agree CRT isn't a signature dining experience and it isn't sold as one (see the DDP brochure https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/media/wdw_nextgen/CoreCatalog/WaltDisneyWorld/en_us/PDF/2016Dining.pdf) if just charges two credits as it is more expensive, partly due to being one of the most popular places and also because tip is included in the pre-purchase price. Its the same reason that in-room dining is two credits. I think Le Celier was too popular for its size and that why they tried to reform it to Signature, but it never quite worked, at least Brown Derby was the most expensive in the park from day one