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Old 10-28-2012, 01:56 PM   #1
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Dinner at AKL

Looking to eat dinner one night at AKL

Sanaa or Boma??

Have heard rumors that there are night vision goggles or the kids to see the animals.

Is that at a specific restaurant? In the lobby/ look out point? To resort guests only?

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Old 10-28-2012, 03:37 PM   #2
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We ate at both during our last trip in June but we like Sanaa better. It is my son's (age 12) only request for our trip next year.

I don't know if there is a view at Boma but there is a view at Sanaa. We sat right by the window and it was beautiful. I don't know anything about night vision goggles, no one mentioned them. We were guest at AKL but anyone has access to the lookout points.
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Old 10-28-2012, 03:48 PM   #3
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We like Sanaa better, but the food is more adventurous. At Boma if you have picky eaters or people who are afraid of more adventurous food, at least everyone will find something to eat. Take a look at the menus at the Disney site or allears to see if everyone can find something to eat.

They do have night vision goggles. I believe you need to ask the concierge to use them. Both Jambo and Kidani have them. I also believe anyone (not just guests) can borrow them.
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We have eaten at both. we like Bomas best
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Old 10-28-2012, 04:41 PM   #5

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I've eaten at Sanaa 3 times and Boma at least 6 times.

I think the food quality and overall Dinjng experience is better at Sanaa. What you don't get there is the variety.
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Old 10-28-2012, 06:19 PM   #6
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1) Take Sanaa.
2) It is better than Boma or Jiko.

Our Ratings of Sanaa: (rev 10/9/12)
. . . food price value: B
. . . food quality: B
. . . food quantity per serving: B
. . . food prep speed: B
. . . food selection: C
. . . seating quantity: C
. . . seating comfort: C
. . . eatery atmosphere: B
. . . eatery convenience: C
. . . staff friendliness: B
. . . staff attentiveness: A
. . . character interaction: B (views of animals on savannah)

NOTE: Sanaa has good regional African food. Although a little
Americanized, definitely more adventurous than other eateries.
The menu is shorter than other table service eateries, and the
wine list is only average, the quality of the food and presentation
are high. An added benefit is viewing animals on the Savannah while
eating (during daylight hours). There's eight savannah window tables
and six more with good views. For lunch, try the Lamb Kefta open
face sandwich; for dinner, try the Durban Chicken and Durban Shrimp.
Don't miss out on the Banana Kulfi Sundae. For lunch or dinner, get
the salad sampler with three of the salads that can feed two people.
Have Kelli as your waitress as she is as-good-or-better than many of
the "signature" servers. Be aware that items labeled as "Durban" are
highly spiced, and best washed down with cold milk! It is pretty well
out-of-the-way at AK (Kindani) Villas, but worth the drive.


Our Ratings of Boma - Dinner: (6/11/2012)
. . . food price value: D
. . . food quality: C
. . . food quantity per serving: A
. . . food prep speed: A
. . . food selection: C
. . . seating quantity: B
. . . seating comfort: C
. . . eatery atmosphere: D
. . . eatery convenience: C
. . . staff friendliness: C
. . . staff attentiveness: B
. . . character interaction: n/a

NOTE: Boma's an outstanding buffet for breakfast. For dinner it's below
average and worth passing by. African and Middle Eastern foods are
typically spiced with cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, cardamom, etc, which
can make food appear sweet to the taste buds. If doing dinner, go for
the soups
. Leave the meats, salads, the desserts - except for the
Zebra Domes - for someone else. (There now are fifteen different soups
at five per night.) Bring out the ear plugs, as it does get REALLY noisy.
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Old 10-28-2012, 06:47 PM   #7
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Our family thinks Boma is the best buffet at WDW. Saana has excellent food but IMHO the selection is limited.
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We stayed at AKL this past May - We didn't love BOMA - Yes they have lots of choices - but we just don't love the particular seasonings they use on just about everything - Lots of savory dishes are very sweet and they use a lot of cinnamon. - just not our thing. I am planning on booking Sanaa for our next trip -seems to have some different and interesting flavors - and I have heard great things.

Night Vision is available to anyone - I believe it starts nightly at 9:00 - it is done over to the left of the pool area.
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Old 10-28-2012, 08:53 PM   #9
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I didn't love Boma either. I tried everything but didn't find much to my liking which is rare since I am not a picky eater. I would love to try the other akl eateries though.
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:17 PM   #10
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I love both. For picky eaters or big eaters go to Boma

Sanaa is better for the night vision goggles. They are right outside. At Jambo they are over by the pool, and not as easy to find

generally the goggles are betweem 830 and 930
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Old 10-29-2012, 12:10 PM   #11
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I've stayed at AKL twice.
Eaten at BOMA 3 TIMES.

there is no view of savannahs from BOMA at all.

I would make an ADR for early evening, arrive EARLY, walk around the resort and visit the savannahs ( 3 total, 2 are from inside the lobby) and then if you're up to it and it's dark, venture outside for the night vision goggles.

Yes, the night vision goggles for anyone to use.

The savannah where these are are outside BOMA, past the pool area. There will be a CM from Africa there to guide the quests and answer questions. Personally, I loved talking to them. There was only one pair of goggles on both of my trips. I did make a few trips at night and sometimes there were quite a few quests, another time, we were the only ones. What you do or don't see is a random thing!!
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The goggles are right out of the door at Sanaa and they had 2 pair there a few months ago
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Old 10-29-2012, 02:36 PM   #13
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Sanaa is my favorite 1TS restaurant at WDW. Boma isn't even my favorite buffet restaurant. I think that the overall experience is much better at Sanaa: better food, better dining experience, less crowded, and people bring food to you. Not that Boma is bad, but Sanaa is, in my opinion, better.
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Old 10-29-2012, 03:12 PM   #14
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We had dinner at Boma, and there were many unique dishes and flavors. Overall very nice time. We had late lunch at Sanaa, when it wasn't too busy. We were seated at the windows and had close views of the animals outside for the entire meal. I liked Sanaa's menu choices, perhaps a little better than Boma. But either place would be good.
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Between the 2 restaurants which would be better for someone with food allergies? My husband can't have dairy or certain spices. Do either of them have a carving station or some food that is plain? I do know from previous experience at Disney that chefs can make some special items. Thanks!
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