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.
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I woke up this morning to find all of my favourite Facebook feeds filled with exciting new details for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Fans of the Star Wars film series will be blown away by all of the attention to detail that's going into the development of this new, immersive playground, and food is, of course, no exception.
But first, you need to understand the overall theming of Galaxy's Edge, and if you've read the headline of this post, you're probably wondering what the heck "Batuu" means.
Batuu is the home of Black Spire Outpost, the location where guests will visit when they first arrive at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Batuu has become a haven for the galaxy's most colourful and notorious characters. More details will be shared about this entirely new land over the next few months, and with the opening of Galaxy's Edge slated for summer this year, there's sure to be a lot of excitement!
There is a lot of information out there now about everything coming to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Let's look at the four dining experiences hat are coming to Batuu first, along with the accompanying themes and menu teasers.
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo--"Tuggs' Grub"
Chef Strong "Cookie" Tuggs has travelled throughout the galaxy, following his longtime gig as the chef at Maz Kanata's castle on Takodana and brings exotic flavours and unusual dishes to his traveling diner.
A recycled podracing engine fires up a spot of exotic meats, meticulously turned by a former smelter droid, 8D-J8. You can even sample some of the tasty dishes here.
This is the place to go for farm-fresh blue milk or green milk, from Bubo Wamba Family Farms.
Kat Saka's Kettle
This is one of the many street market stalls, where you'll be able to pick up a blend of sweet, savoury and spicy popcorn called Outpost Mix.
Knowing Disney, the food at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is sure to be amazing! They did such an awesome job developing the dining experiences available in Pandora at Disney's Animal Kingdom, I can definitely see the potential for many of the menu items in Batuu to become guest favourites, as well.
What are your thoughts? Share in the comments, below!
Capacity for Disney's Hollywood Studios, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and its experiences is limited. Access to the park, land and experiences may be restricted or unavailable depending on guest demand and other factors.
Amy is a former Disney Cruise Line cast member, Certified Cruise Counsellor and Vacation Specialist at Pure Magic Vacations.
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