Boma Breakfast: A feast at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Breakfast at Boma!

Fresh-baked goods at Boma

Fresh-baked goods at Boma

While on our last adventure, we came across one restaurant in particular that gave us more than just your everyday breakfast buffet. Located in the Animal Kingdom Lodge, Boma – Flavors of Africa is a unique restaurant with an African flair that keeps customers coming back for more than seconds.

Boma Breakfast Buffet

Boma Breakfast Buffet

Located downstairs in the beautiful atmosphere of the hotel, you can already tell that Boma is something special when you walk in. The walls and ceilings are decorated with beautiful paintings and sculptures that really do provide an African feel to your meal. When you’re seated, you’re offered standard breakfast beverage fare, but you also have the opportunity to try authentic Kenyan coffee, or the refreshing house juice made of guava, passion fruit, and mango that is unique to Boma.

When you walk up to the numerous buffet tables that stretch across the back of the restaurant, you’ll notice something that this is no ordinary buffet. Though Boma does offer different cereals, pastries, breakfast meats, eggs, potatoes, and other usual breakfast foods, Boma’s African flair makes the offered foods very unique. You can try dishes such as Scrambled Eggs with Goat Cheese, Quinoa with special African Seasoning, and many other dishes you couldn’t try anywhere else. One popular dish is the Corn Beef Bobotie, an African-inspired quiche dish that has a kick to it. To top it off, you can even add made-to-order omelets and freshly carved meats to your plate, or should I say, plates.

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There are so many different options and combinations of food to try, and you’ll definitely be eating for a while. As you eat, the ambiance of the restaurant is kicked up a notch when dancers in African garb will parade around the tables, playing African drums to liven the restaurant. Your meal becomes more than just a meal, it becomes an experience! Though we only got to experience breakfast, we are confident that Boma provides the same  African twist on its lunch and dinner buffets too!

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It’s safe to say that we will definitely be returning to Boma, as our breakfast was both memorable and delicious! This restaurant is definitely worth checking out the next time you and some hungry family and friends are looking for an excellent breakfast that Disney Dining truly offers!

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Disney’s Polynesian Resort – Review

If you’re looking for a great on-property resort for your stay at Walt Disney World, and a deluxe resort is within your budget, you should definitely check out (and check-in to) Disney’s Polynesian Resort.

Disney Polynesian Resort
Disney Polynesian Resort

The Polynesian is one of Disney’s original resort hotels (the other is the Contemporary resort) that have been around since the opening of the Magic Kingdom theme park way back in 1971. It is one of four Disney resorts offering monorail transportation to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot theme parks, which is a great convenience for guests during their stay. Disney’s Grand Floridian, Contemporary Resort, and Bay Lake Tower offer a similar convenience.

Evening at the Polynesian

Evening at the Polynesian

The Polynesian resort consists of several separate buildings with names like ‘Tahiti’, ‘Hawaii’, ‘Samoa’, and ‘Tokelau’, authentically presented with ‘island flair’, a couple of pools (including one with a giant volcano and water slide), and a variety of restaurants and gift shops to explore and enjoy. The lush tropical grounds feature two pools, and can be traversed using a variety of winding pathways through the gorgeous tropical foliage. There are several small waterfalls and creeks dotting the landscape which provide a truly immersive experience for you to enjoy.

The centerpiece of the resort is the Great Ceremonial House which is the lobby of the resort and contains the resort’s restaurants and gift shops. It is also home to a very nice little arcade for the videogame buffs in the family.

Waterfall at Disney's Polynesian Resort

Waterfall at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

The Polynesian’s three restaurants are ‘Ohana, Captain Cook’s, and Kona Café. ‘Ohana features a delicious family-style all-you-can-eat feast of skewers and skewers of beef, chicken, pork, and shrimp cooked over an open wood burning grill and topped off with a variety of delicious side dishes. (See full review here.) There is also a character breakfast available each morning at ‘Ohana featuring Mickey and Pluto. Captain Cook’s is a quick-service restaurant offering both standard American dishes and authentic Polynesian offerings throughout the day, and Kona Café is a sit-down dining experience offering dishes such as Tonga Toast and Macadamia Pineapple Pancakes for breakfast, Big Island Tacos and an Island Chicken Sandwich for lunch, and Grilled Lamb Chops and Togarashi Spiced Ahi Tuna for dinner.

Wishes fireworks from a balcony at Polynesian

Wishes fireworks from a balcony at Polynesian

The resort has a beautiful beach on the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon and looking out toward the Magic Kingdom and Cinderella Castle towering in the distance. There are nightly movies on the beach as well as an Electrical Water Pageant light show in the lagoon each evening. Unfortunately, the beach is only for ‘looks’. You cannot swim in the Seven Seas Lagoon.

Each evening you can enjoy the “Wishes” fireworks extravaganza from the beach or from the comfort of your balcony if you’ve upgraded to a room with a ‘Theme Park view’. If you want to get fully immersed in the tastes, sights, and sounds of the islands, you can also check out the Spirit of Aloha dinner show and luau occurring twice each evening. The luau requires a separate ticket (which includes dinner) which runs about $60-$75 depending on where you sit, but it’s a pretty cool event if you’re willing to invest the time and money.

Room rates at Disney’s Polynesian resort range from $475-$1,063 during the value season, up to $748 – $1,554 during Disney’s peak seasons.

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Check out ‘OHana at Disney’s Polynesian Resort

Dinner at ‘Ohana

For a delicious all-you-can-eat family style feast with a distinct, unique flavor of the islands, check out O’Hana at Disney’s Polynesian resort. O’Hana is located on the 2nd floor of the main building at the Polynesian known as the Great Ceremonial House. If you’re planning to dine here, you’ll definitely want to have a reservation. Although you are able to put your name in for a table without a reservation, O’Hana is booked solid pretty much every night. If you go the ‘walk-in’ route, you’ll likely wait a long time to be seated. Not that it won’t be worth the wait. The food at ‘Ohana is delicious and will be certainly worth your time. Still, be sure to make reservations well in advance- just to be safe.

We visited ‘Ohana for dinner on the first day of our stay at Disney’s Polynesian resort. As we were shown to our table, we walked directly past the giant half-round wood-burning grill where all the action takes place. The sights and scents of skewers of fresh grilled meats and seafood was enough to get our mouths watering for sure!

The meal began with delightfully fresh loaves of homemade ‘Ohana Welcome Bread, followed by a mixed greens salad topped with their delicious Lilikoi house dressing. That was followed by a plate of appetizers- Pork Dumplings with Sweet-n-Sour sauce, and Honey-Coriander Chicken Wings.

Grill at 'Ohana

Grill at ‘Ohana

Next up came a delicious noodle dish with stir-fried vegetables tossed in a Teriyaki sauce. Things heated up quickly from there with the arrival of skewers and skewers of delicious beef, chicken, pork, and shrimp cooked over the open fire wood burning grill and accompanied by both Peanut and Sweet-n-Sour Sauces. Awesome! The servers seemed to time everything just right, giving each guest a few pieces of meet at a time, just as we finished the previous portion. Each tasty morsel seemed to melt in your mouth with the juices exploding in a burst of flavor.

Dessert at 'Ohana

Dessert at ‘Ohana

The hot towels brought to the table for each guest were a nice touch. The tasty sweet and sour and peanut dipping sauces brought for the meat made these towels a necessity.

The meal was topped off with a delicious concoction of ‘Ohana’s own delicious bread putting dessert. We left ‘Ohana about an hour after we arrived feeling completely stuffed and satisfied, and about $250 lighter in the wallet. Dinner with tax and tip will run you about $50/per person. Certainly not cheap, but definitely an experience well worth it!

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