Disney introduces mobile food ordering with Avatar expansion
With the May 27 just around the corner, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is getting ready to launch Pandora: The World of Avatar and the impressive new land will bring with it not just fancy new food options but also a high-tech Disney Parks first… mobile app ordering of the food!
The land’s fast-casual restaurant Satu’li Canteen is the first to offer Mobile Order, a new convenient option to order and pay for meals on-the-go within the My Disney Experience app. Much like ordering your Starbucks through its native app, you can do the same with your meal and bypass the queue at the restaurant to get your food.
Using the app, guests can select menu items, customize their order and pre-pay for their meal. When they arrive at the restaurant they will tap an “I’m here” button in the app, which will notify the kitchen to prepare the meal. When ready, guests will be alerted through the app to pick up their meal at a designated window. Additional fast-casual and quick-service restaurants will begin to offer Mobile Order later this year.
Disney Dining Plan is accepted at Satu’li Canteen but, at this time, Mobile Order only accepts credit cards.
ON THE MENU
As far as what food is actually in store? Disney has cooked up an ecclectic menu evocative of what the people on Pandora would eat. The menu boasts a healthful bounty of Pandora offerings including wholesome grains, fresh vegetables and hearty proteins at the an on-stage grill which will include a prominent colorful dining room.
The Satu’li Canteen was once the main mess hall of the Resources Development Administration (RDA) base located in the Valley of Mo’ara. Now the canteen is owned and operated by Alpha Centauri Expeditions (ACE) tour company and has been redesigned into a beautiful museum-like dining room. The interior has been transformed with colorful Na’vi items filling the walls and hanging from the ceiling — hand-woven tapestries, natural Pandoran elements and even cooking tools decorate the restaurant.
Look for familiar dishes with a twist in the fast-casual restaurant, with bowls that allow diners to customize their lunch or dinner. Diners start with a base of quinoa and vegetable salad; red and sweet potato hash; mixed whole-grain and rice or romaine and kale salad. Next is either with wood-grilled chicken, slow-roasted beef, sustainable fish or chili-spiced fried tofu. And the bowl is finished with charred onion chimichurri, black bean vinaigrette or creamy herb dressing.
The menu also offers steamed “pods” – bao buns with either cheeseburger or vegetable curry and served with root vegetable chips and crunchy vegetable slaw.
For little ones, there’s an option of grilled chicken or beef, fish or tofu with greens or rice; a hot dog wrapped in Parker House dough; cheese quesadilla, or a steamed “pod” (cheeseburger bao bun).
Stay tuned for more about Satu’li Canteen and more culinary stories about Pandora – The World of Avatar.