Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of the best themed resorts at Walt Disney World. Capturing the essence of an African savannah lodge, this resort is the perfect blend of nature and architecture. Through an ingenious barrier system, zebras, giraffes, antelopes, elks, kudus, gazelles, wildebeest’s and exotic birds come incredibly close to the resort. For the best views of the free roaming wildlife, book a Savannah view room. (There are common areas on the grounds where everyone can see the amazing menagerie.)

Animal Kingdom Lodge is divided into two main areas: Jambo House, which is the main guest resort area, and Kidani Village, the Disney Vacation Club villas. To get back and forth between the two, you can either make the 5-10 minute walk or use the Disney bus system. From Jambo House, the Downtown Disney bus will stop at Kidani Village first and from Kidani Village, any of the theme park buses will stop at Jambo House first.

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Walking into Jambo House at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, it’s tough not to be totally blown away. The lobby alone induces the kind of awe and magic that Disney is known for. There are comfortable seating areas for relaxing and a large mud fireplace with a cozy fire always burning. You’ll also find a number of televisions playing classic Disney cartoons which makes it easy for families with children to rendezvous without the little ones getting bored.

One word continually comes to mind as you explore the Animal Kingdom Lodge:discovery. Everywhere you go, you’ll find something new and interesting. The presence of wild animals on the grounds of the resort adds a sense of unpredictability to what would otherwise just be a place to sleep in between visiting Disney parks. The glass lined back wall offers a breath-taking view of the Arusha Savannah and there are plenty of common areas that offer excellent views of the animals. The outdoor areas have informational signage to teach you about the animals in the Savannah and there are cast members straight from Africa on hand to answer your questions.

Most of the views in this resort are breathtaking, offering looks at some amazing animals in a very natural-looking habitat. Unfortunately, the chain-link fences that surround the grounds are a little jarring, making some of the views seem like you’re looking at a school recess yard instead of an African savannah. I understand they’re necessary, but I would have expected Disney to find a creative way to hide them.

The resort is laid out like a horseshoe with the lobby in the center and hallways extending out on either side. It can be a bit of a walk to get from the lobby to a room at the end of either hallway, but it’s all indoors and air-conditioned so it’s not too bad. The walls are lined with artwork and there are displays of African masks and sculpture found throughout this resort. Skilled artisans were employed in hand crafting the furnishings, making many items one of a kind.

By creating an authentic Africa Savannah experience, you may notice that this resort tends to be “dark.” The use of artificial exterior light at night is kept to a minimum in order to allow the animals their normal rest cycle.

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Animal Kingdom Lodge Reviews

There are currently 44 reviews for Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Jun 17, 2014 by Jotash
4.5

Love this hotel. The cast members could not have been better and went out of their way to make sure our trip was the best. We went on both the sunset and sunrise safaris. They were both amazing, al...

Jun 16, 2013 by curley76
4.5

Great hotel and the animals outside the room were amazing. We stayed in an Arusha Savannah room with a bunk bed. This was the perfect room for our family of 4. The kids really liked not having to s...

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The room layout is fairly typical with two queen beds (one queen bed with a set of bunkbeds or a king bed with daybed are also available), television, refrigerator, table with two chairs, closet, and a vanity area separate from the tub and commode. After further inspection, the details that make this a deluxe resort began to show; ornate wood-carved furniture, two under-mounted sinks in the vanity with a marble counter-top and modern fixtures, an LCD HDTV with a separate box to plug in your own devices (HDMI and composite connections for everything from a Blu-ray player to an Xbox)...these are the things that set Disney’s deluxe resorts apart from the rest.