I firmly believe that Boma at Disney’s Animal Kingdom resort offers one of the BEST breakfasts anywhere on the WDW property (perhaps even Disney resorts world-wide). Their selection of American and African inspired food is excellent. If you’re an adventurous eater, you’ll find something you like. If you like your breakfast basic, you’ll find something you like. And either way, be sure to get the house juice and the chocolate chip muffins.
One of the best things on the buffet has to be the made-to-order omelets. Even if you ask them to cut the cheese in half (or 1/4th, as I do, in my attempt to make it much healthier) its one of the best omelets on property. However, ordering the omelet is anything but “Disney.”
If you haven’t been there, then imagine this: a long spread of buffet options spanning a VERY large room. A line so long it can easily accommodate the max. capacity of guests dining at the same time as you. But the smack dab in the middle of that line, in an area where the space behind you thins out as a decorative half-height wall curves in toward the buffet line … is the omelet station. A space that gets about 5 feet wide and is often overflowing with people trying to get their omelet from one or two chefs trying hard to manage the whole process and keep the large list of ingredients in order for each guest’s individual order.
Why? Why so little space? Why so much chaos? Why do the cast members have to work so hard in this one little “flaw” of an otherwise near perfect restaurant?
I don’t know, but I think I have a simple fix that could go a long way. The Which Wich Menu.
This little piece of brilliance is a simple, integral part of the Which Wich restaurant (which is like a make-your-own Potbelly, Subway kinda place). Fill out your name, the ingredients you want and your meal is made.
Boma needs a Which Wich menu for their omelets. A simple menu that would sit at your table and list all of the options for the omelet. It would also have an area where you could fill in your name and the table number, which would either be pre-stamped on the menu or easily identifiable from where you were sitting. You fill in the menu, hand it to the chef (so he can confirm you have your table # on there) and then you walk away. A few moments later, your server appears with your perfectly made omelet. You then sit back, enjoy and think to yourself: wow, Boma just went from near-perfect to perfect — thanks to Netcot and Which Wich.
Oddly enough, I’ve suggested this to a manager there once two years ago and was told “thanks, we’ll consider it.” But apparently Which Wich has the rights to a patent describing a menu with fill-in-the-blank options, because it has yet to appear at WDW (kidding, they don’t hold the patent on that – to my knowledge, there is no patent for such a thing).
So there you go… my simple imagineering way to make a nearly perfect WDW breakfast spot, “perfect.”