Few Disney restaurants get as much positive buzz as Boma, the Animal Kingdom Lodge’s African-inspired buffet. Although Boma is a hot ticket, because there are no characters present it is often possible to get reservations for either brunch or dinner on short notice. That said, larger groups or those with little flexibility should lock in their reservation a month or so out.
Getting to AKL can be complicated for those relying on Disney transportation. The easiest method is to take a bus to the Animal Kingdom and then one from there to the lodge.
Current non-holiday buffet pricing is $39.40 for adults, $19.16 for children.
Boma has a vibrant marketplace feel, with thatched pieces of “roofing” hanging overhead and warm colors throughout. The hustle and bustle of patrons of coming and going to get food means this isn’t exactly a peaceful dining experience. However, the tables are sectioned off by pillars and gates, giving Boma more of a cozy, intimate feel than it might otherwise have.
While Boma advertises a “pod” serving system, this is ultimately still a standard buffet line with stations containing related food items. The breaks in between the stations do make it easier for visitors to sneak in and grab a little of this or that. This worked out well for us, as we would send one adult up to create a shareable sampler platter for each course.
Food quality is very good for a buffet, as well as for Disney World. I could easily have made a meal out of the soups, salads, and dips. Each of the three types of hummus was delicious, particularly the roasted red pepper variety. The accompanying bread was fresh, plentiful, and available in several varieties. I loved the ham and bean soup as well as several veggie-based varieties. The tangy tomato salad loaded with feta cheese was another favorite which merited a second helping.
As for heartier options, we could not stop eating the perfectly cooked carved prime rib, which came with an array of spice and sauce options including a delicious creamy horseradish. Mr_chelledun loved the fufu (potato paste with cinnamon) as an accompaniment, while I preferred the spicy “potatoes with Afritude”. We also sampled the Bobotie, which is essentially a meaty African bread pudding. Salmon and chicken based-dishes were also available.
Like most buffets, Boma’s desserts were the least compelling part of the meal. I personally ate a bland cookie or two and then went back to the hummus! That said, if you re a coffee lover (I’m not), the zebra domes do receive rave reviews.
The service we received at Boma was passable if not overly personal. Used plates were promptly cleared and our glasses were always full.
Overall . . .
While I can’t vouch for the authenticity of the African-inspired food, this buffet at least provides a welcome change of pace from hot dogs and burgers. In short, the rave reviews of Boma are justified, because this place is delicious!
Read all 12 Reviews
Write a Review
Kid Friendliness: Yes
Vegetarian Friendly: Yes
Notes, Tips or Menu Recommendations Anything on the soups/salads/dips table, carving station meats.
Best Suited For: Kids and Families