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Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of many deluxe hotels at Walt Disney World. But, what makes this resort special is that it’s kind of like being at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. That’s right, you can see wild African animals roaming the grounds, including, but not limited to giraffes and zebras. This is definitely an amazing resort. 

Overview

Animal Kingdom Lodge is located in the Animal Kingdom theme park area. It’s probably one of the most unique hotels at Disney World.

The resort is inspired by the traditional “kraal,” which is a horseshoe-curved design that offers views of four savannas where over 200 animals and birds can be seen. There’s also African-themed dining, fun pool areas, a range of room selections that are also accessible, and so much more.

There are also two Disney Vacation Club resorts on property: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas — Kidani Village and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas — Jambo House. Animal Kingdom Lodge offers regular guest rooms, whereas the “Villas” refer to DVC accommodations available at both Jambo House and Kidani Village. All of the resorts also share the same dining locations.

As for Animal Kingdom Lodge specifically, here’s what you need to know.

View Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort Maps

Rooms And Bathrooms

Like all Disney Resort hotels, Animal Kingdom Lodge’s theme really comes through. Depending on the room you book, you can either sleep anywhere from 2 to 8 guests.  

There are, of course, the normal amenities provided, like a hairdryer, TV, free WiFi service, a coffee maker, a telephone, an in-room safe, an iron and ironing board, and a mini-refrigerator.

Plus, plenty of outlets and USB ports are available to charge your devices that you will most likely be using nonstop at the parks.

As for storage, there are drawers and a big closet. And, there’s even space underneath the beds that you can put items like luggage.

Standard Rooms

The following standard rooms all have similar layouts. There’s one main living area with a TV, dresser, bed(s), table, kitchenette, and a view. 

The bathrooms have a sink and vanity area that’s separate from the split shower/tub and toilet. There’s also a wall separating the bathroom and bedroom areas providing plenty of privacy.

  • Savanna View: 2 Queen Beds, View of one of the savannas
  • Pool View: 2 Queen Beds or 1 King Bed, Views of pool
Standard room at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
Standard room bathroom at Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Standard View: 2 Queen Beds, Views of rooftop or parking area
Savanna view from standard room at Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Standard View — King Bed: 1 King Bed, Views of rooftop or parking area
  • Savanna View — King Bed: 1 King Bed, View of one of the savannas
Standard room at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
Sitting area in a standard room at Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Pool View — King Bed: 1 King Bed, View of pool

Room and Suites with Club Level Services

Rooms and suites with Club Level Services have the regular room amenities previously mentioned, plus access to Disney Signature Services for personal assistance with your vacation.

Furthermore, there are certain Club Level Amenities that are available, including:

  • Complimentary fax assistance
  • Secured key access to the club-level lounge, serving refreshments 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily
  • Complimentary health club access
  • Access to Concierge service at the Kiliminjaro Club
  • Personalized Front Desk and Guest Services
  • Complimentary newspapers in Club Level lounge

As for the rooms, they are much bigger than the typical standard room. They have more features, amenities, storage, space, and some even have different rooms (bedroom, living area, bathroom, kitchenette).

The Presidential Suite is exactly what you think it is featuring a Master Bedroom and Bath, another bedroom, amazing views, a kitchen, a foyer, an office space, and more. It’s also the most expensive option you can choose.

  • 2 Bedroom Suite — Club Level Access: 1 King Bed and 2 Queen Beds and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa, View of one of the savannas
Club Level room at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
Club Level room at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
Club Level room at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Savanna View — Club Level Access: 2 Queen Beds, View of Arusha Savanna
  • 1 Bedroom Suite — Club Level Access: 2 Queen Beds and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa, View of one of the savannas
  • Standard View 1 Bedroom Suite — Club Level Access: 2 Queen Beds and 1 Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa, Views of rooftop or parking area
Club Level room at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
Club Level room at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
Club Level room at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Royal Asante Presidential Suite — Club Level Access: 2 Queen Beds and a Master Bedroom and a Queen-Size Sleeper Sofa, View of savanna and Jambo House
  • Savanna View King Bed — Club Level Access: 1 King Bed, View of one of the savannas

Note: There are also both wheelchair and hearing accessible rooms available that include accessible bathrooms and visual alarms.

You can check out room layouts below.

Checking In And Out

When it comes to checking in and out, you have a few options: at the front desk, online through the official Walt Disney World website, or via the My Disney Experience app.

The lobby is located in the main building. Even though the front desk is there to assist guests, especially with checking in and checking out, all Disney World Resort guests are encouraged to check-in online or by using MDE.

Lobby of Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Checking-In: After you check-in online or using the app, you’ll receive a room-ready notification via next. You can then use your MagicBand or MDE’s digital key feature to unlock your room door.
  • Checking-Out: Currently, guests will automatically be checked out of their rooms. But, if you have unresolved charges to your hotel folio, you’ll need to visit the front desk.

Note: Guests also have the option of to chat virtually with resort Cast Members via MDE for any assistance. 

In addition to the lobby, you can find much of the main dining and the Zawadi Marketplace, the resort’s gift shop.

The pickup and dropoff location for Mears Connect (which is the replacement for Magical Express) and the bus stop are also right outside the main lobby, along with luggage storage for those who have checked out or are waiting to check in.

Note: Resort Airline Check-In and Magical Express are no longer available.

Parking

Parking is available at Animal Kingdom Lodge. There is a standard $25 overnight self-parking fee (including tax) that is applied to guests’ hotel folio upon check-out.

Valet parking is also available for $33 per night.

Complimentary standard self-parking is available for non-resort guests exploring dining, shopping, entertainment, and other experiences during the day.

We also have a complete Walt Disney World parking guide you can browse.

Important: Valet parking might not always be available.

Pros And Cons

Animal Kingdom Lodge

Resort category: Deluxe

WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

Pros: Dedicated buses, less expensive than most Deluxe Resorts, great on-site restaurants, 1 of the most gorgeous WDW resorts, Savanna View rooms have view of animals, during less busy times upgrades are often possible

Cons: Not within viewing or walking distance of any theme parks, Standard View could be disappointing, rooms are smaller than average Deluxe Rooms, on-site restaurants are African-themed and may not appeal to everyone

Animal Kingdom Lodge room options

Room typeBed sizeMax people per roomFloor Plan
Standard ViewQueen4
Pool ViewQueen4
Savanna ViewQueen4
Savanna View - KingKing2
Standard View - KingKing2
Pool View - KingKing2
Savanna View - Club LevelQueen4
Standard View - 1 Bedroom Suite - Club Level AccessQueen6
1 Bedroom Suite - Club Level AccessQueen6
2 Bedroom Suite - Club Level AccessKing8
Royal Asante Presidential SuiteQueen6

Resort Map

Animal Kingdom Lodge

Scheduled refurbishments

None scheduled right now.

Other info

  • DISboards.com thread with lots of pics and info
  • Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort Maps
  • Amenities And Shops

    There are several amenities offered to guests at Animal Kingdom Lodge, including a gift shop, on-site laundry services, and even the chance to watch movies outside on a big screen! 

    Important note: Some of the following amenities might not be available at all times.

    Zawadi Marketplace gift shop at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
    • Zawadi Marketplace: Purchase sundires, snacks, souvenirs, and more.
    • Laundry Services: There are 24-hour self-service laundry facilities available.
    • Dry Cleaning Services: Dry cleaning and valet laundry services are also an option.
    • Movies Under the Stars: Watch complimentary Disney movies by the Uzima Pool.
    • Jambo House Campfire Activities: Roast marshmallows around a campfire.
    • Zahanati Massage & Fitness Center: workout facility and sauna with massages and facial treatments
    • Childcare ServicesIn-room babysitting for children 6 months to 12 years old.

    Pools And Recreation

    There’s one main pool at Animal Kingdom Lodge. If you need a non-park day, we recommended spending the day at your hotel and enjoying the Disney Resort pool.

    Important note: Some of the pools and recreation options might not be available at all times.

    Uzima Springs Pool at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

    The pool available is:

    • Uzima Springs Pool: An 11,000 square-foot pool with 234,980 gallons of water. It has a zero-depth entry point and a 67-foot-long waterslide. There’s also a bar and lounge nearby.

    Some other recreational options include:

    • Hakuna Matata Playground
    • Pumbaa’s Fun and Games Arcade
    • Wild About Painting: on select days and for $50 per person (plus tax), you can create art and enjoy a complimentary drink 

    How to get from Animal Kingdom Lodge to anywhere at Disney World

    There is one form of complimentary transportation available at Animal Kingdom Lodge: Walt Disney World buses. You can find the bus stop near the front of the main building.  All of the different ways to get from Animal Kingdom Lodge to anywhere in Disney World is listed below.

    wdt_ID Starting Point Ending Point How to get there
    1 All-Star Movies All-Star Music Follow these steps:
    • Walk (takes about 5-7 minutes)
    • Arrive at your destination
    Want to get there faster?
    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    2 All-Star Movies All-Star Sports Follow these steps:
    • Walk (takes about 15 minutes)
    • Arrive at your destination
    Want to get there faster?
    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    3 All-Star Movies Animal Kingdom Follow these steps:
    • Bus to Animal Kingdom
    • Arrive at your destination
    Headed to an early morning breakfast reservation at Animal Kingdom? Buses to Animal Kingdom from Disney resorts usually start running around 7-7:15 a.m. daily.
    Want to get there faster?
    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    4 All-Star Movies Animal Kingdom Lodge - Jambo House (main bldg) Follow these steps:
    • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
      (both resorts are closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
    • Bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village bus stop
    • Arrive at your destination
    Want to get there faster?
    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    5 All-Star Movies Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village
    Follow these steps:
    • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
      (both resorts are closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
    • Bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge - Kidani Village bus stop
    • Arrive at your destination
    Want to get there faster?
    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    6 All-Star Movies Art of Animation Follow these steps:
    • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
      (All-Star Movies is closest to Animal Kingdom, and Art of Animation is closest to Hollywood Studios, so those buses will likely be your best choices)
    • Skyliner (from Hollywood Studios) or    Bus to Art of Animation
    • Arrive at your destination
    7 All-Star Movies Bay Lake Tower Follow these steps:
    • Bus to Magic Kingdom
    • Walk (takes about 10 minutes) or    monorail to Bay Lake Tower
    • Arrive at your destination
    Want to get there faster?
    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    8 All-Star Movies Beach Club Villas Follow these steps:
    • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
      (All-Star Movies is closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
    • Bus to Beach Club
    • Arrive at your destination
    Want to get there faster?
    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    9 All-Star Movies Beach Club Follow these steps:
    • Bus to a theme park or Disney Springs
      (All-Star Movies is closest to Animal Kingdom, so that bus will likely be your best option)
    • Bus to Beach Club
    • Arrive at your destination
    Want to get there faster?
    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    10 All-Star Movies Blizzard Beach Follow these steps:
    • Bus to Blizzard Beach
    • Arrive at your destination
    Want to get there faster?
    Or have feedback about a route for us?
    Starting Point Ending Point

    Dining options at Animal Kingdom Lodge

    There are plenty of dining options available at Animal Kingdom Lodge, including lounges, Quick Service spots, and several Table Service choices, like the popular Sanaa (the bread service is a must!). At select locations, Mobile Ordering is also available.

    Plus, Sanaa also features Mobile Dine Check-In, meaning you’ll check-in using the My Disney Experience app rather than going to the host stand. When your table is ready, you’ll be notified to proceed to a specific location.

    Sanaa also has Table Service To Go, which allows guests to Mobile Order and take their meal back to their room. You can read more about the dining options below.



    Breakfast

    The Mara (breakfast)

    Quick Service

    Animal Kingdom Lodge - The Mara (breakfast)

    Location: Animal Kingdom Lodge

    On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: No

    Link to menu →

    Pros: Nice spot to grab items to go or a hot breakfast, including Mickey waffles, mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

    Cons: Gets very busy during peak times


    Boma Flavors of Africa (breakfast)

    Table Service

    Animal Kingdom Lodge - Boma Flavors of Africa (breakfast)

    Location: Animal Kingdom Lodge

    On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

    Link to menu →

    Pros: Delicious food (one of the best restaurants at Disney World)

    Cons: Small tables that are often close together


    Lunch

    The Mara (lunch)

    Quick Service

    Animal Kingdom Lodge - The Mara (lunch)

    Location: Animal Kingdom Lodge

    On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: No

    Link to menu →

    Pros: Wide variety of options on the menu, including the very popular Zebra Domes which make a tasty dessert, mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

    Cons: Gets very busy during peak times


    Dinner

    The Mara (dinner)

    Quick Service

    Animal Kingdom Lodge - The Mara (dinner)

    Location: Animal Kingdom Lodge

    On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: No

    Link to menu →

    Pros: Wide variety of options on the menu, including the very popular Zebra Domes which make a tasty dessert, mobile ordering in My Disney Experience available

    Cons: Gets very busy during peak times


    Jiko – The Cooking Place (dinner) – Temporarily Closed

    Table Service

    Animal Kingdom Lodge - Jiko – The Cooking Place (dinner) – Temporarily Closed

    Location: Animal Kingdom Lodge

    On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 2 Table Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

    Link to menu →

    Pros: One of the best restaurants at Disney World with delicious food and great ambiance

    Cons: Expensive (but to most people, it's worth every penny)


    Boma Flavors of Africa (dinner)

    Table Service

    Animal Kingdom Lodge - Boma Flavors of Africa (dinner)

    Location: Animal Kingdom Lodge

    On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

    Link to menu →

    Pros: Fantastic food and a great way to sample African foods (save room for great desserts though, including the popular Zebra Domes)

    Cons: Small tables that are often close together


    Everything Else

    Uzima Springs Pool Bar

    Quick Service

    Animal Kingdom Lodge - Uzima Springs Pool Bar

    Location: Animal Kingdom Lodge

    On the Disney Dining Plan? No, 0 Quick Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: No

    Link to menu →

    Pros: Standard bar menu available, as well as some African imports

    Cons: Disney Dining Plan credits not accepted


    Victoria Falls Lounge

    Table Service

    Animal Kingdom Lodge - Victoria Falls Lounge

    Location: Animal Kingdom Lodge

    On the Disney Dining Plan? No, 0 Table Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: No

    Link to menu →

    Pros: Quiet spot to grab delicious appetizers and a drink (including some African options)

    Cons: Disney Dining Plan credits not accepted


    Cape Town Lounge and Wine Bar – Temporarily Closed

    Table Service

    Animal Kingdom Lodge - Cape Town Lounge and Wine Bar – Temporarily Closed

    Location: Animal Kingdom Lodge

    On the Disney Dining Plan? No, Table Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: No

    Link to menu →

    Pros: Extensive drink list, including a nice wine selection (many of them are from Africa)

    Cons: Limited seating


    Dining options at Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village

    Kidani Village shares a lot of the same dining locations as Animal Kingdom lodge. And, remember, that Sanaa has both Mobile Dine Check-In and Table Service To Go. Below is a breakdown of the dining available.



    Breakfast

    Sanaa (breakfast) – Temporarily Unavailable

    Quick Service

    Boma Flavors of Africa (breakfast) - Sanaa (breakfast) – Temporarily Unavailable

    Location: Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village

    On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: No

    Link to menu →

    Pros: 1 of the best Table Service restaurants at Disney World however breakfast is a Quick Service with the same savanna views

    Cons: Getting there can be kind of a chore if you aren't staying at the resort (driving is fastest, but you can take a bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge and get off at the Kidani stop)


    Lunch

    Maji Pool Bar (lunch)

    Quick Service

    Boma Flavors of Africa (breakfast) - Maji Pool Bar (lunch)

    Location: Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village

    On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Quick Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: No

    Link to menu →

    Pros: Convenient spot to grab a drink and food, private dining menu available here

    Cons: Service can be slow


    Sanaa (lunch)

    Table Service

    Boma Flavors of Africa (breakfast) - Sanaa (lunch)

    Location: Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village

    On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

    Link to menu →

    Pros: 1 of the best restaurants at Disney World with great service, fantastic food (be sure to get the bread service!), and savanna views

    Cons: Getting there can be kind of a chore if you aren't staying at the resort (driving is fastest, but you can take a bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge and get off at the Kidani stop)


    Dinner

    Sanaa (dinner)

    Table Service

    Boma Flavors of Africa (breakfast) - Sanaa (dinner)

    Location: Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village

    On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, 1 Table Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: Yes

    Link to menu →

    Pros: 1 of the best restaurants at Disney World with great service, fantastic food (be sure to get the bread service!), and savanna views

    Cons: Getting there can be kind of a chore if you aren't staying at the resort (driving is fastest, but you can take a bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge and get off at the Kidani stop)


    Everything Else

    Maji Pool Bar

    Quick Service

    Boma Flavors of Africa (breakfast) - Maji Pool Bar

    Location: Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village

    On the Disney Dining Plan? Yes, Quick Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: No

    Link to menu →

    Pros: Convenient spot to grab a drink and food, private dining menu available here

    Cons: Service can be slow


    Sanaa Lounge

    Table Service

    Boma Flavors of Africa (breakfast) - Sanaa Lounge

    Location: Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village

    On the Disney Dining Plan? No, 0 Table Service credit(s)

    WDW Prep Favorite: No

    Link to menu →

    Pros: Nice ambiance, ability to grab a drink and order the super popular bread service that's also served inside the restaurant

    Cons: Getting there can be kind of a chore if you aren't staying at the resort (driving is fastest, but you can take a bus to Animal Kingdom Lodge and get off at the Kidani stop)


    Trip reports that included Animal Kingdom Lodge

    Ashley Singleton

    Tuesday 16th of March 2021

    We have a 1 BR villa standard view booked for the 1st week of may at jambo house. In the past, we have always stayed in a savanna view room. Which rooms would still be “standard” but with partial savanna view? Thanks! We enjoy all of your tips!

    Nicole

    Wednesday 9th of December 2020

    And now it's right. Weird.

    Nicole

    Wednesday 9th of December 2020

    The transportation grid is for all stars, not AKL.