• On Aug 3, 2017
    Gemma from Lincolnshire Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi, I've booked breakfast at Tusker House, but I'm not staying in a Disney hotel. How do I get into animal kingdom when gates aren't open at that time? Thanks

    Hi Gemma,

    Thank you so much for visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question. How fun to be having breakfast at Tusker House Restaurant! This is one of my favorite character meals, at which you can meet Donald Duck and his friends in their safari gear. I also love the combination of traditional African and American culinary offerings. Please do note that character appearances are subject to change.

    It is completely okay that you are not staying at a Walt Disney World resort hotel for this reservation. Because Tusker House Restaurant is located within Disney's Animal Kingdom Park, you will need theme park admission for this day to get to the restaurant. Simply head to Disney's Animal Kingdom Park allowing plenty of time before your reservation. I would allow at least 30 minutes from the time you would arrive at the front gate to your reservation time. You should be able to park if you are driving your own car, or you can investigate if your hotel offers a shuttle. There will be cast members at the front of the theme park, and you can let them know that you are there for Tusker House Restaurant. It is a good idea to have your dining reservation number to share with the cast members. Because they know that you have a breakfast reservation, they will be able to let you into the theme park in time for your reservation.

    I hope that this information is helpful for you, Gemma! Please do let us know if you have any further questions.
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Meet the Panelist: Mona Leigh, Maryland

I am a wife and mother who works in children's technology design and research. When I'm not at work or with my family, I'm often planning a Walt Disney World trip for my family or friends. I'm a Disney Vacation Club Member, and am excited to help you plan your Disney vacation!  Learn More About Mona Leigh

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