Tusker House originally opened April 22, 1998 in the Africa section of Disney's Animal Kingdom. Although the restaurant originally opened as a counter service location , in 2007 it closed for refurbishment . When Tusker House reopened in November 2007, it had changed formats to buffet dining . Furthermore, following the refurbishment Disney began offering "Donald's Safari Breakfast", a character dining experience, for breakfast .
Over the years Disney added character dining to both lunch and dinner. On December 4, 2011, Disney introduced "Donald's Dining Safari Lunch", a new character dining lunch buffet . Finally, on December 11, 2014, Disney introduced Donald's Safari Dinner, meaning that Tusker House now featured characters at all three meals .
Tusker House is designed to look like an African marketplace. Facades for various stores can be found on the second floor of the building .
On the second floor of Tusker House, guests can see a facade for Jorodi Masks & Beads, a store that specializes in earrings. This is a reference to Imagineer Joe Rohde and the large earring he wears .