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Boma-Flavors of Africa is a table service restaurants located in Animal Kingdom Lodge at Disney World. This African-inspired buffet is a wonderful choice for families, even if you have some picky eaters. Keep reading to see why your family will love eating at Boma during your next Disney World vacation!
My son and I are both picky eaters, but this is one of our favorite places to eat in all of Disney World. My husband, on the other hand, is much more of an adventurous eater. This is a great choice for us because we can all find some delicious food we enjoy here.
Boma is an African-themed all-you-can-eat buffet-style restaurant.
The restaurant’s decor has a lively African feel to it. There are pillars scattered around the restaurant that appear to be made out of stacked colorful clay pots. Triangular pieces of African cloth hang loosely all across the ceiling. They look almost like sarongs.
All of it works together to create a cozy yet festive feel to the restaurant. It makes you feel like you are dining in a small African village.
You will find Boma in the Animal Kingdom Lodge inside of Jambo House.
While it seems like it is remote and a long way from the parks, it doesn’t take long to get there. You can use Disney transportation to get there. Just take an Animal Kingdom Lodge bus from any park or Disney Springs. It usually takes about 20 minutes or less to get there from any park.
The food at Boma is delicious. Most of the choices on the buffet are traditional African or Mediterranean dishes. However, there are some more basic foods that will please even the pickiest of eaters.
There are a lot of African foods on the buffet, such as mulligatawny, Ghana tomato salad, fufu, and curried lamb stew. There are also a lot of basic foods such as roasted turkey, slow roasted pork ribs, mashed potatoes and salmon. Desserts range from Kenyan coffee tarts to apple cobbler.
We have eaten here several times, and I have never had a problem finding things that I like. I always walk away full.
I like that Boma is a buffet, so I can taste food that looks interesting without fear of hating my entire meal. So, I tend to get a few new things as well as get some foods that I know I will like.
I have found some things that I loved which I would have never ordered off of a menu. I’ve also tasted some things that I wasn’t fond of. My husband, on the other hand, loves all the food here.
My son’s favorite thing to eat here are the “African noodles,” which are just penne pasta with marinara sauce. But, he thinks it is the best pasta sauce he’s ever eaten!
Unlike some of the other Disney restaurants, Boma doesn’t have any entertainment in the restaurant. There are no characters, games, or singing. And, unfortunately, you can’t see any animals from inside the restaurant.
But, eating at Boma does give you the chance to walk out the back door of Jambo House and enjoy looking at the animals on the savanna. There are zebras, giraffes, Watusi cattle, ostriches, and other animals grazing in the areas around the hotel.
Many times, there will be a cast member or two in the viewing area to answer any questions you may have about the animals. And, unlike the safari ride in Animal Kingdom, you can watch the animals here for as long as you like without all the crowds.
Disney Dining Plan/Cost
Boma is on the Disney Dining Plan. It will cost you one table service credit to eat here. Due to it being an all-you-can-eat buffet, we find that it is a good use of our dining credits.
Because I’m so picky, I hesitate to eat at an African a la carte restaurant for fear that I won’t like anything on the menu. However, at Boma, I know that I will get my fill of food, even though I may try some things that I don’t like.
If you are paying out-of-pocket, Boma will cost you around $15-35 per adult for breakfast and about $35-60 per adult for dinner. This price will include non-alcoholic drinks.
You will need to make advance reservations in order to get into Boma. To make reservations, visit Disney’s website.
Not sure if the Disney Dining Plan is right for you? Read about whether you should add it to your next trip.
Why Boma is a great choice
Boma is a great excuse to visit to Animal Kingdom Lodge. The lobby of Jambo House is jaw-dropping beautiful.
Plus, because Animal Kingdom Lodge sits on the savanna, going to Boma for dinner gives you the opportunity to walk out back and get a good view of the animals. It is the only place outside of riding Kilimanjaro Safaris to see some of them.
Additionally, the food is delicious and plentiful. It is a great use of your dining credits if you are on the dining plan because it will allow you to be a little adventurous with your dinner, while also pleasing the picky eaters in your family.
The whole experience is a great addition to your Disney World trip.
In conclusion, Boma is a great choice if your family is looking for something a little different for dinner. And you don’t have to worry about whether you will actually like African food because there is something for everyone on this buffet.
This restaurant is a great combination of good food and beautiful surroundings with a little exotic flair thrown in. I highly recommend Boma during your next Disney World vacation.
For more recommendations on Disney restaurants, see my posts on the best non-character restaurants for kids and ‘Ohana.
For help planning your Disney trip, see my step-by-step guide, the best resources for Disney planning, and quick tips for planning your trip.
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