Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge takes you to the heart of Africa. What makes this hotel so special is that it wraps its way through a savannah that is home to over 200 animals. It’s hard for any other Disney resort to top the theming that the Animal Kingdom Lodge offers.
Classification Deluxe Resort
Located next to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
Check In: 3:00 p.m. / Check Out: 11:00 a.m.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Rooms
This sprawling resort holds 972 guest rooms, most of which give you just over 300 square feet of space to relax. Standard amenities in each room includes a flat-panel TV, desk with two chairs, ceiling fan, mini fridge, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, in-room safe, free wireless internet, and coffee maker.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge features several room types that range from a standard pool view to one overlooking the savannah. We recommend splurging for the savannah view! The majority of rooms sleeps up to four adults and consists of a mixture of king, queen, bunk and sofa beds. As an added bonus almost all the rooms at the resort have a full balcony as well.
Dining Options at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Boma Flavors of Africa
Boma is a full-service buffet restaurant. It is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and serves a perfect blend of classics and African offerings.
Breakfast serves a delicious tropical juice and a wide spread breakfast buffet. Selections may include omelets made to order, French toast, African pastries, carved ham, fresh fruit and some of the best scrambled eggs we have ever eaten.
At dinner, you can watch chefs prepare grilled seafood, roasted meats, vegetarian specialties, fresh salads and fresh pastries in the kitchen. You will want to make sure you scoop up the highly raved about dessert, Zebra Domes. Don’t worry Boma also has the kids classics like chicken nuggets as well.
Jiko – The Cooking Place
Here at Jiko you will find steak, chicken, seafood, vegan and vegetarian dishes that are infused with a unique blend of African flavors and spices. The atmosphere is intimate and perfect spot to go for a special occasion.
The Mara – Quick Service Location
Named for a river flowing through Kenya and Tanzania, this location serves flatbreads, chicken, and sandwiches. We thoroughly enjoyed all the food we tried here. It was the most affordable dining option at the resort as well.
Uzima Springs Pool Bar
Here you will find all the Disney pool bar staples such as cocktails, wine and draft beer. In addition to drinks, they serve sandwiches, salads, fruit and select snacks.
Victoria Falls Lounge
Sample tastes from South Africa before or after dinner inside this intimate bar overlooking Boma restaurant.
This is available to resort guests from 6 a.m. to midnight. It allows you to enjoy made-to-order meals in the privacy of your Resort hotel room. Look for the menu inside of your room for the options available.
Resort Recreation at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
You will enjoy swimming in their 11,000-square-foot zero entry pool. The pool holds 234,980 of perfectly warmed water year round. If you are in for a little excitement there is even a 67-foot-long waterslide. Complimentary towels are provided in the pool area as well.
Looking to escape from the kids for a romantic dinner for two? Simba’s Clubhouse may be the answer. This service is available for kids ages 3 to 12. The clubhouse features activities such as arts and crafts, play with a variety of toys, video and board games. With dinner, Disney movies, snacks, nightly themed activities and cool keepsakes, it’s an experience your kids won’t soon forget. The cost is $8 per hour, per child and includes a snack, and a meal. Please call (407) WDW-DINE (407-939-3463) or the Resort hotel’s Front Desk for further information and operating hours.
Movies Under the Stars
Watch some of your favorite Disney Movies under the stars! In the pool area, each night (weather permitting) Disney will showcase one of its movie. All of this is included with your resort stay.
This is a pretty standard arcade. Inside you can conquer classic arcade games and popular video games.
How often do you get to mess around on monkey bars while enjoying a view of an African savannah? Be sure to visit this playground located behind the main pool, against the savannah.
The Verdict on Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
It’s hard to ignore what a unique, special experience this hotel provides its guests. The animals are what makes this hotel. How often do you wake up and have a giraffe staring back at you? In addition, the location is pretty spectacular. It’s literally next to Disney’s Animal Kingdom park and the furthest park away, the Magic Kingdom, is only around 20 minute bus ride.
From the detailed carvings found in guest rooms to the dining options, pool areas, and fabulous Disney service found at every Disney resort. We recommend experiencing a stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.
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