Come on down to the wild side at Animal Kingdom Lodge and enjoy an allergy friendly meal at Boma!
See what’s changed at Boma and why it’s still a favorite buffet since reopening after the shutdown!
This was our first time here but Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of our favorites (Sanaa used to be our jam back in the day!) and we love coming here on lazy days and watching the animals walk around.
Animal kingdom is one of our preferred parks, but there’s something so easy about AKL, especially the food! While they have a quick serve (the Mara–which has some great eats!) what they’re known for is their buffet.
Apparently (and I’m not one to dispute a kind and caring waiter) Boma was ranked as the best breakfast option in Disney World! Maybe I should follow the regular food channels more and not get caught up in the allergy eats 🤨🤪
So let’s look at what we ate, what the options were, and if this is really the number 1 spot they claim it is!
***As Always, please speak to a qualified restaurant employee when ordering food. In order to see the most accurate ingredients and risk assessment, you will need to confirm allergy safety in real-time. This is my personal experience, I am not employed or endorsed by companies or brands mentioned.***
Our Boma experience
Reservations are encouraged, but we walked up and were seated within 20 minutes. They initially gave us the menu and asked about getting things off the buffet. I declined (and you should too) and asked for the chef. Our chef came out, a cheery soul named Norma.
Norma suggested some things and said it would be easier to walk the buffet. She would list things and ask if I wanted the allergy version from the back.
I was very intrigued (seems every buffet has their own handlings, from the family style at Tusker house to the miscommunication at Hollywood and Vine) and walked with her.
I was surprised to see so many options and how many things would be accommodated. Breakfast is easier, but some places are very straightforward prepackaged foods (like what we had at 1900 park fare). Others are more custom (like Ohanas which was all homemade and Erin McKennas. Nothing thawed was served).
Ok let’s talk about the food! (Gluten free, dairy free, soy free, peanut/treenut free, shellfish/fish free)
Here’s the Boma breakfast spread–very typical stuff from the allergy friendly side. Waffles and muffins and donuts that you’ll find throughout the resort. (These waffles were quite perfect tho!)
Plus we had some specialty items like fermented watermelon rind salad and chakalaka with pap.
The chakalaka was very similar to grits and I quite enjoyed it.
the fermented watermelon rind salad was an acquired taste… I was expecting kombucha and instead got… something else!
The muffins and donuts have egg–but they had egg free options that had wheat in them. They also had dairy free/egg free options like yogurt and butter. Plus they had an assortment of vegan pastries that had wheat.
But what stole the show was this dessert! SO good! It was top 7 free–it has coconut. It’s a chocolate shell with So Delicious whipped cream topped with a mango sauce. Plus it’s Mickey shaped.
I can easily see why this restaurant gets high ratings. It’s a great price for the selection, the vibe is easy going and relaxed and it’s very themed–this is a fun 1-1 breakfast for a mixed allergy family!