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April 11, 2008

Disney update: More food, fun for families

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Boma, at the safari-themed Animal Kingdom Lodge, is a great place to take a family, especially a hungry teenage boy. Out of any Disney World restaurant, it offers the best bang for the buck – $27 for all you can eat, and believe me, there’s a lot to eat. I had seen a menu, but the spread was even more expansive than we expected, starting with the thin, juicy slices of prime rib, wood-roasted meats and grilled seafood selections. My son is a real African cuisine aficionado, so he reveled in the fare – especially the Couscous Marrakesh and Durban-spiced chicken. There was a wonderful selection of hummus and related spreads, a tasty Moroccan seafood salad, and dozens more items I can’t remember. And the dessert buffet – well, there’s plenty to brag about, but the most interesting for us were the cheesecake squares over a layer of white chocolate. We consumed dozens of them.

On this trip, we were able to spend more time in the water parks before. We’d been to Typhoon Lagoon for the first time last year, and this time we made it to Blizzard Beach. Both feature a number of terrific slides, the mammoth “wave pools” and the “lazy river” steams wherein you can float endlessly on an innertube. And both parks are well worth four or five hours of your time.

The star attraction at Typhoon Lagoon is a water roller coaster, Crush ‘n’ Gusher, where you can ride two or three to a tube. There are three different routes you can take, and any one of them is guaranteed to give you plenty of “air time” (and a scraped behind, if you don’t heed the advice of the ride operators and “hold your tush up”). The storm slides offer variety for the adventurous.

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