Tusker House is located in Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. It is a character breakfast, lunch and dinner with the fab 5. And often branded as the best character dining option on all of the Walt Disney World property.
Described on the official Disney website as, Harambe marketplace eatery, you’ll find a family-focused buffet brimming with African flavours. This is the first time Sam and I had dined here. At one dining credit per meal or $29 for breakfast, $35 for lunch and $41 for dinner it is extremely well priced. The character interactions were great, we dined for lunch and were in the restaurant for a reasonable amount of time and saw each character twice. Sam loved the food, it was a little adventurous for me, a bit like when we have visited Boma and Jiko the African flavours are not something I am used to, but I enjoyed it non the less.
For such a popular location it was not hard to bag a reservation. There are quite often ‘on the day’ reservations during quiet times. Alot of people hit for that sweet spot between breakfast and lunch for the ultimate meal.
We checked in for our 1.15pm reservation about 10 minutes early. There is a outside bar that you can sit and wait at or you can just waited under the canopies to the entrance, there are fans and cold water available to all restaurant guests. We were seated quickly and shown to our table, our server showed us the buffet and explained that Goofy would be at our table soon, so if we wanted to see him, wait and then get food.
When you head inside, you feel like you have stepped into an outside market place, the food is set up on little stalls. If you have visited Agrabah Cafe in Paris, it is very similar to this. There are four different themed rooms to sit in, we were sat in the main dining room next to the window.
The restaurant was quite loud, it was full of exciting children meeting Mickey and his pals, this was not off putting at all. I love watching characters interact with guests. Every 20-30 minutes there is a little ‘parade’ around the restaurant, it is super cute.
While the food option was quite small the quality was great. Plenty of breads and humous and chutneys , tabouleh, curry, carver beef and pork. There were also plenty of vegetarian options too.
The dessert selection a little poor, but thats OK because after we settled our bill we headed around the corner to Zuri’s a grabbed a Mickey cookie.
Have you visited Tusker House? Did you visit before it was a character dining experience? What are you thoughts? Let me know in the comments.