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Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   2901 Osceola Parkway, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830   |  
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Ranked #29 of 326 Hotels in Orlando
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“Worth every penny”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

Winter break with the family, Not the cheapest way to do Disney, however as the title says worth every penny.

We had a savannah room which is a must. Giraffes wandering under the balcony -- incredible!

Rooms are on the small size but to be honest we did not mind as one would expect spotlessly clean.

Staff are wonderful my wife's birthday when we where there and a card from Mickey Mouse - made her so happy.

Magic hours are great make sure you take advantage as there are no queues for the big rides.

Restaurants in the hotel expensive but there is a great free shuttle service around the parks so no need to eat there all the time even though the food is very good. Get a Disney meal deal well worth it

Pool is wonderful

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

We've stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge 3-times before and this was the first time we didn't choose the Savannah View room. We were pretty disappointed last time as the view was not very good - very few animals to see so we decided to go for the cheaper Pool view which was a good decision - it was much closer to the lobby, some rooms are really far away from the lobby and restaurants and it can take you a lot of time to get there and back.

The breakfast-buffet is good and there is a huge selection of cold and warm food but charging $23 for kids over 10 is in my opinion too much. While Disney knows the age of your kids they won't check it for the breakfast buffet so I guess they expect you to cheat a bit with the age of your kids if they ask for it when you show up for breakfast...

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

We've stayed at Jambo House many times over the years and it is our favorite. Having an opportunity to sit on the balcony outside the hotel room to watch giraffes, zebras and other animals, is something that we never tire of. Our last visit was over the Thanksgiving weekend and the hotel was decorated beautifully for the holidays. In comparison to other Disney resorts, this resort is quiet and relaxing. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: A room with a savannah view close to the main lobby and public viewing area will allow for more oppo...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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taunton, ma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

My family has frequented DisneyWorld in Orlalndo, FL for more than 20 years. We most always stay at Disney properties, but this was our first visit to Animal Kingdom Lodge. We stayed in a one-bedroom villa in Jambo House over the Christmas holiday with our now-grown children. The hotel itself is typical Disney with the volume turned up a notch. The lobby area is incredibly beautiful, and the 40+ tall Christmas tree in the center of the atrium was the perfect touch. Staff are attentive, pleasant, polite and professional and service was terrific. We had a room service breakfast on Christmas morning - delivered exactly on time, and very well-presented. The room itself was a bit disappointing - very similar to the rooms in Disney's less-expensive properties. Rooms are very dark - dark wood with dark walls and floors. AKL promotes "natural lighting" within the entire hotel to go along with the African theme. Personally, I wish the rooms were designed with lighter colors. The rooms were fairly comfortable and consistent with other Disney hotels. The pull-out couch in the living area was uncomfortable both to sit on and to sleep on, but most pull-outs are the same way. The master bedroom was well laid-out, but again, very dark. The villa boasted a double-sized balcony (5th floor), which was an awesome way to watch the wildlife in the savannah below. One evening we were lucky enough to see FIVE giraffes sitting and relaxing right outside our balcony window! Our biggest complaint was the bathroom. Again VERY dark and oddly designed. Towels were arranged on grab-bars for handicapped individuals...no towel racks near the shower/tub! Another inconvenience was the lack of mirrors in the villa -- the only mirror available was a small one in the master bedroom. Overall, I would recommend this hotel for families with kids - there are lots of things to keep young ones amused...the pool area is large and very family friendly...and the close-up views of the animals can't be beat!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

We just spent 7 nights here in a club level room. It was amazing. There are a ton of activities for the kids to do in the resort. My kids ages 12, 11, and 10 never wanted to leave. We spent 2 days just exploring the resort and talking to the amazing staff. The kids learned a lot about the animals that are at the resort as well. Our room was a very nice size. It was clean and well maintained. The club lounge was so nice and the staff there was very very friendly. We are planning to go back again!! The buses to the parks were great as well. We never really had too long of a wait. We dined at 2 of the restaurants at the resort and both were very good. It is one of our favorite Disney resorts!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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jorcp
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

The AKL was a great choice for a family with young children and teens. There's a place for everybody to relax, whether it's the arcade for teens or the pool for the kids. The restauraunts were very good as well, and if you don't want to spend a lot of money on eating they have a food court on the lower level. Boma served breakfast buffet and afordable lunch and dinner, while Jiko was open for dinner and was a more common adults hangout. Beautiful resort with lots of amenieties and wonderful service. Though a bit pricey, we would definitley consider staying here again!

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

Having arrived several hours late after a delayed flight from Gatwick and delays going through immigration , we finally arrived with our 10 and 11 year old children in a sorry state.
Then our holiday started on arrival at 2 o'clock in the morning at this lovely hotel.
The staff gave US a lovely room and then we knew that we were set for a memorable10 days in this amazing location.
From the well themed spacious rooms with views of numerous animals across the Savannah ,a huge swimming pool with organised games and films ,fantastic restaurants this really made our holiday feel special.
I would say that this is all round the nicest hotel have stayed and hope to return one day

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 2901 Osceola Parkway, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830
Location: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Orlando
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Orlando
#10 Luxury Hotel in Orlando
#15 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
#34 Family Hotel in Orlando
#102 Business Hotel in Orlando
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is an African lodge-style resort amidst a 43-acre wildlife preserve. The Resort offers authentic African-inspired architecture and the kraal African-village landscape design—a semi-circle design popular in Africa which offers expansive views of the surrounding savanna and its many animal inhabitants. ... more   less 
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