PHOTOS: Buffets Have Returned to Tusker House in Disney’s Animal Kingdom!

We’ve seen a TON of things return to Disney World over the past several months.

Tusker House

Traditional character meet-and-greets and traditional character dining has returned to many spots, and a lot of restaurants have reopened (with even more on the way!). One restaurant that returned in 2021 was Tusker House in Animal Kingdom. But it came back as a family-style meal, instead of its traditional buffet. And that’s how things stayed…until now!

Buffets are BACK at Tusker House Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom! This is a character dining spot in the Africa section of the park where you can see Donald Duck and his friends decked out in safari gear.

Since the restaurant reopened last year, the spot has been serving meals via family-style dining, as opposed to its regular buffet service. But now, the buffet is back! Let’s take a look at what they’re serving up over here.

The Buffet Has Returned!

When we went to the restaurant today, we stopped by the check-in desk…

Check-In Area

…and then made our way into the restaurant when our table was ready.

Time to Go Inside

At the table, you’ll find the drinks menu with alcoholic beverages you can buy at an additional cost.

Our Table

We were also given an autograph card.

It’s Pre-Signed!

While the food is back to buffet service, we were provided some bread (rolls and Zebra bread) and a dip at the table. That was brought to us right after the Cast Member took our drink order.

Bread and Dip

Be careful not to fill up on too much of the bread before you hit the buffet!


Quickly after we sat down, a song began to play and the characters came out to do a little dance. Then Mickey, Donald, and Goofy stopped by our table.


Seeing Mickey can put a big smile on your face, and then realizing you get to eat at a BUFFET can make you smile even bigger!

After some character fn, it was time to HIT THE BUFFET. Grab those stretchy pants because this buffet is pretty large!


If you want to start things off on the healthier side, you can hit up the salad bar, which has a few different options.

Kiddos (and kiddos at heart) also have some tasty (and simpler) options with mac & cheese, mashed potatoes, and more.


Want chicken, vegetables, and tandoori sauce? They’ve got all of that too! And (of course) there are plenty of desserts to pick from.


While the videos above show some of the items, we wanted to highlight a few more.


Did we mention there’s a lot to pick from on this buffet?

Veggies and More

It’s not over yet.

Wait…There’s More

It just keeps GOING.

Will You Try These?

And the desserts will seriously tempt anyone with a sweet tooth.

Wow, They’re So Pretty

One dessert even featured a design with the Fab 5 in their safari best.

Fab 5!

In other words, we had NO problem filling up our plate!

Ummm yeah, we’ll be going back for more

We’ll be bringing you a review of this meal soon, so make sure to stay tuned to DFB for more!

So Ready to Dig In!

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