Tusker House or Chef Mickey..Which one would you choose?

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by DisneyBliss7, Apr 9, 2013.

  1. DisneyBliss7

    DisneyBliss7 ''Wish upon a star''

    Jul 11, 2011
    I'm having a really hard time deciding if we should eat at Chef Mickey or Tusker House?!?!?! We have been to Chef Mickey twice but have never been to Tusker House....Character meal with Mickey is a must for my 2yo. Are there are more characters at Chef Mickey? He loves them all but Mickey and Goofy are his favs:) Is Mickey and Goofy a guarantee at Tusker House? I would love to try something new and we are staying at AKV and paying OP. I figured we could have a big breakfast at Tusker and since AK closes early we could do a late dinner at our resort. We are not big eaters so I know we could get away not buying too much food there that day which would save us money. I have to figure this out b/c I need to make my ADR's;)
  2. tony609

    tony609 "I've Gotta Show To Do"

    Mar 11, 2006
    We live AK breakfast. We do it once or twice each trip! It has less characters but lits of fun! It's a must do for us.
  3. bluejasmine

    bluejasmine DIS Veteran

    Mar 5, 2005
    I say since you've done CM and if your going to AK might as well try Tusker House!
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  5. jazzyscoob

    jazzyscoob Mouseketeer

    Jan 14, 2013
    I would choose Tusker House. Chef Mickey was always a must do for our family. The last time we went we all said we will never go back. We have never gone for the food but it was just gross. The floors were all stained, it reeked of vomit, the food was cold and the character interaction was not what it used to be.

    Everyone in our party loved Tusker House. The food was yummy and the kids loved marching with the instruments in the character parade. It was a nice start to our Animal Kingdom day!
  6. Mousemommy1

    Mousemommy1 DIS Veteran

    Dec 6, 2010
    We have had 3 horrendous experiences at Chef Mickey's (gluttons for punishment, I guess). Never Again.

    We have a reservation for Tusker House for our trip this month, so I am hoping that it is a better experience all around. :wizard:
  7. Disney_Princess83

    Disney_Princess83 DIS Veteran

    Feb 11, 2007
    Between the two, we would choose Tusker House. Tusker House has a better selection than Chef Mickey. They offer the usual breakfast fare but also some different options. We also like the characters in their Safari outfits. We find Tusker House has a more relaxed feel, even when it's really busy. We find Chef Mickey very loud, even when it doesn't seem that busy. Since you've done Chef Mickey, I'd recommend Tusker House.

    Chef Mickey usually has Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy and Donald.

    Tusker House usually has Donald, Daisy, Mickey and Goofy.

    No characters are guaranteed at any of the meals. They can get sick or have another commitment. However the characters at these meals are fairly "stable" and I haven't heard of Mickey being unable to attend a meal but I'm sure it happens.
  8. 3pletprincesses

    3pletprincesses DIS Veteran

    Aug 25, 2010
    I would choose TH any day over CM but that's just me. My experience at CM wasn't the greatest and I find the food selection at TH breakfast to be better.
  9. donaldlovesdaisy

    donaldlovesdaisy DIS Veteran

    May 14, 2012
    Another family here who gave Chef Mickeys three tries and each was more awful then the first! We have never been to TH but it can't be any worse then CM!
  10. amomma23

    amomma23 DIS Veteran

    Apr 24, 2012
    Another vote for TH. It's our favorite.:)
  11. sabcook

    sabcook Mouseketeer

    Aug 7, 2012
    Tusker House over CM, all day long. Better atmosphere, better food (by far), cleaner, quieter.....I could go on for awhile but those are the biggies for us.
  12. NoSoup4U

    NoSoup4U I am Art Vandelay

    Mar 31, 2013
    I agree. Plus I think the food at Tusker is far better than CM. :thumbsup2
  13. wiigirl

    wiigirl DIS Veteran

    Oct 29, 2012
    Tusker House. :thumbsup2
  14. DisneyBliss7

    DisneyBliss7 ''Wish upon a star''

    Jul 11, 2011
    I think it's settled then;) Tusker House!! So excited:banana:
  15. kgsmith

    kgsmith DIS Veteran

    Aug 12, 2010
    Tusker House!

    Jambo juice -- Yum!
  16. deakam

    deakam DIS Veteran

    Mar 7, 2011
    I would go with Tusker House for reasons other than the food. By getting an early breakfast reservation you can be in the park early and get the Safari in early when the animals are most active. And then head over to Everest for more than one walk on ride of our fave roller coaster.

    I have eaten at Tusker House and really enjoy the food. They also offer a photo package that is quite expensive but is included on the photopass +. Go with Tusker House and enjoy!
  17. TheUltimateParkHoppr

    TheUltimateParkHoppr Earning My Ears

    Apr 24, 2010
    Tusker house all the way!!! The food is better and i felt that there was more interaction with the characters.
  18. cmh314

    cmh314 Mouseketeer

    Nov 9, 2009
    Another vote for Tusker house! Food and service were great. Kids loved the characters there and they did a fun little parade at one point with the kids. I was very disappointed in our Chef Mickey breakfast and woudn't go back. When we ate at Tusker House we did an 8am reservation to enter the park early and get a few photos, ate breakfast and headed to the Safari at park opening and walked right on.
  19. katt789

    katt789 DIS Veteran

    Mar 14, 2010
    I have yet to eat at Chef Mickeys, but I absolutely love Tusker House. It's got more "flair" in it's dishes, especially for the lunch buffet! Yum! Plus it's a way to try something new!

    At Tusker I have found the following characters: Donald (outside) with Mickey, Goofy, Daisy, and sometimes we had Minnie inside as well. Characters are never guaranteed at meals, and always subject to change, but Mickey is a pretty safe bet.
  20. jmmiller

    jmmiller Mouseketeer

    Oct 17, 2010
    I think you see that everyone loves Tusker House. It's my personal favorite. The buffet is more adult that CM bc there are more interesting dishes to choose from that just your eggs, bacon, and Mickey-shaped waffles. The jungle juice is delicious. If you make your brkfst reservations before the park opens, you get to go in the park before everyone else. Upon entering, you will get your pic taken with Donald and the pics are available for purchase. The characters when we went were Mickey, Goofy, Daisy, with Donald, of course, outside. They're all in their safari outfits and the ambience is great! Enjoy your trip.
  21. Maleficent Dragon

    Maleficent Dragon Member Since 2004; lost previous login.

    Mar 9, 2013
    Tusker House is a great breakfast. It is horrible for lunch, though.

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