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Animal Kingdom Lodge

by Jamie Rumph

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

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I recently spent 5 nights at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and was completely wowed by all it had to offer!  I’ve visited the lodge often and have eaten there a time or two as well, but staying there and enjoying its serenity is in a league all of its own!

Animal Kingdom Lodge had two main buildings connected by a pathway.  Jambo House and Kidani Village.  The architecture is reminiscent of an African-style lodge complete with savannah lands and roaming African animals.

Jambo House is the original building at Animal Kingdom Lodge followed up by Kidani Village which opened as a new DVC property with over 300 villas in 2009, just 8 years after the original lodge was opened.

For Additional Pictures of Animal Kingdom Lodge visit here.

Resort Size

Savannah View at Animal Kingdom Lodge

  • 955 Rooms – accommodate up to 4 guests, plus one child under age 3 in a crib.
  • Club Level accommodations available
  • Rooms have either 2 queen size beds, or one queen size bed and bunk beds, or one king size bed.
  • 15 Suites
  • 216 Jambo House Villas
  • 493 Kidani Village Villas

Jambo House balcony wtth Savanah view at Animal Kingdom Lodge

  • Standard Room – 4 guests
  • 1 Bedroom Suite – 5 guests
  • 2 Bedroom Suite – 8 guests
  • King with bunk bed – 4 guests

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bunkbed room at Animal Kingdom Lodge

Kidani Village

  • Deluxe Studio – 4 guests
  • 1 Bedroom Villa – 5 guests
  • 2 Bedroom Villa – 9 guests

Room Size

  • Standard Room 344 sq ft
  • 1 Bedroom 777 sq ft
  • 2 Bedroom Suite 1,083 sq ft
  • Deluxe Studio – 316 sq ft
  • 1 Bedroom Villa – 710 sq ft
  • 2 Bedroom Villa – 1,173 sq ft

Check In/Check Out:Check in araea at Animal Kingdom Lodge

  • Check In: 3 pm
  • Out: 11 am
  • Guests arriving earlier or later can check in and have their bags held with the bellhop.
  • Guests can pre-check in from the My Disney Experience app

Dining Options

Signature Dining/Table Service

  • Jiko – The Cooking Place, dinner

Table Service

  • Boma-Flavors of Africa, breakfast and dinner buffetsBoma Buffett at Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Sanaa – lunch and dinnerSanaa at Animal Kingdom Lodge

Quick Service

  • The Mara – breakfast, lunch, and dinnerThe Mara at Animal Kingdom Lodge

Lounges

  • Cape Town Lounge and Wine Bar
  • Sanaa Lounge
  • Victoria Falls Lounge – a favorite place of mine to relax and unwind while staying at the lodge.Victoria Falls bar and lounge at Animal Kingdom LodgeVictorica Falls Bar and Lounge at Animal Kingdom LodgeVictoria Falls Lounge at Animal Kingdom Lodge

Pool Bars

  • Maji Pool Bar
  • Uzima Springs Pool Bar

Special Experiences

  • Dine with Animal Specialist
  • Jiko Wine Tasting
  • Wanyama Safari

In Room Dining Available

Amenities:

  • 2 pools with slidepool view at Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Children’s pool
  • Interactive Water Feature
  • Playgroundplayground at Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Whirlpool
  • Health Clubs
  • Select spa services
  • Family rec room
  • ArcadePumbas Fun and Games Arcade at Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Movies under the Stars
  • Sports courts (tennis, basketball, shuffleboard)
  • Grills
  • Animal programs at the savanna viewing areas animals on the savannah at Animal Kingdom Lodgezebra on the savannah at Animal Kingdom Lodgeanimal guide at Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Safari tours exclusively for guests staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Daily activities

Stores

  • Zawadi Marketplace

Transportation

  • Bus to all 4 Parks, Disney Springs, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach
  • Minnie Van Service

Concierge Level

  • Exclusive Check-in Line
  • Concierge team to assist with reservations and other needs pre and during stay
  • Kilimanjaro Club Access includes:
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Mid-day snacks
  • Evening wine and appetizers
  • Deserts
  • The Animal Kingdom Club Level guests can also purchase the “Sunrise Safari Breakfast” at Animal Kingdom Theme Park. This is a private, guided safari with a zookeeper followed by breakfast. See concierge host for information.

Resort Location

Located near the Animal Kingdom

Additional Things to Know

  • The Animal Kingdom Lodge savannas have views of African wildlife and are worth paying an upgrade for!
  • To enjoy the views of the savanna from your personal balcony, reserve a savanna view room
  • To get between the main lodge and Kidani Village you can walk apx 10 minutes or use the inter-bus system at the resort.

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Need more help planning your Walt Disney World Vacation? I’m happy to help! Email me! jamie@lotmv.com

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