Character Dining Returns! Tusker House Sets Opening Date

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One of Disney’s most coveted theme park restaurants announced its return, and now, we finally have a date for the reopening!

Tusker House
Credit: Disney

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Guests were once able to enjoy a character-filled meal with Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy as they ate from a giant buffet of delicious food options with an African flair. Due to the pandemic, Tusker House had to close, but now, we have Disney’s confirmation on exactly when it will be opening up!

Disney Parks (@DisneyParks) took to Twitter to announce:

Just announced: Tusker House Restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park will be reopening on June 20! Bookings start Friday, June 4. Graze on a bountiful family-style menu brimming with African-inspired flavors and see the host, Donald Duck—along with his Disney Friends!

Although we knew Tusker House would return this summer, it is exciting to know that in just a few days, on June 20, the location will be fully operational once again!

Disney Parks Blog (@disneyparksblog) also took to Instagram to make the announcement:

Just announced: Tusker House Restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park will be reopening on June 20! Bookings start Friday, June 4. Graze on a bountiful family-style menu brimming with African-inspired flavors and see the host, Donald Duck – along with his Disney Friends!

As we are still navigating through the pandemic, and character meet and greets are still interactions at this point, it is likely that the character dining experience will be similar to that of Topolino’s Terrace at Disney’s Riviera Resort, or Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The characters will walk by and take selfies, however, Guests must still maintain a distance from the character and remain seated.

The buffet-style dining will also now be family-style, which means endless food will be brought right to you!

According to the Disney World website, pricing for Tusker House runs from $35.00 to $59.99 for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Disney describes the restaurant as:

A Colorful Restaurant with Character
Step inside this lively Harambe marketplace eatery and enjoy family-friendly surroundings. The plentiful family-style menu offers favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

While you dine, snap a photo and tip your pith helmet to Donald Duck—suited up and ready for his next safari adventure—along with his Disney friends, as they travel throughout the dining rooms celebrating their latest expedition.

It’s a wild good time, every time!

Favorites with a Safari Flavor
Say Jambo to a delightful family-style menu of fantastic favorites and new discoveries!

For breakfast, munch on favorites like Safari Bread, Mickey and Simba Waffles, and Durban Chicken and Egg Curry with Jasmine Rice. Lunch and dinner offerings include Moroccan Spiced Beef, Berber Marinated Pork, Spit Roasted Herb Chicken, and Cape Malay Green Curry Shrimp.

Younger travelers will find comforting classics like fruit and yogurt for breakfast and mac and cheese for lunch and dinner.

Do you plan on visiting Tusker House on your next visit to Animal Kingdom at Disney World?

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