Dining Review – Tusker House Restaurant (Breakfast)

Dining Review – Tusker House Restaurant (Breakfast)

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In the Africa section of Animal Kingdom you will find a delicious African marketplace open morning, noon, and night. At Tusker House Restaurant you will experience a world of flavors. But no smoking please, as the building is quite old!

At a Glance

3.5/5
  • Name: Tusker House Restaurant
  • Abbreviation: TH
  • Opened: November 17, 2007 (refurb)
  • Location: Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • Category: Character Buffet
  • Theme: African Marketplace
  • Dress Code: Theme park attire
  • Kids will like: Mickey's Safari Outfit

Positives

Easy option for seeing Mickey, Goofy, Donald, and Daisy in Animal Kingdom. Food includes all of the American breakfast staples and some delicious African options. Characters can easily visit twice in non-peak times.

Negatives

The African food portion of the buffet may turn off picky eaters. The restaurant is large, and it can be a long walk to the buffet. Guests can experience long waits to get in during busy times despite Advance Dining Reservations.

Atmosphere

Tusker House was the first Disney World restaurant we ever visited, character dining or otherwise. It was quite the experience for a bunch of first timers! Thankfully our trip planning research paid off and we enjoyed a delicious breakfast and our first character interactions.

The theming at Tusker House is exquisite. The check-in desk is near the busy entrance bridge to the Africa section. However, once a hostess is ready to seat you, you quickly lose the crowd and enter a quaint African village as you turn the corner and enter the front doors. You will immediately smell the delicious food on the expansive buffet in the center room. If you take the time to look around on the way to your seat you are sure to notice hundreds of pieces of African artwork, sculptures, and knick-knacks around each room.

The waitstaff will explain the standard buffet setup, character visits, and children’s parade. Once they take your drink order you are free to visit the center buffet room to peruse all of the awesome food. Try to time your buffet visits around the characters to maximize your shots with them!

Characters

  • Mickey Mouse
  • Goofy
  • Donald Duck
  • Daisy Duck

If you are looking for the Sensational Six at Animal Kingdom then Tusker House Restaurant is an easy way to cross four of them off of your list! All four characters are in their special safari outfits. As with most character dining locations, Mickey and his pals love talking about their outfits and what you saw at local attractions, like the Kilimanjaro Safaris. Be sure to have your cameras ready as the characters come by your table!

Focus On...

Eat This

  • Beef Bobotie
  • Simba Waffles
  • Banana Bread Pudding
  • Any of the African food (seriously, just try it!)

Drink This

  • Jungle Juice (included)
  • Coconut Elixer (extra)
  • Lava Smoothie (extra)

Special Diets

The buffet items are clearly marked with special dietary information. Chefs and servers are constantly near the food if you need to clarify anything. Allergen guides are also available upon request.

If you enjoyed any meal at Boma – Flavors of Africa, then you will feel right at home with the buffet options at Tusker House. The Beef Bobotie, Pap, and whatever is at the carved meat station are going to be solid choices for all guests. Some of the African food can be rather adventurous, but we encourage everyone to try everything at least once. You can always fall back on the standard American breakfast staples. The buffet counts as a single table service dining credit, which makes for a pretty solid value.

Last Words

Reservations are not required but are strongly recommended for this well-themed character dining spot. For about $40 per adult for breakfast, this meal is on the average-to-high side – though that price seems to be quickly becoming the norm. As long as you are not an incredibly picky eater then you are bound to find something you enjoy on the breakfast buffet. Overall, the 3.5 star rating is a combination of our love for the African food and character experiences, mixed with our dissatisfaction for the out-of-pocket costs and the basic American food.

Cheaper and quicker options can be found for breakfast in Animal Kingdom. And between the Mickey & Minnie meet and greet and other characters in Dinoland, you are sure to find many of your favorite Disney pals to interact with. However, if you are looking for a character dining experience along the lines of Crystal Palace or Chef Mickey’s, then we highly recommend Tusker House Restaurant.

YouTube Review

If you want more info, check out this YouTube review of breakfast at Tusker House Restaurant from  Get Binky.

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