Skip to main content

Step Into the Heart of Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge


Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is without a doubt one of the most uniquely themed resorts on Disney property.  Upon arrival at the resort, you are immediately transported to the heart of Africa.  If I hadn’t flown to Orlando International Airport, I may have actually thought I had landed in Africa! 

Animal Kingdom Lodge Lobby
The lobby has the similar awe-inspiring effect of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.  With thatched ceilings, large wood beams and real African artifacts, you again have to remind yourself that you are not really in Africa but at Walt Disney World.  The lobby boasts a floor to ceiling window that overlooks one of the three savannas.  Just like Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park, the Animal Kingdom Lodge is all about conservation and is dedicated to the care of animals.

View from a Arusha View Room
The Animal Kingdom Lodge has three separate savannas; Sunset, Arusha and Uzima.  The savannas are home to over 30 species of African wildlife including zebras, giraffes, gazelles and kudu.  Guests can find a Wildlife Field Guide in their guest room or ask for copies from the concierge in the lobby.  Cast members, known as Animal Specialists, are positioned around the public viewing areas of the savannas to answer questions about the animals and their ecosystems.  The savannas are open 24 hours a day so there are plenty of chances to spot the animals from the many viewing locations located throughout the resort.  The resort also has animal viewing with night vision available!

This deluxe resort has 1,293 guest rooms and is located in the Animal Kingdom Resort area.  Standard rooms offer two queen size beds or one king size bed and one day bed. There is also the option of a room with one queen bed and one bunk bed.  Rooms offer a standard, pool, savanna or Arusha view room.  The resort is situated on 33 acres of savanna land.  One downside to the location of the resort is that the only means of Disney transportation is by bus. 

Boma - Flavors of Africa Restaurant
The Animal Kingdom Lodge has three restaurants that run the spectrum from quick service to signature dining.  The Mara is a quick service restaurant located near the Uzima Pool with a savanna-like atmosphere.  This quick service option is where you can get your resort refillable mug or a tasty Mickey Rice Crispy treat.  Boma is an all-you-can-eat buffet style restaurant that serves African inspired cuisine along with American favorites for breakfast and dinner.  For a signature dining experience, Jiko – The Cooking Place is a must try experience.  My husband is a firm believer that Jiko has the best Filet Mignon on Disney property.  The menu changes seasonally and has a blend of traditional African, Indian and Mediterranean cuisine.  As with most restaurants, reservations are recommended and can be made 180 days in advance for Boma and Jiko.

I’ve never been to Africa but I feel like I was there after experiencing the Animal Kingdom Lodge.  I really enjoyed the atmosphere at the resort and having a savanna view room adds an extra touch of magic.  If you are looking for a unique resort experience, I highly recommend the Animal Kingdom Lodge!

You can find more pictures of this resort by clicking here


Ashley has been a Disney Parks fan from an early age and loves anything vintage Disney. You can email Ashley at ashley@kingdomkonsultant.com.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Paddlefish Restaurant at Disney Springs

After arriving in Walt Disney World around dinnertime with no reservations on our latest trip, we headed over to Disney Springs to see what was available and Paddlefish caught our eye with the beautiful boat shining on the water.  There was space for us at the bar where they serve the full menu, so we settled right in for what was about to be a delicious dinner. We started with cocktails and were very impressed by not only the cocktail selection, but also the bartender's knowledge and expertise on the menu to guide us through our selections tonight.  At the recommendation of the staff, we had to give the Lobster Corn Dogs a try for our appetizer.  These were so fun and very delicious (and I don't normally like lobster!) They are most like a corn dog in that they are on a stick, but don't let that stop you from giving these a try.  Next up it was time for our entrees, we both opted for options "from the port" since we were in a seafood inspired restaurant, we could

Disney's BoardWalk Inn Review

From the eclectic décor to the panoramic views of Crescent Lake, the BoardWalk Inn gives you the sense that you have stepped back in time.  That time being circa 1920-1940’s Atlantic City.  The exterior of the hotel is reminiscent of the seaside buildings that could be found along the Boardwalk from that bygone era full of old time glitz and glamour.  Driving through the port couture at the front of the building, surrounded by finely manicured gardens you are met with enthusiastic porters that are there to welcome you home as they take your bags and guide you into the hotel lobby. Chandelier in the Lobby Once inside, the eclectic furnishings are precise replicas of what you would expect to find in the grandest hotels from that moment in time.  As you enter the lobby, look up to see the beautiful chandelier made of antique carousel horses that sits high above the lobby with the check in desk located to your left as well as a small sundry shop and the hallway that leads to the villa

10 Tips for a Great Universal Orlando Vacation

Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure are much more than just theme parks. The Universal Orlando Resort has some amazing attractions, gorgeous hotel properties and superb restaurants! With the new   Hagrid's Motorbike Adventure ride now open and Jurassic World's VelociCoaster scheduled to open June 10, 2021, Universal Orlando is the hottest vacation destination for families this summer. I have compiled a list of 10 must-do tips on how to maximize your Universal Orlando vacation. Top 10 Tips 10. Express Pass - Universal's Express Pass let's you skip the regular line for many attractions. It comes in two forms, Unlimited, or once per ride. Universal parks have been reaching capacity lately so this is a must! You can add the Express Pass Unlimited right to your ticket purchase. If you stay on-site at one of Universal's 3 Premier Hotels, you get the Universal Express Unlimited Pass free with your stay! These hotels include Hard Rock Ho