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Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
Ranked #37 of 338 Hotels in Orlando
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Mission Viejo, California
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“Completely different from any other hotel!”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

My husband and I stayed at the AKL in April, sharing the trip with our sister and brother in law. We chose the Animal Kingdom Lodge for a different experience and we certainly weren't disappointed! Waking up every morning to my favorite giraffes made the best start to the day. We stayed on the concierge level so we met every morning for breakfast and planning there. They served hot cereals, cold cereal, pastries, and fruit. Later in the day there were small bites and African wines. The attention to detail in the hotel itself was amazing. The bathrooms were small, but with all there was to do, there wasn't much time spent in the room. We went on the Sunset Safari as well...although it was 190.00 per person, the dinner with wine pairing was worth the total price! The Safari was just on the hotel property but they explained all about how the animals were taken care of, how they test for all conditions, and how the animals were "shared" all over the country. Disney continues to amaze me with its attention to the Guest experience. By the way...there is so much to do for the kids that you never need to even leave the hotel! I'd stay here again in a heartbeat!

Room Tip: You must go for a Savannah room. It's the best for viewing the animals.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Resort was spotless, queen size bed was sooo comfortable I had a hard time wanting to leave it t visit the Disney Parks. We also had bunk ends for our kids, ages 8 & 19, and they had no complaints. Room was well sized, big closet and large 2 drawer, two sinks on a large vanity, seperate from toilet & bath/shower. Small table with 2 chairs, decent tv and DVD player that we did use. Small fridge and coffee maker are also included. Would have been nice to have a microwave to heat up leftovers from the restaurants we went to, as we brought back to the hotel a few 'doggie bags' as the portions were huge!! We used the dining plan plus and will always be getting that plan in the future! It was great, we saw sooo many Characters at our dinners.

One drawback of our trip was we spent ALL our time in the parks so I never fully enjoyed this absolutely beautiful Animal resort, but I will next time as we are definitely going back to Animal Kingdom!!! Deluxe resort at moderate pricing

  • Stayed April 2013
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Rugby, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Animal kingdom lodge is a beautiful hotel but is extremely busy.
Previously I have stayed at All Stars and the Grand Floridian. AK Lodge is rated as a deluxe resort but did not have the luxury feel of the Grand.
It is a very family orientated resort and as such was full of kids - not a problem, but this is not a peaceful hotel.
The restaurants were fabulous, Boma is amazing, especially if you are looking for a breakfast to see you through til tea time with just a snack for lunch - useful if you are spending time in the parks.
Jiko is a lovely signature dining experience. Quite pricey if you're not on a dining plan and service is not quick as everything is cooked fresh to order, but the food quality makes it worth the wait. They have an excellent wine list.
The location is a little out of the way and the transport to the parks seemed a little erratic at times.
The overall experience was good, and if you are looking for a deluxe family resort this hotel is great for you. If you are looking for something a little quieter or more adult orientated try the Grand Floridian or the Boardwalk resort hotels.
Good value stay overall as we managed to secure a free dining plan but I think I would have been disappointed if we had paid full price for our stay. If you want quiet luxury after a busy day in the parks this is not the place for you.

  • Stayed November 2012
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Fox Lake, Illinois, USA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed May 7, 2013

The price premium for this place falls in an obvious area - it's beauty and surroundings. The hotel and the grounds are beautiful and peaceful. This is a great destination if you want to get away from the theme-park hoopla, yet it is only 25 minute bus ride from Magic Kingdom. There were quite a few Senior couples, to give you an idea of its peacefulness. I give this 4 stars instead of 5 because the individual rooms are small and average, the beds are uncomfortable and the bathroom is as small as possible to be within fire-code. You must get a view of the grounds from your room - giraffes, native birds, and cute ground creatures are great for the kids.

Room Tip: As the others say, You must get a room with a view of the animals.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed May 6, 2013

Our family of 4 stayed here for 7 nights while celebrating our kids birthdays. My wife loves animals, and reading other reviews we decided to stay here.

There are two hotels on this property--Jambo House (where we stayed) is the larger hotel, and Kidani Village is another one right next to Jambo, with more upscale accommodation. The whole resort is an African safari theme, and Disney does it right. The lobby was absolutely incredible. It is a cavernous, massive room that looked to be about 4 stories high and filled with museum style African artifacts. There are 3 restaurants at Jambo (2 African themed and 1 American faire), and 1 in Kidani (African themed). At the back of the lobby are steps leading to the savanna where you can view roaming zebras, giraffes, flamingos, and other African animals. Hotel staff are everywhere in case you have questions.

Everything about this hotel was amazing, except for our room (2033). Savanna view rooms were about $800 more for the week, and we decided to spend that money on other things. The room was nicely decorated, and came with a queen bed and a bunkbed for the kids. It was roughly the same size as a standard hotel room, but much nicer to look at due to the African inspired design. The bathroom itself was incredibly small, so small that the door comes within less of an inch when you shut it, which was kind of funny to see.

We booked through Expedia a standard room (parking lot view). Unfortunately, we didn't even have a parking lot view--our balcony (all rooms come with one) was ground level, directly attached to the sidewalk leading to the theme park buses. There was no foliage or other barrier to shield us from resort guests if we decided to use our balcony. I could literally hop over the ledge and walk 30 feet to the park bus stop. This actually made us a little uncomfortable because it was a fairly high traffic area, and as such we had to keep the shades drawn the whole time because people could look right into our room otherwise. We could hear the buses and guests chatting early in the morning and late at night, so it took away from our experience a little.

Other than the room/balcony issue, the resort is amazing. The staff are extremely nice and grounds are wonderful.

Room Tip: Rooms 2033 and 2035 have no view other than the sidewalk to the bus stop.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Laguna Niguel, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed May 6, 2013

We stayed at this hotel for three days while visiting Disney World and loved everything about it except the high food prices. (We were not on a food plan but I would recommend looking into it for anyone going there.) The food was excellent, however, and their fast food type restaurant near the pool was good and reasonably priced. The buffet had African influenced dishes (along with delicious mac 'n' cheese for the kids) and plenty of choices for all. We didn't eat in their signature restaurant because of the prices.The pool was fabulous for our grandchildren, 6 and 4, with a water slide popular with all ages, even the adults. On our last day, the kids spent the whole day in the pool rather than go to a third theme park. There were games and activities for kids of all ages. Our 6-year old was especially fond of the arcade, strategically placed by the pool. The highlight for us, however, were the animals roaming freely around the hotel property. We saw many types, from antelopes to zebras and there were even giraffes wandering and feeding right near our rooms. We stood on the balcony and watched them for a long time. We were in a standard room,(very nice) not a 'Savannah view" but we got great animal sightings off our balcony.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Cleveland
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58 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed May 6, 2013

This was our first stay at this property at Disney World and I have to admit it was our favorite!!We have been to Africa three times and this comes pretty close to a real Africa experience-although nothing can compare to the real thing. We stayed at Jambo House in a room overlooking the animals roaming freely around and we loved it. Anything Disney is Magical and staying here was pure joy. The bus system is terrific and we never had to wait very long to go to any of the parks. The service in the hotel is awsome and all Disney "cast members" go out of their way to make your visit special. Whenever we went to do something they would say "you are on vacation let us do it" If you can afford it-I would highly recommend Jambo House for your next visit to Disney World. We sayed for 7 nights and I didn't want to leave. Like they say Disney World is the Happiest Place on Earth and I believe it!!! We are grandparents but were there without any children or grandchildren, just enjoying the parks on our own. We were there at the end of April and it is a little hot and humid but the weather was wonderful and we never encountered any rain delays or rainy days for that matter. We did the Disney Dining Plan and had fabulas food at fine dining restaurants such as Le Cellier,in Canada-Tppen Iddo, in Japan-Belle's Castle,in new Fantasyland-Mama Melrose,in Hollywood Studios-Chef's de France, in France. If you do the dining plan, you really don't have to worry about where to go to eat for dinner since you make reservations ahead of time, so you can plan your day that way. All in all I just want to say it was a wonderful vacation and Animal Kingdom Lodge is a fabulas place to stay, and we can't wait to go back.

Room Tip: Stay in a Savanah room overlooking the animals
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
Address: 2901 Osceola Parkway, Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, FL 32830-8410
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 ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Orlando
#12 Luxury Hotel in Orlando
#17 Romantic Hotel in Orlando
#34 Family Hotel in Orlando
#42 Business Hotel in Orlando
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 972
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Step into the heart of Africa at this magnificent Resort hotel. Inspired by the traditional African kraal, the horseshoe-curved design provides spectacular views of 4 lush savannas that over 200 hoofed animals and birds call home. Delight in dazzling pool areas, exciting animal programs and one of the largest collections of African art in the United States as you experience your own African safari adventure with a touch of Disney magic. ... more   less 
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