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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Nice stay but not perfect

Dec 8, 2019 pantone77 Seekonk, Massachusetts

We stayed at AKL for six nights on the third floor. We had a savannah view which was really nice to see the animals during the day, and the room had been recently renovated. I appreciated all of the plugs and USB ports near the beds, and having a Keurig machine made it easy to grab some coffee in the morning. We also had some wonderful experiences… Read more
We stayed at AKL for six nights on the third floor. We had a savannah view which was really nice to see the animals during the day, and the room had been recently renovated. I appreciated all of the plugs and USB ports near the beds, and having a Keurig machine made it easy to grab some coffee in the morning. We also had some wonderful experiences with the Cast Members who deserve a ton of credit for everything they do day in and day out. There were some issues though which I’ll also send to Disney if I get an email survey. Although the room was new, the entire floor would press under your weight like it wasn’t properly affixed to the subfloor. When I spoke to one of the managers he said “we’ll check it after you leave as we haven’t had the time to quality check all the work the contractors have done.” ??? To his credit though, he did ask if we wanted another room and we declined as we had already unpacked. For the first three days I had to request housekeeping as they forgot our room, and a couple of times they forgot to refill the Keurig pods. We also randomly received an extra blanket one day that we didn’t ask for and a microwave another day. Wrong room. The most negative experience was when I called the front desk to cancel a same-day reservation. The woman goes (not kidding here) “I can do it but you will be charged a cancellation fee, if your son was in the hospital we would waive it.” Excuse me? I understand the cancel fee but to be told that my son had to be in the hospital for them to consider a waiving of the fee...just wow. She must have been having a bad day and took it out on me. Anyhoo, it’s a beautiful hotel but realize that you are not getting a luxury room experience for the price ($400/night for our room). You’re paying for the convenience. FYI - make sure you try Sanaa for dinner, it was a totally delicious experience. A+ Read less
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Dec 7, 2019 andydyke1986 Norwich, United Kingdom

Hotel as a whole was impressive with great attention to detail. We had a savannah view room which to start we thought wasn’t a great view (tree tops) but we had giraffes feeding directly outside our balcony most days! You can view the giraffes throughout the whole savannah regularly. The room was nice as you’d expect. Good selection of food and… Read more
Hotel as a whole was impressive with great attention to detail. We had a savannah view room which to start we thought wasn’t a great view (tree tops) but we had giraffes feeding directly outside our balcony most days! You can view the giraffes throughout the whole savannah regularly. The room was nice as you’d expect. Good selection of food and gifts also. Only downside for me was the price; but premium for December and savannah view. Bus times - longest journey we had was 25m (magic kingdom I think) They were regular and updated live on a monitor at the stops. And finally the Xmas tree was IMMENSE! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Loved the idea/environment..not sure it leaves a lasting memory

Dec 6, 2019 hudhawks Verona, New Jersey

We are a family of 6 and had two adjoining rooms with a Savannah view. The family was very excited about the idea of being on the balcony and seeing the savannah come to life. We looked at the price and decided the experience and memories were going to be worth it. A few things that take away from the concept. First there are two buildings and… Read more
We are a family of 6 and had two adjoining rooms with a Savannah view. The family was very excited about the idea of being on the balcony and seeing the savannah come to life. We looked at the price and decided the experience and memories were going to be worth it. A few things that take away from the concept. First there are two buildings and it is unclear which is better. We stayed in Jamba house which means you are the second stop for buses but have a nicer lodge. Given we spent little time in the lobby I would have traded for being the first stop. On early hour days we had to wait as the bus was already full from the other side of the AKL. When we got to our room the kids were so excited to see Giraffes and Zebras. I have to say it was awesome. That feeling went away after the first hour. It became background and no longer interesting. I would recommend you stay on a lower floor. We were on the 4th floor and the trees got in the way of the view. Lastly, the rooms are smaller than some of the other top hotels (Contemporary and Polynesian) so we would probably go that direction vs AKL. The restaurant was hard to get into and to be honest the food is not that good. Food was better at Wilderness and the other hotels. All in all the price is too high for the experience and memories. There are so many Savanah rooms that you feel like you are one of a thousand that are looking at the same animal. Not the vision you have of sitting on a balcony overlooking the Savannah. You combine that with the distance to the parks and I would stay at other disney properties. Read less
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Dec 4, 2019 Katem7882

We love spending a weekend at AKL. The savannah views are fantastic. The night vision viewing is amazing and we love both pools on the property. Boma is my favorite restaurant in all of Disney, the selection and flavors are exquisite. My daughter is into pin trading and loves to trade and talj with King Pin in the lobby. The other activities in… Read more
We love spending a weekend at AKL. The savannah views are fantastic. The night vision viewing is amazing and we love both pools on the property. Boma is my favorite restaurant in all of Disney, the selection and flavors are exquisite. My daughter is into pin trading and loves to trade and talj with King Pin in the lobby. The other activities in the lobby are also a lot of fun for children. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful time at animal kingdom lodge

Dec 3, 2019 travelcrazy2 Crown Point IN

This is our first stay here. I don’t know why we didn’t try this fantastic place sooner. At check in my husband and I were upgraded to a savanna view by our one of a kind check in person Jason. He was so pleasant and helpful he made us feel at home. To tell you the truth ever single person from the front desk to a housekeeper were all friendly.… Read more
This is our first stay here. I don’t know why we didn’t try this fantastic place sooner. At check in my husband and I were upgraded to a savanna view by our one of a kind check in person Jason. He was so pleasant and helpful he made us feel at home. To tell you the truth ever single person from the front desk to a housekeeper were all friendly. Great room. Clean with all the terrific amenities we love.beautiful property. Wonderful time! Were sure to return. Read less