Reviews of Tusker House Character Breakfast

Reviews

81

Rating

8.9 / 10

Recommended By

96%



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Tusker House Restaurant

Services: Buffet/All You Care to Eat

Reviewed by bodean4god Review Date: 04/20/2013

Rating: (10)
Recommended

Sure it's busy, but it's a character breakfast! However, it was a great experience with very good food. The characters come around one at a time and spend a couple of minutes with each table! We were not rushed at all and were able to enjoy our selves and get some great pictures. Best character breakfast around!!!

Pros:

GREAT FOOD! Characters were so fun!

Cons:

busy!!!
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Reviewed by peytonshea02 Review Date: 06/05/2013

Rating: (10)
Recommended

LOVE LOVE LOVE Tusker House breakfast. We had an ADR at 8:05 before the park opened at 9:00. We had a delicious breakfast. We filled up on typical breakfast items (Mickey Waffles!) and some interesting and tasty African inspired dishes. The juice is so yummy and the coffee is very good. We met Mickey, Daisy and Goofy in their snazzy safari gear. =) When we were finished, we stepped outside to an empty Africa and waited for 5 minutes before we heard the rumbling ...turned around and saw the crowd coming over the bridge (thankfully with a rope in front of them)!! The CM's, with perfect timing, dropped the rope in front of us before the masses arrived - just in time for us to walk on the safari and be on the very first truck out for the day! Perfect start of our AK day!!!

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Reviewed by Ebersole2 Review Date: 08/11/2013

Rating: (8)
Recommended

Tusker House was our 4th Character Breakfast. We ate here before boarding the Animal Kingdom’s Wild Animal Trek which is close by. The large breakfast bar is the perfect start to tacking Disney’s Animal Kingdom which feels like the land with the most walking. The Animal Kingdom continues to impress me for it really feels the most authentic as far as décor is concerned. Photo opportunities abound in this restaurant. There is a substantial amount of African inspired dishes on the breakfast bar. Many were a bit too unique for my taste, but sampling was fun. I would say this was the least children friendly buffet as far as food goes. Seriously, character meals are for adults too!

Pros:

Photo opportunities abound in this restaurant

Cons:

some of the buffet food was too exotic
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Reviewed by Mich97 Review Date: 08/30/2013

Rating: (8)
Recommended

Ate here this past July. Character interation was good. Our server was attentive. The food is good and is your typical breakfast fare.

Pros:

characters

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Reviewed by rehmiami Review Date: 09/06/2013

Rating: (9)
Recommended

I was very pleased with the overall ambience and experience of the restaurant. The food was quite good. I especially enjoyed the Tamarind Seafood Stew, as well as the Warm Banana-Cinnamon Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce. And, for someone who does not eat salads very often, I had two servings of the Endive, Apple and Walnut Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing. I do wish that there was more of a selection in terms of food for my eight year-old daughter. However, the mac and cheese, corn dog nuggets, and Spiced Rubbed Rotisserie Chicken were all well received by her.

As far as the wait time is concerned, I would highly recommend that you arrive at the front desk 15 minutes prior to your reservation time, otherwise you might be beginning your meal later than expected.

In terms of the wait service, it was decent. Our waiter (David) was both professional and polite, however I did have to ask for our drinks to be refilled. Additionally, our used plates and utensils were not cleared from our table in an expeditious manner. It was quite busy, so I gave him a pass, and tipped him around 18%. To his credit, he responded quickly to my requests.

The character interaction at Tusker House is exceptional. The Disney Characters (Mickey, Daisy, Donald, and Goofy) all visited our table, and posed patiently for our pictures. My daughter absolutely loved it. For me, this most definitely justified the price of this buffet.

I would highly recommend the Tusker House in terms of its overall value related to the quality and quantity of food provided, character interaction, and the atmosphere of the restaurant. I will definitely make this a family ritual when visiting Animal Kingdom in the future.

Pros:

Delicious Food, Excellent Character Interaction

Cons:

Wait Time, Slow Service, Variety of Food for Kids
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Reviewed by ang2575 Review Date: 09/08/2013

Rating: (1)
Not Recommended

We were excited to try this brunch for the first time after all the great reviews I had read. Sadly, it turned out to be the worst dining experience I had ever had at Disney. We had a 10:30 reservation for breakfast and by the time we waited a bit and took a photo with Donald we were seated at 10:45. The characters came almost immediately so we took photos and the kids enjoyed their time with them. I have to say compared to other character meals, only seeing 3 characters (4 if you count seeing Donald beforehand) is pretty disappointing. Every other character meal we did had 5. So we headed up to the buffet and very disappointed to see that all breakfast had been removed. As we wandered through the stations, everyone at the buffet was asking each other were the breakfast was. My husband approached a chef and asked him were breakfast was and he was told that one section was all that was left of breakfast. It consisted of a fruit bowl that had a 5 pieces of fruit left and some pastries and yogurt. It was a joke. To make matters worse, the food that was on the buffet was all pretty exotic. Things like hummus, tabouli, couscous, stews. I myself will eat those things, but not first thing in the morning and not when what I really wanted was eggs. My kids and my husband, however, would never eat anything that was available. They were all starving and filled their plates with bread and dessert items. We asked our server where breakfast was and she told us that breakfast gets switched over to lunch at 10:45. She told us she always comes early to eat so she can have breakfast. No attempts to make our experience better. Again my husband asked the Chef and he told us the same thing: breakfast gets switched out at 10:45. We all ate practically nothing and our bill came to $190. My husband and I are both restaurant managers, and we couldn't believe that our server and the chef were so non-chalant about our questions. And like I said, everyone in the buffet line we talked to was wondering why the food had been switched over. On out way out, I tried one last time to get someone to give us an explanation. I asked a cast member at the host stand and was given the same answer, "breakfast switches to lunch at 10:45" At this point I was pretty angry and I told her, I had a breakfast reservation. We paid for breakfast but there was no breakfast and we were all still starving. She really could have cared less. I have never, ever complained at Disney in 15 trips. But after leaving the restaurant I actually went to guest services and told them our experience. Immediately, she was so apologetic. She called the restaurant where they verified that breakfast gets removed at 10:45 and she looked up my reservation to see I indeed had a breakfast reservation. She was so sweet and she refunded 50% of our meal and gave me 5 fast passes for any ride in any park. It was so nice. I will never, ever go back to Tusker House and I really can't believe I had to go to 4 cast members before any cared at all that we were extremely unhappy.

Pros:

Characters

Cons:

Everything else
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Reviewed by HOBBES Review Date: 10/29/2013

Rating: (8)
Recommended

We chose this because we always do one character breakfast and DH is sick of being made to feel guilty when Piglet comes up just as he's chowing down on Piglet's Cousins bacon and sausage...The choice of foods was excellent and the addition of Jambo juice from Boma was great. Food was kept replenished and hot, with none of the crazy queueing system seen at Boma. The characters came around several times and the noise level wasn't horrendous. Only downside was that our photopass photo with Donald was out of focus-they did offer us the chance to go back and do it again at the end of the meal, but we thought it would be OK as they had also taken a photo on my camera-NOPE, that was all out of focus too. Wondering if the photographer had ever seen a camera before that morning!

Pros:

lots of choice

Cons:

photopass photograopher was dreadful at his job!
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Reviewed by SheenaXena21 Review Date: 12/30/2013

Rating: (9)
Recommended

This was a last minute ADR.

I'm glad we went here. The food was good, server was interactive and the characters were too.

Pros:

Great buffet, character interaction, service

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Reviewed by bosslady79 Review Date: 01/07/2014

Rating: (10)
Recommended

Best character breakfast on property. Food, server, characters, all amazing. Best bread pudding.

Pros:

Evertything

Cons:

Nothing
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Reviewed by kmdebree Review Date: 01/19/2014

Rating: (10)
Recommended

We loved everything about this experience. Please try the juice, even our picky 8 year old loved it! Anything you could possibly want to eat was available and the characters all came to our table. Will definiately go back on our next trip.

Pros:

Saw all the characters, Wonderful breakfast, nice atmosphere

Cons:

none
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