When we booked our recent holiday to Disney, there were a few Disney World restaurants I knew I wanted to try out this time around that we didn’t in 2014. The first one was Tusker House character meal in Animal Kingdom, an all you can eat buffet with African theming.
Tusker House characters include Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Mickey Mouse and Goofy in their safari gear, which are outfits you don’t see in many other places.
Tusker House restaurant is based in the Africa section in Animal Kingdom, very easy to find with plenty of seating under a sheltered area to wait whilst your table is ready. Tusker House is a restaurant you have to book as it gets very popular.
We opted for lunch as it suited the times we had on the first day of our holiday. I had been reading up on the Tusker House lunch menu and looking forward to trying the carved meats, salads, mashed potatoes and plenty more.
As we walked in and were shown to our table, I gazed around at the huge buffet section. I knew I wouldn’t have been able to try everything on the menu even if I had wanted to, there was so much.
Our server showed us to our table and gave us a couple of tips about visiting the buffet. She told us if a character was beyond a certain line from our table then we had around five minutes until they arrived at our table.
This was a great tip as we knew when we had time to go back for food or when we should be sitting down ready. There were cast members walking around with the characters that would announce a few minutes until the next character was due to arrive.
Before we even left our table to try the buffet, our drinks order was taken, and I knew I was going to try the jungle juice, a mix of orange juice, passion fruit juice and guava juice. It was so refreshing and even better, our server was topping up my glass so often my glass was never half empty.
Tusker House character meal buffet area was laid out in a semi circle, and very cleverly the desserts were in the centre of the room. The layout of the buffet meant that even if there was a queue, you could move around and get to a different station.
My favourite station was the carved meats, there were pork and beef being carved in front of you, which were amazing tender pieces of meat. Plenty of sauces along the side such as horseradish meant you had lots of flavour on your plate.
There was a small kids section that adults and kids could choose from as well which had macaroni cheese, corn dogs and sweet corn. A selection of curries and rice, salmon, couscous, salads, fruits and breads meant I didn’t know where to start or what to eat first. I managed two plates of mains before sampling one of each of the desserts.
The characters came around spaced out quite well. They didn’t spend an awful lot of time with us, however the character interaction was good and each one stayed for photos and signing the autograph book.
We didn’t feel rushed during our lunch, but I think our whole dining experience lasted just over an hour. The whole meal costs us in the region of $200 which would have been better value for us on the Disney Dining Plan which would have cost 1 credit. This time around we only had the QSDP so opted to pay out of pocket for this one. It was definitely worth it for the experience, but perhaps we didn’t get our moneys worth in food.
we’ve also enjoyed character dining at
- Garden Grill (dinner)
- Be Our Guest (dinner)
- Cinderella’s Royal Table (Lunch)
- Crystal Palace (lunch)
- Minnie’s Summer Dine Hollywood & Vine