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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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Stocksfield, United Kingdom
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“Animal Kingdom Lodge ******”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

My family and I stayed at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge in May 2012. Our party consisted of 2 adults and 2 children aged 7 and aged 5.
The hotel is a fantastic hotel and everything we hoped it would be. It is not the cheapest hotel on the block but I guess, in the main, you get what you pay for.
The room, although not the largest, was very well decorated with the Animal Kingdom theme and our balcony looked over on to a near by watering hole where we could see numerous wildlife.
All the staff were very good in the typical "Disney" way.
All in all a great place to be based!!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Me and my daughter, stayed at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge in January. Our stay here was fairly good. The theming is fabulous. It really is a beautiful resort. The hotel is spectacular, but t has very little to do with Mickey Mouse and Disney. The bedroom, was very clean and well decorated. A litlle bit darker though. Food options at the resort were also a bit limited in comparison to some of the other Disney resorts. It's very far from the parks, and you have to walk a long distance between the parking lot to the bedroom. One time is enough to stay there.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

I have wanted to stay at the animal kingdom lodge for many years. I'm enamoured with anything Disney and Animal Kingdom Lodge livied right up to my expectations. Beautiful hotel, amazing lobby, fantastic staff, amazing view, a room that was exactly what we asked for, incredible pool, awesome decor. Not to mention my now fiance proposed to me the night we were eating at Jiko, and since learning the story of how it all happened i can tell you the staff at the hotel, not just at Jiko but at the front desk, concierge, cleaning staff and at Boma all went above and beyond. thank you for making such an amazing experience even more memorable. <3

Room Tip: spend the money and get a room that over looks a view of the savannah with the animals, so worth it
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Long Island, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

Animal Kingdom Lodge is a resort like no other. Every other resort, you walk into your room and check the view: will it be of the pool? Will I be stuck looking at a roof top?
At Animal Kingdom Lodge you can walk into your room, spread the curtain, and see giraffes, zebras, Ankole cattle, Thompson gazelles, and so on. I watched 2 Roan Antelope butt heads right outside my balcony!
This was my second stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge-Jambo House. I stayed in a studio, room 5435. It was a fine size for 1 or 2 people. I think 4 would be crowded.
From the moment you enter the lobby, you will be transported to Africa. Disney has pulled out all the stops. From the African art work in the lobby and the hallways, to the Cultural Ambassadors from Africa, to the savannas, to the piped in music, everything is geared to transport you to another continent.
Yes, it is a bit more distant from the center of Disney World. However, it took me just 10 minutes to drive to Magic Kingdom. Yes, due to the animals it is not as brightly lit at night as other resorts. But if you love animals, you will be enthralled at this resort. And with all the activities they have, you can stay a week and never leave.
A couple of tips: If you have small children, head next door to Kidani Village, as their pool has a great splash area. Also, check out the activities and savannas available at Kidani Village, which as a guest at Jambo House you are allowed to use.

Room Tip: Pay extra and get a savanna view!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

I am really enjoying my stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge. I got a good price...so price is not a factor in my review. I am staying in an ADA room on 3rd floor Arusha view with club level amenities. I saw an ostrich lay an egg right in front of my balcony today. Also, zebras, giraffes, antelope, pelicans, flamingos, African hogs, guinea fowl. Bring binoculars to see the pupils of their eyes! If you can afford it...get a Savannah view room. If you cannot...get a non-view room and check out the action from Arusha rock and other places around hotel. Go during off season for even better rates. People are friendly. Have not eaten at any of the restaurants, so cannot review. The animals have really been a treat.

Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Thornton, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

we took our son to disney and stayed here the wild animals were so great to see first thing in the morning I loved the spa and the african food the oasis pool was my sons favorite Mare our house attendant was so nice

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

This is a beautifully appointed resort with incredible attention to detail. The lobby in both buildings (Jambo House/Kidani) is replete with exquisite art work. I woke up every morning while my family slept and had my coffee with the zebras and elands. It truly felt like I had been magically transported to Africa overnight.

Despite the name and the proximity to the savannah, it is NOT possible to walk to the Animal Kingdom Theme Park. It takes 30 to 60 minutes to get anywhere (without taking into account parking difficulties)You need a car or rely on Disney's transportation system to get to and from any of the resorts. The buses are pretty good (10 to 15 minutes), but it does mean that getting back to the resort for a quick nap or break is quite time-consuming. Families with young children should consider some of the resorts closer to the Magic Kingdom or Epcot.

It is virtually impossible to do business in the Jambo House rooms. In the room we had (double queen), there was one corded phone between the beds. There was one small round table with inadequate lighting that couldn't be used as a desk.

The Jambo House has a pretty good quick service restaurant, but the menu is pretty narrow.

The pool is lovely and there are two whirlpools and kiddie wading pool.

Despite the caveats, I highly recommend Jambo House. It is one of the least "disneyfied" of the Walt Disney Resorts and provided a wonderful break from the intensity of the WDW experience.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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:
#10 Luxury Hotel in Orlando
#15 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
#29 Top resorts Hotel in Orlando
#30 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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