Boma Dinner Review at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

We head out to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge to visit Boma, the resort’s popular buffet that serves both breakfast and dinner (not at the same time). Boma is located on the ground floor across from Jiko, the resort’s signature restaurant. From the main entrance, you’ll want to take a right after passing Zawadi Marketplace, the resort store. Take the elevator down to the ground floor or enjoy the walk down the stairs, passing Victoria Falls Lounge on the way.

Themed to a vibrant, bustling African marketplace, diners have the opportunity to “savor vibrant flavors from over 50 African countries—along with favorite American classics.”

At $43/adult and $24/child ages 3-9, dinner is not an inexpensive proposition. For adults, it’s $3 more than Cape May Cafe, $6 more than Biergarten, $10 more than Trail’s End, and equal in price to ‘Ohana. Compared to character meals, Boma is $2 less expensive than Tusker House or Crystal Palace, $4 less than 1900 Park Fare, and $7 less expensive than Chef Mickey’s, just to offer some perspective. No “official” Disney characters appears, though it’s rare that you won’t run into at least 25 bloggers.

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Animal Kingdom Touring Plans, Rope Drop, Wait Times, and FastPass+ Priority

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General Touring Philosophy: The opening of Pandora – World of Avatar complicates touring, but it’s still possible to experience most or all of Animal Kingdom’s attractions in one day. How you go about your day basically comes down to whether you can acquire FastPass+ for Avatar Flight of Passage, which are typically not available 59 or fewer days from a given date. That means little or no availability for those staying off-site or planning a trip fewer than 60 days in the future.

If you are able to acquire Flight of Passage FP+: With one day, the easiest way to do most everything is by arriving at least 45 minutes before open and heading straight to ride Na’vi River Journey in standby. After, head to priority attractions outside of Pandora where waits will be short. If you can’t arrive that early and can stay late, get in line for Na’vi River Journey about five minutes before park close. If neither is possible, ride River Journey sometime between 1pm and 5pm when waits are actually shorter than the early morning or evening. Use FastPass+ at Flight of Passage and other priority attractions in the late morning and afternoon. With two days, book FastPass+ for Flight of Passage on one day and Na’vi River Journey on the second, in addition to two other selections each day.

If you are unable to acquire Flight of Passage FP+: With one day, the easiest way to do most everything is by arriving at least 90 minutes before open and heading straight to ride Flight of Passage in standby. After, head to Na’vi River Journey or priority attractions outside of Pandora where waits will be short. If you can’t arrive early and can stay late, get in line for Flight of Passage a few minutes before park close. If neither is possible, ride sometime between 1pm and 5pm when waits are shorter than the morning or evening. Use FastPass+ in the late morning and afternoon at Na’vi River Journey and other priority attractions. Visiting over two days will allow more FastPass+ usage and an easier time seeing the nighttime entertainment.

Either way, with an early arrival and plans to stay for the nighttime entertainment, including the Tree of Life Awakenings and Rivers of Light, most guests will want to plan a lengthy afternoon break to rest. Without interest in the nighttime entertainment, a half or three-quarters day should work. For a single late morning or afternoon arrival, some compromises will need to be made as it will be difficult to experience both Pandora rides and all of the headliners with short waits, in addition to the evening entertainment. Plan to use FastPass+ upon arrival and then make as many subsequent selections as possible after using the initial three.

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Epcot Touring Plans, Rope Drop, Wait Times, and FastPass+ Priority

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General Touring Philosophy: Because of its massive size and the long length of many of its attractions, Epcot is best experienced over two days, particularly now that Frozen Ever After is such a high priority. Most visitors will want to use FastPass+ at Frozen on at least one day and otherwise keep mostly to one side of the park. This way, you cut down on the amount of walking necessary and you won’t run into waits longer than a few minutes all day. On your Test Track day, visit Future World East and the World Showcase Pavilions from Mexico through the U.S, riding Frozen with FP+ in the early afternoon. On your Soarin’ day, hit Future World West and the Pavilions from Canada through Japan, using FP+ again at Frozen or elsewhere.

With just one day, things are more complicated if you want to try to do Soarin’, Test Track, Frozen, and IllumiNations. The best way to accomplish that is to ride Test Track at rope drop, use FastPass+ at Frozen, ride Soarin’ around 7pm, and then see IllumiNations. If you’re willing to forego seeing IllumiNations, Frozen typically has an actual wait under 30 minutes at the very end of the night, but the ride may not be operational. If you’re willing to risk it, ride Test Track or Soarin’ first thing, use FastPass+ at the other, and get in line for Frozen about five minutes before park close. Those skipping Frozen can also do this and instead enjoy IllumiNations. Test Track single rider is a viable option with actual waits typically under 20 minutes all day.

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Hollywood Studios – Touring Plans, Rope Drop, Wait Times, and FastPass+ Priority

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General Touring Philosophy: Most guests arriving prior to park opening will want to ride Toy Story Mania or Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster first thing. Disney added a third track to Toy Story in May 2016, which has decreased standby waits and increased FastPass+ availability. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster typically sees longer waits and less FastPass+ availability, making it the new highest priority ride. Tower of Terror usually sees the third longest waits with Star Tours as the only other attractions that often has posted waits longer than 20 minutes. A typical problem is trying to see all of the scheduled shows, which take 40 to 60 minutes to experience, in a single day. With one day, you may need to prioritize several of the lengthy attractions that appeal to your group while skipping others – there just isn’t enough time.

Characters: The Toy Story characters across from Toy Story Mania are the highest priority and see 30 to 50 minute afternoon waits. Try to visit immediately after riding Toy Story Mania in the morning or as late in the evening as possible. Chewbacca and BB-8 in Star Wars Launch Bay typically see 30-minute peak waits while Kylo Ren usually maxes out at 20. Visit during the heat of the day as both are inside with air-conditioned queues. Mickey and Minnie meet across from Sci-Fi Dine-In to 25ish minutes waits.  Other priorities include the Disney Jr. characters like Doc McStuffins and Sofia the First in Animation Courtyard outside Disney Jr. and Olaf sees 10 to 20 minute waits across from Backlot Express and Star Tours.

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Magic Kingdom – Touring Plans, Rope Drop, Wait Times, and FastPass+ Priority

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General Touring Philosophy: With 60+ attractions, Magic Kingdom is best toured over two or more days. The best plans compartmentalize the park by visiting two or three Lands each day. Visit the character and attraction priorities in one Land before moving on to the next. Have lunch and then head back to the same Lands visiting the “anytime attractions.”  This minimizes both waiting and walking. One-day touring will require more walking. You can still accomplish a lot by touring intelligently, but some attractions will need to be skipped.

Characters: Home to about 40 characters at any given time, the princesses are typically high priorities, whether it means meeting them early in the morning or with FastPass+ to avoid long waits. Check the My Disney Experience app or https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/entertainment/magic-kingdom/ for times and locations.

Rope Drop: With a 9am open, Disney lets guests enter the park around 7:45am. Most of Main Street is open, including Guest Relations, stroller/ECV rental, most stores, Starbucks, and Plaza Ice Cream Parlor, which serves breakfast items through 11am. Guests are held in the Hub area in front of Cinderella Castle with ropes blocking access to the other Lands. At 8:55am, a 4-minute opening show featuring Mickey Mouse welcomes guests and then the ropes are dropped and guests are free to visit the attraction of their choice. For Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, arrive no later than 8:15am and position yourself on the walkway to the right of Cinderella Castle heading towards Mad Tea Party. Get as close to the rope as possible. For Peter Pan’s Flight or Princess Fairytale Hall, position yourself in front of the Castle at the rope leading up through the Castle. For other attractions, there is much less of a rush and you can enjoy the Welcome Show front and center in the Hub. On morning extra magic hour days, the Welcome Show still starts five minutes before regular park open. For regular 8am opens, guests are allowed inside Magic Kingdom at 7:45am with the Welcome Show at 7:55am.

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