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Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, Florida

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Situated just ten minutes from the only Disney Park in the world to be themed around animal conservation, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is a stunning resort hotel with African-inspired architecture and lush savannas that are home to over 200 exotic animals in a 43 acre setting.  You will find plenty of exciting animal activities to get involved in plus fantastic swimming pools, a playground, a great massage and fitness centre, award-winning cuisine and one of the largest collections of African art in the United States. Capturing the spirit of this vast continent, this is an African adventure with all the added magic of Disney, perhaps to get you in the mood for an authentic Bushbaby safari!

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  • rooms

    The accommodation at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is comfortable with a fun twist.  Inspired by the architecture and design of traditional African kraal villages, the resort provides spectacular views of four lush savannas. A stay here gives an authentic taste of this amazing continent. The guest rooms feature earthy tones and authentic touches like wood-paddle ceiling fans, hand-carved armoires and imported African tapestries.  All guest rooms include complimentary Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, cable TV with Disney channels, coffee and tea maker, iron and hairdryer.   Standard Rooms have two queen size beds or one queen size bed and one bunk bed, or one king size bed and one day bed.

    If you would prefer a room with a pool view these are available with two queen size beds or one king size bed, or one king size bed and one day bed. Alternatively you can have one queen size bed and a bunk bed. If you want to catch a glimpse of the animals from your room then go for either the Savanna View or Arusha View Rooms that can be configured as two queen size beds or one king size bed and one day bed. Both rooms are also available with one queen size bed and one bunk bed.

    You can also upgrade to rooms and suites with Club Level services.  The guestrooms have all the great amenities as before but with the added bonus of a DVD player, evening turndown, access to the club-level lounge serving refreshments from 7am-10pm, complimentary health club access, pre arrival Walt Disney itinerary planning, personalised front desk and concierge services and an opportunity to book the Sunrise Safari Breakfast Adventure. Standard rooms are available, but if you need more space try the one bedroom suite (Club Level Access) with two queen size beds and one queen-size sleeper sofa. This is available with either standard or Savanna views.  Finally there is the two bedroom suite (Club Level Access) which has views over one of the Savannas and is configured as one queen size bed, one bunk bed, one king size bed and one queen size sleeper sofa or one king size bed and two queen size beds and one queen size sleeper sofa.

     

  • facilities & activities

    With the obvious attractions of Disney World on your doorstep your main dilemma here will be how to pack in all there is on offer. The Animal Kingdom theme park is the only Disney Park of its kind and one of the largest animal theme parks in the world. As guests at a Disney resort hotel, you receive complimentary transportation from the Airport (Disney’s Magical Express) and throughout Walt Disney World Resort. You are also offered the opportunity to enjoy additional time in the theme parks at no extra charge; each day one of the four parks offers Extra Magic Hours where parks open one hour early or remain open up to three hours after regular closing times.

    When you’ve exhausted yourself at the fantastic Disney parks there are plenty of ways to cool down and chill out back at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. The Uzima Pool is an 11,000-square foot tropical oasis surrounded by large canopy trees and Floridian palms and includes a 67 foot-long waterslide – a great spot to unwind and enjoy a cool drink or delicious snack. Alternatively you can take a dip in the 4,700 square-foot Samawati Springs Pool with its even larger 128-foot waterslide. If you enjoy jogging there is a lovely trail you can follow around the pool area. If you prefer to work out in the gym you’ll love the Zahanti Massage & Fitness Centre where you’ll find the latest exercise equipment. Try unwinding in the sauna or have a soothing massage or facial - the perfect way to relax and reinvigorate your mind.

    The resort’s fabulous African-inspired décor includes such authentic touches as the vast mud fireplace in the main lobby, thatched ceilings and hand carved wood furniture reminiscent of a real African game reserve. Step outside the lobby and you have tremendous views of the sprawling grounds where you will discover over 30 species of African wildlife including zebras, giraffes, gazelles and flamingos. If you’d like to gen up on the behaviour of the animals around you there are wildlife Field Guides in each room and you can learn more about the animals and ecosystems during fun activities led by onsite Animal Specialists. If you’d like to see the animals at even closer quarters we think you’ll love the Wanyama Safari and Dinner.

    Evening entertainment comes in the shape of complimentary campfire activities with outdoor screenings of Disney films. Or if you fancy playing classic arcade and popular video games, take a look at Pumbaas Fun and Games – great entertainment.

  • dining

    Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge has a wide selection of restaurants serving delicious African-inspired meals and classic American favourites for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Everything from fine dining to relaxed cuisine to room service is available.

    Jiko – The Cooking Place -  offers fine dining in a delightful setting that is both inspiring and romantic.  The delicious aromas from the wood burning ovens will tempt you to discover the delicious blend of traditional African, Indian and Mediterranean cuisine on offer and the expansive South African Wine list complements the menu beautifully.  For something a little more casual try Boma where you dine under thatched roofs buffet-style The African food here is inspired by the culinary culture of more than 50 countries.

    Sanna enjoys stunning views of wildlife on the lush Sunset Savanna allowing you to sit spotting animals whilst sampling flavourful African cuisine. Or for a quick bite try The Mara, which serves delicious African stew and pittas as well as American classics such as burgers.

    The secluded Maji Pool Bar is a terrific place to grab a light bite and a cocktail or two as is the Uzima Springs Pool Bar where you can enjoy a cool drink or snack beneath a charming thatched hut.  The Cape Town Lounge and Wine Bar is the perfect spot for a pre or post dinner cocktail or there is the Victoria Falls Lounge, an intimate space to relax with a glass of exquisite South African wine either inside or by the flickering ambience of the outdoor fire pit. Room service is also available.

  • family

    Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is a wonderful option for families visiting Walt Disney World Resort. Youngsters will love getting up close and personal with the exotic animals - there are even complimentary night safaris with night vision glasses to really fire their imaginations. Other attractions include the superb zero entry pools and waterslides. The Uzima Pool includes a children’s wading pool and two whirlpool spas and at the Samawati Springs Pool there is Uwania Camp – an animal observation site-themed water playground. The Hakuna Matata playground is a huge hit with youngsters and the views over the flamingo area and savanna are a wonderful bonus.

    The arcade is always a big hit with the older children and if you’re too exhausted to leave your room in the evenings, there is free DVD rental on hand. In the evenings younger guests will also delight in a campfire with marshmallows - the perfect way to end a long day spent visiting the parks.

    For an additional charge, there is also an excellent Children’s Activity Centre for children aged three to 12.  Open from 4.30pm until midnight, parents are free to venture out for a romantic meal while their children are kept busy and entertained by Disney cast members.  Youngsters will love the PlayStation video games, toys, arts and crafts, Disney movies and nightly themed activities – cool keepsakes are even thrown in.

    Rooms are spacious and can be configured with two queen size beds or one queen size bed and bunk beds. Cots are available too. The one and two bedroom suites with Club Access are great for larger families.

    Children’s menus are available in the hotel restaurants, all of which offer a wide variety of food to cater to all tastes. If you would prefer to leave your little ones behind and have a night out in-room babysitters can be arranged.

  • location

    The hotel is located at Lake Buena Vista, Florida, on the south western edge of Disney World, next to the Animal Kingdom theme park.

    Orlando International Airport is just a 30 minute drive away. Complimentary parking is available.  Use of all the Walt Disney World Transportation System is included during your stay.

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