Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is a wonderful option for those who want a luxurious stay that also has a relaxed feel. With fabulous amenities and special excursions just for guests of this hotel, the Animal Kingdom Lodge is a fabulous choice for your next Disney vacation.

Rooms

There are a variety of rooms available at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. The standard rooms come with either standard, pool, or savanna views. Some standard rooms come with a queen size bed and a set of bunk beds, which is a great option for a family.

Club level rooms, which feature personalized concierge services and other extra amenities, are available in a standard size room, 1 bedroom suite, or 2 bedroom suite.

For the ultimate in luxury, the Animal Kingdom Lodge also has a Presidential Suite and Royal Asante Presidential Suite.

Animal Kingdom Lodge Entrance
The entrance to the Animal Kingdom Lodge sets the stage for your trip to Africa.

Amenities

There is a long list of amenities available at this wonderful hotel. Of course, the exact amenities depend on the type of room that you choose, but even the standard rooms offer many great extras.

  • Fitness Center – Keep up with your workout routine even when you are on vacation. Children ages 14 to 17 are welcome, but must have a parent or guardian with them.
  • Zahanati Massage and Fitness Center – Let the talented massage therapists help you to relax at the end of a long day of fun exploring the Disney World Resort theme parks.
  • Both self-service and valet parking is available
  • Babysitting  – With special clubs and activities just for kids, you will be able to enjoy an adults-only dinner and know that the kids are also having a great time in a safe, supervised area.
  • The hotel concierge can help you with tickets, directions, and any other information that you need.
  • In-room amenities include:
    o Cable TV
    o Wireless internet
    o Refrigerator
    o Microwave (select rooms)
    o Coffee maker
    o Hairdryer
    o Turn down service (select rooms)
    o Room service (select times)

Views

The views offered from certain rooms at The Animal Kingdom Lodge are one of the things that make a stay here so special. There are three views from which to choose:

  • Standard
  • Pool
  • Savanna

For most guests, the savanna view would be the most desirable. The good news is that savanna views are available even available in some standard rooms, so it is more affordable than you might think.  If you stay during the value season, you can get a savanna view room at an even better price.

Some of the rooms with a savanna view also have balconies, so you will be able to enjoy the animals from your own private perch.

Dining

With several dining options located in and near the lodge, some guests never eat anyplace else during their entire stay.

The Mara

This is an option for grabbing a quick bite for a low price. Offerings include pizza, burgers, and hot dogs. You can eat in the restaurants or bring your purchases poolside.

Sanaa Restaurant and Boma – Flavors of Africa

These are both mid-priced options with a varied menu of items.

Jiko – The Cooking Place

For fine dining, Jiko is the best choice. Jiko features meat entrees as well as options for both vegetarians and vegans. They also offer a wonderful selections of desserts and wines.

Animal Kingdom Savana
The Animal Kingdom Loge provides many great views.

On Site Fun

No one comes to Disney World to hang out at their hotel, but when you see all of the fun that you can have right at the Lodge, it is tempting to spend a little more time at your home away from home. There are animals programs that allow you to interact with the animals, and that let you spend time with handlers to gain an understanding of what it takes to care for the animals on a day to day basis. Jogging trails and bike rental allow you the opportunity to explore the lush landscape while burning off a few calories at the same time.

The kids will appreciate the video game arcade, pool table, and foosball table that are available as well as the outdoor movies that are shown each night. There are also areas that are set aside just for kids so that they have their own safe place to have fun.

Shops on the property provide the perfect place to find souvenirs of your stay. You will find delightful boutique style stores filled with African inspired treasures.

For a very special treat, consider taking a cruise out onto the harbor. Various cruises are available at different times, so check the events calendar or ask your concierge for current cruise information.

Special Experiences

As if all of the wonderful amenities listed above were not enough, there is one more reason to choose the Animal Kingdom Lodge for your Walt Disney World vacation. While all Disney guests can visit the Animal Kingdom Park, there are some special experiences that are reserved exclusively for those staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Sunrise Safari Breakfast

This very special safari gives you a close up look at the animals as they start their day. During the safari, you will have access to an animal care expert who will be able to answer any questions that you might have about the animals or about their care. At the conclusion of the safari, a wonderful breakfast is served.

Animal Kingdom Residents
The zebra residents of the Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Wanyama Safari

This safari includes dinner at Jiko: The Cooking Place. You will ride in open-air cars so you will really feel like you are part of the action as the animals stroll through the grounds.

Reservations for both of these exclusive safaris are required. Call the front desk to reserve your spot. Anyone under 18 must have their parent’s permission to make reservations.

What you can expect during your stay at the Animal Kingdom Lodge is a memorable, one-of-a-kind experience and a caring staff that will make sure that all of your needs are met.

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