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|Last Review Posted by Disneytraveler - posted products and: Mon March 7, 2011 9:18pm||[ Post a Review ]|
My wife and our children (2 and 4) had the character breakfast here on 3/3/11. The Tusker House is one of our favorite restaurants in the WDW parks, but the character experience left much to be desired.
The breakfast is buffet style and very good. There is a good mix of both traditional Disney breakfast fare and African and Asian type cuisine. The breakfast is more varied in food type than the dinner, so those who prefer more American type food should not be deterred. You can still get your Mickey waffles, eggs, sausage, etc., but will also have a nice selection of the African and Asian type food too.
The food is not the problem, I have posted a good review of our dinner (non-character) experience under that category. The issue is with the character appearances. First, there was a 15-20 minute delay in getting our party seated. But after the delay, you have to line-up in a fairly long queue to meet Safari Donald.
Our family was hungry and decided to skip the Donald meet-and-greet. (He doesn't have the same draw as, say, Cinderella, for our little girl). But, the meet-and-greet is built into the restaurant's seating arrangement; so you still have to wait to be seated even after skipping Donald, although a for a shorter amount of time.
Once inside you are greated very hastily by Mickey, Goofy and Daisy. As other posters mentioned, you are not greeted inside by Donald, he is strictly a entrance greeter. The characters were bunched-up. Therefore, after a waiting time to meet them, they came fast and furious with extended down-time afterwards. When I say fast it is no exageration, basically: sign the kid's book, snap a picture, try to snap two and you'll only get Mickey's tail as he's walking away.
Also, the character's escorts either did not attempt, or were unsuccesful at, keeping other people away from the characters when they were at your table. We had groups of other children coming up to them when they came to our table. Part of the point of the character dining is that they come to your tables to see you. But then again, you can't blame the kids as they probably just receive no time with Mickey and gang at their own table.
We mentioned the disappointing character experience to the manager. The response was comparable to an "I am sorry if you were offended" type apology, meaning she could care less.
Overall, love the Tusker House food, but do not recommend the character dining. In the past we have eaten at Play n' Dine, Crystal Palace, and Cinderalla Castle, all of which are better options. If you really want to see Mickey, etc., at Animal Kingdom go the Camp Mickey Greeting Trails, your time is better spent there (and it's "free").
|Product Details: "Tusker House Character Breakfast" by allears - posted products and: - Rating: 8.52|
|Last Review Posted by Disneytraveler - posted products and: Mon March 7, 2011 8:51pm||[ Post a Review ]|
Enjoyed dinner here on 3/3/11 with my spouse and two young children (2 and 4). The food, in our opinion, is some of the best available inside the WDW parks. Although served buffet style, the food quality matches that of an al a carte menu. There is a good variety with the focus primarily on African and Asian type fare with some, more limited, American and/or "generic" type food available. (For finicky eaters, e.g. our children, there is the standard mac n' cheese, mini corn dogs, pb&j, and some other choices.)
The service we experienced was fine. It is a buffet, so not much is asked from the servers except taking our drink orders and clearing old plates. The rooms themselves are a bit cavernous, and may feel relatively empty even though they are crowded. That's not really a bad thing.
One downside is that the Animal Kingdom is generally the park that closes the earliest. Although you can reserve a table up to closing (I believe), this still makes for an earlier dinner and may cut into park time. Not much you can do about that.
Overall, Tusker House dinner is recommended for those who want to experience something outside of the ordinary theme park food.
|Product Details: "Tusker House Lunch and Dinner Buffet" by allears - posted products and: - Rating: 7.84|