OK, so I realize I wasn’t super thrilled about Boma when I wrote my original review, but if you’re a Boma fan, get ready to stick your tongue out at me and do your best “I toldja so!” dance.

Boma at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

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We had the pleasure of spending two nights at the Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas, Jambo House at the beginning of  May 2012 trip to Disney World.  Our only experience at AKL was when we embarked on a dinner at Boma in December 2008.  Well, let me just say that the resort is fantastic!!  We had a savanna view room, enjoyed the pool and even took advantage of Simba’s Cubhouse, the kids’ club at the resort.  But, this post is about food, right?  Right!!

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So, as fate would have it, to get to pur villa, we had to pass Ogun’s Fire Pit, which is this just off the main lobby.  Just behind and below the pit is Boma.  Something about the combination of the scents wafting from below and the wood in the fire pit really, really…REALLY made our mouths water.  We walked by the entire first day silent about the delicious smells, but that evening, we all came clean and thought about giving Boma another shot.  We ended up getting hot dogs and pizza from Hess.  Hahaha!!  The next day, though, we called on a whim to see if there were any reservations to be had.  As luck would have it, there was a seating for four.  We tucked the kids away at Simba’s Cubhouse (which I’ll have them review on their own…little teaser: It was only bribes of late night swimming that got them to leave!) and headed to Boma.

With the spirit of second chances, a more adventurous palate and those amazing aromas, we began our dinner…

Boma at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Pretty sure these are the amazing smells invading the walkway between the lobby and our elevator. I took this picture from our table. 🙂 Gotta love easy access.

You’ve got the basics in my original review, so this one will mostly be pictures I tried to snap (on my iPhone, so sorry about the questionable quality) between the near constant lines of people piling their plates to the height of Kilimanjaro itself.

While you can pretty much hop in anywhere on the buffet, this is where most people seemed to head first.  This is your protein stop.  Chicken, beef, pork, seafood that’s been grilled, braised, roasted, smoked…you name it.  Also, the probably authentic bobotie, which is still not my thing.  I did try it again, though…just to make sure.

Boma at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Here’s my dinner! The surprise of the night for me was that little yellowish glob on the bottom of my plate. It was a corn and spinach…something. I went back for more. Twice.

Guess I was into the desserts.  They were all delicious!!!!  I mean…delicious!  Here I had a zebra dome (Boma sweets’ claim to fame!), apricot something, two caramel cheesecakes and a bread pudding with vanilla sauce (almost as good as ‘Ohana!).


The chefs sent out this cute plate for my grandparents’ anniversary.  None of these were available on the buffet, so it was fun to try something new.  They also sent out a plate for my mom and I so we could try them, too.

Yes, yes, I take it back.  I would definitely consider Boma on my next trip, and we would definitely eat there when staying at AKL.  There you go.  I admit I was wrong.  Well, not wrong, but not totally right. 😉

Update!  We went back to Boma for breakfast, and it’s entirely possible that it’s even better than dinner!  This buffet is now 100% on our repeat list.

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Boma Breakfast

Birthday treats!

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