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Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
Ranked #37 of 339 Hotels in Orlando
Certificate of Excellence
Poole, United Kingdom
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119 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
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Reviewed May 16, 2014

We stayed in Animal Kingdom Lodge, Jambo House. The staff are superb, all were friendly, helpful and polite. The animals that wonder the grounds are lovely to watch. One morning I woke up and could see over 30 animals and birds from my baloney.

The whole thing about this hotel is the animal so a savanna view room is fantastic. All the restaurants are very nice and the Mira (quick service) has a good variety of choices. For breakfast I recommend the banana bread. It is delicious and huge.

The only negative is that this resort is quite far from everything apart from Animal Kingdom Park. This is a very minor down side as it's only about 5 minutes more on the bus.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 15, 2014 via mobile

We loved our stay at AK Lodge, definitely get one of the Savannah View rooms if you can. The kids loved watching the animals roam by while sitting on the balcony. They have several unique experiences for guests staying there.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed May 15, 2014

I'll start off by saying there was nothing wrong with Animal Kindom Lodge, it just wasn't a good value for the money. We stayed there on a Thursday and Friday night in a Savanna View room with bunk beds. We have two kids ages 3 and 4. On the positive side, the customer service was very Disney by which I mean first rate. Staff was very friendly and helpful, check in went smoothly, room service great. The Savanna rooms are a nice novelty but after the initial "there are giraffes outside my room" wears off you wonder if it's really worth all the extra money. The reason I only gave this place 3 stars is that they charge 5 star resort prices but the facilities are more like a nice Hilton. The rooms are SMALL and other than the fact that some have bunk beds, nothing special. The pool is big with a really shallow area for toddlers but again, nothing special, just a big pool. We ate at Boma for breakfast and dinner. Food was good with a good variety but nothing beyond what you'd get at a decent Sunday Brunch. To be clear, there is nothing wrong with this hotel. It has everything you'd expect in a resort (gym, spa, pool, restaurants) but for the money that you pay, I just expected a little bit more. My reccomendation is to stay at one of the cheaper Disney resorts with some nice kid's activities and save your money for other things.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Gainesville, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed May 15, 2014

One thing I absolutely love about the Animal Kingdom Lodge is the large pool area. Compared to some of the other disney hotels, this pool is spacious, user friendly with a walk in ramp sloping into the water. You have room to swim, not just get wet. There are two hot tubs and one is hidden off towards the back area. If you go off to the south of the pool past the flamingos there is another viewing area where you can see animals up a bit closer. A hot tub is hidden back there that is smaller and more secluded. Also sitting areas. The food court has a large variety of american and african selections that are all great. The buffet dining is expensive $50 a person. You do get to eat a huge variety of food, but that is expensive. The sit down restaurant is expensive too, but very nice. The lobby is large and open, not as noisey as the Wilderness Lodge. The gift shop has a large selection of american and african treasures to buy or bring home. The staff are all great and go out of their way. Sitting on your balcony of your savannah view room is amazing, just beyond words. You are viewing animals you would only see in a zoo unless you went to Africa. Just simply relaxing and wonderful.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed May 14, 2014 via mobile

We started by making a reservation 4 months ago. We requested a room close to the lobby. We read other reviews and heard about the long walks back to your room. It's true, and Disney did not accommodate our request. We were told when we arrived our room was assigned and that their was nothing else available. The hotel is nothing special. If you plan on going to the Animal Kingdom itself you will see the same animals. The savannah view is nothing special and the savannah is small with no decorations, grass and animals. Stay at a better themed Disney hotel closer to the parks. The room felt like a Disney moderate hotel not a deluxe hotel that it's priced and suppose to be.

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Lexington, KY
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52 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed May 14, 2014

Animal Kingdom lodge is beautiful on the inside and out the first time you see it. This was our second time to this resort and the views from inside and out do not disappoint. Our only issue with the resort this trip was customer service. Upon check in we were given the wrong directions to our room and after walking all the way (a good 1/2 mile) to the room and back to the front lobby we were not even given an apology. I really expected at least an I'm sorry about the mix up.
The room had new carpet but could have used a good scrub down to clean it well. I left dust on the hairdryer all week long just to see if housekeeping would wipe it down and nope.....it stayed there all week. I was disappointed with this resort considering how much we had to pay for it. You pay 5 star prices for a 2 star room.
If you want Disney Deluxe Hotels I would recommend Wilderness Lodge that was much better than Animal Kingdom.

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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Vaughan, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed May 14, 2014

I stayed here for a quick one night before heading out on a Disney Cruise. This hotel is fantastic! It has all the things you would expect from a Deluxe Disney resort and the staff is pleasant and helpful.

The rooms are a decent size and having a Savannah view room is a must!! The staff was extremely pleasant and helpful, absolutely everyone said hello to you.

I must recommended Boma for the breakfast buffet, so many delicious options and some different things you don't normally see. Everything new I tried I liked! French toast bread pudding is a must!

The only thing I would give as a tip is to request a room closer to the main Lobby or Pool as with most large Disney resorts the further rooms can be quite a hike. Your best bet is to book a preferred room, Don't chance trying to get an upgrade when you check in.

I highly recommend this for anyone looking for something a bit different and unique:)

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
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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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