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In this Tusker House Restaurant review learn why we think the character dining at Tusker House Animal Kingdom is one of the best Animal Kingdom restaurants in the park and, in fact, it is our favorite Disney Character meal anywhere on the resort. Here are 5 reasons to choose Tusker House Restaurant Animal Kingdom Character Dining.

*While number 5 is true of chefs all over the Disney parks, we found Tusker House to be one of the best at catering to our food allergy needs

Best Disney Character Dining Experience

Character dining at Disney is a magical experience for children and grown ups alike. There are currently at least 15 Disney dining character restaurants located in the Walt Disney World Orlando parks.  This count does not include the specialty character dining experiences and holiday events.  

Tusker House
Image by Josh Hallett

As I mentioned already, Tusker House Animal Kingdom Character dining is, in our opinion, the best Disney character dining experience available. It made the list as our very first Disney character meal on our very first visit to Walt Disney World!  I would go so far as to say that our experience at Tusker House restaurant played a huge role in my turning from a Disney skeptic to a Disney fanatic.   I know that is a huge claim, but it was an amazing experience.

Scenic View of Tusker House from across the bridge
Image By Jennifer Lynn (Disney Animal Kingdom)

Many of the Tusker House reviews online talk about the Tusker House breakfast, but when we visited Tusker House restaurant for the first time, they had recently made the Character breakfast into an all day Disney Character Dining experience. We were so pleased to have the characters practically to ourselves during the lunch hour. We have eaten at Tusker House since then at busier times, however, we still found the experience and the food to be superior to other Disney character dinners. Despite so many other character meals to yet mark off our bucket list, we find ourselves going back to Tusker House Character Dinner over and over. 

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Tusker House Restaurant Classic Disney Characters

Disney classic characters are at the Tusker House.  You can meet Mickey, Goofy, Daisy and Donald Duck all in their adorable Safari gear.   

I’m not sure why they left Minnie out of the line up, but you can meet her in the same Safari gear at the Adventure Outpost located in Animal Kingdom.

Unlike some other popular character dining experiences, they will stop by the table more than once if time allows.  They also do a dance with the children around the restaurant which is always great fun! 

Speaking of meeting characters, have you heard about Hollywood Studios Character Palooza?  Shhhh…it’s a secret!  Go here to learn how to find one. 

Tusker House Menu Is The Best In Disney Character Dining

The food at Tusker House restaurant is great!  We have eaten at several Animal Kingdom restaurants, but Tusker House remains my favorite.  The flavors of the African cuisine are very good.  The Peri Peri Salmon and the Split roasted chicken are great.  I particularly love the bread selection and African sauces which are as good as the bread service found at the signature restaurant Sanaa located at Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Don’t worry, if your kids are picky, the Tusker House menu includes a child’s buffet with all their favorites: Corn dog nuggets, mac-n-cheese, and mashed potatoes to name a few.

Whole Salmon on Cutting Board at Tusker Hosue
Image from Lila Quintiliani of Tips from the Disney Diva
Plate of Tusker House Food
Image by Ben Ostrowsky

The dessert selection on the Tusker House buffet is up there with the best of any Disney dining experience I’ve had. 

Image by Danuv on Flickr

Tusker House Character Dinner is highly interactive and characters often visit more than once 

Simply put: Tusker House is FUN! 

My kids always have a great time dancing and interacting with the characters.  In fact, they love dancing an interacting with Disney characters everywhere and sometimes it’s hard to tell who the “real characters” are as you can see in this hilarious video where they interrupt a Disney Boardwalk street performer.

There is another popular character meal that I will leave nameless that had very strict rules about how often the characters would come by.  In fact, if you weren’t in your seat you may as well forget meeting them.  I find that difficult when trying to feed three children at a buffet.

This is not the case at Tusker House. The characters were very available and even during a busy lunch we were able to interact with them on two occasions.

Securing Tusker House Character Dinner Reservations

Reservations are recommended for the Tusker House if for no other reason than to ensure it fits into your schedule for the day.  However, it is not as highly sought after as other restaurants and we have been able to get a reservation same day inside the park on occasion.  

Tusker House Restaurant Chefs Take Great Care With Food Allergies*

This is the single reason that I, as a mom of kids with allergies, love Disney World so much!  I realize that all the Disney restaurant chefs are amazing so I don’t mean this as a slight to any other Disney restaurant, character or otherwise.  It’s just that being our very first Disney character meal experience, I was particularly blown away by our experience here. 

As I previously mentioned the desserts at Tusker House are amazing.  There is a full dessert buffet with numerous tasty selections.  However, none of them were safe for my nut and coconut allergic children. 

Dessert Buffet at Tusker House
Image by Kathy Penney of Penny Lane

Per Disney policy the chef came out and walked us through the buffet telling us what our kids could consume and what to avoid. When it came to the dessert buffet it was off limits entirely. 

I fully expected they would get a few Enjoy Life cookies at the end of our meal.  They would have been okay with that, but I was so overwhelmed when instead they each received their very own plate of desserts.  That’s right! Not simply one dessert, but a plate full of DESSERTS!  I wasn’t blogging at the time so I failed to secure an image but, please, take my word for it.  We were all  very impressed!  

Tusker House Character Dinner Is A Family Favorite

Character Dining Animal Kingdom's Tusker House

As you can tell, Tusker House is a family favorite in the VeraVise household.  Since this first Disney character dining experience, we have had many others.  In fact, there are only a few left on our bucket list.  But after all of them, Tusker House remains at the very top spot for us.  I hope this taste has whet your appetite to experience a Disney Character meal with a bit of an African twist!

For a quick guide on all the Table Service restaurants, check out this guide from Tips from The Disney Diva.


  1. I love Tusker House too for a lot of the same reasons. We love trying different types of food, and the character interactions here are awesome. I love hearing your story of how they went above and beyond for your kids! It’s stories like this that make me love WDW even more! Thanks for sharing and hosting #MouseFanMondays!

  2. I’ve never been to the Tusker house but I’d certainly add it to our next Disney Character meal reservations list! Super helpful info especially to this allergy Mom:)

  3. Awesome post. We love character dining with Disney. We are yet to make it to Disneyworld but planning our first trip next year 🙂 instead we have been to Disneyland and Aulani and every time we make a point of going to a few character dining experiences.

  4. We go to WDW somewhat regularly and have eaten at a bunch of the restaurants. However, this is one that we have yet to experience. Thank you for telling us about it in more detail than even the dining web site does.

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