Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Walt Disney World, Orlando

The hotel

Explore the riches of Africa at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. The adventure of a jungle safari comes alive before your eyes with lush surroundings, showcasing the grandeur of this mighty kingdom. Many rooms overlook the beautiful savannas, from which you can spot grazing zebra, giraffes and gazelles roaming free in natural environments. The hotel offers a wide range of activities honouring these animals, aimed at every age range. Go on a cultural safari, see animals play at dusk, with the benefit of night vision, and watch handlers feed pelicans and flamingos. Younger members of the family can even try being junior researchers for a day! Cultural representatives from Africa are on hand to share information with you about their homeland, giving you a unique insight into its fascinating environment. A very special place indeed, the rhythm of tribal drums, the exquisite cuisine, the rich settings and the lure of authentic African treasures, combine to celebrate the beauty and wonders of this vast continent in a way the whole family can appreciate and enjoy.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Safari
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Families
  • Theme Parks
  • Kids Club
  • Children’s Playground
  • Children's Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Close to Walt Disney World Resort
  • Babysitting service

Where is it

Disney's Animal Kingdom Resort area. Transfer time from airport: approx 30 minutes.

Hotel information

972 rooms on 5 floors in 1 building with 9 lifts. All have air-conditioning, cable TV with Disney Channel, safe, mini-fridge, hairdryer, iron and board. Standard Rooms with 2 queen-size beds or 1 king-size bed and 1 day bed (for children aged 3–9), sleeping maximum 4 adults, or 2 adults and 2 children, plus one child under 3 in a cot (on request).

Pool View Rooms with 2 queen-size beds, or 1 king-size bed and 1 day bed (for children aged 3–9), or 1 queen-size bed and 1 bunk bed, sleeping maximum 4 adults, or 2 adults and 2 children, plus one child under 3 in a cot.

Savannah View Rooms with 2 queen-size beds or 1 king-size bed and 1 day bed (for children aged 3–9), sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 1 child, plus a child under 3 in a cot. Bunkbed rooms are also available with 1 queen size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults and 2 children, plus a child under 3 in a cot.

Savannah View Club Level Access Rooms come with additional club amenities, including access to the club level lounge (with refreshments at selected times and newspapers), access to the health club, concierge service at the Kiliminjaro Club, and personalised guest services). These rooms have 2 queen-size beds or 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 4 adults, or 2 adults and 2 children, plus a child under 3 in a cot.

Jambo House 1-Bedroom Villas with Standard View or Savannah View, sleep maximum 4 adults, or 2 adults and 2 children, plus a child under 3 in a cot.

Kidani Village 1-Bedroom Villas with Standard View or Savannah View, sleep maximum 4 adults, or 2 adults and 2 children, plus a child under 3 in a cot.

Kidani Village 2-Bedroom Villas with Standard View or Savannah View, sleep maximum 6 adults, or 2 adults and 4 children, plus a child under 3 in a cot.

Please note: cots must be requested at time of booking.

Use of the Walt Disney World Resort Transportation System is included in your stay. Complimentary standard parking for 2019. Self-parking available approx $24 including tax per night (payable locally, subject to change. This charge comes into effect from 1 Jan '20).

Jiko – The Cooking Place (speciality restaurant), Boma – Flavours of Africa (family restaurant), Sanaa Restaurant and Lounge (located at the villas, casual dining) and The Mara (quick service). Victoria Falls Lounge, Maji Pool Bar (serving snacks), Uzima Springs Pool Bar (serving snacks) and Cape Town Lounge and Wine Bar.

Feature pool, kids pool and whirlpool. Feature pool, water play area and whirlpool also located at the villas. Games arcade*. Playground. Jogging trail. Movies under the stars. Campfire activities. Health club with spa services*. Animal programmes*. 30-acre savannah.

Disney-themed shop. Complimentary WiFi. Disney bus transportation. Minnie Van service*. Laundry and dry-cleaning services*. Babysitting service*. Room service*.

Wheelchair accessible rooms available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

Minimum stay 5 nights at all times.

Maximum stay 21 nights.

*Denotes local charge. 

Please note: rollaway beds are no longer available.

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May 18, 2019 Chris E

Whilst the AKL is a little out of the way compared to some other Disney resorts, it makes up for it with its amenities, restaurants and staff. We enjoyed every aspect of our stay (we only had a 'standard view' room). The savanah overlooks dotted around the hotel are a great way to view the many animals around and there are often knowledgable… Read more
Whilst the AKL is a little out of the way compared to some other Disney resorts, it makes up for it with its amenities, restaurants and staff. We enjoyed every aspect of our stay (we only had a 'standard view' room). The savanah overlooks dotted around the hotel are a great way to view the many animals around and there are often knowledgable guides around to explain what you're seeing. The night-vision was particularly good fun in the evenings! All 3 table service restaurants were great, and the quick service options at The Mara were a cut above our previous stay at the Beach Club. We will definitely be returning! Read less
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May 16, 2019 lorid931 Southlake, Texas

I think that my expectations were too high. I have never been to impressed with any of the Disney hotel properties over the years. In fact, I would never choose to stay at one again. This time I was traveling with a couple other families and one of the families picked this hotel. It seemed like it was going to be a better experience given the… Read more
I think that my expectations were too high. I have never been to impressed with any of the Disney hotel properties over the years. In fact, I would never choose to stay at one again. This time I was traveling with a couple other families and one of the families picked this hotel. It seemed like it was going to be a better experience given the reviews and the coolness of the theme there. However, it was exactly what I expected when I was trying not to book a Disney hotel. First of all, given the rooms and property, this hotel should not be as expensive as it is.... I mean you are paying a rate that you could actually get a really nice five-star room for each night. Per other travelers that have given a poor review, this hotel is in need of renovation. The carpet is old, furniture is old and I had a giant spiderweb on my balcony. It just didn’t seem clean. We had the savanna room and we hardly saw any animals. We may have seen two giraffes and a few birds the entire visit. The room is dark and bathroom is icky. I had horrible shower pressure in the shower. The grounds had funny red bugs everywhere and the pool was icky to me too. It just wasn’t resort like. Pool furniture was icky and there was just a big bin of towels (small towels) out there. We spent our first days on a Disney Cruise and the second part or a vacation at this hotel. Given how much we enjoyed the cruise, this stay was disappointing. I couldn’t wait to leave. We were granted executive club access upon check-in and that was really nice. The staff there was very accommodating and the food was really good. Had we not had this amenity, I do not know if I could give this property one star. I feel like I was staying in a 2 1/2 star motel property but paying five star rates per night. One of the other families saw a housekeeper fling nose mucus (snot) onto the carpet in the hallway. She did not want to report the lady because she feared her room would not be attended did to properly. If I ever came to Disney World again I would definitely stay in an outside property and drive into a park. The Disney hotels are somewhat convenient but not so nice and certainly not worth the money. I didn’t take any pictures of the room as I was not impressed. I don’t want to remember staying here. Read less
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May 16, 2019 Leasa Long Beach, California

We stayed here for the first time last week and it was fantastic. We had a savanna view room and I would definitely recommend it! There is nothing like seeing a giraffe, zebra, ostrich and so on walking around from your balcony. The artwork & cast members are fabulous. We loved talking to some of them and learned about Africa and where they were… Read more
We stayed here for the first time last week and it was fantastic. We had a savanna view room and I would definitely recommend it! There is nothing like seeing a giraffe, zebra, ostrich and so on walking around from your balcony. The artwork & cast members are fabulous. We loved talking to some of them and learned about Africa and where they were from. Beautiful simple incredible. If you go here definitely asked the desk for the scavenger hunt paper. It’s allot of fun. While exploring the resort we came up on a cookie decorating station, we were watching the kids have fun when the young hostess said oh no watching you must join us. So we did lol They have a s’mores making event (FREE) everyday at 5:30 outside where you can build a s’mores and watch the animals. Prize is cheesy but it was allot of fun! Can not wait to go back. Read less
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May 16, 2019 Kathryn F

To begin. I've never been to America before until we decided to go to Orlando. We stayed in animal kingdom lodge for a week. On arrival we were met by staff that were very friendly and explained dining plan. The first room we were given was 3111. This was a room that still had bunk beds and over looked the car park. I was so disappointed but… Read more
To begin. I've never been to America before until we decided to go to Orlando. We stayed in animal kingdom lodge for a week. On arrival we were met by staff that were very friendly and explained dining plan. The first room we were given was 3111. This was a room that still had bunk beds and over looked the car park. I was so disappointed but this could of been my fault because I'd read so much stuff about being near the lobby which it was so I had asked for this. I decided to ask at reception was there a better room. We were also celebrating our wedding anniversary. Within a hour we were moved to 3269. Amazing room and a part savannah view. Staff couldn't of been nicer. Every day when we returned to our room the cleaning staff had placed our kids teddies on the bed in a fun way. Our kids loved this. Swimming pool was great. Never too busy. Mara was fantastic place for quick service. Again staff were great making sure we understood dining plan. Gift shop had everything we needed & more. Bus service again very good. In fact the bus drivers were exceptionally helpful & always talked to my kids. This hotel met my expectations & more. Even writing this brings tears to my eyes of the wonderful memories we've made as a family. Thank you to everyone at Animal kingdom lodge Read less
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May 15, 2019 Becca K Paignton, United Kingdom

We were staying at Disney's All Star Music, but as a treat, my partner booked us in AKL with a Savannah room for 1 night. It was my dream ever since I was a little girl looking through the Disney magazines to stay in this place. I was worried it wouldn't live up to my expectations. But I loved it! And it became even more special to me because my… Read more
We were staying at Disney's All Star Music, but as a treat, my partner booked us in AKL with a Savannah room for 1 night. It was my dream ever since I was a little girl looking through the Disney magazines to stay in this place. I was worried it wouldn't live up to my expectations. But I loved it! And it became even more special to me because my partner proposed right there on the balcony overlooking the savannah! But anyway, the hotel is lush, Sanaa and The Mara were great for food. The hotel is very near Animal Kingdom. This hotel does have a stigma of being the furthest away from the theme parks but this is untrue, as the magic kingdom area resorts (e.g. Contemporary and GF) are actually furtherest away. I can't wait for September 2020 when we will be spend the first 14 nights of our honeymoon here. We will stay in a standard room this time as we will be hitting the parks HARD! Read less