Wonders of the Animal Kingdom Lodge in Disney World

Like no other place in Disney World, staying at the Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Water Park and Resort in Orlando is a once in a lifetime adventure that accents the overall Disney exploration you will have on your vacation. This Disney African Themed Lodge will allow you to feel as if you are always on Safari as you look out of your window and see all of the animals wandering around. Exotic animals are located in every direction such as giraffe, elk, antelope, zebra and other wildlife roaming free throughout the property! Even if you do not book a Savanna View Room, you have free reign to roam around the Animal Kingdom Lodge property and view the animals every day. It’s almost like a zoo but located in your back yard and that is pretty amazing. All of this, combined with the amazing African music will help you feel as if you are in the heart of Africa.

Accommodations at the Animal Kingdom Lodge

Nowhere else in Disney World is there a place you can stay where you can have views of an African Savanna. Having the amazing views overlooking the vast spaces for African animals to roam is one of the main reasons guest choose to stay at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Trying to keep your costs down? The Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of the Disney World Deluxe Resorts, so it is going to be on the higher cost spectrum. There are some things you can do to cut the cost though like booking a Standard Room with 2 Queen Beds. These rooms or the Queen with bunk bedrooms are the least expensive option at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Upgrading to a 1 Bedroom or 2 Bedroom Suite gives you much more space but it will definitely cost more.

Jambo House or Kidani Village

Each of the Disney World Deluxe Resorts offer standard rooms, suites or if you are a DVC (Disney Vacation Club Member), Villas. The Animal Kingdom Resort is somewhat unique in that it offers Rooms, Suites and DVC villas in Jambo House and only DVC Villas in the Kidani Village. There is a difference in the Villa layout and the views you have access to depending on the location you stay. We have put together the information you will need to help you decide, Do I stay at the Animal Kingdom Jambo House or Kidani Village? For even more information, check out the Animal Kingdom Kidani Villas and compare them to the Animal Kingdom Jambo House Villas. The extra reading is definitely worth it before booking your stay at the Animal Kingdom Resort.

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Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Reviews


Wow!, is a great word, to sum up, many of the guests' feelings about staying in the Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge. African Art and hand-carved items from Africa fill spaces all around the resort. Rooms & Suites are large with great theming all around. As always, the Disney Cast members are awesome. It is fun to take the kids to see all of the animals on the grounds. There are many Cast members located around the resort to give you an education on Africa and its animal population. Our kids had the best time at the 2 pools with water slides.


So, the entrance to the Animal Kingdom Lodge is really spectacular but know that the standard rooms and bathrooms are a little small compared to some of the other Disney World Deluxe Resorts. Some of the rooms could really use a refresh. There were also a few guests who mentioned how secluded the Animal Kingdom Resort is from the Parks. The resort is huge and getting to both pools is a pretty descent walk.

* Estimate of Rating Levels

Above Average - 85%
Average - 9%
Below Average - 6%

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* Rating Levels were created from TripAdvisor information at the time of adding this property. Please check the Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge TripAdvisor Reviews to see if any changes to the ratings have changed before booking.

Fun Things to Do at the Animal Kingdom Lodge

Indeed, the Animal Kingdom Lodge Pools are some of the most incredible in the Disney Resorts but there is so much more to do. Walk around the resort and take in the animals. There is something new to see every day as the animals at the Animal Kingdom lodge are free to roam on the savanna. Cast Members are located at various stations and are available to answer questions and give you some information on the animals you are looking at. An arcade is located near the pool area if you would like to cool off indoors for a bit.


Pets are not allowed at the Disney Animal Kingdom Resort. If you are really interested in bringing your small dog with you, you can choose from one of the other Pet Friendly Resorts in Disney World. Service animals are welcome at the Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Resort Fees

There are not any Resort Fees when staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.


Self-Parking and Valet are available at the Animal Kingdom Resort. There is a fee per night stay, per vehicle whether you use the Self-parking of Valet option.

Fitness Center

The Zahanati Massage and Fitness Center is the perfect place to go and start your day. Large workout center with all of the up to date machines to help you get that fantastic feeling to get on with the day.

Spa Treatments

Book some special you-time at the Zahnati Spa with different options from facials, to massage and all of the additional pampering you deserve.


Unique African style dining is available with table seating at Boma or Jiko. For a more casual setting, The Mara is conveniently located by the Sumawati Pool and offers many different counter-service options.

Business & Event Spaces

A small business area with computers, fax capabilities and copies are available in the main lobby at the Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge

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