In January, I had the pleasure of dining with some of my Pure Magic Vacations colleagues at Tusker House, a buffet restaurant in Africa at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Tusker House offers character interactions with Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and Goofy. We headed to Tusker House following the Rivers of Light nighttime spectacular. It had been a chilly evening, so walking into the cozy atmosphere at the restaurant was certainly wonderful!
No matter what time you plan to eat at Tusker House, you can find it fairly easily by heading into Harambe Village. The restaurant is fairly close to Festival of the Lion King and tucked in behind the Dawa Bar, a busy, covered outdoor patio where you'll find guests enjoying a cold drink on a hot day. Reservations are highly recommended for Tusker House as it's a popular restaurant in this park.
The menu at Tusker House is quite varied, and there is likely to be a lot of options to please everyone, from carnivores to vegetarians, and from folks who enjoy simple meat and potatoes-style meals to more adventurous eaters. There are several vegetarian dishes offered at the buffet, as well.
Sample dishes include roasted pork or chicken, mashed potatoes, salmon, tabouleh and hummus. Children will enjoy mini corn dogs, macaroni & cheese or any of the other offerings available. The full menu is found on the Walt Disney World Resort website here.
The buffet space itself is quite large, with plenty of space to walk around and choose the dishes you'd like to eat, with the dessert station in the middle of the room. One of the features I especially love is the child-height section of the buffet, perfect for kiddos to reach and choose their own meal.
As we began to enjoy our dinner, Mickey, Donald, Daisy and Goofy began to visit the table, taking time to interact with us and take photos with anyone who wanted to do so. Their safari-themed outfits were especially cute! As usual, Daisy was jealous of the attention Donald paid to any of us!
I recommend this restaurant for families who would like to experience a character dining experience within a theme park, and with a variety of foods they may not find in other dining locations at Walt Disney World. The pace of the meal was not rushed, and the food really was delicious! The value for this meal is wonderful, since the meal is all-you-care-to-enjoy and casual.
For more information about how to reserve your dining reservations at Tusker House in Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, please reach out to Amy at Pure Magic Vacations.
News from Amy at Pure Magic Vacations for May 28, 2019!
Isn't it fun to plan which MagicBand you're going to wear on your Walt Disney World vacation? Until now, this choice has been a simple matter of colour. Now, when you log into your My Disney Experience account, you'll have the option to select new customized MagicBand right online!
As of today, guests of Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort and Annual Passholders are able to upgrade their solid-colour MagicBands to one of more than 30 new options including Disney characters and designs, at a discounted price! The regular price of these MagicBands, when purchased at the parks, has been $24.99 USD. Now, with this online upgrade option, you can grab a personalized MagicBand featuring your favourite Disney characters for just $10.00 USD. Your customized MagicBand will also be personalized with your name.
Your customized MagicBand must be ordered up to 11 days before your expected arrival date. The special pricing is only available online.
As usual, your customized MagicBands will be shipped to you directly if you live in the United States, or waiting for Canadian guests upon arrival at the resort.
Solid colours will still be available at no additional cost.
Have fun choosing your next MagicBand!
List of Customized MagicBand Designs
Amy is a former Disney Cruise Line cast member, Certified Cruise Counsellor and Vacation Specialist at Pure Magic Vacations.
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