Mention that you’re looking for a breakfast restaurant during a stay at Walt Disney World, and you are bound to be met with this piece of advice: “You MUST go to Boma.”
It’s true! This buffet restaurant is among the most favorite options for lovers of Disney food, myself included. We’ve even named it as one of our most favorite Disney brunch destinations!
But even though dinner offers an amazing spread, your Disney friends will tell you that breakfast is the “can’t miss” meal here.
It was a shock to me when I realized that I had never actually reviewed this all-important meal on the blog! Time to remedy that right now!
There’s one pretty important distinction that sets Boma apart from other very popular buffets at Disney. Many of the others are primarily character dining experiences. But you won’t find any characters at Boma. That’s an important detail to keep in mind when planning your advance dining reservations.
“Boma” is actually an African term for a fence made of sticks that forms a safe enclosure for gathering. Throughout the entrance of the restaurant, you see the stick fence motif captured in different materials.
Here, Imagineers used wrought iron to line the bridged walkway leading into the space.
Beautiful statuary decorates the low wall that separates the buffet from the seating area.
Ceilings are lined with large pieces of cloth strung up at the corners to mimic how shades would be created outdoors over the gathering place or marketplace. I just love this touch.
Large tables featuring fre-form wooden tabletops and chunky hardwood chairs are ready for guests to arrive.
Other tables feature an African fabric design and more delicate chairs. Don’t forget to look closely here for hidden Mickeys!!
In this photo you can also see the thatched roof area over the buffet, as though food is served from shelters and seating is a gathering of tables in the open air under the fabric canopies.
Some mixed seating is also available, with a few banquettes located in the part of the seating area furthest from the entryway.
A view across the main seating area gives you a pretty good idea of the “big picture.”
You can see another “boma” fashioned out of wood here, edging the half wall that separates the seating area from the buffet.
And that brings us to the really important part of the morning. The food!!!
Your journey through the Flavors of Africa begins as your server greets you and takes your beverage order. I can definitely recommend the Jungle Juice! This is pretty much the unofficial beverage of Animal Kingdom, as it’s also served within the park at Tusker House Restaurant. And just for fun, be sure to check out a frozen version at the Harambe Popcorn Cart adjacent to Tusker House.
Once you’re settled in with your beverage, it’s time to hit the bountiful buffet.
To make the review easier to follow, I’ve broken it up into sections. Let’s take a look!
Start your morning off with a healthy kick. In addition to Fresh Fruit like Pineapple, Cantaloupe, and Grapes, the bar has Vanilla Yogurt.
The morning I visited, there were also fresh Strawberries and Strawberry Banana Yogurt.
While there aren’t a lot of salads to choose from, I did find this African Fruit Salad, which looks pretty interesting.
You’ll also find Hard Boiled Eggs here, perfect for a picky eater or an extra pop of protein.
Breads and Cereals
Assorted Breakfast Cereals are also on hand, including many kid favorites. (Just ask your server for milk.)
You’ll even find Granola here for sprinkling on your yogurt or into your oatmeal.
And speaking of Oatmeal, here you go! Complete with Brown Sugar, Raisins, and Cinnamon.
There’s also Quinoa Porridge for those who prefer this hot grain.
Fans of Boma breakfast really appreciate the wide array of breakfast breads and pastries that are available each morning. There’s almost always a moist and delicious Banana Bread.
I also think the little Mini Muffins are such a great idea. They’re the perfect size to try more than one flavor! The Orange Bran Muffins sounded pretty awesome.
The Macadamia Nuts that garnish these Banana Muffins are a nice touch.
Chocolate Chip and Blueberry Muffins are sure to please just about everyone.
Next come the pastries, fresh baked daily. The Miniature Croissants are gorgeous!
And the Chocolate Croissants are pretty amazing as well — and pretty hard to pass up. 🙂
Cinnamon Rolls look rich and buttery, but I miss that healthy (and by healthy I mean plentiful, of course) dose of icing that makes them irresistible.
This is also one of the few breakfast buffets that I’ve seen feature Scones — also in a miniature version.
The Sticky Buns look rich, enrobed in a Caramel Sauce and topped with pecans.
Toastable breads are available if you’d prefer — like Bagels and White Bread.
And of course, there are toasters on stand-by, too!
You’ll also find all kinds of bread spreads, including Cream Cheese, Butter, Jams, and Jellies.
Create Your Own Omelet Station
Another favorite feature of Boma breakfast is the Create Your Own Omelet Station.
Choose your fillings and watch while a cast member whips them into a delicious breakfast dish!
I didn’t see any meats among the options here (maybe I just missed it?), but there are a couple of cheeses and some tasty vegetables to dress up your eggs.
Main Dishes and Sides
There are many other sides and main dishes that you can choose from. Start with two kinds of Scrambled Eggs. The day we visited, we enjoyed the choice between Plain and Eggs with Goat Cheese and Spinach.
Many of my favorite African-inspired dishes at Boma appears on both the breakfast and dinner menu — a daily special version of Bobotie.
Similar to a bready, crustless omelet, the dish was made with Turkey for this visit.
African-Spiced Corned Beef Hash lends some exotic flavor to a favorite breakfast dish.
Sausage and Bacon are also available.
Just like at dinner, you’ll also find a Carving Station featuring meats that are spit-roasted over an open fire.
We could choose from Roasted Turkey Breast or Ham.
Cast members carve the meats right before you, ensuring your portion is freshly cut.
And those awesome sauces are available too, like Boma Mustard and Sambal, one of my favorites! The spicy chili condiment will brighten up any meat in a flash!
To complement the main dishes, there are also a wide range of Side Dishes.
We enjoyed Asparagus during our Boma breakfast.
In lieu of American grits, you’ll find Pap on the menu here. Similar to grits, I think they’re a little softer and finer than their American southern-comfort-food counterpart.
Normally, the pap is paired with Chakalaka, a flavorful tomato stew.
However there are also Grilled Tomatoes, which are halved and broiled with cheese on top.
The Breakfast Potatoes at Boma are out of the this world! Be sure to make a little room on your plate for some.
Kitchen staff stay busy, cooking more food and replenishing supplies of all the dishes in full view of the guests.
You can also enjoy a number of different sweet dishes at Boma. I love the fun M&M Pancakes on the Kids’ Buffet!
So fun! (And it’s okay if you’d like to sneak a couple, too.)
Of course, you’ll also find a plain version of Pancakes, too.
And there’s plenty of warm syrup to go with them.
You can also get thick Waffles at Boma. But here’s a surprising fact: they aren’t Mickey Waffles! (Gasp!) But they’re still pretty delicious.
And while you won’t find french toast, you will find French Toast Bread Pudding — complete with Pecan Praline Sauce.
In fact, I decided to cap off my delicious breakfast with this dessert. It was completely fabulous.
And after all, it’s vacation, right? And dessert after breakfast is practically required!
Boma is at once familiar and exotic. There are certainly enough traditional foods that everyone should find something they like. But I love that they also include a few of the quintessential African dishes, like bobotie and pap, on the breakfast spread so that everyone can enjoy them.
While some guests might wish there were a character or two peeking around the corner, or a raucous celebration with loud music, others will certainly enjoy the more peaceful atmosphere.
With delicious dishes and a beautiful setting, I can definitely recommend Boma for breakfast. It’s a great way to kick off your day before heading out to your next adventure!
Is Boma one of your favorites? Leave us a comment and tell us about your favorite dishes!