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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Jan 22, 2020 307marieb Clearwater

Pros - Customer Service from staff was definitely amazing. As we our party of 3 adults and one child walked up Gregory was waiting outside with a card welcoming our party. He then took us upstairs where we sipped Mimosas while we were checked in. There is a Club lounge with complimentary breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, appetizers and desserts at… Read more
Pros - Customer Service from staff was definitely amazing. As we our party of 3 adults and one child walked up Gregory was waiting outside with a card welcoming our party. He then took us upstairs where we sipped Mimosas while we were checked in. There is a Club lounge with complimentary breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, appetizers and desserts at different times throughout the day. Beer, wine, including mimosas are included. The customer service was outstanding from everyone. Our room was large and comfortable for all. My grandson was so excited to see giraffes, zebras, wilder beasts and other animals from our balcony. Cons - the only complementary Disney transportation to parks is by bus. After riding the super fast Skyliner we were spoiled. Buses run consistently and are comfortable but the slowest mode of transportation at Disney. -The kitchens are not equipped with paper plates or silverware. I would definitely stay here again. Read less
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Jan 21, 2020 HavingFunAt50Plus Davenport, Florida

Our room was perfect and the lobby was beautiful. Unfortunately they were under construction so we had to walk around the construction and a wait in line till we could get through the walkways at times. The management was extremely kind and the workers very professional. Even with everyone being as nice as possible it did not feel like a Disney… Read more
Our room was perfect and the lobby was beautiful. Unfortunately they were under construction so we had to walk around the construction and a wait in line till we could get through the walkways at times. The management was extremely kind and the workers very professional. Even with everyone being as nice as possible it did not feel like a Disney experience. I am glad it was not our first experience. The room cost was very high. Suggestions would be if under construction lower prices would be advisable. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Underwhelming from start to finish

Jan 21, 2020 CDDandJMC Washington DC, District of Columbia

Day 1. We arrived at the Animal Kingdom Lodge after 10pm. The Magic Express dropped us off outside. No one on staff met the guests to help with baggage so all of us were forced to haul our bags inside. I asked the Bellperson sitting at the Bell desk where I should go to check in with the Club. Why he and others were not out waiting for the… Read more
Day 1. We arrived at the Animal Kingdom Lodge after 10pm. The Magic Express dropped us off outside. No one on staff met the guests to help with baggage so all of us were forced to haul our bags inside. I asked the Bellperson sitting at the Bell desk where I should go to check in with the Club. Why he and others were not out waiting for the bus to arrive to assist the inbound guests, I am not sure. He directed me to the elevator and told me the 6th floor. Once we boarded the elevator, we found out one needs a coded band to get to the 6th floor so I returned to the Bellperson to inquire how we get to the Club without a band. He then informed me the Club closed at 10PM and we needed to check in at the Front Desk. We did so and were given our bands. Once we arrived at the room the bands had not been coded for our room so I had to walk across the property back to the Front Desk to have them coded. Once we got in the room, we saw that it was set up for another family and a birthday for one of their members. There was no welcome note from the hotel for us even though we were paying for a Club-level room—something we see at virtually all properties, especially ones that declare themselves “Luxury Resorts” as Disney does for the Animal Kingdom. Day 2. At breakfast we spoke with the Club staff about our room configuration for another family. He said that was an error & that the room was meant for us. He did not know why we didn’t get a welcome note from the hotel leadership. We then asked how to reserve time in the resort’s spa for a massage. The Club team did not have a menu of the services offered by the spa to be able to answer if a massage was possible. He suggested we visit the spa when it opened that morning. We had our breakfast and then walked to the spa after the time it was supposed to open. There was no one from the property at the spa. We walked back to the Club and the team member called the number for the spa and verified no one was working even tho it was now 30 min after opening. He then connected to the central spa reservations for all the resorts and passed me the phone to make a reservation. Later, we asked if the rooms came with complimentary bottles of water as we have seen at many other properties in hot/humid climates. The staff told us that that was not something Disney provides in the room. The same was true for slippers even tho the resort provided spa robes in the room. The staff did bring some slippers later upon request. Day 3, 4, 5. After 2 days of staying in the resort and the maid service not taking dirty dishes from the first day, we left a note asking them to take the dishes, swap the sheets and towels. They did take the dishes but did not replace them with clean dishes to be used for coffee/tea until we left a second note asking for the dishes to be replaced. They didn’t swap the sheets or towels tho until we left another note for the maid asking again to do so. One of the times we visited the Club area, my girlfriend had a particularly negative experience with a member of the staff. The staff member looked her up and down frowning. When my girlfriend greeted her, the staff member ignored the greeting and turned away. Not sure why this staff member behaved this way but it did bother my girlfriend as she was very friendly with all the staff. The morning of departure. We called 40+ minutes before we wanted to leave our room, to request the bell person collect our bags to put them in place for the Magic Express. We were told the bell person was on the way. 35 mins later when I called back to ask about the bell person, I was informed they were all busy but one would be with me shortly. I informed them to cancel the call as I needed to be at the bus stop in 5 mins and couldn’t wait any longer. We then had to haul our bags across the property to the bus. My girlfriend is employed by a 4-star property in Asia and my job has me travel extensively so I am staying in 4+ star properties regularly. I have also stayed at the Wilderness Lodge and the Grand Floridian and had exponentially better experiences at both. The Animal Kingdom, tho espoused as one of Disney World’s premium luxury resorts, and tho we had access to one of it’s Club-level rooms, came no where close to competing with any 3-star property I have used in the US or overseas, let alone a 4 or 5 star one. The only saving grace was the attitudes of the staff. Virtually, everyone we came in contact with was friendly, professional and willing to assist (with the exception of the one staff member mentioned above) . The amenities, service and attention to detail at the property was severely lacking especially for a luxury resort. When we return to Disney, we will avoid the property which is a shame as we had such high hopes. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful stay

Jan 18, 2020 ozziemommy Birmingham, Alabama

The grounds are beautiful and the transportation system on time with friendly staff. We had a lovely stay with the exception of our last evening. We had a less than stellar experience with housekeeping management requesting to do a room check after we were already in bed. Granted, at 8:00 we typically would not be in bed but were exhausted. Due to… Read more
The grounds are beautiful and the transportation system on time with friendly staff. We had a lovely stay with the exception of our last evening. We had a less than stellar experience with housekeeping management requesting to do a room check after we were already in bed. Granted, at 8:00 we typically would not be in bed but were exhausted. Due to not having had our room serviced they insisted on having a room check even after I told them we were not dressed and already in bed. They. Didn’t. Care. One. Bit. It was very annoying and rude and not appreciated at all. We visit Disney often and have never experienced this before and the housekeeping manager was a tad bit on the rude side as if we were the ones inconveniencing her. Other than this incident, our stay was wonderful! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Another wonderful stay at an amazing resort

Jan 16, 2020 carlbarry North Woodmere, New York

This was my 5th stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge. I stayed in September 2019, in a Deluxe studio, savanna view. Is 5 times too many to stay at AKL? No! It’s too few. It is an incredible resort. Where else in North America can you sit on your balcony and watch zebras, giraffes, Ankoli cattle, and on and on? But Disney did not leave it at that. When… Read more
This was my 5th stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge. I stayed in September 2019, in a Deluxe studio, savanna view. Is 5 times too many to stay at AKL? No! It’s too few. It is an incredible resort. Where else in North America can you sit on your balcony and watch zebras, giraffes, Ankoli cattle, and on and on? But Disney did not leave it at that. When you walk into the resort—no, even when you approach the resort—you are transported to Africa. But Disney did not leave it at that. There are Cultural Ambassadors to tell you about their homeland. There are loads of activities for children, both fun and educational. There are activities for adults. In fact, you could spend a week there without ever leaving for a park. The pool at Jambo is large and beautiful, with a small but fun water slide. There is a splash area for the kids. There are also 2 hot tubs. The pool at Kidani is smaller, but with a better water slide. And the kids’ splash area at Kidani is one of the best at any Disney resort. My room was nice, and clean. The TV was a big one, with plenty of channels. WiFi worked fine. The bed was very comfortable, pillows a little less so. The staff is, of course, superb: helpful, dedicated, and friendly. As I wrote, I’ve been there 5 times, and I can’t wait for the 6th. Read less