• On Jan 9, 2020
    Amy from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I’m planning to make dinner reservations at 5:00 for Boma at Animal Kingdom Lodge. Will we be able to access the animal viewing area before dinner?

    Hi there, Amy, and welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of my absolute favorite resorts, and we frequently visit to dine at either Boma - Flavors of Africa or Jiko - The Cooking Place and to take in the incredibly unique atmosphere. Did you know that Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge has the largest collection of African art in the United States? 

    Amy, you will be able to access the animal viewing areas at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge before your scheduled reservation. I would allow  a minimum of an hour to explore the resort and savannahs. Before you head outside, be sure to grab a Wildlife Field Guide from the Lobby Concierge to help you identify which of the 30 species of African animals you are seeing.

    After dinner, you may want to head back outside, as, on select nights, Cast Members are out on the savannah overlooks with night vision goggles available for guest use. When you arrive, I would check with the front desk to see if it will be offered on the night of your reservation, and to find out the exact times, as they are always subject to change. This is really a unique experience that completely blew the mind of both my 4-year-old and my father-in-law. 

    When dining at Boma, Amy, you must make sure you try the Zebra Domes! Similar to a tiramisu, these are one of my absolute favorite treats at the Walt Disney World resort, and we often stop by The Mara restaurant to grab a few for the road!  

    I hope that this answered your question, Amy, and I am sure that your family will have an absolutely wild time. Please come back over to the Disney Parks Moms Panel if we can help you in your vacation planning adventure! 

    Sarah B. 
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Meet the Panelist: Sarah, Georgia

Hi There! I’m Sarah from Atlanta, GA. Together, my Disney-loving husband and I have two amazing kids and love nothing more than running away to the Walt Disney World Resort every chance that we get. When we are not wandering around the resorts, we love to indulge our sweet tooth with all the snacks we can find. I am passionate about making sure the magic reaches kids of all ages, from the smallest to the biggest, because we are all kids at Walt Disney World! Learn More About Sarah

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