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Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks Now Open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Nestled in the imposing shadow of Mt. Everest, Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks is the perfect place for tired and hungry travelers to stop in for a quick bite to eat or a refreshing beverage. For climbers who are returning from their ascent, a stop at the bar is considered tradition.

The Trek Snacks menu varies throughout the day, with delicious pastries in the morning and more substantial bites like sushi and sandwiches in the afternoon and evening. Pastries include assorted muffins and Danish, croissants and an indulgent chocolate twist.

Healthful snacks like fresh fruit, crudité and hummus, edamame and an Asian noodle salad are available. The Smoked Turkey Sandwich, Bahn Mi (roasted pork topped with pickled vegetables, cilantro and sriracha dressing), Som Tam (Thai shrimp, green papaya salad, crushed peanuts and chilis) and sushi are a perfect meal for the weary traveler. For dessert, cookies, brownies and ice cream treats (including the popular Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bar) are on the menu.


At Thirsty River Bar, look for specialty cocktails such as the Khumbu Icefall (guava rum blended with coconut and raspberry puree), Himalayan Ghost (Snow Leopard vodka, guava, and Odwalla lemonade) and the Durbar Margarita. Non-alcoholic drinks are also available, like the Flying Yak (mango puree blended with coconut water and pineapple juice) and the Pink Lotus (strawberry puree, lychee and Odwalla lemonade).

The bar represents the kind of cultural collision that has become of hallmark of the villages that serve as base camps for Everest trekkers. Originally the home for a popular Sherpa family, mementos have been tacked on the walls by travelers, but the rest of the décor is sparse and functional aside from the stable tack.

Will you be visiting Thirsty River Bar and Trek Snacks during your next adventure at Disney’s Animal Kingdom?


  • Hi Erin! Then you must enjoy “How is your food tasting,” as well. (^_^) We were fortunate to have had the chance to dine at the new Skipper Canteen a few days back; we look forward to checking out this place, too.

  • I’m excited for more food options at AK, but I’m just curious as to why the Vietnamese sandwich is spelled “bahn mi” instead of “banh mi”?

  • Animal Kingdom is my favorite park and the Expedition Everest area of Asia is my favorite section of the park. I always wished for a reason to linger there. Now, you have given me an incentive to do more than linger: I’ll be returning morning, noon and evening. It all looks delicious. I can’t wait to try the Thirsty River Bar! Thank you!

  • I just have to comment that I am THRILLED to see the author using “healthful” as opposed to “healthy,” which is more popular, but technically incorrect when used to describe food that is nutritionally beneficial. At my very first editing job, this was pet peeve of my supervisor, and it has rubbed off on me. 🙂

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