Boma - Worth the Trip?

Discussion in 'Disney Restaurants' started by firkat, Aug 7, 2006.

  1. firkat

    firkat Dumbo or Die!

    May 25, 2006
    :wave2: Hello. We are staying at the Poly and I have read such great reviews of Boma. My concern is that it seems like such a long commute. Is it worth it?

    Also, how is lunch compared to dinner?

  2. AnninIowa

    AnninIowa DIS Veteran

    Jun 21, 2005
    Taking Disney transportation (bus, in this case) will get you there in no time. I, too, thought it would be a big commute (from BC), but it was less than 15 minutes.

    Now, while I'm glad I tried it, I wouldn't go back to Boma as it just wasn't my cup of tea. The food is familiar enough but is very spiced. Not spicy as in hot, but a lot of spices are used...and my digestive system does not get along with spices if you know what I mean. However, the desserts were to die for!!

    They have a breakfast buffet and a dinner buffet...I don't think they have lunch. The dinner buffet is huge, so you are sure to find something you like. Plus it's neat to go inside AKL and look around.
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  4. Tam1067

    Tam1067 LOVES LOVES LOVES the Poly

    Mar 29, 2006
    We stayed at the Polynesian in July and had dinner at Boma. The trip there wasn't so bad because we were at AK for the day and just took the very short bus ride over the AKL--about 5 minutes away with minimal wait for the bus. The return trip took about 45 minutes because we ended up waiting for a very long time at AK for a bus to the Polynesian. I suppose we just missed one.

    Anyway, the food was very very good. DH and I loved trying the different types of foods, and the kids enjoyed typical kid fare like PB&J, chicken tenders, and chocolate chip cookies for dessert. The desserts there are excellent and nice because they're in bite sized pieces and therefore nice for trying lots of different types. Prepared salads are very good as are the hot foods. They have about 5 or so types of soup each night.

    I'm very glad we went there on this trip. Would we do it again? That depends on other options, but I'd say it's worth the trip at least once.

    Also, if you don't want to get stuck waiting as long as we did, taking a taxi from AKL to the Poly is pretty easy; there were at least 3 or 4 taxis waiting when we walked out of AKL after dinner.

    And there is only breakfast or dinner there, no lunch.

    Have a great time!
  5. CoolDisneyCat

    CoolDisneyCat North Carolina

    Apr 7, 2003
    We think Boma is one of the best restaurants at WDW. The trip is not that long at all.

    Give it a try .. you won't be sorry!
  6. KatiebugsMom

    KatiebugsMom Mouseketeer

    Mar 7, 2006
    My DH considers Boma as an attraction that must be done every trip, yes I did say attraction just like HM or POTC. Yeah Boma is worth........
  7. kapica3

    kapica3 Mouseketeer

    May 11, 2002
    IMHO Don't miss out on this wonderful restuarant because you are afraid of the "trip". The resort itself is something to see. As a matter of fact, I am able this upcomming trip for the first time to stay at AKL (During this trip we have 4 Boma reservations - 2 Breakfast - 2 Dinner) But...... when we stayed elsewhere we still did 4 Boma's per trip. :thumbsup2

    Go. You won't be sorry. :woohoo:
  8. Fairy_Tale_Bride

    Fairy_Tale_Bride DIS Veteran

    Jul 14, 2006
  9. tazz23

    tazz23 <font color=purple>Much more than just a Registere

    Jul 21, 2003
    :thumbsup2 Go for it! It was one of the best restaurants (if not the best restaurant) we ate in over our 10 day holiday! :love:
  10. purpliequeen

    purpliequeen DIS Veteran

    Dec 30, 2005
    Boma is one of our favorite restaurants. There are so many different options, everyone is bound to find something they like. The desserts are delish. We went from SSR this past December and fell in love with the AKL, which is why we're going back in five days! :banana: This time we'll try the breakfast buffet, which is supposed to be one of the best breakfasts on property. Hope this helps.

  11. ReneeA

    ReneeA DIS Veteran

    Feb 9, 2000
    I was thinking of cancelling for the exact same reason. I am going to schedule us to be at AK for the day, and our ADR is at 5:00, so I would just take the bus to AKL from AK. However, my kids usually take naps, but with AK closing earlier than other parks, we are just going to chance no naps. I guess if they start getting testy after dinner, we'll just grab a taxi back to CSR.

    I tried everyday of our trip last year to get into Boma...I better keep my ADR this year. ;)

    TJMICKEY Earning My Ears

    Jul 28, 2000
    Yes Yes Yes !!!!!! :cool1:
  13. peachgirl

    peachgirl DIS Veteran

    Aug 6, 2002
    I won't day don't go, but we won't ever do it again.

    We thought that since we were at AK, it wouldn't be that big a deal and we'd give it a chance. I don't know what the bus service is like all the time, but for us it was the worst bus service we experienced our entire trip. We waited at AK for a very long time for a bus and an even longer time for a bus when we were leaving AKL. It took approximately 2 hours just in wait/travel time getting to the AKL and then leaving AKL for another park.

    AKL wasn't the only resort we went to for dinner and we had no complaints about the travel time to any of the others.

    We also really didn't like BOMA. It wasn't just the food, the service was deplorable and it was undoubtedly the most crowded place we ate at the entire trip.

    Just my experience.....
  14. Schucraig

    Schucraig Disney World is my World!

    Jan 30, 2004
    We love Boma! Go for it! :thumbsup2
  15. momtotwinglesx4

    momtotwinglesx4 DIS Veteran

    Jul 20, 2001
    I agree with him; in fact I consider visiting AKL an attraction in itself. I love to sit in their lobby and admire the art and architecture while sipping a drink from Victoria Falls lounge while waiting for our dinner res. My kids like to watch the cartoons :rolleyes: Then after dinner, we like to take a stroll around the pool, and then stop and look at the animals for awhile. Lovely evening, and absolutely worth the trip IMO!
  16. newholidayx2

    newholidayx2 <font color=green>Searching for the perfect tree<b

    Nov 28, 2004
    NEXT week DS & I have a Boma brkfst AR here. We check into the AKL NEXT Thurs the 17th
    When DH joins us on the 19th we'll be starting his vacation with a dinner AR at Boma
  17. Hanover

    Hanover DIS Veteran

    Mar 6, 2005
    We love Boma for both breakfast and dinner and would highly recommend it to anyone.
  18. rcyannacci

    rcyannacci <font color="purple">A Feminist Princess...tiaras

    Jul 1, 2000
    IMO, it's definitely worth the extra trouble getting there. And, staying at the Poly should make it easier for you, since you're only moments away from MK. We made a whole evening out of Boma's, including looking around the resort and watching the animals.
  19. CindyAnn

    CindyAnn Crazy Canuck

    Jul 24, 2000
    Boma is wonderful! That's where our party of nine (4 adults, 5 kids) will be eating on New Year's Eve this year. We've eaten there several times and just love it! If you can only have one meal there, then I'd recommend dinner, but the breakfast is great, too.

    AKL is a wonderful resort to visit, and you can sit around the fire pit and see the animals with night vision binoculars.

    If you're coming straight from AK, I'd recommend keeping a change of clothes handy (maybe in a locker in AK?) if you plan on riding Kali River Rapids. We always save that ride until the end of the day, because we get absolutely soaked. If we plan to go directly to Boma (and we aren't staying at AKL on that trip) we've always changed in the bathrooms in the lobby.

    I think you'll find it's worth the trip!
  20. Colorado DISers

    Colorado DISers <font color=blue>We are Disney freaks<br><font col

    Apr 6, 2005
    :thumbsup2 We love BOMA so much that we will be going there on our June trip and we are staying at Universal. We will drive down to AKL for the evening just to eat at BOMA. Been waiting for it!
  21. maggs

    maggs DIS Veteran

    Nov 1, 2003
    Phew! I thought it was just us. I dont rate Boma at all. We first went in 04 and were left unimpressed by the bland food and lousy service. I cook lots of spicy food including North African foods such as tagines and couscous. I have also dabbled in S.African cuisine and Bomas is a poor poor imitation. We did try it again in 06 because we thought it was just us. However this time the service was worse, the soup horrible and the beef a mass of fat and gristle. I have the photo to prove it and it isnt good!

    I know rib can be fatty but this was really bad! In fact we didnt enjoy much of the food except the banana bread pudding. It was great.
    I still have to think we were unlucky as 95% of people seem to love it but it wasnt for us. It was pretty noisy too. The cocktail was great though!


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