Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

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Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

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7372 Reviews
Guide Price £1,719 per person
Based on 12 June 18 departure from London Gatwick flying with British Airways, staying for 7 nights room only in a Standard Room (2 adults sharing) excluding transfers.
Our guide price gives you an idea of how much to budget for a stay at this hotel. The price will vary based on exchange rates, and your choice of room type, departure date, airline and cabin class, and any additional extras you’d like to add to your holiday.

A Deluxe Resort with authentic African treasures

At Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, experience the feel of an African wildlife reserve in the heart of the majestic African landscape. This deluxe resort takes its unique horseshoe construction from the traditional African village shape known as a 'kraal'. Find yourself immersed in the resort's rich ambience, as stunning views and fascinating details surround you everywhere you go. Many of the rooms balconies overlook one of three savannahs where you can see grazing animals including zebra, giraffes and gazelles as well as exotic birds. Throughout the resort, discover authentic art, architecture and design, from thatched ceilings to rich tapestries, vibrant colours and cultural artefacts.

© Disney

  • Overlooks a 33-acre African savannah
  • Themed pool with waterslide
  • Two full service restaurants
  • Free transportation to the Walt Disney World Resort Parks
  • Extra Magic hours in the parks

Hotel Features

Hotel Category

Luxury

Location Type

Theme Park
  • Check-in Time:
    02:00
  • Check-out Time:
    22:00
  • 1293 rooms
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Floors have lift access: Yes

Main Facilities

  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • Wifi

Accommodation Type

  • H&J Recommended

Board Basis Options

  • Room Only

For Families

  • Babysitting
  • Family Rooms
  • Interconnecting Rooms
  • Kid's Pool
Location Highlights

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

  • Theme Park
  • Approx. 30 mins from Orlando International Airport
  • Close to the Walt Disney World Theme Parks
7372 Reviews 85% of travellers recommended this hotel

Traveller ratings

  • Excellent 4460
  • Very Good 1852
  • Average 647
  • Poor 275
  • Terrible 138

What to Expect

  • Sleep Quality
  • Location
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness

Reviews

May 23, 2018

Don't bother with the free airport transfers

Dallas, Texas

After arriving three hours late at the Orlando Airport with only an hour to get to our hotel and dinner reservations, we decided to take advantage of the free Disney airport transportation we had signed up for. That was a big mistake. We waited about five minutes in line to check in and explained our situation. No, problem, just tell the bus driver you need to get to your dinner. Shouldn't be a problem, we were told. Except that we waited over an hour after check in (65 minutes) for the bus to even arrive. After about 55 minutes someone explained that the traffic was bad all over the area and that the bus would arrive soon. That is not what google maps showed, nothing but green roads everywhere. After all, it was nearing on 8 PM on a Tuesday night by that time. The bus ride from the airport was about half an hour. By the time we walked to the bus pick up area at the airport, waited in line to check in, and waited for the bus, we had added about 75 minutes to our trip time. If I had any clue that was going to happen I would have grabbed a cab or Uber. Disney really needs to have approximate wait times for each destination available at check in. The hotel was nice. It is not anywhere near the entrance to the Animal Kingdom park, so just know that takes a bus to get there as well. The breakfast buffet in the morning is pricey but well worth it.
May 23, 2018

No pool No help No apology

What a huge disappointment! After paying of for a family holiday of our dreams we have received a email that starts with 'Disney are enhancing your experience' what a slap in the face, for it to state that they are doing major refurbishments and the pool will be closed! They have informed us that they are putting a bus service on to another pool (which shows how far the pool is from hotel), the best part of booking a 'luxury hotel' is knowing we can get up in the morning and the kids can jump straight into the pool, not wait in ques for a bus to arrive at a overly busy pool, the thought of having 2 little ones this makes me anxious. As a Disney customer staying at the resorts I was made aware that we can hop on a bus and use any hotels facilities of our choice, so Disney are not offering us anything better! After contacting Thomas Cook signature who have been sending emails daily to disney I have had a reply a WEEK later to basically tell me theirs NOTHING they can do! No moving to another hotel, no compensation, no refund if cancelled not even an apology of them! What a 'magical' experience we are having aye. DISNEY are a world wide organisation but will not offer customers anything! Absolutely devastated as a family. 'All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them' a well known Disney quote! Well Disney this is one customer that does have the courage and we will not be leaving this! £9000 for a 2 week holiday to tell us tuff! Nope this will be getting taken further!!!! Holiday of a life time has turned into the most hurrendous experience we have had, funny the email came once the whole holiday was paid for isn't it! Just can't believe it's Disney that has let us down!
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Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Facilities

Animal Programmes

Unique to Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, these programmes offer close-up encounters with exotic animals. Enjoy watching the animals via night vision, see the handlers feeding the animals, become a junior researcher or go on a cultural safari. Fun for all the family.Activities change so check with reception for programmes available during your stay.

Zawadi Marketplace

This gift shop sells authentic African-themed gifts including Zulu baskets, hand-loomed clothing and hand-carved masks, as well as Disney merchandise.There is an additional gift shop - Johari Treasures - in the main lobby of Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village.

Pumbaa's Fun & Games Arcade

A 24-hour state-of-the-art games arcade with classic games and the latest gaming entertainment. Pumbaa's is located next to The Mara food court so it is easy to grab a quick bite as you play.There is an additional games room - Safari So Good Arcade - at the Kidani Village.

Uzima Pool Area

This beautiful pool area, surrounded by large canopy trees, is a lush oasis overlooking the savannah. It includes an 11,000-square-foot zero-entry swimming pool with a 67-foot long waterslide, a kids’ wading pool and two whirlpools. There is ample seating around the pool and the Uzima Springs Pool Bar to quench your thirst. You will also find a children’s playground close by and a small alcove that overlooks a flamingo habitat and watering hole.

Massage and Fitness

Choose from the latest state-of-the-art exercise equipment, including treadmills and bicycles, or perhaps something more relaxing - a steaming sauna or stress-melting Swedish massage, a deep tissue massage or an aromatherapy massage. Personal training is available on request. Guest memberships available. Reservations required. Proper workout attire essential.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Room Types

Standard Room

Standard Rooms have two queen beds or one king bed with a daybed and a single sofa bed. Rollaway beds are available on request, payable locally. These rooms are African themed, with hand-carved wooden furniture and tribal-print bedspreads, and also includemarble-topped double vanity area, beverage cooler and ceiling fan.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Ironing Facilities
  • MP3 dock
  • Safe
  • Shower over bath
  • Telephone
  • Towels included

Pool View Room

Pool View Rooms have two queen beds or one king bed with a daybed. Rollaway beds are available on request, payable locally. As the standard rooms, these rooms are African themed, with hand-carved wooden furniture and tribal-print bedspreads, and also includemarble-topped double vanity area, beverage cooler and ceiling fan.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Ironing Facilities
  • MP3 dock
  • Safe
  • Shower over bath
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
Savannah View Bunk Room

Savannah View - Bunk Bed

These Savannah View Rooms have one queen bed and a bunk bed. Rollaway beds are available on request, payable locally. These rooms have amazing views over the wildlife reserve and, as all Savannah rooms, are African themed, with hand-carved wooden furniture and tribal-print bedspreads, and also include marble-topped double vanity area, beverage cooler and ceiling fan.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Ironing Facilities
  • MP3 dock
  • Safe
  • Shower over bath
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
Double room

Savannah View Room

Savannah View Rooms have either two queen beds, one king bed with a daybed, or one queen bed with a bunk bed. Rollaway beds are available on request, payable locally. These rooms have amazing views over the wildlife reserve and, as the standard rooms, are African themed, with hand-carved wooden furniture and tribal-print bedspreads, and also includemarble-topped double vanity area, beverage cooler and ceiling fan.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Ironing Facilities
  • MP3 dock
  • Safe
  • Shower over bath
  • Telephone
  • Towels included

One Bedroom Villa Savanna View - Kidani Village

With 493 villas, Kidani Villagecombines the luxury of a resort with the creature comforts of home. The 710-square-foot one-bedroom villas have a living area with queen-size sleeper sofa and single chair bed, a fully equipped kitchen area and a separate bedroom with king bed. There is a TV in the bedroom and living area and DVD player available - and the views across the savannah are spectacular.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • Ironing Facilities
  • MP3 dock
  • Safe
  • Self catering facilities
  • Shower over bath
  • Telephone
  • Towels included
  • Whirlpool in room

2 Bedroom Villa Standard View Kidani Village

2 Bedroom Villa Savanna View Kidani Village

1 Bedroom Villa Value Jambo

These villas havehave one king bed andone queensize sleepersofa bed. These rooms are African themed, with hand-carved wooden furniture and tribal-print bedspreads, and also includemarble-topped double vanity area, beverage cooler and ceiling fan. All villas have a view of the landscaped or parking area.

Savannah View - Club Level Access QG

1 Bedroom Suite Club Level Q1

Standard Room QA

Pool View Room QB

Savannah View QC

Savannah View Bunk Bed QJ

2 Bedroom Villa Standard View Kidani Village UC

2 Bedroom Villa Savanna View Kidani Village CU

1 Bedroom Villa Value Jambo U8

Savanna View Room (UK/IRELAND)

Pool View Room with One Queen Bed and One Bunk Bed (UK/IRELAND)

Pool View Room (UK/IRELAND)

Savanna View Room with One Queen Bed and One Bunk Bed (UK/IRELAND)

Standard View Room (UK/IRELAND)

Standard View QA

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Food & Drink

Boma - Flavors of Africa

Styled like a lively African marketplace with thatched roofs, this family-friendly buffet-style restaurant serves dishes inspired by the vibrant flavours and seasonal dishes of Africa, along with favourite American classics. The restaurant serves breakfast (7.30am-11am) and dinner (4.30pm-9.30pm), with an open kitchen and wood-fire rotisserie grill. Start the day with African pastries, pancakes, bacon, sausage, eggs and assorted cereals whilst at dinner the buffet is prepared with African flair and may include signature selections, traditional dishes, roasted meats, grilled seafood, soups, salads, desserts and unique South African wines.Reservations are recommended. Dress code: Casual

The Mara

This food court offers both African-inspired cuisine and traditional American fare, including grilled items, a selection of fresh soups, sandwiches, salads, burgers, bakery items, plus daily specials, take-away foods, smoothies and speciality coffees. A counter service restaurant, it is located at Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Jambo House, close to the Uzima pool. Named after the Masai Mara conservation area in Tanzania, the indoor area is themed on the wetlands and grasslands of the reserve, with colourful murals and a canopy of trees overhead, whilst the outdoor seating area is shaded by umbrellas and plenty of foliage. Dress code: Casual

Sanaa

Sanaa, meaning “artwork” in Swahili, serves creative African-inspired cuisine with delicate Indian flavours, in an artistic setting overlooking the savanna. Located within Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village, this unique restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. You can even enjoy learning about the wildlife roaming outside the window during lunch with an animal specialist.Reservations are recommended. Dress code: Casual

Jiko – The Cooking Place

A unique restaurant serving sumptuous cuisine influenced by the cultures of Africa, India and the Mediterranean. Traditional dishes are infused by fragrant spices and Jiko has one of the most expansive South African wine lists in America. Wood-burning ovens roar as they waft tempting aromas and the decor reflects the heritage of Africa.Reservations are recommended. Dress code: The dress code is smart casual. Jeans and smart shorts are permitted but men are asked to wear collared shirts. Vests, swimwear, men's hats, cut-offs, torn clothing and shirts with offensive language or graphics are not permitted.

Cape Town Lounge and Wine Bar

This intimate lounge has a full bar serving a range of South African wines. Close to Jiko – the Cooking Place, you can enjoy your appetizer and wine whilst you wait for your table, or order from the Jiko menu and dine at the bar.

Victoria Falls Lounge

This intimate upstairs lounge bar sits overlooking Boma restaurant so is perfect for an aperitif or after-dinner nightcap. You can also enjoy South African wines by the fire pit outside or order from the full Jiko menu.

Board Basis Options

Room Only
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Family Friendly Facilities

Simba's Cubhouse

Supervised activities including toys by Hasbro, arcade games, arts and crafts, games, Disney movies, and Sony Playstations. Price is $11USD per hour, per child 3-12 years old. Minimum 2 hours. Advance reservations recommended.Simba's Cubhouse also provides dinner (to be ordered at check-in), including sandwiches, chicken fingers, mini burger, hotdog, macaroni cheese (no outside food permitted).

Kids Wading Pool

Wading pool located in the Uzima Springs pool area.

Hakuna Matata playground

A fun children's play area next to the Uzima pool, ideal for climbing, sliding and generally having fun! The playgournd overlooks the flamingo area and the savanna.