Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge - Lobby Image: mhowry (flickr)
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is a favored choice for anyone with their eye on Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Located southwest of the Animal Kingdom, guests reach the wildlife-focused park in about ten minutes. The African-style resort is set up as a genuine African lodge, with villages and architecture emanating a true geographical snapshot. The entire resort comprises a large semi-circle, providing magnificent views of animal habitats and savannas. African artifacts, carved ethnic furniture, and towering beams add depth to the backdrop. African spirit is acutely harnessed within the lobby via a massive clay fireplace.
Arusha Rock is steps outside the lobby, and is the prime location for wildlife viewing within four distinct savannas. More than two dozen exotic species, including Okapi, giraffes, and zebras, live on the grounds within a lush habitat of indigenous African plants and grasses. See it all through glass chambers and special guest room balconies.
A host of choices follow a Standard Room title; basic, pool, and savanna views are main choices. Rooms for four include queen or king beds, along with a day bed or bunk beds; it's a good option for family-friendly resorts at Disney World. Each includes a balcony. Amenities such as small dining sets, fridges, coffee makers, and ceiling fans are standard. Rooms with Kilimanjaro Club Level with Concierge Service designation enjoy added perks like itinerary planning and Club level Lounge access.
One- and two-bedroom suites are mid-tier accommodations at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, housing six guests total. Views include garden courtyard or one of four savannas and suites are laden with conveniences and advantages. Guests enjoy Club Level services and VIP access to lounges and special safari tours. Larger two-bedroom suites are a sound alternative to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas, offering space for eight, concierge services, and itinerary planning, maximizing the value of Disney resorts.
Animal Kingdom Lodge
The location of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas is hard to beat. Kidani Village and Jambo House are part of the main lodge, equipped with multiple bedrooms and kitchens or kitchenettes. Animal viewing here is beyond compare, pairing perfectly with Animal Kingdom theme park tickets. Guests can step out onto a private balcony and take in the glorious, African-inspired view. Integral to Kidani Village and Jambo House is the design, taking the form of water buffalo horns, and surrounded by walkways and dense landscaping.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge - Pool Image: alaskanent (flickr), CC BY-SA 2.0
Samawati Springs is an almost 5,000-square-foot pool featuring an adjacent 130-foot water slide. Palms and canopies add plenty of foliage and shade and two hot tubs create a place for total relaxation. Uzima Pool spans more than 11,000 square feet with a massive waterslide attached. Here, there are also two hot tubs along with a nearby playground, and a kid’s wading pool. Steps away is the health club, and pool-side bar. Both pools are at the southeast corner of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.
If African delights entice, dining at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge will too. Specialities from all over Africa are served up buffet-style under a traditional thatched roof by Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas. A second restaurant within the village features flavors inspired by Africa’s spice route and an amazing view of the savannah. Central to both the main lodge and villages is a third dining choice with a menu of varied American and African foods and specialty wines. Fast-paced meals are an option at a casual restaurant where indoor and pool-side meals are both possible.
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