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Boma at Animal Kingdom
As it was our last but one night, we wanted we decided to treat ourselves to a meal with friends. After much deliberation we decided to try ‘Boma- Flavours of Africa’ at Animal Kingdom Lodge as this is so close to our villa in Kissimmee, and it was something completely different. We were advised to book ahead as both restaurants are usually busy – you can either call 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463), or book on line. You don’t have to be staying at the Disney resorts to dine at the many restaurants.
On arrival at Animal Kingdom tell the guard at the gate you have a dinner reservation, you will be asked for I. D. which can be a driver’s license or passport.
We arrived well in advance of our reservation time to make the most of our evening, exploring the hotel and having a pre dinner drink. The hotel has an African theme, with impressive wooden carvings and authentic theming. At various stations around the hotel are viewing areas with guide staff around happy to relate many interesting facts about the animals. We saw giraffe, wildebeest, gazelle and zebra. At night the ‘savannahs’ are illuminated with ‘moonlight’. If it is dark be sure to grab some night vision goggles to see the animals.
Having explored the hotel it was time for our pre dinner drink, but before this we ‘checked in’ at Boma Restaurant and were presented with our ‘alarm’ so that we would know our table was ready. We settled down at the Victoria Falls Bar and ordered some drinks – it is worth noting that alcoholic drinks are very expensive, but as this was a treat for us and our friends we were prepared for this! A couple of beverages later, and half an hour later than our reservation time our alarm began flashing and vibrating – our table was ready!
The restaurant was very busy, despite being huge, and we were shown to our table by our waiter, offered more drinks, and given an explanation of how the restaurant worked and where everything was. Unlike many buffet restaurants the various sections were spaced out in different areas.
First stop was the starters. We decided to sample the delicious looking soup. I chose the seafood gumbo, which was absolutely delicious and a meal on its own. Also on offer was a chicken corn porridge, which was not quite so nice. The salad bar included both traditional ‘western’ style salads and African, as well as seafood, pasta, couscous and a selection of dressings. By now we were already quite full, but were not going to go without trying the main meal. There was a good choice of meat – chicken, steaks, lamb as well as seafood and vegetarian dishes, with a good selection of accompaniments – mostly African style, but some plain dishes as well for the less adventurous. Children had the usual choices of chicken tenders etc. Even though by now we were bursting at the seams, the desserts were too tempting to refuse. As well as a good selection of fresh fruit there was a large display of various pastries and cakes – we all managed to sample a couple, and although very sweet, a great end to a great meal.
We had a lovely evening, and it was well worth the visit, but for anyone on a budget it would be a great place for a special treat, next time we will maybe try another resort to see what is on offer.
Author: Dawn and Alan Murray
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