Animal Kingdom Lodge Restaurant Tour
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I've been reading up on the free tours at some lodges such as WL and AKL. AKL seems to have a restaurant tour of Boma and Jiko that starts at 4 p.m. I didn't know about the tour back when we stayed in 2010. Has anyone gone on this tour? Is the tour worth my attempting to get over to AKL my first day at WDW? I also want to make the WL tour at 9 a.m. one day.
We did the Animal Kingdom Lodge restaurant tour in January and enjoyed it. I don't know if I would make a trip to AKL just for the tour, but if I were staying there, or at Animal Kingdom park in late afternoon, I would consider doing it again.
We walked past the buffet sections at Boma as they were being set up (with samples of soup and dessert) while a castmember talked about some of the more exotic dishes and the decor of the room. We then moved to Jiko, where we heard how the design and menu were designed and tasted some of the breads and dips. We were pleasantly surprised to get all of these treats on a free tour. Of course, we could just have been lucky and/or the tour design may change.
If you plan to arrive at Walt Disney World in mid-day and don't want to use a park day, this tour could be a good choice. I wouldn't leave a park (except Animal Kingdom) to get to the tour, but I might think differently if I hadn't already dined at Boma and Jiko several times. It's certainly an individual choice.
Thank you for your response. I did read that they give you free tastes. We arrive in the morning, and I don't plan to hit the parks until the next day. First day, I planned to travel around to the various resorts and take pictures. Thanks again.
I've also done the tour while staying there and thought it was a fabulous introduction to the foods both restaurants offer. I had eaten at both before taking the tour, but thought that if I hadn't, it would be a great place to ask questions and get little tastes of the menus to get an idea.