Before my family and I stayed at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge a few weeks ago, it had been several years since we opted for this Disney World onsite Resort hotel. When they were
younger, my children loved spending as much time in the parks as possible, returning to our hotel just to sleep...so I never got a good feel for this Resort. And since Animal Kingdom Lodge is a little “off the beaten path”, I was always somewhat hesitant to stay there again. That all changed a few weeks ago! Since then, I've been asking myself, “Why did I not leave the beaten path sooner?” Everything about this resort is outstanding!
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is divided into two sections: Jambo House and Kidani Village. The theming is completely immersive in both sections, right down to the smallest details. In fact, as soon as you enter the stunning lobbies, you'll feel like you have been transported right to Africa!
While both Houses are equally immersive, the accommodations vary. At Jambo House, guests can choose from standard rooms and suites. Over at Kidani Village, guests will find Villa accommodations including deluxe studios and one or two-bedroom villas. As is the case at all Disney Deluxe Resorts, guests also have the option to book Club Level rooms with full concierge service and access to a lounge that serves snacks and beverages throughout the day.
Dining at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is an experience you will not forget. Return guests often go out of their way to enjoy the famous Indian-style bread service at Sanaa or the signature dining experience at Jiko-The Cooking Place. If you're in the mood for a unique buffet with African-inspired dishes and a sweeping view, Boma-Flavors of Africa is the place to go. Of course, you can also grab a quick meal at The Mara (Animal Kingdom Lodge's quick-service restaurant) or a snack while relaxing at one of the Resort's gorgeously themed pools.
By the way, did I mention the animals??!! Where else could you sit on your balcony and watch a zebra have his breakfast or three giraffes go to sleep for the night (yes, this actually happened!)? If you do not have a Savanna view room, no worries! There are still plenty of locations around the Resort to get a good view of the animals. You can even chat with very informative Cast Members about the animals on the Savanna OR you can try out one of the safari excursions, offered exclusively for guests of this Resort *.
While I am a die hard Disney Parks fan, I’ve learned to enjoy the time my family is spending hanging out at the resorts. Visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge for a second time has only made me appreciate this even more. I can’t wait to venture “off the beaten path” again.
* Starting in 2017, the safaris at this Resort will be open to all Disney onsite Resort guests, not just those staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge!