Why You Should Choose Animal Kingdom's Tusker House For Your Next 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.
Animal Kingdom's Tusker House made the list on our first visit! Despite so many other character meals to mark off our bucket list, we find ourselves going back to Tusker House often. Here are 5 reasons why!
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5 Reasons To Choose Tusker House Character Dining
- Tusker House has the classic characters
- Tusker House has an eclectic mix of food including exotic African cuisine and a special section for the kids
- Character dining at Tusker House is highly interactive and characters often visit more than once
- Tusker House reservations are more easy to secure even last minute
- Tusker House chefs really care for special diets*
*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
Classic Disney Characters
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!
Tusker House has an eclectic mix of food including exotic African cuisine and a special section for the kids
The food at Tusker House is great! The flavors of African cuisine are some of my favorite! 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, there is a child's buffet with all their favorites: Corn dog nuggets, mac-n-cheese, and mashed potatoes to name a few.
The dessert selection on the Tusker House buffet is up there with the best of any Disney dining experience I've had.
Character dining at Tusker House 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.
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.
Tusker House reservations are more easy to secure even last minute
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 chefs really care for special diets*
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 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 dining 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.
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 Is A Family Favorite
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!
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