Tusker House

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 Restaurant

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.

Breakfast Buffet

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 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:

  • Biscuits and Sausage Gravy
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Oven-roasted Yukon Gold Potato Wedges
  • Bacon and Sausage Patties
  • Vegetable Frittata
  • Ham and Cheese Frittata
  • Spiced Corned Beef Hash
  • Beef Bobtie Quiche
  • Yam CasseroleCarved Rotisserie
  • Honey-glazed Ham
  • Mealie Pap (Porridge)
  • Warm Cinnamon Rolls
  • Warm Banana-Cinnamon Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce
  • Blueberry, Banana Nut and Apple Muffins
  • Whole-grain breads
  • Turnovers
  • Cheese-filled Danish
  • Apple Danish
  • Chocolate and Plain Croissants
  • Oatmeal


Lunch and Dinner Buffet

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?


  • Mango Ajar, Blatjang Chuntney, Mixed Dried Fruit Sambal
  • Endive, Apple and Walnut Salad
  • Caesar Salad
  • Mixed Greens Salad
  • Tomato and Cucumber Salad with fresh mint and Yogurt Dressing
  • Tunisian Couscous Salad
  • Green Bean and Onion Salad
  • Curried Basmati Rice
  • Fresh Fruit Salad
  • Hummus and Tabbouleh
  • Spiced Tandoori Tofu
  • Carved Beef Top Sirloin Roast and Rotisserie
  • Pork Loin
  • Horseradish, hot and sweet mustard, Au Jus
  • Spiced Rubbed Rotisserie Chicken
  • Cape Malay Curry Chicken
  • Peri-Peri Marinated Salmon Filet
  • Seafood Stew with Tamarind BBQ sauce
  • Cold cuts platter: Turkey, ham, cheese
  • Saffron-infused vegetables and cabbage
  • Green bean, mushroom and carrot medley
  • Marrakesh Couscous with Roasted Vegetables
  • Vegetable Samosa
  • Oven-roasted Yukon Gold Potato Wedges
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Orzo Pasta
  • Jollaf Rice
  • Pearl Couscous laced with Sweet Basil Essence
  • Basmati rice with Toasted almond slivers

Dessert Options

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

Kids Menu

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 potatoes

Disney Restaurant Odds and Ends

You can make an Advance 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.