There are many things to enjoy at Walt Disney World…the rides, the shows, the atmosphere. One of the main reasons our oldest child goes to Disney is to enjoy… the food! You are probably thinking…What?? That counter service stuff in the parks?? That’s just ordinary fast food! And you might be right about some of it, but not all of it is ordinary. Some of the park food is tasty – especially at Epcot.
Where our family really likes to go for the food is the resorts. So on Saturday, after we made sure there was no way to get into Be Our Guest for lunch, we hopped on one of the Disney buses and made our way from the Magic Kingdom over to Wilderness Lodge.
I had never been in it before, so this was a fun little excursion for me. The lodge is designed to look like a National Park lodge in the Northwest at the turn of the century.
It reminded me of the Ahwahnee, a lodge we visited in Yosemite National Park a few years ago.
Saturday was cloudy and cool in Orlando, so I was glad to see that fire burning in the fireplace.
Needless to say, that huge lobby with the towering logs and overscale furniture was quite impressive!
Water was even flowing in the interior!
One of the highest rated restaurants in all of Walt Disney World is Artist Point there in Wilderness Lodge.
Unfortunately, they do not serve lunch, but I did wander inside to get a photo of it for you.
We chose to dine at Whispering Canyon Cafe instead. It is a fun spot to enjoy what I call “cowboy food.”
(Just don’t ask for ketchup…They will bring you 12 bottles…truly.)
I didn’t get good photos of everyone’s meal because we were hungry and ready to dig in, but I did get a shot of our daughter’s pulled pork sandwich with sweet potato fries…
And my barbecued rib plate. It was very meaty!
After lunch, we took the bus back to the Magic Kingdom, watched a couple of shows, and rode a few more rides. Then it was time for another meal.
Because this trip was to celebrate our son’s birthday, we had made reservations at Boma, one of the best restaurants in WDW. To get there, we caught a bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge.
And yes, there are really animals on the grounds around the lodge!
I had also never visited this lodge before, so this was another treat for me! Animal Kingdom lodge was designed to include elements of African architecture, and it houses one of the largest collections of African art in the United States.
Boma is an interesting restaurant designed to look like an African market.
The African inspired food is served buffet style (all you can eat) from multiple stations – a few carving stations with meats that have been cooked over an open fire, a vegetable station with a variety of African (and American) vegetables, a soup station (with some unusual flavored soups), a salad bar, a station with a choice of breads, and…
two dessert stations.
Everyone raves about the zebra domes, but they had a tiny coffee flavored tart in a chocolate shell that I could have eaten 20 of!
This was my dessert plate. The zebra domes are at the top, followed by a guava something. I am not sure what that next fruit dessert was, but it resembled an apple cobbler in flavor. Then you see those luscious coffee flavored tarts and finally 2 key lime cheesecake bites. (They were very rich!) And yes, I ate it all (even though I am not supposed to be eating any chocolate right now.) Sorry, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Our sons really loved all the African foods – especially the soups. My husband loved the beef and mashed potatoes, and my daughter and I both thought the desserts were the best. Something for everyone, right? Have any of you dined at Boma? It was all tasty and a unique experience, but I think I enjoyed the food at Fulton’s Crab House from our recent Disney trip more. Probably because I am more of a riverboat girl than an African safari girl.
Would you believe I am still not finished sharing our Disney trip with you? We’ve looked at the Yacht Club, the Beach Club, Wilderness Lodge, and Animal Kingdom Lodge so far. Next time, we have some gorgeous gorgeous gardens to see!
I hope you will be back.