Day 12 – The Lion Sleeps Tonight | Part 2 | Dine Around Disney 2014

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Animal Kingdom; Tusker House (Character Lunch); Jiko – The Cooking Place (Signature Dining)

Dine Around Disney 2014 Trip Report Index! (And here is the Pre-Trip Report!)
All the photos for this day are on my Flickr. Full Florida 2014 collection of photos here!


August 25th, 2014 …Continued from Part 1…

We walked off the ride and found a Wilderness Explorers stop and received our badge sticker :D We are such big kids!

Wilderness Explorers Badge Station at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Our Advance Dining Reservation (ADR) time slot was approaching, so we walked to Tusker House to check-in. By now the sun was blazing down and it was hot, hot, HOT! Thankfully there were dispensers with ice cold water to help yourself to which was a welcome relief.

Tusker House at Disney's Animal Kingdom

As a family we love Tusker House and have been a few times for breakfast – but never for lunch. Instead of a photo outside with Donald Duck (as we have had in the past) it was just the three of us. Donald was inside going meet and greets at the tables with the other characters which are Mickey, Daisy and Goofy. I love how the characters here are all dressed in safari gear!

Us at Tusker House - Animal Kingdom

We had to wait quite a while for our table, which did panic us somewhat as we had FastPass+ for Festival of the Lion King and didn’t want to miss it! We were shown to our table which was in another part of the restaurant that we haven’t been to before, which made a nice changed, and Donald and Daisy were already doing the rounds.

We waited to meet them first before going and grabbing some lunch from the all-you-care-to-eat buffet.

The food at Tusker House is African and American, and has a great selection. I like that the buffet area here is very spaced out so that it doesn’t feel crowded when there are lots of people helping themselves to food.

There was so much choice, and I even took photos of the signs describing everything so that I could retell it to you! Parts of the buffet were running low and a bit messy, which is a shame, but I do find that to be fairly common across the board at Disney buffet restaurants.

When it comes to the Deluxe Disney Dining Plan at a buffet restaurant, you are entitled to one full buffet and one non-alcoholic beverage (usually refillable) for one credit per person.

I’m going to list what was on the buffet (from the signs that I took photos of!) to give you some idea of what sort of food they serve for lunch at Tusker House…

Whole Grain Breads and Rrolls ~ Lavosh ~ Mealie Cornbread ~ Corn Bread and Pita Bread.

South African Preserves ~ Blatjangs ~ Sambals ~ Chutney ~ Hummus ~ Taboulleh ~ Smoked Salmon Dip

Lunch at Tusker House - Animal Kingdom

Mixed Greens ~ Ranch Dressing ~ Italian Dressing ~ Coconut Curry Vinaigrette ~ Garam Masala Vinaigrette ~ Parmesan Cheese ~ Olives ~ Bacon ~ Broccoli ~ Cucumber ~ Tomato.

Shrimp & Quinoa Salad with Cinnamon Vinaigrette ~ Tossed Caesar Salad ~ Seasonal Fruit Salad.

Watermelon & Feta Salad ~ Tomato & Cucumber Salad with Mint Yoghurt Dressing ~ Toasted Couscous Salad ~ Chickpea Salad.

Lunch at Tusker House - Animal Kingdom

Cape Malay Curry Chicken ~ Orzo Pasta ~ Basmati Rice with Lemon, Cinnamon, and Cardamom ~ Seafood Stew with Tamarind BBQ Sauce.

Sweet Plantains ~ Pearl Couscous with Sweet Basil ~ Curried Rice with Golden Raisins ~ Spice Vegetable Tofu.

Sliced Turkey & Ham ~ American & Swiss Cheese ~ Mayonnaise ~ Yellow Mustard ~ Pickles ~ Strawberry Yoghurt ~ Grapes ~ Apple Sauce

Saffron-infused Root Vegetables and Cabbage ~ Peri-Peri Marinated Baked Salmon

Spit-Roasted Chicken ~ Samosa ~ Mango Chutney

Jollaf Rice ~ oven-Roasted Red Skin Potatoes with Rosemary ~ Garlic Mashed Potatoes ~ Brown Gravy ~ Sautéed Green Beans

Corn and Carrot Medley ~ Corn Dog Nuggets ~ Macaroni & Cheese ~ Ketchup

Berbere-Rubbed Beef Sirloin ~ Roasted Pork Loin with Kenyan Coffee BBQ Sauce ~ Horseradish Cream Sauce ~ Sweet & Hot Mustard Sauce.

The only problem with a buffet this varied, is deciding what to have! As usual, we try a little bit of many things!

Lunch at Tusker House - Animal Kingdom

The characters continued to do the rounds and we soon met Goofy and Mickey.

Of course, we always have to make room for dessert of which there we several choices too…

Cherry- Apple Cobbler ~ Vanilla Sauce ~ Warm Banana-Cinnamon Bread Pudding.

Chocolate Chunk Cookie ~ Oatmeal Raisin Cookie ~ Chocolate Turtle Brownies.

Lemon Bars ~ Passion Fruit Tart ~ Pecan Chocolate Tart ~ Coconut Macaroons.

Chocolate Volcano Cake ~ Carrot Spice Cake ~ Baklava ~ Strawberry Mousse.

Desserts at Tusker House - Animal Kingdom

Desserts at Tusker House - Animal Kingdom

Lunch at Tusker House - Animal Kingdom

Lunch was a lot noisier than breakfast, and there was (of course!) lots of children running around. I’m sure that they make it clear that the characters will go from table to table, so don’t worry, you will meet them, but some parents and children didn’t get that memo and I saw Cast Members having to usher excited children away from characters when they were at other tables.

The service, was a bit slow – when you are after a drink refill, trying to catch the attention of someone was hard. But the food made up for the slow service, and we would go back for lunch again – maybe even dinner which I understand Tusker House offers now (but without the character dining)

We paid our bill and rushed over to watch Festival of the Lion King which we were just in time for on our FastPass+ time!

Tusker House (Lunch)

Bill Total: $102.21 (3 Credits) {Tip: $19.19}

DxDDP Running Totals: Bill: $3525.25 | Credits: 103/126 | Tips: $497.42

…Continued in Part 3…

 

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