Visited June 16th, 2016 (Updated April 2019)
Food: Boma – Flavors of Africa is a tough one to rate as it really depends what buffets you have eaten at Walt Disney World prior to Boma. I’m going to be as fair-minded as possible without other experiences impacting the rating. However, if you have been to Chef Mickey’s or Crystal Palace before experiencing Boma, then you may have a certain level of expectations for buffets at Walt Disney World. On the other hand, if you have been to a dining experience such as the Tusker House or even possibly Cape May then your expectations may be different. Boma is NOT your typical buffet. It is a dining experience with a menus comparable to some of the best dining locations in Disney World offered in a buffet. It’s not that any of the aforementioned experiences are bad, I love them all but some of the options available on the Boma buffet are real pallet pleasers, some that you may never experience in your life. When Boma advertises the “flavors of Africa” they really nail bringing flavors from another place on earth to Walt Disney World.
If you have the opportunity, I really recommend checking out their menu, just to get an idea of what I’m talking about. A quick side note, anything I speak to may or may not be on their buffet rotation at a given time. The good news is whatever they offer, it is worth trying and then coming back in the future and hoping to experience something different.
Their salads alone are a completely new experience. The Apple Jicama and Avocado, Grapefruit, and Papaya Salads are beautiful and delicious. I personally enjoy matching my salad to my entrees and sides at a buffet. Picking a sweet salad with their Spice-crusted Beef Sirloin or Whole Roasted Salmon was a great match. If I could really tout any part of their buffet, it would have been their proteins. They are incredibly good! Boma offers salmon, ribs, turkey, and sirloin just a name a few and if you’re adventurous, the Pap and Chakalaka or Fufu are also very good options.
I want to speak lastly on the dessert just because most people immediately talk exclusively about Zebra Domes, which are good and available for a Snack credit in packs of four, but Boma offers much more than Zebra Domes. Boma offers Key Lime Cheesecake (which is amazing), Guava Panna Cotta, and for the savory folks, Apple Cobbler which is also very good.
Atmosphere: Before you step through Boma’s doors, you are instantly transported to the sites and sounds of Africa. Animal Kingdom Lodge is simply beautiful and the theme follows you into Boma. There are no views of the Savannah like Sanaa (which is remarkable overlooked dining experience from what I have read) but you are surrounded with views of the resort grounds vegetation, flora, and small springs. The dining room itself feels like an African market with impressive roofs and covers in addition to pottery and bamboo. The overall feel is very warm, welcoming, yet still unique.
Experience: Boma is an experience fitting for Disney and consistent for any of their culturally themed experiences or attractions. It’s a fairly typical experience. There are no character experiences like Chef Mickey or does an offer a view like Sanaa but you are given a higher standard of food compared to other Disney World buffet options. It’s an added bonus to also have a dessert offered as part of the buffet as popular as the Zebra Domes.
Cost: The cost at Boma’s is pretty consistent with other Disney World buffet options but I feel the food is on another level. It’s an “all you care to eat” dining experience with a unique menu and signature desserts. There is no doubt it is certainly worth its value and more if you’re looking to pay the standard Disney buffet rate.
Bottom Line: Boma is a unique dining experience with an incredible menu and a beautiful atmosphere. From their soups & salads to their desserts, there is not one course of this experience that falls below the Disney standard and there’s a good chance it will exceed your expectations.
- Food - 8/108/10
- Atmosphere - 7.5/107.5/10
- Experience - 7.5/107.5/10
- Cost - 8/108/10