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.

  • Special Offer: Book before 29 Sep '19 and receive up to 20% off at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge*. For stays completed between 1 Sep-24 Dec '19. Offer is applicable at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge only, on all room types, excluding Jambo House and Kidani Villas. *Weekends from 4th October – 9th November 2019 are not included within this offer. The 20% off offer is based on the room rate (not per person). Standard Terms and conditions apply.

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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating The Best at Disney

Aug 15, 2019 mrvinotinto Atlanta, GA

I asked my daughter what she wanted to do for her 12th birthday and she asked for a trip to Disney, staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge (I raised her right!). We had stayed here when the kids were little and it was very memorable and she wanted to return. So, we booked a long weekend trip in a Savannah View Room with Club Level Access to celebrate… Read more
I asked my daughter what she wanted to do for her 12th birthday and she asked for a trip to Disney, staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge (I raised her right!). We had stayed here when the kids were little and it was very memorable and she wanted to return. So, we booked a long weekend trip in a Savannah View Room with Club Level Access to celebrate her birthday. This was our 14th trip staying at a Disney resort and our 13th trip staying at a Disney Deluxe (non-DVC) resort and it was my family’s favorite stay! Why? This is the most interesting, unique, themed resort. You do NOT feel like you are in Florida. The animals are super cool, but it’s more than just the animals. All the details that have gone to create an experience where you feel you are in Africa, from the special oven at Jiko, to the lobby and hallways filled with curated, original African art and artifacts, to the room doors all being themed and each one different, and of course, the best part is the people that work at this resort! So many of them are originally from countries in Africa. They will share with you little bits of their homeland. From the moment we arrived, the cast members at Animal Kingdom Lodge made us feel this was a special trip. On arrival, a Club Level cast member was waiting for us outside the lobby with a welcome sign with our name on it. We’ve stayed Club Level at other Disney resorts and have not received such a warm welcome. We checked in and were given an amazing suite. One of the cast members (Jason from Cape Town!) looked for my daughter to wish her a happy birthday and was super funny pretending he could not find her. The food and drinks at the Club lounge were delicious. Do not miss the soups and stews, and if you are there on a Saturday, they have yummy falafel dish. One of the evenings, we had dinner at Sanaa on the Kidani side, and as alway, everything was interesting (in a good way) and tasty. We visited multiple parks and never had to wait long for a bus. This is the best kept secret at Disney. Everyone thinks it’s far, but it isn’t. Read less
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Aug 11, 2019 Cambi1 Temple Terrace, Florida

If you are staying on site for the transportation from the resort to the park and other locations, you’d likely be better off staying off site and hitching a ride in a windowless van. Buses didn’t bother announcing which of their 2 stops they were stopping at, and everything on site looks the same, so unless you have made that mistake a couple… Read more
If you are staying on site for the transportation from the resort to the park and other locations, you’d likely be better off staying off site and hitching a ride in a windowless van. Buses didn’t bother announcing which of their 2 stops they were stopping at, and everything on site looks the same, so unless you have made that mistake a couple times before, or just have a photographic memory, you may be in for an ungodly long walk back to your resort, in temperature roughly that of Mercury. And that was the good bus trip- waiting for the bus to Disney Springs for a lunch reservation, the bus approached the stop, and I guess to show the driver you wish to get on you must lay down in the road, because the driver basically does a rolling stop and drives RIGHT BY ME and keeps right on going. Disney charges a $50 fee for missing your reservation, so thanks AK bus system! Next time at least let me throw a 50 bill in the fire pits so I can somewhat enjoy wasting money. I used to think this is just a value resort problem, but it seems every resorts’ bus system is about as fun as having Shaquille O Neal as your proctologist. If you HAVE to stay on site, make it a resort with boat or monorail access, because the buses are routinely miserable, and this far, when they bother to pick me up, not air conditioned, which is cool, it’s only 5000 degrees out here. Oh and there’s a few animals, but even they have no desire to be out in this hell. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great Disney holiday

Aug 10, 2019 Jaime C Tring, United Kingdom

We stayed at the Animal Kingdom Lodge for 1 week, the first week of the UK school holidays. The hotel: On arrival we asked for a bunk bed room if possible which they accommodated easily. The room was dated but functional but unfortunately was right next to the queues for the WDW resort buses being the fact we were so jet lagged we managed the… Read more
We stayed at the Animal Kingdom Lodge for 1 week, the first week of the UK school holidays. The hotel: On arrival we asked for a bunk bed room if possible which they accommodated easily. The room was dated but functional but unfortunately was right next to the queues for the WDW resort buses being the fact we were so jet lagged we managed the first night and the following morning after a couple of calls and conversations were moved to a partial Savannah room. They were great we headed to the park and when we came back they had moved our bags to the new room so all waiting. The new room had recently been renovated and whilst no bunk beds but two queen beds was much nicer in terms of decor and was incredibly modern in feel especially the bathroom. The outlook was great seeing all types of animals. I would therefore strongly recommend asking for a Savannah or partial Savvannah room as this is definitely the USP of this hotel. I would say the hotel was more of a 4* than 5*- to be fair you are at the parks most of the time so it is very much personal preference. We stayed at the Disney Yacht club 5years ago and all agreed AK was fine but preferred Yacht Club. Buses:I had read buses to WDW parks were unreliable but we had no problems at all. The longest we waited was for the water parks but I think these do run on a 30min schedule. Food wise - We tried the Mara and Bomo at AK for food both fine nothing exceptional. We were on the Disney Deluxe Dining plan so think these would both especially Bomo have been quite expensive without. At Mara you can get snacks for breakfast which worked well when we didn’t want a huge buffet - bagels, yoghurts and cereal are all classed as snacks on the dining plan. The dining plan worked well for us at the costs of breakfasts in places like the Crystal Room in Magic Kingdom for x4 adults as our children (13&11) here are both classed as adults we would have been paying $250+tips for breakfast which seemed incredibly expensive. Top tip for food was Teppan Edo in Epcot and Flying Fish at the Boardwalk phenomenal food. We had lots of snacks left and any meals left over at the end can be exchanged for x3 snacks, we cashed these all in in the shop for sweets to take home. All in all WDW is amazing and AK was absolutely fine. For the amount we paid it seemed quite a lot but seeing the cost of park tickets, meals and snacks I think without the all in package we could have come away with a huge bill. Our favourite park this time was AK due to the amazing Avatar ride so being so close (5mins) was fab especially as the weather was so stormy we could head back easily and quickly if it all got too much. Read less
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Aug 10, 2019 FElizabeth M

We all know Disney is beautiful, but I haven’t been there in three years and I was very pleased with the security. Metal detectors at the entrance and paper straws and no plastic covers on the drinks. I am so happy Disney is trying to collaborate to eliminate plastic. Bottles should be next.
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Aug 9, 2019 bowlingbuddies Woodbridge, Virginia

We were in Orlando and decided to catch a Disney Resort bus to the Animal Kingdom Lodge. We were not staying there, just wanted to see it. It is VERY nice, at least the lobby is LOL There is lots of stuff to see and people are standing around with various artifacts - you can talk with them and get info about the different objects. There is an… Read more
We were in Orlando and decided to catch a Disney Resort bus to the Animal Kingdom Lodge. We were not staying there, just wanted to see it. It is VERY nice, at least the lobby is LOL There is lots of stuff to see and people are standing around with various artifacts - you can talk with them and get info about the different objects. There is an animal viewing area outside. Giraffes, rams, etc are roaming around in the courtyard. If you have a room facing this area, a giraffe just might come within 10 feet of your balcony! Very cool place! Read less