Podcast Episode 136: Character Dining Overview

One of the most popular activities you can do at Disney is to have a character meal!  This is a great way to see your favorite characters without standing in line and while having a delicious meal.  Join us as we talk all about the character meals you can find at Walt Disney World!

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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


  • 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!


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.

Breakfast Options at Animal Kingdom

Part 3 of our breakfast series! Where can you find a good breakfast at Animal Kingdom?

Quick Service

Pizzafari Pizzafari is a great place to use a quick service credit for breakfast at the Animal Kingdom. From a bounty platter featuring eggs, bacon, sausage, french toast, potatoes AND a biscuit to a creamy ancient grain hot cereal (oatmeal, quinoa, and barley) with salted caramel crumble there are some interesting choices for your first meal of the day at Animal Kingdom. Pizzafari also has a breakfast burrito and breakfast croissant sandwich on the menu, in addition to other assorted pastries, danish and more.

Tamu Tamu Refreshments The menu at Tamu Tamu refreshments changes often, but it has been known to feature a breakfast flatbread that is delicious! Another major benefit to Tamu Tamu is it’s location: close to Kilimanjaro Safari, making it a perfect place to stop and grab a bite to eat if you have a few minutes to burn before your FastPass+ return time.

Table Service

Rainforest Cafe Rainforest Cafe at Animal Kingdom serves a table service breakfast. From Belgian waffles to steak and eggs the Rainforest Cafe boasts a large menu sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. To make the most of your morning at Animal Kingdom we suggest making a pre-park opening breakfast so when you’re finished eating you’ll be able to enter the park through the Rainforest Cafe’s entrance to the park, which is separate from the main gate!

Tusker House We’ve mentioned many times here at Dole Whipped that Tusker House is a hidden gem at Disney World. With great food and amazing character interaction, Tusker House is the perfect place to have breakfast at the Animal Kingdom! Though there are no character guarantees, Tusker House usually features host Donald Duck as well as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Daisy, all dressed in safari gear! The breakfast buffet consists of typical breakfast fare: Mickey waffles, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, pastries, fruit and more.

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In addition to these locations you can also grab a quick snacky breakfast to go at many kiosks around the Animal Kingdom like the Harambe Fruit Market or the soon to be opened Starbucks at Animal Kingdom.