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Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
Ranked #37 of 339 Hotels in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
Long Island, New York
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“Would definately stay there again”
Reviewed October 23, 2013

We stayed at the AKL in the end of August. We stayed for 2 nights. The lobby was beautiful. We arrived early and our room was ready. We had a savanna room. The room was small but the view was awesome. A giraffe was starring me down while I had coffee on the deck in the morning. The pool area was great. Plenty of chairs, a slide for the kids and a pool side bar. Definitely make a dinner reservation at BOMA. It's buffet style so if there's a food you don't like, just try another. Wish we could've stayed longer. There's so much to do at this resort.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 23, 2013 via mobile

This was our second Deluxe Disney resort and so far is my favorite! The common areas are beautiful and the restaurants, although spendy were wonderful!

The resort is surrounded by several savanna areas so you have exposure to wildlife without leaving the lodge. In the evenings you can use night vision goggles to spot animals. We didn't see any but was fun none the less.

The transportation was convenient but crowded with crabby kids at times. We could have driven to the parks easily, but wanted to have a carefree trip.

If I could find a good price in the future I would definitely return!

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed October 23, 2013

This resort --is beautiful a bit farther away from all the other attractions in Disney. It offers a quiet spot for guests the savannah is beautiful and you see lots of animals. We were upgraded to a two-bedroom villa and it was exquisite full kitchen, washer, and dryer.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 22, 2013 via mobile

We stayed the first week in April. Didn't realize it was spring break for much of the South. Disney was packed!! Still, AKL did a good job and the staff treated our little gal like a princess. We never waited longer than 10 minutes for a bus to the parks and we loved not having to deal with renting a car and hauling luggage. This was our first trip and we learned a lot - will definitely return.

Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

We had a great time at this hotel. Loved seeing the giraffes & zebras from our balcony. The pool was huge and the staff was certainly friendly and helpful. The only two issues I have were that the room could have used some more storage space (maybe drawers) though it was spacious. The main issue was that, in order to maintain the animals, this place has a pretty loopy layout. Basically, the lobby is on the third floor...and if you are on thesecond floor you have to take the elevator/stairs to the third floor and then back down to the ground floor in order to get a cup of coffee in the morning! Dont ask about the logistics, you will see when you get there. Quite a few guests seemed lost on their first days. A small coffee/pastry stand tucked into or just off the lobby would have made a world of difference. It was seriously about 15 extra minutes we would sped to get breakfast just walking around, seemed a little crazy! Were the giraffes worth it? Yes! but be prepared to do some wandering around!

  • Stayed October 2013
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Morehead, Kentucky
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

My husband and I stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge Jambo House Oct. 16-20, and -like others- I was a bit hesitant about the distance from MK and Epcot, and curious about how many animals we would actually see, etc.

It is a breathtaking resort. The lobby at Jambo House took my husband by surprise (he did not know that we would be staying there...I kept it under lid until the Magical Express stopped there). From the seven story ceiling, to the drawbridge walkway, to the ostrich lampposts, to the indoor firepit style fireplace, we loved walking through the lobby. All around the resort, enclosed artifacts and information boards provide authentic context about Africa. These area feel like small museum displays. Very nice.

The pool is gorgeous, huge, relaxing. Hot tubs too. They were very warm as they are supposed to be, and the drinks from the pool bar were the perfect compliment to our afternoon arrival and relaxation preceding a full park day.

Needless to say, the service was as expected. Everyone helped with professionalism and warmth with our requests (from Magic Band/Fast Pass plus help, to requesting more hair conditioner).

As we walked to our room (standard/pool view-used a discount through a cast member friend) we saw zebras and giraffe on the way through the large viewing windows. We saw animals nearly every time we passed by the viewing areas, and spent one morning walking to Kidani Village to get a closer look at that savannah. We loved the pool view from the 4th floor, actually. I wouldn't have changed it for a savannah view because we saw animals from other spots, and loved the pretty landscaping of the pool area.

We ate at Boma (the buffet), and -yes- it's pricey, but we were very pleased with the selections, quality, and flavors. Additionally, the first floor casual cafe had nice quick take away items for breakfast and lunch when we wanted (croissants, muffins, sandwiches).

The busses came quickly nearly every time we waited, and were not a problem that would prevent my return to this resort. The trip takes about 20 mins or so, and we did not wait more than five minutes to board except one afternoon to get the Magic Kingdom for the Halloween event.

I recommend this resort. It's very special, and has a beautiful, luxurious feeling. Very nice for adults and kids, but I especially appreciated the relaxing nature of the details (even the themed music was chill!).

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Markham, Canada
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Reviewed October 20, 2013

I stayed here with my husband, and 2 daughters ages 4 years and 22 month old. The Animal Kingdom Lodge was more than what I expected from pictures that others have taken in the reviews. it was a bit expensive, but once I walked into the resort, I was happy. The staff was very helpful, nice and friendly to kids. Their service was great.. Lobby looked amazing with the African theme, very spacious. The Jambo lodge to me seemed much better than the Kidani Village. Jambo Lodge is much more spacious, even the elevators are larger! ( we used a double stroller....3 strollers in total with another family so space is important).

We got there and they upgraded us to the savannah view which was awesome surprise. There were giraffes and zebras when we looked out our room. The restaurant food was good especially at Sanna @ the Kidani Village. Boma was also good too. The kids had fun with the parades in the resort and getting to know the African culture. The room was all right. spacious enough for us to park in the double stroller, plus a crib. The rooms were clean. I like that they used H20 brand for the shampoo/conditioner/lotion.

Great service... =)

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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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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