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 Expensive but unique

Nov 15, 2019 Karen7 London, United Kingdom

We booked a Savannah view room and got one of the refurbished ones which was quite stylish and impressive. Good space for two but oddly only one small wardrobe so God knows how you hang clothes with kids too. Loved the bathroom and proper shower not that ropey stand in bath thing that so many American hotels have. Food at Boma was wonderful with… Read more
We booked a Savannah view room and got one of the refurbished ones which was quite stylish and impressive. Good space for two but oddly only one small wardrobe so God knows how you hang clothes with kids too. Loved the bathroom and proper shower not that ropey stand in bath thing that so many American hotels have. Food at Boma was wonderful with good African additions to the breakfast buffet. All staff consistently lovely. Best of all was that balcony having coffee watching giraffes and wildebeest outside! So magical. I was disappointed that it's not an open view as they've since built Kidani village to accompany the original Jambo house so we got 200 feet of savannah but then another hotel building to look at which of course the online pictures never show. Amused there's so many fellow Brits here I guess being raised on Attenborough we crave nature more ! Expensive as per the entire Disney product but seemed an easier option than going to the Serengeti! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Very Relaxing.

Nov 15, 2019 segriffith86 Mullica Hill, New Jersey

I was only able to stay here for a couple of nights, but I’m glad I made the decision and had a great, relaxing experience. This resort is gorgeous and theming is spot on. It has a great pool with plenty of seating, excellent dining restaurants (especially Jiko), and has a savanna surrounding the property. The rooms were dark, but cozy, and the… Read more
I was only able to stay here for a couple of nights, but I’m glad I made the decision and had a great, relaxing experience. This resort is gorgeous and theming is spot on. It has a great pool with plenty of seating, excellent dining restaurants (especially Jiko), and has a savanna surrounding the property. The rooms were dark, but cozy, and the bed was very comfortable. Anyone can have a great family vacation at this resort alone. Can’t wait to stay here again, don’t miss out on this. Read less
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Nov 14, 2019 Cookie3108 Glasgow, United Kingdom

I have stayed here on numerous occasions ever since it first opened, I've always loved it and recommend it to anybody I know who is planning to visit WDW, but no more! There were countless issues from rude cast members being condescending, to infrequently changed bed sheets. But by far the biggest issue was the insect infestation in our room, on… Read more
I have stayed here on numerous occasions ever since it first opened, I've always loved it and recommend it to anybody I know who is planning to visit WDW, but no more! There were countless issues from rude cast members being condescending, to infrequently changed bed sheets. But by far the biggest issue was the insect infestation in our room, on the first night I noticed a small insect on the bed, removed it and didn't think anymore of it. The following morning the dining table was absolutely covered in them, we called reception who although apologetic didn't appear too concerned which leads me to believe this may occur frequently. They sent pest control up and when we returned to the room later that day they insects were gone. However they reappeared throughout the holiday, on the bedside table, on the bed and even on my person! This is beyond disgusting and highly unacceptable of any hotel let alone a deluxe resort. I always provide feedback after my trips (although usually it's positive) so I did so this time, following which I received a phone call explaining to me that these insects were gnats, they come off the animals, they don't bite and are hard to remove. Whilst the call was appreciated it doesn't exactly compensate for my ruined two week vacation. I was unable to relax in the room as I was constantly on the look out for insects, we also couldn't dine in the room as any food brought in the room just attracted them. As I say there were numerous events which added to this awful and disappointing holiday, Disney have most definitely let their standards all the while increasing their prices and I for one will not be back to this resort and would caution anybody else to be prepared to not only see creatures from your balcony but also within your deluxe resort room! The only redeeming factor of this resort is The Mara, the cast members in this quick service restaurant were always super pleasant, friendly and helpful. Read less
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Nov 12, 2019 Getaway795962

We had a great holiday. 2 points through there needs to be more choice in quick service at Mara. Also we purchased refill cups for the holiday but they stop working on our last day. Especially as we had to leave our room at 11am but we couldn't get a drink in our cups. Surely they should work till you leave the hotel
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Magical stay!

Nov 11, 2019 rgManchester Cheltenham, United Kingdom

This was our first visit to Disney as a family and our first stay at a Disney Resort. We were really impressed with Jambo House. The common areas are beautiful. The pool was lovely and we found the lifeguards really on it and thorough. Very reassuring. We were a little disappointed in the room. We were in Giraffe Trail and I think it was one of… Read more
This was our first visit to Disney as a family and our first stay at a Disney Resort. We were really impressed with Jambo House. The common areas are beautiful. The pool was lovely and we found the lifeguards really on it and thorough. Very reassuring. We were a little disappointed in the room. We were in Giraffe Trail and I think it was one of the older style rooms. We had bunk beds but that seemed to mean the room was smaller as not sure 2 queen sized beds would have fitted in there. Only 1 bedside table was frustrating and no light on the small balcony meant we could not sit out in the evening as planned. Only 2 drawers for all our clothes which wasn’t enough and no storage for cases or anything meant the room felt messy quickly. Not quite as luxurious/deluxe as we were hoping for. We duly left ‘Mousekeeping’ tips and chocolate every day but no Disney magic, towel animals or anything came our way. All the staff were so friendly. Having spent the second half of our stay offsite we really noticed the extra mile the cast members went to and everyone spoke to you. The quick service restaurant The Mara was great, lots of choice. We didn’t use the other restaurants but they looked nice. We chose AKL for the animals and were not disappointed. We didn’t bother with a Savannah View and you don’t need too as there are lots of great viewing areas and the guides are so friendly and knowledgable. Buses to the parks were frequent and clean, very easy to use. There is also a shuttle down to Kidani Village which meant we could use the pool and gym there aswell, both were great. Overall we had a great stay and would recommend. Read less