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Opening Day at the Tusker House in Disney's Animial Kingdom

Jambo Everyone! I just returned from Donald's Safari Breakfast in Harambe, Africa. I am going to start with the menus and general pictures while I work on a review and more pictures from my morning adventure with Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Mickey.

The first change you will notice about Tusker House is that the entrance has been moved. The check-in podium is now next to the Dawa Bar and your host or hostess will escort you around the back of the building while explaining the story of the hotel and marketplace.

Tusker House New Entrance

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This is the Photo Op spot you pass while being escorted inside. The host or hostess gives the photographer your table number. Later, near the end of your meal, someone will come by with several photos in a lovely keepsake folder. I think there was one 5 x 7 and several smaller pictures as well as a 5 x 7 picture of Donald, Daisy, Mickey and Goofy. Cost $29.95. I am guessing that this is only done during the character breakfast but I could be wrong.

Tusker House Photo Op

The Marketplace at Tusker House is where the locals serve food and sell African items in an effort to help the poor people of Harambe Village. For the record, there is no merchandise actually for sale, it's just part of the story.

Tusker House Market Place

Tusker House Market Place

Tusker House Market Place

Tusker House Dessert Area

Tusker House Breads And Speads Tables

Tusker House Buffet Station

Tusker House Carving Station

Tusker House Carving Station

Tusker House Dessert Station

A big thank you goes out to Neil (and Goofy) for spending so much time with me. While the kitchen changed the buffet from breakfast to lunch, I was one of the only people inside. I love moments like that. Neil (and Goofy) took me through the different dinning rooms as Neil explained the exciting back story of the Tusker House. By the way, there are 4 named dining rooms School/Training Room, Marketplace, Blue Room and the Artifacts Room. These rooms will hold approximately 350 tourists who are getting ready to go on safari. There is some outdoor seating that will be used for lunch and dinner as needed.

Neil and Goofy at Tusker House

The former entry way when Tusker House was a quick service spot.

Tusker House Former Entry

Tusker House School Training Room

Tusker House School Training Room

Tusker House Market Place Room

Tusker House Artifacts Room

Connie, the cast member in the center was my server. She was fantastic!! It is not always easy waiting on me as I am running around taking pictures and asking a ton of questions. Connie was right there everytime a character stopped at my table to take a photo with my camera. As a solo dinner that is such a great Disney touch when cast members make that extra effort.

Tusker House Servers

This is a very special tribute to Joe Rohde, which has been here since the park opened. The masks and beads in "his" shop are items he personally brought back from Africa.

Joe Rohde is a Vice President with Walt Disney Imagineering and is in charge of design and development for Animal Kingdom. Joe has led conceptualization, design, and production for Animal Kingdom since its inception in 1990.

Tusker House Joe Rohde Tribute

Tusker House Joe Rohde Tribute

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

Tusker House Breakfast Offerings

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Tusker House Lunch Offerings

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