Animal Kingdom Lodge


If you are looking for some great vegan dining reviews of  Gasparilla Grill, Spirit of Aloha Polynesian Luau, Sunshine Seasons Cafe, Chefs De France, Chef Mickey’s, Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe, Back Lot Express, El Pirata y el Perico, 1900 Park Fare, Boma & O’hana, then look  no further than Vegan Satori.

Follow this practicing Buddhist through 9 days of vegan eats at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.  Complete with photos, this very well written, detailed blog post by Vegan Satori will leave you hungry and dialing 407-WDISNEY to book your next trip.    Thanks to Vegan Satori for giving me the heads up on this great resource.

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Boma – Flavors of Africa in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort is known as the vegan buffet.  Of course, this was highly reviewed when Chef TJ was at Boma, which added a little something.  He has now moved on to ‘Ohana, but the word on the street is that you can have one of the best vegan meals in Disney at Boma.  Once the waitstaff knows you are vegan, you will be shown around by the chef.  He or she will point out out all the vegan items on the buffet.

I still recommend calling ahead of time, even though the chef will show you around once you get there.  Chef TJ used to make special vegan items for his guests at Boma.  If you call ahead and speak with the Food & Beverage Rep, one of the current chefs may so the same for you.  Also, it is important to call ahead to let Disney know how often vegan guests are coming through.  The more calls they get requesting vegan fare, the more choices vegans will have at Disney.

Have you eaten at Boma?  Let us know by leaving a comment with your review, or a link to it!

MAKE YOUR VEGAN DINING RESERVATION AT BOMA

  1. Call  (407) WDW-DINE to make Advanced Dining Reservations (ADR’s) up to 90 days prior to your visit.
  2. Inform the  Cast Member (CM) of your “dairy, egg & shellfish allergies”.  As of Fall 2008, The CM’s were not able to note that you are vegan, only which foods you “have an allergy” to.  *** UPDATED***  as of May 2009, this seems to have changed.  Now it is possible to get both “vegan” and “vegetarian” on your ADR.  You can still add the allergy info is you want to be extra safe, but recent reports are now saying that you can request “vegan” to your ADR.
  3. Request the Boma Food & Beverage phone number.  You need to request this number before the CM is done with the reservation, because after it is complete, they cannot access it in their system.
  4. Call the Food & Beverage representative (usually the chef) to discuss your vegan dining options 24 – 72 hours prior to your ADR.

Boma Reviews:

The Bashful Vegan Blog 2009 Review

Kitty’s AllEars.Net 2008 Review

Cooking for a Vegan Lover’s 2008 Review

Magically Speaking 2008 Review

VegGuide 2008 Review

My Paper Crane Blog 2008 Review

Sandra’s at Home Blog 2008 Review

Kelly S.’s 2006 Review

Slammed Magazine’s 2004 Review

Boma’s Vegan Mushroom Soup (aka Thuthuntshwane Soup) from AllEars.net

Jiko, according to Walt Disney World’s Website:

“Jiko – The Cooking Place fuses the bold flavors of traditional African, Indian and Mediterranean cuisine at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Twin wood-burning ovens roar and the soothing, warm colors of an African sunset bring energy to this remarkable restaurant. The menu includes vegan, vegetarian and meat-based dishes that change seasonally”

Inside Jiko

Inside Jiko

Aside from the African flavor, what makes Jiko unique  is the Vegan Menu.  Tell your server you are vegan and out comes your very own menu to keep.  Granted, the  menu is limited, but it is all vegan, complete with dessert.  As of 2009, Jiko is one of the only WDW restaurant  that actually advertises it’s vegan options on the WDW website.

Jiko is pricey at $36 – $60 per person (standard menu pricing), which makes it most affordable while on the Disney Dining Plan (DDP), although this is Signature dineing, and costs two table credits.  Regardless of how you will pay, reservations are recommended well in advance.

MAKE YOUR VEGAN DINING RESERVATION AT JIKO

  1. Call  (407) WDW-DINE to make Advanced Dining Reservations (ADR’s) up to 90 days prior to your visit.
  2. Inform the  Cast Member (CM) of your “dairy, egg & shellfish allergies”.  As of Fall 2008, The CM’s were not able to note that you are vegan, only which foods you “have an allergy” to.  *** UPDATED***  as of May 2009, this seems to have changed.  Now it is possible to get both “vegan” and “vegetarian” on your ADR.  You can still add the allergy info is you want to be extra safe, but recent reports are now saying that you can request “vegan” to your ADR.
  3. Request the Jiko Food & Beverage phone number.  You need to request this number before the CM is done with the reservation, because after it is complete, they cannot access it in their system.
  4. Call the Food & Beverage representative (usually the chef) to discuss your vegan dining options 24 – 72 hours prior to your ADR.

Vegan Reviews of Jiko – The Cooking Place at Animal Kingdom Lodge