One of my favorite restaurants at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom is Tusker House. This restaurant is a character-dining experience located near the Kilamanjaro Safari in Africa.

Disney’s Tusker House

Tusker House is a character-buffet with African-flavored food. I enjoy being able to sample all of the different flavors available on the buffet. They are open for all three meals, and we will frequently go at the end of breakfast so we can taste both breakfast and lunch offerings.

Vegan and Gluten-free Options

I am both vegan and gluten-free, and the buffet offers a lot of options for me. For those who request it, the chef will come out and show you what is available to eat. Some of my favorite options are the potatoes and plantains. I could eat them all day long!


If there is something that you would like, but contains an allergen, the chef can frequently prepare it separately in the back. Because the tofu on the buffet is cooked in a shared-fryer, it is not gluten-free. But the chefs have always been able to make a separate batch in a pan for me. The flavors on the tofu are perfect, and it pairs well with squash and zucchini.


The Characters

The characters at Tusker House are Goofy, Donald, Mickey, and Daisy, all dressed up in their Safari outfits. They come around to your table for pictures, autographs, and hugs. Unfortunately, my camera was being wonky, so I did not get very good photos 🙁




Have you eaten at Tusker House?
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