Boma Dinner is as Wonderful as We Remember

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With the return of buffets to Walt Disney World comes the return of one of its most popular resort buffet experiences: Boma – Flavors of Africa.

Located on the first floor of Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Jambo House, Boma offers all-you-can-eat African-inspired dishes, along with a few American classics, and the resort’s signature Zebra Dome desserts!

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Guests can then walk off their dinner by strolling around Jambo House and taking in views of the animals just outside.

What You Need to Know

Boma is open for both breakfast and dinner. Breakfast runs from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and is priced at $29 per adult and $17 per child. The dinner buffet is served from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for $49 per adult and $29 per child. However, prices don’t include tax or tips. Fortunately, Annual Passholder and Disney Visa Cardholder discounts are available!

Even though most former Disney World buffets reopened with family-style service, it’s important to note that Boma is still a traditional buffet which is something to be aware of in our current global situation.

Now Boma’s dining room is intended to resemble a marketplace with stacks of pottery, patterned fabrics, thatched ceilings, and colorful lanterns. Even though the cuisine is exotic, Boma can be a popular spot with families and can get a little loud when little ones are present.

Advance Dining Reservations are encouraged and can be made on the My Disney Experience app; but if you’re already within that 60-day window, consider using the free TouringPlans Reservation Finder.

Upon its reopening, we dropped by for dinner to see if it’s as delicious as we remembered. (Spoiler Alert: It was!)

The Buffet

We found SO many good dishes on this buffet, but the standout meat dish has to be the Spiced Pork Ribs with Tamarind-Honey Barbecue Sauce.

This is a new recipe- they’re slow-roasted for 3 hours and you can taste it in every bite. Zero liquid smoke, folks. Just pork, spices, a sprinkle of sweetness, and a whole lot of love.

We also found more than 10 substantial Plant-Based offerings! Our favorite was the Harira- the spiced Moroccan lentils and beans! Even though we’re certified carnivores,  we got 2 servings of this hearty, delicious dish.

The flavors are deep & the careful prep is evident. No quick stew here- this dish is obviously a slow simmer with layers and layers of spices & flavors. We can’t say enough good things. Don’t skip this one.

Here’s some of the other items you might find, but remember that the daily items on the buffet can change on the whim of the chef.

Sweet corn pudding with spinach and chakalaka jam.
Olive oil herb-crusted potatoes.
Senegalase salmon with yassa sauce
Bobotie and Durban-style roasted chicken
Macaroni and cheese, pasta and sauce, chicken tenders
Carrots, corn and peas and pasta with marinara and meatballs

 

Spiced green beans, peanut rice

A variety of soups
Cold salads
Cold salads

 

Fruits and fruit salads
Bread pudding with vanilla sauce
Cookies and cupcakes
Zebra domes and other desserts

The Service

The team at Boma is solid. Four of the CMs have been there since opening in 2001 (shout out to Paul!) and they all take obvious pride in their work. They love what they do and they sure came back like they had something to prove.

Final Thoughts

While some of Disney World’s reopened restaurants have offered very different menus or less than stellar returns, Boma is the exception. It’s everything we wanted back and is relatively the same as it was before the closure. We LOVED every second of this meal and will be back often. See you there!

Are you a fan of Boma – The Flavors of Africa? Let us know in the comments!

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Savannah Sanders

Savannah has been visiting Disney World since she was a year old and has gone back almost every year since. In the real world, she teaches high school history and government and enjoys writing about all things Disney. Savannah can be reached on Twitter @DisneyParkSavvy.

5 thoughts on “Boma Dinner is as Wonderful as We Remember

  • August 31, 2021 at 10:47 am
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    Thanks for the review! How is the mask policy inside the restaurant with the buffet lines? Do guests wear masks in the buffet line and remove once back at their table?

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  • August 31, 2021 at 4:11 pm
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    I’m so excited. We have booked a dinner and a breakfast for our upcoming visit.

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  • September 1, 2021 at 3:00 pm
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    Oops! You accidentally typed that breakfast is served until 11pm.

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  • September 3, 2021 at 9:53 am
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    We love Boma! So glad to hear that it’s the same wonderful experience. Probably won’t do tons of dining when we go this Christmas, but I’m thinking both a breakfast and a dinner at Boma sound necessary.

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