Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Information and Pictures











Arusha Rock Savannah at Disneys Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (AKL) is the first Disney hotel to be completely and consistantly tied into the theming of a nearby theme park - in this case, Disney's Animal Kingdom park. Disney visited over 20 African lodges in their quest to create a culturally relevant resort that celebrated the people, wildlife, art, and cultures of the vast African continent. The resort is beautiful and brilliantly themed to resemble a South African Wildlife reserve but also takes inspiration from African kraals, which are compounds with huts and stockades that surround livestock. The resort incorporates different building styles, colors and materials found throughout Africa - things like thatched roofs and mud fireplaces. In many ways, the resorts four savanna areas (Arusha Rock, Uzima, Pembe and Sunset Savannas) take a starring roll with more than 200 African animals, encompassing over 30 species, on display both day and night. At how many resorts can you look out from your balcony and see giraffs or zebras? The resort's landscaping was designed to represent different types of African terrain: forested areas, river systems, grasslands and the bush. Equally impressive is the extensive collection of African art throughout the resort - there are more than 380 museum quality pieces on display in the hotel's public areas and over 4000 handcrafted works spread out through the guest rooms. Disney also hires cast members from Africa who serve as cultural ambassadors which gives guests a wonderful opportunity to learn about Africa in a very personal way. This is one of Disney World's deluxe resorts so you're sure to find comfortable accommodations, great food, and wonderful experiences. It is also a resort where you can have an incredible experience without ever going into a Disney theme park.


The Animal Kingdom Lodge resort has two main areas: Jambo House is the original portion of the resort and has the largest lobby area. This is where you'll find standard hotel rooms. The Kidani Village building was opened in 2009 as part of Vacation Club (DVC - timeshare program) and feature studio units with kitchenettes, as well as multi-room villas. Reservations in this area are not limited to DVC members; the general public can reserve accomodations in either buildings, subject to availability. You do receive daily maid / housekeeping service when you reserve accomodations in the Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Villa (DVC) areas.

Because this resort is so new and modern, both the Jambo House and the Kidani Village areas have beautiful pool areas.

Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort Overview Flier

Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort Map

Animal Kingdom Lodge Pro & Con

Advantages - The animals, art and cultural representatives from Africa make this a very unique and special resort. The standard (non-view) rooms are one of the best deals to be found at a Disney deluxe resort. Very nice pool - in fact, the pool area in the Kidani Village (Disney Vacation Club - DVC) area is probably the best pool for young children anywhere on Disney property. The fact that this isn't in a "resort area" and is a bit off the beaten path means that you have less non-resort guests just wandering through the lobby. A stay here is both relaxing and exciting.

Disadvantages - Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is the only deluxe resort that offers only bus transporation to the Disney theme parks. You are closest to the Animal Kingdom theme park but this deluxe resort is the farthest Disney resort hotel from the Magic Kingdom theme park. This is a "stand-alone" resort, meaning that it isn't in a cluster of resorts; while this definitely makes the public areas less conjested by non-resort guests, it also limits your nearby dining options. There are three sit-down restaurants and a food court on AKL property.

Note: For the safety on the animals, no balloons are allowed at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge - something you'll want to remember before purchasing any balloons in the Disney theme parks.

Animal Kingdom Lodge Amenities

  • Jambo House's Uzima Pool has a 67-foot waterslide and is a large zero entry pool covering 11,000 square feet and filled with 234,980 gallons of water with a small wading pool for the kids and a secluded and landscaped whirlpool spa area.
  • Kidani Village's Samawati Springs pool area features a 4700-square foot, zero-depth entry pool with a 128-foot slide. The Uvanja Camp water playground has 3 zones for children of all ages. The Observation Station is for children age 4 and younger with climbing areas, cargo crate tunnels, a geyser and shallow wading pool. The Departure Zone is for ages 5 - 7 and features a leaky tower and spraying flowers, the Base Camp is designed with kids age 8 and older in mind with a slide, waterfall wet play area, and water cannons.
  • 4 Savanna areas with African wildlife viewing areas.
  • Staff includes goodwill ambassadors from African countries, available to answer questions.
  • Fire pits with nightly storytelling experience.
  • Both Jambo House and Kidani Village have outdoor movies (Click here for the schedule)
  • Daily Free Tours - You'll definitely want to check out the free Culinary Tour, the Sanaa Cultural Tour, and the African Inspired Disney Designed tour.
  • Most rooms have 2 queen beds
  • King Bed rooms available
  • Rooms with queen bed + bunk beds are a nice option for families with a boy and girl.
  • Rooms come with mini-refrigerator
  • Microwave ovens available on request (regular hotel rooms)
  • Four On-site Restaurants
  • On-Site shopping
  • Resort shuttle - complimentary Disney's Magical Express Airport transfers between the resort and the Orlando International Airport (MCO)
  • Free bus transportation to the Disney Theme Parks, Disney Water Parks, and Downtown Disney.
  • Free Parking for registered resort guests.
  • Special resort activities
  • Pumba's Fun and Games Arcade
  • Simba's Clubhouse - onsite childcare (fee)
  • Hakuna Matata Playground
  • Coin Laundry available
  • All rooms are non-smoking
  • Cribs & highchairs available
  • Some rooms have an in-room Jacuzzi.
  • Zahanati Massage and Fitness Center
  • Outdoor sports courts and picnic tables
  • Valet parking available

Animal Kingdom Lodge Dining

  • Mara - Food court area open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Victoria Falls Lounge - a messanine lounge overlooking the Boma restaurant.
  • Cape Town Lounge & Wine Bar
  • Boma - wonderful buffet offering breakfast and dinner
  • Jiko - Inspired by "The Lion King", Jiko means "The Cooking Place" and has two wood-burning ovens. The restaurant offers delicious African, Indian and Mediterranean cuisine. Specialty dining offering dinner only. This location takes two Disney Dining Plan table service credits per person.
  • Sanaa - wonderful new sit-down restaurant in the Kidani Village (DVC) area. Request a table near the windows and you'll be able to see the animals in the savanna.
  • Uzima Springs Poolside Bar
  • Maji Pool Bar

Animal Kingdom Lodge Shopping

  • Zawadi Marketplace - This might be Disney World's most unique gift shop with authentic African crafts, wood carvings, Zulu baskets, handpainted dishes, handmade jewelry as well as Disney's Animal Kingdom lodge logo items.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Transportation

Guests may use Disney's Magical Express - a shuttle bus service included in your reservation - between the Orlando International Airport and Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. Disney buses are available to take Animal Kingdom Lodge guests to the Walt Disney World theme parks, water parks, and Downtown Disney.

Jambo House Room View Options

  • All of the rooms have balconies.
  • Handicap access rooms available.
  • Standard View overlooks the parking lot. These are some of the least expensive rooms at a Disneyworld deluxe resort.
  • Pool View - Overlooks the pool area. Most rooms have 2 queen beds and are 344 square feet. Some king-bedded rooms available. The king bed rooms also have a day bed.
  • Pool View / Bunk Bed - Overlooks the pool area. These rooms have 1 queen beds and a bunk bed. 344 square feet.
  • Pool View / Deluxe Room - Overlooks the pool area. These rooms have three configurations: 1 queen bed and a bunk bed; 2 queen beds; - or - a king bed and daybed. 381 square feet.
  • Savannah View - These rooms overlook the Wildlife viewing / Savannah areas. Most rooms have 2 queen beds and are 344 square feet. Some king bedded rooms available. The king bed rooms also have a day bed.
  • Savannah View / Bunk Bed - Overlooks the Savannah Wildlife viewing areas. These rooms have 1 queen bed and bunk beds. 344 square feet.
  • Savannah View / Deluxe Room - Overlook the Savannah areas. These rooms have three configurations: 1 queen beds and a bunk bed; 2 queen beds; - or - a king bed and daybed. 381 square feet.
  • Club Level / Pool View or Savanah View - These rooms are the size of the deluxe rooms but offer extra amenities. Kilimanjaro Club level guests receive personalized front desk and Concierge service, evening turndown service with chocolates, secure key access to the Club Level Lounge serving light refreshments from 7:00AM to 10:00PM daily; complimentary Health Club access, and complimentary fax assisatance.
  • Club Level / 1 Bedroom Suite - Pool View or Savanah View - These rooms have one bedroom with 2 queen sized beds; the parlor area also has a queen sized sofa sleeper - this suite can sleep six. Kilimanjaro Club level guests receive personalized front desk and Concierge service, evening turndown service with chocolates, secure key access to the Club Level Lounge which serves light refreshments from 7:00AM to 10:00PM daily; complimentary Health Club access, and complimentary fax assisatance.
  • Club Level / 2 Bedroom Suite - Savanah View - These rooms have two bedrooms - the first bedroom has a king bed; the second bedroom has 2 queen sized beds; and the parlor area also has a queen sized sofa sleeper - this suite can sleep eight people. Kilimanjaro Club level guests receive personalized front desk and Concierge service, evening turndown service with chocolates, secure key access to the Club Level Lounge which serves light refreshments from 7:00AM to 10:00PM daily; complimentary Health Club access, and complimentary fax assisatance.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Villa Options

  • All of the rooms have balconies.
  • Handicap access rooms available.
  • Standard View overlooks the parking lot, resort, or pool.
  • Savannah view overlooks one of the three wildlife viewing areas.
  • Jambo House - Studio unit - Standard View or Savannah View. These rooms have a queen bed and a double size sleeper sofa. The kitchenette has a mini-refrigerator, a microwave, coffee maker, and table & chairs. Sleeps 4.
  • Jambo House - 1 Bedroom Unit - Standard View or Savannah View. These rooms have a master bedroom with a king bed and whirlpool tub. The living room has a queen size sleeper sofa and a single-size sleeper chair. The unit has a fully equipped kitchen and washer and dryer. Sleeps 5.
  • Kidani Village - Studio unit - Standard View or Savannah View. These rooms have a queen bed and a double size sleeper sofa. The kitchenette has a mini-refrigerator, a microwave, coffee maker, and table & chairs. Sleeps 4.
  • Kidani Village - 1 Bedroom Unit - Standard View or Savannah View. These rooms have a master bedroom with a king bed and whirlpool tub. The living room has a queen size sleeper sofa and a single-size sleeper chair. The unit has a fully equipped kitchen and washer and dryer. Sleeps 5.
  • Kidani Village - 2 Bedroom Unit - Savannah View. These rooms have a master bedroom with a king bed and whirlpool tub. The second bedroom has 2 queen beds and a bath. The living room has a queen size sleeper sofa and a single-size sleeper chair. The unit has a fully equipped kitchen and washer and dryer. Sleeps 9.

Exclusive to Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort Concierge level guests: The Sunrise Safari Breakfast Adventure (extra cost) is offered twice weekly and offers a special tour along the Kilimanjaro Safari ride path in the Animal Kingdom theme park. A breakfast buffet is served at the Pizzafari restaurant.

IMHO:

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort is where we go to hang out when we have spare time - we love this hotel. The details that went into the design of this Kraal African Village themed resort are nothing short of amazing. The animal viewing areas are a treat and you definitely get the resort experience at this wonderful and unique WDW hotel. This resort is sophisticated enough to appeal to honeymooners and guests travelling without children while the pool and on-site amenities also make it a perfect location for families. We've also had some wonderful cross-cultural experiences and conversations with the cast members here. This hotel is some of Disney's finest work as far as attention to detail and theming goes.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
2901 Osceola Pkwy
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Phone: 407-938-3000 / Fax: 407-938-4799

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Animal Kingdom Lodge Sign
Animal Kingdom Lodge Sign
Jambo House Entrance
Jambo House Entrance

AKL Entrance
AKL Entrance


The Impressive Lobby
The lobby is spacious with lots of seating
The lobby is spacious with lots of seating
Jambo House Interior is full of details
Jambo House Interior is full of details
African inspired Chandelier designs are amazing
African inspired Chandelier designs are amazing
Lobby seating is arranged for families and groups to talk
Lobby seating is arranged for families and groups to talk
Jambo House Kid's Cartoons
Jambo House Kid's Cartoons
Animal Kingdom Lodge Lobby Bridge
Animal Kingdom Lodge Lobby Bridge
Lobby Fireplace
Lobby Fireplace

Ogun's Fire Pit
Animal Kingdom Lodge seal
Animal Kingdom Lodge seal
Lower level - near Boma
Lower level - near Boma
Igbo Iljele mask - 16-feet tall and 8-feet wide. Only one of its kind outside of Africa.
Igbo Iljele mask - 16-feet tall and 8-feet wide. Only one of its kind outside of Africa.
Carved Lampstand
Carved Lampstand
Stairs to Arusha Rock Savanna
Stairs to Arusha Rock Savanna
Window overlooking Arusha Rock
Window overlooking Arusha Rock
Walkway to Bus Transportation
Walkway to Bus Transportation
Animal Kingdom Lodge Bus Stop
Animal Kingdom Lodge
Bus stop
Bus transportation to theme parks
Bus transportation to theme parks
Disney's Magical Express shuttle
Disney's Magical Express shuttle
Zawadi Marketplace Disney's Best Gift Shop
Zawadi Marketplace
Disney's Best Gift Shop
Inside the Zawadi Marketplace at Dsineys Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort Hotel
Inside the Zawadi Marketplace
Animal Kingdom Lodge Souvenirs
Animal Kingdom Lodge Souvenirs
Food, clothing, unique Animal Kingdom Lodge merchandise
Food, clothing, unique Animal Kingdom Lodge merchandise
Artwork is everywhere, even in Zawadi
Artwork is everywhere, even in Zawadi
AKL has many Dining options
AKL has many Dining options
Mara Food Court
Mara Food Court
Mara has a lot of food options
Mara has a lot of food options
Enjoy the forest decor in the Mara Food Court
Enjoy the forest decor in the Mara Food Court
Outdoor tables are avaialble
Outdoor tables are avaialble
Victoria Falls Lounge
Victoria Falls Lounge
Victoria Falls Lounge seating
Victoria Falls Lounge seating
Take the stairs from the lobby to the lounge and Boma, it is worth the trip
Take the stairs from the lobby to the lounge and Boma, it is worth the trip
Looking down in to Boma
Looking down in to Boma
Entrance and waiting area for Boma
Entrance and waiting area for Boma
Boma - Flavors of Africa - buffet
Boma - Flavors of Africa - buffet
Serving area at Boma
Serving area at Boma
Serving area at Boma
Serving area at Boma
Jiko "The Cooking Place" entrance
Jiko "The Cooking Place" entrance
Jiko Dining Room
Jiko Dining Room
Jiko - Bar
Jiko - Bar
DME Airport Checkin
DME Airport Checkin
Bulletin board for daily activities offered
Bulletin board for daily activities
Animal Kingdom Lodge Hallway
Animal Kingdom Lodge Hallway
Inside a room
Inside a room
Watch for towel animals or mickey heads on the bed
Watch for towel animals or mickey heads on the bed
Kitchenette area in a DVC studio room
Kitchenette area in a DVC studio room
Fun lighting at AKL
Fun lighting at AKL
Most rooms have 2 queen beds
Most rooms have 2 queen beds
Studio villas have a queen bed and a sleeper sofa
Studio villas have a queen bed and a sleeper sofa
Even the fire extinguisher looks neat
Even the fire extinguisher looks neat
Quiet spot to watch the animals
Quiet spot to watch the animals
Another glimpse of the
Another glimpse of the
Savannah
Giraff at the Animal Kingdom Lodge
Giraff at the Animal Kingdom Lodge
Flamingos are fun to watch
Flamingos are fun to watch
feeding time for the animals
feeding time for the animals
More birds and exotic wildlife
More birds and exotic wildlife
An AKL Picture Spot
An AKL Picture Spot
Exterior Views of Jambo House
Exterior Views of Jambo House
Rooms with Balconies at AKL
Rooms with Balconies at AKL
Arusha Viewing Area
Arusha Viewing Area
Savannah View Balcony
Savannah View Balcony
Animal Kingdom Lodge Lobby Window
Animal Kingdom Lodge Lobby Window
Arusha Rock Fire pit
Arusha Rock Fire pit
Sit and watch the animals
Sit and watch the animals
Arusha Rock Landscape
Arusha Rock Landscape
There are many Secluded Seating areas
There are many Secluded Seating areas
Arusha Viewing Area Seating
Arusha Viewing Area Seating
Balconies offer excellent views
Balconies offer excellent views
Arusha Rock Walking Trail
Arusha Rock Walking Trail
Arusha Rock Savannah at AKL
Arusha Rock Savannah at AKL

Check out this cool sign
Covered Walkway to Mara
Covered Walkway to Mara
Outside of Jiko
Outside of Jiko
Information Sign near Arusha Rock
Information Sign near Arusha Rock
Some Standard View Rooms
Some Standard View Rooms
Asante Sana
Asante Sana
The Uzima Pool Area
The Uzima Pool Area
Some standard view rooms
Some standard view rooms
overlook the rooftops.
Uzima Springs Pool Bar
Uzima Springs Pool Bar
Uzima Pool Zero Entry
Uzima Pool Zero Entry
AKL Uzima Pool Water Slide
AKL Uzima Pool Water Slide
Zero Entry Pool
Zero Entry Pool
Uzima Pool
Uzima Pool
Uzima Pool
Uzima Pool
Animal Kingdom Lodge Pool
Animal Kingdom Lodge Pool
AKL Spa Whirlpool
AKL Spa Whirlpool
Spa Whirlpool
Spa Whirlpool
Kiddie Wading Pool
Kiddie Wading Pool
Hakuna Matata Playground
Hakuna Matata Playground
Hakuna Matata Playground
Hakuna Matata Playground

 

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