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), 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. 

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 $25 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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Oct 15, 2019 daveyboyExeter Exeter, United Kingdom

animal kingdom lodge we thought we would give AKL a try we travel in mid september arrival was good , check in was very quick given our room we only had a standard room but were surprised we had a view of the savanah which was very nice the room was spacious and comfortable as were the beds. we used the quick service restaurant a couple of times… Read more
animal kingdom lodge we thought we would give AKL a try we travel in mid september arrival was good , check in was very quick given our room we only had a standard room but were surprised we had a view of the savanah which was very nice the room was spacious and comfortable as were the beds. we used the quick service restaurant a couple of times and used BOMAs once for breakfast food was very tasty and enjoyable. My only criticism is that this resort is the furthest away from the likes of Magic kingdom and disney springs but overall it was worth it. the staff were friendly and helpful. i would stay here again in a heartbeat Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Disney Animal Kingdom - expensive but worth it

Oct 14, 2019 618beachgoer Cape May Court House, New Jersey

Stayed at Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge for two nights. What a great hotel. Very big - so you need to walk a lot just to get to the lobby. Great service of coarse, it’s Disney. Check out all the restaurants. They were delicious. Expensive. We stayed in a room with it with a safari view. You wake up and a giraffe is outside your room. Isn’t that… Read more
Stayed at Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge for two nights. What a great hotel. Very big - so you need to walk a lot just to get to the lobby. Great service of coarse, it’s Disney. Check out all the restaurants. They were delicious. Expensive. We stayed in a room with it with a safari view. You wake up and a giraffe is outside your room. Isn’t that spectacular! We only stayed two nights because the ungodly cost. But worth it. We moved our hotel to another Disney resort which was more affordable. Glad I got the experience. Your kids will remember it forever. Read less
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Oct 12, 2019 Jakub P

I am not sure where to start. We are a huge Disney family (especially with a 7 and a 6 year old), and went there first time probably 7-8 years ago (staying off Disney resort property that first time). Trying to manage the expensive vacations, we tried different combinations of stays during our trips - trying to mix and match: - off and on Disney… Read more
I am not sure where to start. We are a huge Disney family (especially with a 7 and a 6 year old), and went there first time probably 7-8 years ago (staying off Disney resort property that first time). Trying to manage the expensive vacations, we tried different combinations of stays during our trips - trying to mix and match: - off and on Disney property stays - driving or flying to FL from Midwest - value Disney Resort vs. premium resorts - ordering groceries or eating onsite/parks - base tickets vs. park hoppers While mostly the trips were successful with wonderful experiences, I wanted to write (this is my first review of any sort) about our experiences at Animal Kingdom Lodge as a Disney resort and why we will come back here any chance we get. To say it’s amazing it’s an understatement and would not do it justice. The feel of getting off the bus into a relaxing, peaceful and quiet atmosphere is priceless after bumping elbows during the day with thousands of other Disney enthusiasts. But that’s not all - walking into the lobby turns into a magical experience - it’s like walking into another Disney park, taking one back to Africa with exotic animals right outside the doors, while plenty to do under the protection of a roof during rainy days. I can’t describe it with words. As with every Disney resort, the staff is helpful, attentive and provides a great customer experience. But...something special takes place here at the AKL - for example, when checking in a year or two back, we were randomly upgraded to a semi-Savanh view with bunks bed (our kids loved it while we enjoyed the view of the animals and a double sink to accommodate all my wife’s stuff!!!). This year, 2019, we visited the AKL twice (lucky us, the first trip paid by the in-laws), and something just clicked the second time that made me come out of my shell and write this review. During check-in (October 5), we were fortunate to be taken care of the front desk supervisor (Nina) who made us aware of being selected for the ‘Safari of the Day’ - another continuous effort by AKL to enhance the customer experience. We were upgraded to a Sunset Savanh view room which was completely remodeled including: - new laminate flooring vs carpets - easier on my allergies - sliding glass doors for the shower - preventing water spilling on the floor, - modern sinks - sliding doors both to the bathroom area and the bathroom itself - made it easier getting ready without waking up the kids (I am a early riser) This recent stay has been sprinkled with Magic such as extra trips by the staff to remake the beds throughout the day, complimentary water in the room, extra fast passes and chocolate on the beds at night time. To put the Cherry on top of the cake, our experience with Anne on Thursday (October 10) was amazing when we tried to see if there was any flexibility to upgrade our last day in the parks to park hopper passes (the kids wanted to attend different parks - of course). Not only did she make it happen, but in a way that saved us money, time and reduced complexity on us as the customer (regular process includes upgrading each and every ticket separately - phew, that would have taken forever). While going to Disney is expensive and many families weigh the different options, there is no question that one should stay at least once at the AKL - being here is as close as getting an additional Disney park experience without going to the parks. Read less
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Oct 9, 2019 cheryl5thompson Pflugerville, Texas

We had a Savannah view room with our children and grandchildren right around the corner. We were able to see giraffe, zebras, impala, wildebeest, addax and many other beautiful animals up close from our balcony. Taking a day off from the Disney parks, we enjoyed face painting, cookie decorating, swimming, and short lectures about African animals -… Read more
We had a Savannah view room with our children and grandchildren right around the corner. We were able to see giraffe, zebras, impala, wildebeest, addax and many other beautiful animals up close from our balcony. Taking a day off from the Disney parks, we enjoyed face painting, cookie decorating, swimming, and short lectures about African animals - all activities come free with the hotel reservations. All three restaurants on site were great, but our favorite was splurge night at Jiko. Read less
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Oct 9, 2019 Darren W

Fantastic for kids...especially if you get the savanna view! One of the only deluxe resorts that has a playground! Great pool and the zebra domes are delicious! You can get them in the quick service location! :)