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
  • Close to Walt Disney World Resort
  • Babysitting service
  • Room 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. Self-parking available approx $25 including tax per night (payable locally, subject to change).

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 21st Birthday Trip

Apr 1, 2020 asheyWhitstable Whitstable, United Kingdom

Stayed at Disney for my daughters 21st Birthday. Checked in early, got our magic bands set up at reception and were told we would get an email to confirm when our room would be ready. We went to the Magic Kingdom and tried to use our magic band for a quick snack, only to be told it hadn't been activated, and we would have to pay for the snack. At… Read more
Stayed at Disney for my daughters 21st Birthday. Checked in early, got our magic bands set up at reception and were told we would get an email to confirm when our room would be ready. We went to the Magic Kingdom and tried to use our magic band for a quick snack, only to be told it hadn't been activated, and we would have to pay for the snack. At dinner in the park same thing happened although the server said she could take the credits off. At 7.00pm we returned to the hotel and went back to reception to see if our room was ready. It was and said they couldn't email us as the magic band hadn't been set up. At this point I advised that we had to pay for a snack and the receptionsit said she would credit my account with 20$ for the snacks. The next issue was the front desk were chasing me as no credit had been registered and they couldn't charge my account. Again this was supposed to have been set up twice at reception. On the third time of trying it was sorted out. The room very nice indeed clean and everything you could ask for, lovely view of the animals from the room. The downsides are your room will probably be a long way from food and reception, be ready for a lot of walking.The food court was at best limited as opposed to other Disney resorts we have stayed in. The hotel is fantastic and I am glad we stayed here. Would we stay here again. No other Disney resorts offer the same level of service and more food options closer to the parks and have better transportation. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Good but way overpriced

Mar 29, 2020 kiwiyankee New York City, New York

For $600 a night this hotel was way overpriced for the quality compared to other hotels I’ve stayed at around the world. $400 tops would be more like it. Pros: Lobby is fantastic. African art work throughout hotel. Renovated rooms are nice. Steamers in room rather than irons. Cons: A few animal/birds on view from our balcony but not many.… Read more
For $600 a night this hotel was way overpriced for the quality compared to other hotels I’ve stayed at around the world. $400 tops would be more like it. Pros: Lobby is fantastic. African art work throughout hotel. Renovated rooms are nice. Steamers in room rather than irons. Cons: A few animal/birds on view from our balcony but not many. Balconies are on the small side with uncomfortable chairs. Two double beds rather than a king bed so it’s not ideal for couples. No food/drink service poolside, and chairs too close together Buffet was good but cafeteria style seating/service. Shuttles didn’t run as often as I thought they would/long transfers to other parts of Disney Parking charge hefty Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating AMAZING

Mar 27, 2020 663kaylynp Walt Disney World, Florida

I dont usually review, but i have been to Walt Disney World 3 times and twice at Animal Kingdom lodge. it is amazing we loved how the animals were right outside our room, and the feel of the hotel. Staff were great and really good food. close to animal kingdom park but the rest is quite far away, for my family this wasnt a problem excpet when we… Read more
I dont usually review, but i have been to Walt Disney World 3 times and twice at Animal Kingdom lodge. it is amazing we loved how the animals were right outside our room, and the feel of the hotel. Staff were great and really good food. close to animal kingdom park but the rest is quite far away, for my family this wasnt a problem excpet when we were away to miss a fast pass, but for a lot of families this could be a problem. The hotel was gorgous although at times we felt that indoors of the hotel was very dark but for our family that was fine. Great outdoors space with outdoor playpark, flamigos, hot tubs, swimming pool, outdoor seating and slide into pool. We recently stayed at a different hotel and both hotels are amazing although Animal kingdom lodges pool isnt the best as there is only one main pool and it isnt that big, although we were in Disney to be out at the parks when we get back to the pool or are having a pool day we almost felt that we didnt have much room to actually have a day where we are relaxing away from people. The pool would be my only complaint, everything else was amazing. GOOD JOB DISNEY. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fabulous

Mar 19, 2020 antandhen Somerset, United Kingdom

I don’t usually review, but just want to mention my family’s holiday, Wow Disney will not disappoint the hotel & parks are something you need to experience at least once. The hotel is stunning from the moment we arrived ( long flight from uk) your mind is transformed into luxury and fun most of your plans are blown away and realise you are on… Read more
I don’t usually review, but just want to mention my family’s holiday, Wow Disney will not disappoint the hotel & parks are something you need to experience at least once. The hotel is stunning from the moment we arrived ( long flight from uk) your mind is transformed into luxury and fun most of your plans are blown away and realise you are on holiday with your family which is why you are there. We checked in with ease greeted with a smile we booked standard the rooms are lovely. I cannot praise the staff at animal kingdom lodge enough, from grounds men room cleaners they all are amazing there are to many to list and thank. The atmosphere from staff is second to none we felt looked after totally if your thinking of doing Disney go for it we have also stayed at all stars which is fab as well . Am saving like crazy to try another Disney resort next year as the memories are irreplaceable for my family. We stayed and yes the parks did close due to the global virus but the Disney staff were and I mean all staff were a inspiration to what humanity is all about i cannot thank them enough no panic we were the centre of their world. I feel privileged to have been a resident of the USA for the Time we spent there asta lavista. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great place. Love the animals.

Mar 19, 2020 Mike H Phoenix, Arizona

This was our first trip to WDW, and while the room was small, I liked the view of the animals. The hotel is very peaceful, and Disney really does a great job keeping the animals and everything clean. It is easy enough to get to the parks, short walk to the buses. The only trick we encountered is that it is easy coming from the parks to get off on… Read more
This was our first trip to WDW, and while the room was small, I liked the view of the animals. The hotel is very peaceful, and Disney really does a great job keeping the animals and everything clean. It is easy enough to get to the parks, short walk to the buses. The only trick we encountered is that it is easy coming from the parks to get off on the wrong stop - it's the second stop to the main hotel on the way from the parks. Aside from that, we enjoyed our stay and would recommend the hotel to anyone, and especially first time guests like us. Oh, and if you like photographing wildlife, I would recommend bringing your camera and zoom lens. I wish I would have brought mine. Read less