Last week when we were exploring the Disney’s Animal Kingdom, we ended up discovering the Nomad Lounge!
The lounge is on the edge of a bridge that will soon lead into Pandora World. It’s off the beaten path, so it wasn’t very crowded, and there were tables inside and out.
The giant pendants hanging from the ceiling had adventure memories and travel questions. For a dollar (that was donated to one of Disney’s animal conversation programs) you could buy a mini one to be hung on the board (below) or over the bar. We filled one out as a family while we waited on our drinks.
My favorite part was the menu. It was stunning! All the menus were decorated to look like travel journals, and featured real photos, sketches, and anecdotes from the imagineers who traveled to get inspiration for the Animal Kingdom. I took photos of all the pages, and spent most of our time there reading through the stories and journal entries.
All of the different drinks had fun names and were inspired by different areas in the world. I ordered a Leaping Lizard – Malibu Pineapple Rum and Augusta Cachaca with orange, passion fruit, and mango juices. It was sweet and the alcohol content was pretty low.
We also ordered a light appetizer (although they had some heavier snacks that looked yummy). We had the Tiffins Bread Service . It came with pita bread, a light crispy bread that reminded me of poppadom bread, and then focaccia. The sauces were a pomegranate olive oil, a black-eyed pea hummus, and yogurt. I tried each of the breads, and liked the poppadom bread the best. The focaccia had a slight bite to it that I wasn’t expecting. Of the sauces I only tried the hummus, and that was good, but also had a little bit of a kick. Nothing too strong though.
The Animal Kingdom is huge, and was very crowded and warm on the day we visited. Nomad Lounge was the perfect place to stop and relax for a while. Next time, I hope we get to try a few more of the appetizers!
What about you readers? Have any of you ever visited Nomad Lounge?