Tucked back away from the coasters, thrills, chills, and spills of the theme parks, stands Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Next to Disney’s Animal Kingdom inside the Walt Disney World Resort area, the African inspired Orlando hotel is one of the best resorts to stay for a family vacation.
Winding down the back roads of Disney’s Animal Kingdom ® Theme Park resort area, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge transports you to the African Savanna. The architecture, landscape, and culture are all inspired by African tones. In the Jambo House lobby, there are thatched ceilings, woven tapestry ceiling, African furniture, and large wooden beams. Real African artifacts adorn the rich mahogany walls and tables, adding on to the spirit of Africa in the building. But the real spirit of Africa can be found in the 33-acre wildlife preserve that surrounds half of the building. With over 30 species of wildlife and lush tropical surroundings, guests can view numerous animals in their natural habitats at numerous viewing locations throughout the property (including glass alcoves, outside viewing areas, and even guest room balconies). Animals such as giraffes, zebras, gazelle, wildebeests, flamingos, ostriches, and more can be seen within the area. The building, itself, was actually built in a half-moon shape around the savanna, in order to allow guests the opportunity to see the main attraction of the hotel, the animals.
But let’s not forget the other main attraction of the hotel, the accommodations. The comfortable rooms at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge are perfectly furnished for your Orlando vacation. The rooms feature some of the same African inspired art and decor with views of the hotel, pool, and even the African savanna.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge has all of the amenities you need in order to make your Orlando vacation one that you will never forget. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge has three restaurants on property, serving both African and American fare. Also, if you are looking to catch some rays, head to the large outdoor pool on-property (home to a 67-foot water slide, two whirlpools, and a children’s play area). The Zahanti Massage and Fitness Center offers a retreat for those wanting to work out their muscles or take a break from it all. Also on property is a child supervision center (Simba’s Clubhouse), arcade, family activities, and more.
As a Walt Disney World ® Resort guest, you will receive special added benefits for staying on property. Guests at the resort receive complimentary motor coach transportation to Walt Disney World ® Resort destinations and the Orlando International Airport. And, don’t forget about the added benefit of getting Extra Magic Hours at the parks, which allow you to either get into the park early or stay later than other guests! What are you waiting for? Bring out your wild side and stay at the Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge!