Saturday, January 30, 2010

Day 1 - Dinner at Boma

I woke up at 6:30 and realized we'd need to leave then if we wanted to make it to our 7:00 ADR at Boma. But everyone else was still sleeping, and I wasn't going to be the one to wake them up, so I went back to sleep.

Then I woke up when my parents were awake, and they asked me about our dinner ADR. Which we missed. But luckily, I had actually made two ADRs at Boma for that night - one for a party of four at 7:00, and one for a party of seven at 8:30. See, back when I made the party of seven ADR, we thought that my boyfriend's family might be joining us. Unfortunately, he had wrestling and his mother had to work, and that didn't happen. I never got around to canceling that ADR. But, we decided to try and use the ADR and just tell them that three people weren't going to show.

So, we headed to the Animal Kingdom Lodge. We had never been there before, so we just followed the signs. We didn't really know where we were going, and my dad just parked in the first spot he saw, which happened to be over by Kidani Village, so we had to walk all the way to Jambo House. Then once we got there, we saw Boma, but had no idea how to get down to it. It took us forever to figure it out. Our sleep deprivation was clearly affecting our mental acuteness.

We were able to use the ADR for seven, and we were seated quickly. I went to the buffet and got almost everything. Foods which names I couldn't pronounce. I had no idea what I was eating, but it was pretty good. I did think the salmon was a little dry. Maybe it was just my piece. My dad and sister liked the variety of meats. You usually don't get that at a buffet. The desserts were awesome. I liked how they were bite-size so you could try many different kinds. Rachel liked the one with the alcohol content warning. I think she just liked it because she knew it contained alcohol. Funny girl.

Now, my dad always complains about the format of the checks at WDW. He doesn't like how the waitor or waitress can see what you tip him or her when you pay. But then sometime later he realized that you don't have to write the amount you want to tip down immediately. He also didn't like how the recommended tip was 18%. My mom argues that a waitor at a buffet shouldn't get tipped as much as a waitor in a full-service restaurant because all they do is bring you your drinks and tell you where to get your food. Our waitor didn't even bring us refills without us having to request them. I don't believe my dad tipped him 18%.

Also, it was my mom's birthday (well, the week after, but she had a button on), and she didn't get a cake or anything.



It's difficult to take pictures in the dark without flash... mine usually turn out blurry, but if I use a flash, then the lights to don't appear fully illuminated, so I just have to try and be very still. It didn't work out so well.