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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Review & Tour

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Want to know what it is like to stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge? Here is a tour and review of the resort as well as a tour of our room with a Savanna view. This article will help you decide if staying at Disney’s Animal Kingdom lodge is worth the money.

A view of the outside of Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.

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Finding the perfect hotel for your Disney World vacation can be hard. There are so many options both on Disney property and off.

Map of Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Map of the Resort

We recently stayed at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge in Walt Disney World, Florida. This was our first time staying there and we loved it! The rooms were beautiful, the service was excellent, and the location made getting around easy.

Two kids swimming in the pool at Disney's Magical Express.
Swimming Pool

If you are looking for a resort with great amenities, deluxe accommodations, and amazing views, then this could be a good option for you! If you are still deciding on a resort, make sure to check out my review of Disney’s Contemporary Resort as well as other Orlando area hotels like Hilton Lake Buena Vista Palace!

A rug at the bottom of a flight of stairs that says Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Stairway to the Lobby

Hotel Lobby

When you first walk into the lobby of Animal Kingdom Lodge, be prepared to be amazed. It is absolutely breathtaking! 

Lobby at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge at Disney World in Florida.
Lobby

The lobby has three stories featuring high vaulted ceilings and beautiful light fixtures.

Light fixtures in the lobby of Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Lobby

As you enter the lobby, the front desk is located to the left. If you have the My Disney Experience app, you will be able to check into your room before arriving, and you can use the app or your magic band as your room’s key, so there really is no need to go to the front desk when you arrive.

Front Desk of Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Front Desk
A sign in the lobby of Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge with instructions on how to check in online.
Lobby

There is a fun bridge on the top floor of the Lobby that gives you a great view. My boys managed to find there way up there to wave at me down below.

Two kids on a bridge over the lobby of Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Lobby

As you head toward the back of the lobby, there are floor to ceiling windows giving you an amazing view of the Savanna. You can also see some of the animals that are out on the savanna.

Large window overlooking the savanna at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Lobby

Hotel Grounds

There is no denying, that one of the main reasons to stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, is the hotel grounds.

View of the hotel grounds from outside the lobby at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Savanna

Where else can you walk outside your hotel and see a giraffe or a zebra? We had fun taking in all of the scenery and checking out a few animals. Here is the view from just outside the lobby.

We saw giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, and some interesting birds.

Zebras and wildebeests on the grounds of Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Savanna

On the other side of the building, we saw a flock of flamingos, who happened to be very noisy some times.

Flamingos at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Flamingos Near the Pool

Hakuna Matata Playground

Also located near the flamingoes is Hakuna Matata playground which is a great place to let little ones play and burn off some energy.

Hakuna Matata Playground at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Hakuna Matata Playground
Hakuna Matata Playground at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Hakuna Matata Playground

Savanna View Room Tour

Our room was located in Jambo House and had a savanna view, which came with a much steeper price tag than rooms that don’t face the savannah.

Room 3417 at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Standard Room with Savanna View

We were on the third, which was very convenient, because we were on the same level as the lobby and were only a short flight of stairs up from the pool level.

Stairs leading from the pool to our room on the third floor of Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Stairway from Pool Level to the Lobby

Our room had two queen sized beds and hard wood floors. There were night stands on either side of the beds, as well as plenty of USB ports which made charging phones really convenient.

Two Queen beds in a standard room with a savanna view at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Queen Beds and Savanna View

There is a small table with two chairs and a dresser with a large tv. I really appreciated all of the drawers and storage space available.

A small table, two chairs, dresser, and a tv in a standard room with a savanna view at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Table and Dresser

This is the little kitchenette area  with an ice bucket, a coffee maker, and a drawer full of different varieties of coffees and teas.

Kitchenette area of a standard room at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Kitchenette Area
Keurig coffee maker in a standard room with a savanna view at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Keurig Coffee Maker
Drawer filled k-cups at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Coffee & Tea Varieties

Below the coffee drawer is a small refrigerator that is the perfect size to keep bottles of water and a few snacks.

Refrigerator in a standard room at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Mini Refrigerator

Next to the kitchenette is a large wardrobe style closet with a safe and a steamer.

Wardrobe closet in a standard room with a savanna view at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Closet/Wardrobe
Inside view of the closet inside a standard room at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Inside View of the Closet

The bathroom has a separate room for the shower and the vanity, which helps when multiple people are getting ready at the same time.

Shower and toilet in a standard room at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Shower & Toilet Room

The shower is stocked with plenty of Disney’s H20 products, which I am hooked on and have purchased for my own home from shopDisney.

Disney's H20 bathroom products in the shower at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Shampoo, Conditioner & Body Wash

There are two sinks in the vanity as well as a large mirror with amazing lighting. There is also a cute picture of Timon, Pumbaa, and Simba from the Lion King.

Bathroom in a standard room at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Bathroom Vanity
A Lion King picture hanging in the bathroom of a standard room at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Lion King Picture
Disney's H20 products at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Complimentary Toiletries

Savanna View

Remember that view I was telling you about? Well, here it is!

View from a standard room with a savanna view at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Animals on the Savanna

I was worried when booking this room that we would show up and we would never see any animals. Fortunately, that was not the case! There were a few times that were quieter than others, but there was always some type of animal to check out each time we came out to the balcony.

Zebras outside of a standard room with a savanna view at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Zebras on the Savanna

If a view of the animals is high on your list of priorities when staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge, here is what I recommend that you request:

  • Savanna view
  • Zebra Trail
  • Near Elevators

That is what I requested, and it was an amazing view of the animals!

Zebra trail rooms at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Zebra Trail Rooms

We noticed that the most active time for the animals was dinner time, around 5:00-6:00. That’s when we saw a ton of animals feeding at the same time!

Savanna animals grazing at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Animals Grazing on the Savanna

Animal Kingdom Lodge Pool

The pool very large and my boys spent a lot of time during our stay, swimming.

Animal Kingdom Lodge swimming pool.
Swimming Pool
A sign showing pool rules for Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Pool Rules

There are tons of lounge chairs around the pool to sit on. Some are in the shade from trees and others are shaded by umbrellas.

Lounge chairs next to the pool.
Lounge Chairs by the Pool

You can find complimentary life jackets next to the pool and there are also plenty of life guards on duty.

Complimentary life jackets next to the pool at Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Complimentary Life Jackets

Besides the large pool, there is also a super fun waterslide! I lost count of how many times my boys went down the slide.

A sign showing water slide rules at Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Water Slide Rules
Water slide at the pool of Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Water Slide

The pool area also had three hot tubs.

A sign showing spa and hot tub rules.
Spa Rules
A hot tub at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
One of Three Spas

Be sure to check out my video review of Animal Kingdom Lodge to see the slide in action!

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Daily Entertainment Schedule

One of the great things about Disney resorts is the entertainment. At Animal Kingdom Lodge, there are fun activities to do each day of the week like scavenger hunts, crafts, and campfires.  Here is a picture of the daily activity schedule.

Daily activity schedule for Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Activity Schedule

My boys loved participating in the poolside activities.

Disney cast members doing recreational activities near the pool of Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Poolside Activities

Arcade

There is a fun arcade called Pumbaa’s Fun & Games located near the pool. My husband took our 7 year old there a couple of times and said that the prices for the games were pretty reasonable.

Pumba's Fun & Games arcade at Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Pumbaa’s Fun & Games
Arcade at Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Pumbaa’s Fun & Games
A child playing guitar hero at the arcade at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Pumbaa’s Fun & Games

Dining Options

Here are some of the dining options at Animal Kingdom Lodge. The Mara is a quick service location located near the pool. We ordered lunch here one day and it was pretty good.

The Mara quick service dining at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
The Mara
The Mara menu at Animal Kingdom Lodge.
The Mara
Eating area at The Mara in Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
The Mara

My boys had cheeseburgers and my husband and I had a chicken Caesar salad.  We also shared the 50th Anniversary tart out on our balcony.

Fiftieth Anniversary Tart from Animal Kingdom Lodge.
50th Anniversary Tart

Jiko-The Cooking Place serves fine dining African cuisine. Unfortunately it has not reopened yet.

Jiko at Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Jiko

Boma- Flavors of Africa is a buffet style restaurant that is open for breakfast and dinner.

Boma Flavors of Africa.
Boma
Boma price list.
Boma Price List

Gift Shop

You can’t go to Disney without checking out the gift shop, right? We had a good time taking a look around at the Disney items for sale.

Sign for the gift shop at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Gift Shop

There was a lot of Lion King merchandise here, probably because it is Animal Kingdom Lodge. This gift shop also came in handy when we ran out of sunscreen.

Gift shop merchandise at Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Gift Shop Merchandise

Fitness Center

If you want to get in a workout during your stay, Animal Kingdom Lodge has a really nice and spacious fitness center located across from the pool.

Entrance to the fitness center.
Fitness Center
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Fitness Center.
Fitness Center

Disney Transportation

A perk of staying at a Disney resort is the free Disney Transportation. You can head outside the front doors of the hotel turn left and catch a bus to Disney World park as well as Disney Springs and the Disney water parks! 

Disney bus stop at Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Shuttle Bus Station

We took the bus to Disney Springs one night and picked up dinner at The Chicken Guy. We highly recommend it!

Chicken from the Chicken Guy at Disney Springs.
The Chicken Guy

Disney’s Magical Express

Disney’s Magical Express is a perk that will be going away soon. It offered complimentary transportation to and from Orlando International Airport.  I was glad that we got to experience it one last time.

Disney's Magical Express sign at Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Disney’s Magical Express

We received an envelope the night before we checked out that listed our pick up time. The pick up location is outside the front doors across the valet parking area.

A child at the bus stop fo Disney's Magical Express at Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Disney’s Magical Express Bus Stop

Although we did get to ride the Magical Express, I was kind of disappointed that the bus we had was not decorated as a Magical Express Bus. It kind of took away from the Magic.

Mears bus acting as Disney's Magical Express.
Disney’s Magical Express

We spent two amazing days at Disney World with our boys while staying in this resort. I loved watching them have so much fun while playing on all of the fun features Disney has to offer. The service here was also amazing!  

If you are looking for an unforgettable family vacation and you don’t mind spending some at a Disney World deluxe resort, then Animal Kingdom Lodge is definitely the way to go.

Three people on the balcony of a standard room with a savanna view at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Savanna View

Animal Kingdom Lodge was an amazing resort! If you would like to see more about our stay with a video review , click HERE  to be taken to it on YouTube.

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