I first visited Animal Kingdom Lodge in August 2010. I had no complaints other than the terrible bus service to and from the parks and Downtown Disney my family experienced. This visit was greatly improved. I came as a party of 4 (one middle aged adult and 3 young adults); two to a room.
The Rooms: We had standard rooms with a partial view of the Savannah and the hot tub. We stayed for six nights, seven days. Both rooms were clean, quiet, and equipped with a mini fridge and Cuisinart coffee maker. My husband and I requested a King room and were told on arrival that none were available because the King standard rooms are also the ADA rooms and, of course, persons with disabilities receive priority. (FYI - if you receive a King standard it will have an ADA bathroom). The safes in each room were extremely small - barely enough room to hold a laptop. Both rooms experienced problems with the televisions during the visit; the problems were reported and fixed the next morning.
The Restaurants: We dined at the on site restaurant Boma Flavors of Africa for dinner ($35.00 per person) and for breakfast ($18 per person) and were not disappointed with service or food quality. The Mara (food court) should not be overlooked for lunch or dinner (the flatbreads are delicious and zebra domes are located in the fridge). Breakfast, however, is not acceptable and the coffee there is just plain gross (get your milk or cream in the shop and use the coffee pods in your room). The main gift shop offers all sorts of food that you can purchase to make your own breakfasts and lunches (and save money).
Outdoor Areas: The pool area was clean and monitored by staff. There are two hot tubs; both were serviced during our visit, but were up and running very quickly after service. We took advantage of the night vision goggles offered each evening (until 9:30 pm) at the "look out" point. The staff was extremely friendly while we waited our turn to use the goggles (there are only about 4 pairs and families are expected to share one pair). Loved sitting by the fire pit at the end of the day.