Tusker House Lunch Review

 

Quick Facts

Location: The Africa area of Animal Kingdom park

Hours: Lunch is 11:30am-3:30pm, but the restaurant is also open for breakfast (8-10:55am) and dinner (4-6:30pm)

Characters: Donald, Daisy, Goofy & Mickey Mouse (subject to change)

Dining Plan: 1 credit

Menu

  • Tusker House is a buffet meal with an extensive menu. To see the full list check out the official website here, but some highlights include Kenyan Coffee BBQ Pork Loin, Spit-roasted chicken, toasted couscous salad, seafood stew, plantains and so much more! If you’re worried about your children, or the more picky eaters in your family there are several more mainstream choices for lunch including corn dog nuggets, macaroni and cheese, deli meats and cheese and vegetables. Dessert at Tusker House does also not disappoint, with many choices also served buffet style. My personal favorite was the chocolate turtle brownie!

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Character interaction at Tusker House was great. We were seated in a small room off the main buffet area which really made our meal feel intimate, even though all the tables were full. It wasn’t loud or crowded at all. We saw Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Mickey himself with each character taking the time to fully engage with my daughter at our table. As you can see in the second photo she really didn’t want Mickey to leave! Tusker House lunch was a great break from the hustle and bustle of Animal Kingdom, and a fantastic meal to boot. We here at Dole Whipped often mention Tusker House when we’re talking about underrated dining reservations, so think about giving Tusker House a try on your next (or first!) Walt Disney World vacation.

Universal Studios Leaky Cauldron Review

Nope, not Disney today! We’re going to talk about our dining experience at Universal Studios for a change. What we liked, what we didn’t like and… a lesson Disney could learn from Universal.

This pub style restaurant is located in the Diagon Alley section of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day.

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When you get in line at the Leaky Cauldron you have several opportunities to view the menu and decide what you’d like to order. We entered a very busy line but it moved at a decent pace and soon we were able to give our order at a cash register where we paid. Now, this is where the cool part comes in, and it’s something I feel like Disney could learn from. Once you place your order you are met by a team of greeters. One of them takes you (and your order number) to an empty table, all ready for the members of your party. This is where you’ll sit and wait for the food to be brought right to you to enjoy! If anyone has ever eaten at Cosmic Rays during a busy time, you can see why I’d suggest that Disney take a page from Universal’s book on this. The seating process was very easy and it took away the stress of having to find a seat with a tray full of food. Be Our Guest is headed in the right direction with the food being brought to you, but the one extra step of actually being seated was fantastic.

Shannon and I had already tried the Butterbeer, so we skipped it this time. Unfortunately drinks are one downside to the Leaky Cauldron with very few choices. We both ended up with water, as there is no soda (Coke or Pepsi products, anyway) to be found. But we did very much enjoy our entrees of Fish & Chips and the Specialty Chicken Sandwich!

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All in all the Leaky Cauldron was a great place to grab a quick lunch while we enjoyed our day at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Have you eaten there? What did you think?