Tusker House has undergone a major change over the last couple of years. When it opened it was a fast food restaurant, now it is a full sit-down buffet. It now hosts Donald's Safari Breakfast. A full breakfast buffet with Donald and friends.
Animal Kingdom doesn't have a very wide variety of restaurants to choose from. When it opened, other than Rainforest Cafe, there weren't any sit down restaurants. That's why Disney changed this restaurant from a quick-service to a sit-down restaurant.
Tusker House home of Donald's Safari Breakfast
The buffet at Tusker House is a little more adventurous than your normal buffet. There are several dishes at all three meals that are inspired by African dishes. This is the home of the $100 breakfast.
Donald's Safari Breakfast is served from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. "Awaken the Day" is the theme of this meal. This is a character breakfast starring Donald Duck (no, not Donald Trump) and his friends. Friends that are usually with Donald are Daisy, Mickey and Minnie.
Breakfast is a combination of the standard Disney buffet breakfast that includes lots of pasteries. You'll also find some African specialties unique to this restaurant.
The morning starts with Jungle Juice. It might just be the best part of the meal. We loved it. It's made with passion fruit, guava and orange juice. Dad is not a morning juice guy, but I drank 3 glasses of Jungle Juice.
Here are some the the items available -
Donald's Safari Breakfast costs $27.68 for adults and $15.97 per child. (Seasonal pricing adds about $4.00.)
The Hundred Dollar Breakfast
Lunch and Dinner
Lunch and Dinner at Tusker House share basically the same menu. Lunch is served from 11:30 to 3:30. Dinner is served from 4:00 until 5:00 (or later if the park closes late.) The main difference between Lunch and Dinner is the price. Lunch is $27.68 for adults and $15.97. Dinner is special, so the price goes up (even though the menu doesn't really change.) Dinner for adults is $28.99.
What's on the lunch/dinner buffet?
Dessert here is a little different from the other Disney buffets. There is not a lot of variety but there are some really good dishes.
- Warm Banana-Cinnamon Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce
- Assorted Pastries and Cakes
- Cookies and Brownies
- Whole Fruit
Dad and Safari Daisy
Disney is very kid friendly when it comes to their dining. (Hey, they're kid friendly about everything.) Here are some of the kid friendly items.
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches - choice of whole wheat or white bread
- Corn dog nuggets
- Corn medley
- Chicken drumsticks
- Green beans
- Macaroni and cheese
- Mashed potatoest
Disney Restaurant odds and ends
You can make Advanced Dining Reservation 180 days prior to your arrival. This restaurant reservations are required most of the year. These can be made online at Disney's Dining Reservations or by calling 407-WDW-DINE.
This restaurant is part of the Disney Dining Plan. Click on the link for more information about how the plan works.
All Disney Restaurants are non-smoking.
Dad's Bottom Line
Unlike Epcot the Animal Kingdom doesn't have a lot of choices when it comes to dining. Changing Tusker House to a buffet gives you more choices when it comes to dining in Animal Kingdom.This is an interesting choice.