I surprised my husband for his birthday with a stay at the Animal Kingdom lodge. We loved it! It's such a beautiful resort and all the Disney touches made it really special. They knew it was my husband's birthday and at check in they gave him a happy birthday pin. When we got to the room there was a birthday voicemail waiting for him "from" Mickey and Minnie. Too cute. We had an Arusha Savanna room. The room with a view was so worth it since we were just staying there one night. My husband brought his camera and spent an hour after we got in the room taking pictures (he's really into nature photography). How cool to see giraffes and zebras walking around right in front of you as you relax on your balcony. There was a printout in the room that gave descriptions/pictures of all the animals. The room was very clean and a decent size. Loved the bath products.
The pool area is awesome. We had a couple drinks at Victoria Falls wine bar then went to Jiko for dinner. What a great meal!! My husband had the short ribs and I had the lamb. Perfectly prepared and delicious. The next morning we had breakfast at Boma. So good.
Everybody who worked there was friendly and went out of their way to make us comfortable.
The only complaint - the bed was horrible! (which is why I gave the resort 4 stars, not 5). I realize we were only staying one night, but I think of the families who spend a lot of money to stay one week or more and the mattresses are very low quality. Even some of the lower priced hotel chains in the area have upgraded to pillow top mattresses. Come on Disney!
We really enjoyed our stay and plan to come here again for a getaway in the near future.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Animal Kingdom Florida
- Disneys Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Disney Animal Kingdom Resort
- Disney Animal Kingdom Hotel
- Animal Kingdom Lodge Disney
- Animal Kingdom Lodge Orlando
- Animal Kingdom Hotel Disney
- Disneys Animal Kingdom Hotel
- Animal Kingdom Hotel Florida