Buffets are back at Walt Disney World and Boma is as good as ever

Aug 20, 2021 in "Boma - Flavors of Africa"

Boma reopening August 20 2021
Posted: Friday August 20, 2021 11:11am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge welcomed guests back to Boma today as the first Walt Disney World restaurant to return to buffet service since the COVID shutdown.

The great news is that Boma is serving breakfast and dinner in full self-service buffet style, and not family-style plated offerings that we have seen at other former buffets. Watch the video below for a quick look at Boma from this morning.

The setup is almost identical to the original, with a few minor adjustments that we think actually make things better than before.

At the omelet station, instead of placing an order and waiting for it to be cooked, the omelet chef is constantly producing three different varieties and placing them on the buffet for a grab and go. They are still fresh out of the pan, but without the queue and the wait.

Parfaits and fruit salads also get a similar treatment, with those items set up in dishes ready to pick up and go.

The ham carving station is back as before, as the vast majority of the other items on the hot and cold menu.

Since reopening, one of the only notable omissions is the Pog or Jungle Juice that both Boma and 'Ohana served for many years. Apparently, the product is no longer produced by Coca-Cola, so the standard beverage choice now is orange juice and coffee.

The restaurant is currently operating at around 50% capacity on its first day, with plenty of spacing between seated groups. Guests are wearing masks when moving from the table to the buffet, and all servers are masked.

Hand sanitizer stations are available around the buffet stations.

It is excellent to see Boma return in its original format and delivering great food and service. The Cast Members throughout the restaurant were excited to be back and providing a great experience.

Boma has always been a highly rated location for breakfast and dinner, and it seems fitting that it is the first buffet to return. And talking about dinner, our breakfast server today told us that dinner is also resuming essentially unchanged from before, with just a few modifications with some pre-plated items for grab and go.

Other former buffets are expected to revert to buffets from their reopening family-style soon. We understand the next buffet is likely to be Crystal Palace in September.

Click the gallery to see more pictures of breakfast at Boma.

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SirwalterraleighSep 18, 2022

They’ve been that way since day 1. Quite tasty…I was in boma and jiko prior to opening

Figments FriendSep 18, 2022

Dined at BOMA last week.....excellent as always. This time i noticed they had a small sign above the dessert area noting that the famous 'Zebra Domes' may contain alcohol. Never knew this....is this why they taste so good..? ;) -

WDWmazprtySep 12, 2022

Ohana was my favorite restaurant from before. I haven't been back since 2018. I'm planning on going back to Disney next year and definitely want to go again.

DfromATXJun 08, 2022

OK, thanks. That doesn't sound too good. One of the reasons we stopped going was because we thought it was going downhill, but then after we skipped it, we missed it lol. I think 2016 was the last time we ate there. We booked a January trip and are bringing 2 first timers, who we want to show a good time, so we thought it might be nice to go again.

TrojanUSCJun 08, 2022

Well since this post they've reverted it back to what it was quite a bit. That said, I don't think it's quite what it once was - as they still cut corners in a lot of places (the chicken is cheap fatty chicken on the bone, the vegetables are gone in lieu of broccolini nobody eats, the shrimp is mush, etc). That said the wings, potstickers, noodles and steak are all very good.

DfromATXJun 08, 2022

Is 'Ohana not as good anymore since they changed it? It used to be our regular place, but I haven't been in a long time. Was thinking of going there for our next trip.

rshell68Jun 03, 2022

Thank you both!! We've stayed at AKL a handful of times but I guess we've only eaten at the Mara when needed.

Indy_UKJun 03, 2022

Only Sanna does I believe

TuvaluJun 03, 2022


rshell68Jun 03, 2022

I've tried looking for/at pics....does Boma overlook Savannah at all??

LittleMermanMay 24, 2022

I've been for breakfast and dinner. Breakfast was just okay - I was expecting there to be more unique options and they only really had a few. I wouldn't call it delicious. Dinner was great! The food was genuinely good and our service was great. The restaurant was so crowded and loud so it wasn't the best dining experience but the food itself was good.

LilofanMay 21, 2022

I've eaten at Boma. We've wrapped some desserts off of the buffet and put in in one's pocketbook.

CaptainAmericaMay 21, 2022

The criminal.

jaklgreenMay 21, 2022

Restaurants know that people do this and build it into their pricing. It is not an issue unless you are getting ridiculous. Like, you can't bring in a bag full of Tupperware and load up on a full meal. But as someone who has worked in food for decades, most places really don't care if you take a banana or two.