Satu’li Canteen is the new quick service restaurant in Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and mobile ordering is available (more info on that below).
The menu for Satu’li Canteen features create-your-own bowls, where you choose a protein, base and sauce, as well as vegetable curry or cheeseburger steamed bao buns, or “pods.”
For kids’ meals, there are smaller versions of the cheeseburger pod and bowl meals, as well as a fun take on a pig in a blanket (hot dog wrapped in dough) and a cheese quesadilla.
For the purpose of research (and to save room for dessert), I tried the cheeseburger steamed “pod” kids meal.
The meal comes with one cheeseburger “pod”, a small bunch of grapes, and root vegetable chips. It also includes a choice of a small water, milk, Nesquik chocolate milk, apple juice or soft drink. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal, and I know it’s going to be a huge hit with my three year old.
The cheeseburger “pod” really does taste like a McDonald’s cheeseburger – but better. There are also hints of pickle, mustard and ketchup, but none of them were overpowering.
For dessert, or “ber’ri” in the Na’vi language, there are two options – the chocolate cake and the blueberry cream cheese mousse.
The chocolate cake was amazing! It was rich – but not too rich – with a crunchy cookie layer, very mild-flavored banana cream, and pineapple and goji berries as garnish.
The blueberry cream cheese mousse is also stunning and has gotten good reviews. However, I can actually see my son looking like an avatar after eating one of those very blue desserts…
Satu’li Canteen offers a variety of indoor and outdoor seating options.
Tip: Some tables have power outlets under them. Look for a small metal panel under some of the bench seats, and flip it up if you need to charge your phone while you eat.
There is also an open kitchen to watch the food being grilled fresh.
And, as a nice change for a Disney quick service restaurant, Satu’li Canteen uses real silverware and plates. There are also refillable drink dispensers.
To order your food, there are multiple lines, similar to other Disney quick service restaurants, or you can use mobile ordering.
I tried the mobile ordering option, and let’s just say this is a game-changer for traveling to Walt Disney World with younger kids. No more waiting around while everyone decides what they want to eat. No more having to wrangle hungry kids in yet another line. Thank you Disney!
You can access mobile ordering through the My Disney Experience mobile app. Just look for “Order Food” under the “My Plans” section, select Satu’li Canteen, and click “Order Food” again to build your order.
You can go ahead and place your order any time the day of, even if you don’t know when you will arrive at the restaurant. Waiting in line for Avatar Flight of Passage or the Na’vi River Journey and need something to pass the time? How about letting everyone decide what they want to eat and placing your order.
Note: At the moment, credit cards are only being accepted for mobile ordering. It does appear, though, that mobile ordering will accept the Disney dining plan at some point in the future.
Tip: If you are using Disney’s public Wi-Fi, I would turn it off before entering my credit card information… just because it’s public Wi-Fi.
When you arrive at Satu’li Canteen, just go back into the My Disney Experience app and click “I’m Here, Prepare My Order.”
Then the app will let you know when your food is ready.
When you enter the food ordering/pick up area, there is a separate line for mobile ordering, and you pick up your food at the very first counter.
During the Pandora annual passholder preview event, it took exactly two minutes from when I clicked “I’m Here, Prepare My Order” to when I received notification that my food was ready. I imagine this will be a little longer wait with larger crowds. The convenience of mobile ordering, though, especially with younger kids, makes this new option a huge win.
Also, for cold drinks and sweet snacks, be sure to check out Pongu Pongu next door.
Check out the full Parents Guide to Pandora – The World of Avatar here.