As you may know from my past reports, I have an aversion to stage shows of any variety. Patrick had been interested in seeing Finding Nemo: The Musical again from a decent seat, so I grudgingly made a reservation for Tusker House Restaurant during that lunchtime window when they give you a ticket for priority seating at the show after you meal. He’d also arranged for us to get a backstage tour through his various puppet connections, which was pretty much the only reason I agreed to go see the show. When Patrick had to leave our vacation early, I’d convinced Jensey to go with me. But then something came up and she couldn’t go either, so off I went to AK on my own to do something that everybody else BUT me wanted to do.
There was a big line at Tusker House, and I was glad I had a reservation! Buffets are right up there with stage shows on my Not To Do list at Disney, but I figured at least this one might have some of the more interesting dishes you find at Boma on it.
Of course I started with dessert first!
I know the point of this buffet is s’posed to be the exotic African fare, but who can resist MINI-CORN DOGS?!!!
You know why else I hate buffets? Cuz you gotta label every dang photo in your trip report!!!
Here’s what I came up with for lunch—it only appears that I restrained myself in the mini corn dog department because I didn’t take a picture of the stock pot I’d filled with them!
So I guess my verdict would be “Not as good as Boma, which is not as good as Jiko.” But if you gotta do a buffet, at least this one gives you interesting choices and decent seats at the Nemo show! Plus, the décor is fun. The atmosphere is typically frenetic, though.
Off I went to find Nemo!
It was great to be able to breeze past the huge line at the show with my little seating pass. And the seats were great too—there isn’t really a center section directly in front of the stage cuz it extends out into the audience, but the reserved section is on one side of it.
As for the show, I found it predictably cheesy, but the staging, the puppets and the costumes are A-friggin-MAZING! So I guess I can recommend it just for that. The pictures are kinda blurry—hope you can figure out what’s going on…
So after the show I waited til the audience cleared out, and then the friend of Patrick’s friend of a friend came out to meet me and give me a backstage tour. I’m not s’posed to say who he is, and now, more than a year later, I don’t even remember! But he was really friendly and so kind to take the time to squire around a non-puppeteer. The bad thing about waiting this long to tell the story is that now I can’t remember any of the cool insider info I got on the tour. Mostly it was just how the puppets worked, though, so you’re not missing too much.
It was super-dark backstage, so if you thought my show pix were bad, wait til you see how bad my backstage pictures are!
So, the absolute COOLEST part of the whole tour was when my guide let me go up in the rafters where the gargantuan pelican waits for his cue and look out on the stage and the audience!