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When making the plans for our dining for our December trip, my family really tried to add in some new experiences. But, there are some things that they ask for over and over again. Tusker House is one of them. We did the breakfast there in January of 2012 and loved it so much that the kids and I went back again in September of that same year. They all requested it again for our December 2013 trip. I love it myself, so I was happy to comply!
We made our reservation for 9:40 am on Sunday, December 15th. Upon check-in, we asked about our favorite server – Clifford. We loved him on our first visit, and were sad to hear that he was off work due to back surgery when we went back a second time. This time, we found out that he never returned to work. (Clifford, if you ever see this post, know that you are missed by the Strawser family!) However, the sweet lady at the check-in counter assured us that she had the perfect server for us – Neil!
I just love the atmosphere at Tusker House. I feel bad that I don’t really have any pictures of the buffet area because it’s just absolutely fabulous. Even though the buffet area is indoors, it has an open-air market feel to it. (You can see a beautiful picture of it here.)
The buffet area is set up in different “stations”. There’s one for breads and spreads, one for fruits and yogurt, one for hot cereals and one for cold cereals, a kids’ section, meats and potatoes, breakfast casseroles, and the African sections with ethnic food and hand-carved meats. In the center, there’s a pastry/dessert section as well. There’s more food selections here than a little bit! I love trying the ethnic foods, but I also enjoy the breakfast/egg casseroles, muffins, pastries, etc.
One of our favorite things at Tusker House is the amazing Jungle Juice that they serve! YUM! Thank goodness they bring you all you want because my family can really put that juice away (I think we try to store it up to last from visit to visit!)
The Character Interaction
As you can see in the picture above, your family gets to meet Donald Duck outside (while you’re waiting to be called to your table). A PhotoPass Photographer is on hand to take your pictures. During your meal, they will bring the picture package to your table to show you (you can purchase if you like).
During the meal, you get to meet Mickey, Daisy, and Goofy. They come around to your table to greet you and sign autographs. Sometimes they even spend some time playing and being silly!
They also do a character parade around the restaurant – getting the kids involved with noisemakers, etc. It’s quite cute and the little ones seem to love it (though I have a hard time getting mine to play along!)
- Tusker House is located in the Africa section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park.
- They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner here.
- Characters are there for breakfast and lunch ONLY.
- Cuisine is African and American.
- Prices range for $36-60, per adult.
- Meals are considered 1 Table Service Credit on the Disney Dining Plan.
- The full menu is available here.
Would we recommend it?
Absolutely! We love it! (I know I said we’re becoming anti-buffet people; but we’ll have to make an exception for Tusker House!)
Will we dine there again?
Most definitely! In fact, Ashley and I are planning to take our friends there for LUNCH when we go for her 21st Birthday Celebration this November! Our wonderful server, Neil, recommended that we try lunch next time – and he assured us that he works over the lunch shift as well – so we’ll definitely be requesting him!
(Hey, Neil, we’ll see you in November!)
What about YOU?
Have you dined at Tusker House?
I’d love to hear your experiences.
I’m linking this post up to Favorite Food Friday at Disney Day by Day.