To begin, I truly enjoyed my Disney World vacation. I will say some critical things, but I really did have a wonderful time. The staff at Animal Kingdon Lodge were very friendly and helpful. Staff could be found in open areas playing the drums or making crafts. For both activities children (and/or adults) could join in with them. The staff would bring out crayons and allow children to sit on the floor and trace etchings on the floor. The animals roam throughout the savana and can be seen from everywhere. Having a balcony overlooking the savana is very nice. Three places to eat within the Jambo House. All descent. The pool was very nice and in December not very crowded.
I'm not sure what (except the animals, valet, bellman) make this a deluxe hotel. It was clean and functional. It was nicely decorated for Christmas in the lobby only. The rooms are very small. Guest that had wheelchairs or scooters had to leave them outside the room due to lack of space. I am use to a room with double beds and additional room for a seating area in addition to a desk in most deluxe hotels. This is a hugh hotel. The walk from your room to the lobby could be very long. There is no true business center. Yes we are suppose to be on vacation but some times you have to get things done. The hotel has one computer/Printer that is not accessible after 10 pm. There is WiFi and I did use my iPad but needed printing in the business center. Would like to go to the business center after my child is in bed but the timing is not convenient.
I would stay here again except if I were traveling with a stroller again. I learned this the hard way. From the Animal Kingdom Lodge you must take a bus to all four theme parks. If you have a stroller you have to break the stroller down to get to all four parks on the bus. If you stay at the Polynesian, Contemporary or Floridian you can get to two parks by the Monorail. On the Monorail you do not have to break down your stroller. More convenient.
Definitely worth a stay.