A Review of the Character Family-Style Breakfast at Disney’s Tusker House: Is It Worth It?

A Review of the Character Family-Style Breakfast at Disney’s Tusker House: Is It Worth It?

Tusker House in Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom has recently reopened, and we visit for breakfast. We talk about the unusual circumstances that brought us there, and how the experience of seeing Donald Duck was pivotal to my autistic son’s enjoyment. We take a look at how they are currently serving the family-style meals inspired by the flavors of Africa, how that has re-shaped the dining experience, and whether it was worth the price. We’ll also share a little known story of the first time Michael Eisner dined in this facility when the restaurant opened with the rest of the park in 1998. It’s a character dining experience worth exploring so pull up a seat and join us!

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The entrance to Tusker House is behind the back of the building most guests pass by as they are passing through Harambe Village. Some of the best architectural theming in all of Africa here at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is on the “backside of Tusker” to coin a familiar Jungle Cruise phrase.

Entrance to Tusker House. Photo by J. Jeff Kober

All of the rooms in the restaurant have tables spread apart to allow Mickey and friends to visit at a distance. This greatly reduces the dining capacity.

Spread apart seating at Tusker House. Photo by J. Jeff Kober

The buffet area is loaded with dishes for servers to bring to the tables.

Former buffet area. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Theming inside the restaurant is nearly as good as it is outside the restaurant.

I guess my son-in-law isn’t working today. I don’t see his name on the driver’s assignment board 🙂

Driver assignments. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Our dining room was separated from the larger dining hall and its extensions. Think of it as the shorter part of an “L” shaped building.

Separated Dining Room. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Breakfast Menu

Pastries Basket 

Safari Bread, Multigrain Croissants and Cornbread served with Whipped Butter, Nutella, and Strawberry Preserves

Fresh Fruit 

Fresh Fruit with Honey Yogurt sauce

Breakfast Platter 

Potatoes, Scrambled Eggs, Mickey and Simba-shaped Waffles, Bacon, Sausage, Durban Chicken-Egg Curry with Jasmine Rice


Coffee, tea, milk, sodas, and of course, POG (Pineapple, Orange and Guava) Juice

FYI, for those interested, lunch and dinner offerings include Moroccan Spiced Beef, Berber Marinated Pork, Spit Roasted Herb Chicken, and Cape Malay Green Curry Shrimp.

COMPARISON to BOMA and Garden Grill

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