Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is in the deluxe resort category, located close to Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. It features a unique opportunity to see African animals right from your room!

Resort Overview

This deluxe resort opened in 2001 and is like visiting a South African wildlife reserve. Inspired by a traditional African kraal, the rooms are in a semi-circle design, giving spectacular views of the savannas. The thing that makes this resort so unique compared to any other is the access to African animals. Over 200 birds and animals call the four savannas at the resort home. Many rooms include a view of one of the savannas. In addition, there are animal viewing areas throughout the resort. There are 972 rooms at the main building, known as Jambo House, most of which are 344 square feet.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidan Village is a deluxe villa resort located just a short walk away. The resorts share amenities including pools and dining options.

Reasons We Love This Resort:

  • Unique Theme: This resort is unique, designed to take you right to the African Savanna. Sit on your balcony or head to one of the animal viewing areas to see over 200 animals roam the savannas.
  • Pool and Recreation: The main pool area has a great theme and includes the largest hot tub on Walt Disney World Resort property.
  • Dining: There are several dining options at the resort, offering African cuisine and views of the savannas.

Amenities:

  • Wi-Fi Service (complimentary wi-fi access in guest rooms, main lobbies, and main pools)
  • Dining Options (table service, quick service, and poolside service)
  • Business Center (computer services, print services, shipping services, office supplies)
  • Designated Smoking Area
  • Luggage Service (luggage assistance, valet parking assistance, dry cleaning)
  • Laundry Services (24-hour self-service laundry room is available)
  • Housekeeping Services
  • Valet and Self-Parking
  • 24-Hour ATM (near the front desk)
  • Front Desk Service (banking and mail)
  • Merchandise Delivery and Pickup
  • Grocery Orders
  • Ice and Vending Machines
  • Concierge Service (purchase tickets, upgrade tickets, special requests)
  • Zahanati Massage & Fitness Center
  • Room Service
  • Safekeeping (in-room safes with safe-keeping boxes available at Front Desk)
  • Rapid Fill (refillable mugs)
  • Wake-up Call Service
  • Disability Service (mobility, hearing, visual, and service animal accommodations)
  • Resort Airline Check-In

 

A Full Range of Accommodations

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, there are a variety of room types with different views. While most guest rooms accommodate up to 4 adults, there are suites that sleep up to 8 adults.

All of the rooms at this resort have been refurbished and include either two queen beds or 1 king bed. There is flat-panel television, a full bathroom with a walk-in shower, and a desk area. A coffeemaker and small refrigerator are also included, along with plenty of storage space.

 Room Types

Standard View:

  • Sleeps up to 4 adults
  • Views of rooftop or parking area
  • 2 Queen beds

Standard View – King Bed:

  • Sleeps up to 2 adults
  • Views of rooftop or parking area
  • 1 King bed

Pool View:

  • Sleeps up to 4 adults
  • Views of Pool
  • 2 Queen beds

Pool View – King:

  • Sleeps up to 2 adults
  • Views of Pool
  • 1 King bed

Savanna Room:

  • Sleeps up to 4 adults
  • Views of one of the Savannas
  • 2 Queen Beds

Savanna View – King:

  • Sleeps up to 2 adults
  • Views of Lake, Courtyard, or Parking Area
  • Near El Centro, Dining, Shopping, and Transportation
  • 1 King Bed

 

Club Level

For guests looking for an elevated level of service, the club level at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort is the way to go. These room categories include all the standard amenities. In addition, club level guests receive the following amenities:

  • Complimentary health club access
  • Secured key access to the club-level lounge, serving refreshments from 7:00 am – 10:00 pm daily
  • Club Level Concierge – The Kilimanjaro Club
  • Complimentary Newspapers in Club Level lounge
  • Daily Housekeeping Service
  • Access to Disney Signature Services
  • Personalized Front Desk and Guest Services

There are five different room types available at the club level.

These room types include:

Savanna View – Club Access:
  • Sleeps up to 4 adults
  • Views of Arusha Savanna
  • 2 Queen Beds
Savanna View – King Bed – Club Access:
  • Sleeps up to 2 adults
  • Views of one of the Savannas
  • 1 King Bed
Standard View – 1 Bedroom Suite – Club Access:
  • Sleeps up to 6 adults
  • Views of rooftop or parking area
  • 2 Queen Beds and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa
1 Bedroom Suite – Club Level Access:
  • Sleeps up to 6 adults
  • Views of one of the Savannas
  • 2 Queen Beds and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa
2 Bedroom Suite – Club Access:
  • Sleeps up to 8 adults
  • Views of one of the Savannas
  • 1 King Bed, 2 Queen Beds, and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa

Dining Information

All Dining & Lounges

Jiko – The Cooking Place

This signature dining experience offers a dinner menu that changes seasonally. Enjoy a blend of Mediterranean, Indian, and African flavors with Menu items such as steak, chicken, and seafood. There is also a children’s menu. Sip on South African wines as you watch the twin wood-burning ovens subtly changing light to mimic an African sunset. Then, observe the chefs preparing appetizers in the open show kitchen.

Boma – Flavors of Africa

This restaurant is meant to resemble an African marketplace. Head to the all-you-care-to-enjoy buffets at breakfast or dinner. Enjoy a variety of options and flavors from all over Africa, as well as American favorites.

Sanaa

Head over to Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village to enjoy East African cuisine with views of the Sunset Savanna.

The Mara

This quick-service location serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Snacks are also available. Once you choose your meal, have a seat and enjoy it under banyan trees.

Sanaa Lounge

This lounge is located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village. Inspired by the spice markets of Africa, sit back in this inviting lounge to taste African wines and appetizers as you watch animals roam the savanna.

Victoria Falls Lounge

Enjoy the fire pit and beverages from South Africa as you overlook the Boma Restaurant.

Maji Pool Bar

Located at the pool at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village, this poolside bar is the perfect spot to grab a bite and a beverage. Enjoy cocktails, wine, and beer as you sit poolside. Sandwiches, salads, and snacks are also available.

Uzima Springs Pool Bar

Located at the main pool at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, relax with a cocktail, sangria, or other beverage under the thatched hut.

 

Pools, Grounds, & Recreation

 

The Uzima Springs Pool is an 11,000 square-foot pool area facing the Uzima Savanna. The 234,980-gallon pool has a zero-depth entry point and a 67-foot-long waterslide.

Over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village, the Samawati Springs Pool is another water retreat and the perfect spot to cool off and enjoy some water fun! It offers zero-entry access and a 128-foot-long waterslide. In addition, the Uwanja Camp is a popular water playground for kids of all ages.

Pumbaa’s Fun & Games Arcade

Enjoy video games, pinball, air hockey, and more at this arcade located near the Mara Cafe. The arcade is open daily. Purchase your game card using cash or credit card and then refill it as you please to use at any of the other Walt Disney World Resort arcades.

Movies Under the Stars

After a day at the parks, enjoy complimentary movie screenings under the stars. These screenings include favorite Disney movies shown by the Uzima Pool.

Hakuna Matata Playground

This playground is overlooking the flamingo area and savanna. It’s the perfect spot for kids to enjoy no worries!

Jambo House Campfire Activities

Head over to the campfire for some family fun, complete with marshmallows for roasting and family-friendly fun.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Transportation

Get around Walt Disney World Resort with ease using these convenient, complimentary transportation options.

How to get to each park:

While staying at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, you may be wondering how you can get to each park using the free transportation systems offered at Walt Disney World. We have it broken down for you:

  • Magic Kingdom: There are free resort buses that offer transportation to the Magic Kingdom. These buses run approximately every 20 minutes from the resort until an hour after the park closes.
  • EPCOT: There are free resort buses that offer transportation to EPCOT. These buses run approximately every 20 minutes from the resort until an hour after the park closes.
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: There are free resort buses that offer transportation to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. These buses run approximately every 20 minutes from the resort until an hour after the park closes.
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom: There are free resort buses that offer transportation to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. These buses run approximately every 20 minutes from the resort until an hour after the park closes.
  • Disney Springs and Water Parks: There are free resort buses that offer transportation to Disney Springs and the water parks nearly every 20 minutes from the resort. Buses typically run for an hour after Disney Springs or the water park close.
Parking

*Guests who drive either their own vehicle or a rental car to Walt Disney World should know that a standard overnight self-parking fee of $25 per night will be applied to the guest hotel folio upon check-out. Valet parking is available for $33 per night. Complimentary standard self-parking is available while you enjoy select dining, shopping, entertainment, and recreation experiences at this resort.

 

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