If your number one guy at Disney is the number one Duck, then Tusker House character dining may be on your to-do list. But is this Disney character dining worth it? Here’s what you can expect when you book that hard-to-get Tusker House character dining in 2023. Is it one of the cheapest character dining at Disney World? Let’s discuss.
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Is Disney Character Dining Worth It? Tusker House Review (2023)
Spending money on making memories at Disney World can be “easy” to do. Especially when it comes to feeding you and your family.
But trying to decide where to spend your Disney dollars wisely isn’t always easy.
Is Disney character dining worth it?
That depends on a few factors, but we’ll run down the ins and outs before you book those Advanced Dining Reservations 60 days in advance.
Here’s what you need to know about the Tusker House character dining experience at Disney World.
Spoiler alert: it has some of your favorite characters!
Is Tusker House The Cheapest Character Dining At Disney World?
It’s not- but it’s right there in the more affordable column for character dining.
Character dining options at Disney World range in price:
- Character Breakfasts: from $42 to $45 for adults
- Character Lunch/Dinners: from $55 to $65 for adults
The cheapest character dining at Disney World is Garden Grove, located in Walt Disney World Swan Hotel. But before you get too excited, you won’t see Mickey or Princesses there, so Garden Grove may not be exactly what you’re looking for.
How Much Does Tusker House Character Dining Cost (2023)?
Currently, Tusker House lands right in the middle when talking about the cheapest character dining options at Disney World.
And it has Mickey Mouse. So that might be enough to sway your family to give it a try.
- Breakfast: $45 per adult, plus tax and gratuity; $29 per child, plus tax and gratuity
- Lunch: $59 per adult, plus tax and gratuity; $38 per child, plus tax and gratuity
- Dinner: $59 per adult, plus tax and gratuity; $38 per child, plus tax and gratuity
- The Disney Dining Plan has not returned at this time.
What’s On The Tusker House Menu?
For breakfast, you’ll have some traditional American breakfast foods as well as some African-inspired dishes.
We ate from the breakfast menu and filled two plates with goodness to fuel our morning right.
Eggs, Mickey and Simba waffles, bacon, Andouille sausage, oatmeal, and fresh fruit were all available.
We also tried some Zebra Coffee cake, Guava Cream Cheese Danish, hard-boiled eggs, and a bagel.
There were some additional offerings that were more lunch-like (we ate at 9:30 am) as well. Salads and Jasmine Rice were noted.
If you have picky eaters, there is plenty of familiar food to satisfy them (for lunch, dinner or breakfast!). But if you are looking to try new things, Tusker House offers that as well.
Is The Food At Tusker House Worth The Price?
In our opinion, the food was good enough, but not mind-blowingly different or impressive enough to say it was worth $45.
You can get the same eggs, bacon, and Mickey Waffle at your resort food court or quick service restaurants for around $16.
We’re not saying anything negative about the quality of food or variety of options, just the overall meal budget could be blown with one character breakfast at Tusker House.
So keep that in mind.
But if you have a big appetite or really enjoy trying new things, the variety was absolutely there in this buffet.
You won’t leave Tusker House hungry, that’s for sure!
Is Tusker House Disney Character Dining Worth It?
While we acknowledge the food may not live up to the price tag, we also recognize that we aren’t really paying for the food.
What you’re actually paying for at Tusker House is a decent meal with outstanding interaction from your favorite Disney characters.
And that, my friends, is what makes Tusker House Disney character dining worth it.
Our overall experience was good as far as food quality, great place location and theming wise, and character interactions.
What Characters Are At Tusker House?
You’ll be visited by Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Mickey Mouse, and Goofy all dressed in themed safari outfits. Minnie Mouse does not have a character meet at Tusker House.
They are absolutely adorable and make plenty of time at each table for guest interactions.
There’s also a short song that’s played and the characters dance with each other and circle around the dining room to the delight of kids ages 2 to 92.
If you want the best way to get family pictures with most of the Fab 5- and not stand in long lines all day chasing them!– this is one of the best Disney character meals at the Walt Disney World Resort to accomplish just that.
Ask a cast member for assistance taking that family photo!
Important Information For Dining At Tusker House Restaurant
This restaurant is inside Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.
This means you’ll need both a theme park ticket AND a theme park reservation to eat here.
And be aware of the travel time to get to the theme park table service restaurants. Budget 90 minutes to 2 hours if you are traveling from resort hotels or another Disney theme park.
You can book your dining up to 60 days in advance online- and reservations are highly recommended.
This Disney buffet just returned, so it’s bound to be a popular choice for many families going in 2023.
Be sure to plan accordingly if you want to make a reservation for Tusker House character dining at Disney World in 2023.
And don’t forget your autograph book!
Is Tusker House Disney character dining worth it? We think so, if your family is looking for one Disney character dining option, this lands in our top two choices for best character meals (Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary Resort is the other!).
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