Boma, located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, is one of the most overlooked restaurants at Walt Disney World. Regardless of the perception that its location is out of the way, or that the fare won’t please picky eaters, this restaurant has quickly become one of my favorites and I really do believe that it’s worth a trip over to the lodge to dine here.
6. Easy to Get a Table
For whatever reason that I don’t quite understand, Boma is one of those restaurants where it’s typically pretty easy to get a table. Even if you don’t have reservations already made months in advance, I’ve had plenty of luck walking up and getting a table here with little to no wait. I’m sure during certain times of the year a reservation is a must, but it’s always nice to find that one of my favorite restaurants in Disney can be so accommodating if I decide to vacation with making advanced dining reservations.
One of the coolest things about Boma, or about Animal Kingdom Lodge in general, is that you can meet cultural representatives from countries all over the African continent who direct programs at the lodge, and can teach you a little bit about where they’re from before and during your meal. I can’t think of any other restaurants in Disney, or elsewhere, where you can get a valuable history lesson while dining at one of your favorite places to eat.
4. Attention to Detail
Another way you can get a little history lesson by visiting Boma is from paying close attention to the décor in the restaurant. The thatched roofs, shield-like shades, and designs of everything from the wall décor to the tables and chairs are all based on actual styles from Africa. The staff at the lodge occasionally does tours in which the meaning behind the details found in the design of Boma are explained, however if you can’t make it on one of the tours, any of the cultural representatives stationed in or near the restaurant will be happy to answer any questions you have.
Boma is conveniently located at one of my favorite resorts. One of the nice things about dining at Animal Kingdom Lodge when you’re not a guest at that resort is that there is a lot to do at the hotel, so you can easily spend a couple of hours there before or after your meal. The lobby at the resort houses exhibit cases with artifacts from Africa in them, and the resort also offers extra events like tours, jewelry making, and pin trading just to name a few. And, the gift shop at Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of my favorite out of all the resorts at Walt Disney World.
2. Lots of Options
Because Boma is a buffet, there are tons of different items to choose from, which not only makes it easy to please the picky eaters in your family, but it also allows the more adventurous eaters to get a taste of a bunch of different things. While most buffets tend to stick to a couple of the more popular options, Boma boasts a wide variety of every kind food available, and even features variety in the dessert bar, as well as toppings, sauces, soups, and salads.
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1. Unique Food
For most Disney guests, the opportunity to dine at an African restaurant will really only come while going to Animal Kingdom Lodge. While I have occasionally seen some other restaurants serve “African” dishes, they lack the authenticity that Boma has, and really seems more like Mediterranean food with a slight African twist. The thing that I love most about Boma then, is the unique food. I could honestly live on Pap, a cornmeal dish which I have yet to see anywhere besides Boma (or Food and Wine Festival), and I would love to know how to make some of the dry rubs used on the meats at Boma in my own home. While I don’t believe many of the desserts at Boma are authentically African, it’s definitely also worth stopping by this restaurant for the zebra domes, that can only be found in Walt Disney World at Animal Kingdom Lodge. (If it doesn’t look like you’ll have time to visit Boma, the Mara, the lodge’s quick service location, also stocks zebra domes in the grab and go section.)