Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort Review and Video

by All Things Mouse Staff on January 29, 2012
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort is a unique African-themed deluxe level resort of Walt Disney World. The Animal Kingdom Lodge offers a more intimate encounter with nature than other Disney Resorts and is located near Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.

The Animal Kingdom Lodge opened for operation on April 16, 2001. This was just three years after the associated theme park first started operating nearby.

The proximity of the two are not by chance. Disney Imagineers wanted to create a resort with ties to the theme park and in doing so created both a unique resort as well as unique opportunities for those that stay or visit there.

Perhaps at the top of that list of unique opportunities are the four savannas created adjacent to the lodge. These savannas may host a multitude of exotic creatures. Among them, according to Disney are:

“Ankole Cattle, Bontebok, Eland, Zebra, Greater Kudu, Impala, Okapi, Red River Hog, Nyala, Reticulated Giraffe, Roan Antelope, Sable Antelope, Thompson’s Gazelle, Waterbuck, White-Bearded Wildebeest, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Blue Crane, East African Crowned Crane, Greater Flamingo, Marabou Stork, Ostrich, Pink-Backed Pelican, Spur Winged Geese, Guinea Fowl and Ruppel’s Griffon Vulture.”

These savannas can be viewed from several public locations of the lodge, or even from select room balconies for those that are staying there.

Once you have taken your fill of the animal experiences offered, there is also plenty of other things to do. Consider some time in the community hall or let the kids play on the Hakuna Matata Playground. Take a bike ride, jog on the lush trails or swim in the uniquely themed pools. Or spend some time in the arcade or watching an outdoor movie at night.

You will not go hungry at the Animal Kingdom Lodge either – consider Boma for a buffet-style meal or Sanaa for some of their slow-cooked specialties. Jiko offers signature dining while The Mara offers more casual fare.

Even if you are not staying at the resort, it is worth your time to check out!


Resort Name
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort
Resort Area
Animal Kingdom
Resort Category
Resort Address
2901 Osceola Parkway
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
Number of Rooms
Standard Room Size
34 sq. ft
varies depending on room selected
Food Court
Table Service Restaurant
Hair Dryer
Laundry Facilities
Most rooms
varies depending on room
Hot Tub
Disney Transportation

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort Map

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Map

Thanks to pacho54 who provided the video shown above.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is a business friendly resort located in Lake Buena Vista’s Walt Disney World neighborhood, close to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Epcot. Additional points of interest include Wide World of Sports and Blizzard Beach. Resort Features. Dining options at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge include 3 restaurants. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a children’s pool, a health club, a sauna, and a steam room. Wireless and wired high speed Internet access is available in public areas (surcharges apply). Complimentary shuttle services include a roundtrip airport shuttle (available 24 hours) and a theme park shuttle. Business services and tour/ticket assistance are available. Additional property amenities include a coffee shop/caf?, a concierge desk, and a children’s club. This is a smoke free property. Guestrooms. 1293 air conditioned guestrooms at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge feature iPod docking stations and coffee/tea makers. All accommodations have balconies. Accommodations include refrigerators and microwaves. Bathrooms feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Wired high speed and wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. In addition to desks and complimentary weekday newspapers, guestrooms offer multi line phones with voice mail, as well as free local calls (restrictions may apply). Televisions have satellite channels. Rooms also include safes and ceiling fans. Guests may request in room massages, extra towels/bedding, and wake up calls. Housekeeping is available daily. Guestrooms are all non smoking. Notifications and Fees:The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check in, or check out. Valet parking fee: US$ 10 per night The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Walt Disney World Official 2015 Birnbaum's Guidebook

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