Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

2901 Osceola Parkway | Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-8410  [SEE MAP]Lake Buena Vista, FL  [SEE ADDRESS]
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Overview

Animal sightings and numerous property amenities appeal to families
This hotel is a bit far away from other theme parks in the area
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge in Orlando, Florida, is one of the more unique Walt Disney World properties. No, it's not the lobby's thatched roof and the chandeliers made out of warrior shield reproductions – although the decor is worth noting – it's the four savannas right outside your door. The resort is set up in a kraal design (a semi-circular shape that's common in Africa) with balconies overlooking wild grasslands, making it all the better for you to see the ostriches, giraffes and zebras that roam the grounds. Guest rooms are pretty standard. Aside from decorative touches like carved wood furnishings and fabrics inspired by Kente cloth, you'll find all the usual makings of a high-end hotel, including complimentary Wi-Fi access, floor-to-ceiling windows, minifridges and coffee makers. Meanwhile, the downstairs Boma – Flavors of Africa restaurant is highly regarded for its creative cuisine. And when you're not enjoying the park, guests recommend making use of the on-site pools and playground. As its name suggests, you can find this Disney-affiliated resort in the Animal Kingdom area of Walt Disney World.
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Location
Lake Buena Vista, FL
Hotel Class
4.0-star
Property Type
Resort, 1293 rooms
Primary View
Neighborhood, Lake
Style
Traditional, Rustic
Best For
Couples, Groups, Families

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Scorecard
  • 4.0Hotel Class
  • GREATCritic Rating

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Other Awards

  • Frommer's Exceptional
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List
  • TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards

Oyster.com

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Surrounded by four massive savannas, this 972-room upscale hotel offers guests a hands-on safari experience. Balconies overlook zebra watering holes, safari guides are on-hand to explain the differences between gazelle species, and custom trucks give guests special access to giraffes, impalas, and wildebeest. Rooms are infused with authentic African decor and artwork, and the hotel’s top-notch amenities like a pool, multiple restaurants, and a fitness center, make it one of Disney’s best Deluxe properties.

Fodor's

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Cultural ambassadors give talks about their African homelands, the animals, and the often museum-quality artwork on display; evenings include storytelling sessions around the fire circle on the Arusha Rock terrace. Meals in three spectacular restaurants are African-themed.

Frommer's

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You’ll find a game-viewing guide beside your room service menu. Because animals tend to be active in the early morning, when families are gearing up for their days, the idea works well.

Travel + Leisure

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Despite its higher rack rates and a less-than-ideal location (it's only really close to Disney's Animal Kingdom), this is hands-down the best hotel for wildlife lovers.

Other Awards

  • Frommer's Exceptional
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List
  • TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 7738 have reviewed the Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 7738 reviews 4.5 (based on 7738 reviews)

Guest Rooms

The hotel is built to resemble an African kraal village. There are thatched roofs, wooden beams and woven materials throughout the property. Some guest room balconies overlook savannas where more than 30 species of African wildlife roam, and the rooms themselves continue the theme with carved wood, African-inspired fabrics and a sunset color scheme. Standard room amenities include coffee makers, minifridges and safes.
  • Some rooms are equipped with sleeper sofas or bunk beds
  • Marble and gold-tone bathrooms include double sinks
  • Free Wi-Fi access

Standard room size344 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is located next to Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park at Walt Disney World. Renting a car isn't necessary thanks to free shuttle service from Orlando International Airport and complimentary bus service from the lodge to the Disney theme parks and other properties. Self-parking is also available for a fee at all Disney World properties.
  • Theme parks other than Animal Kingdom can take awhile to reach by bus
  • 24-hour valet parking ($33)
  • 24-hour self-parking ($25)
  • Airport shuttle (free)
  • Car service (free)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping

Dining

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge and neighboring Kidani Village offer a range of African-influenced dining experiences at a variety of price points. Fine dining at Jiko – The Cooking Place blends African, Indian and Mediterranean cuisine, much of it prepared in wood-burning ovens. Boma – Flavors of Africa offers Kenyan coffee, tropical juices and a mix of American and African dishes at its breakfast and dinner buffets. Sanaa adds even more Indian flavors, and The Mara is a quick-service option with American favorites for picky eaters. An additional casual eatery is available by the pools.
  • Jiko and Boma have lounge areas that specialize in African wine and beer
  • Specialty dining options include eating lunch with an animal specialist and enjoying dinner and a private guided safari excursion through the property's savannas
  • Room service is available every day from 6 a.m. to midnight

Number of restaurants5

Cuisine TypesBuffet, Italian, American, French, Spanish, Greek

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast

Pool

Guests have access to two swimming pools on-site. The 11,000-square-foot Uzima Springs Pool and the 4,700-square-foot Samawati Springs Pool both feature zero-depth entry points (like a beach), long waterslides, poolside bars and views of the savannas. The Samawati Springs Pool also features the Uwanja Camp water playground area, which offers a wading pool, water jets and water cannons.
  • Spa tubs located a few steps from the main pools
  • Lifeguards on duty
  • Complimentary towels provided at all pools
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar

Spa

The hotel's Zahanati Massage & Fitness Center offers a limited menu of massages and facials. Salons and spas with additional services are accessible at other Disney resorts.
  • No outdoor treatment area
  • Sauna
  • Children 18 and younger must be accompanied by an adult in the spa

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body Treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna

Kids

In addition to the obvious perks – proximity to theme parks and African wildlife in the backyard – Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge also offers in-room babysitting, folding cribs, children's menus and "cast members" who give talks about the animals, play traditional music and organize games throughout the day. The property also hosts poolside movies and campfire activities like roasting marshmallows.
  • A 24-hour playground overlooks the flamingo area and savanna
  • Pumbaa's Fun and Games Arcade is located next to the quick-service Mara cafe
  • Two waterslides available on-site
  • Kids Club
  • Free Kids Club
  • Fee for Kids Club
  • Cribs
  • High Chairs

Fitness

The 24-hour Zahanati Massage & Fitness Center at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge offers an array of cardio and weight-training machines and free weights. TVs are wall-mounted throughout the facility, and lockers are available. Tennis and basketball half-courts, a shuffleboard court and a short jogging path are all located on the property.
  • Some equipment can be checked out for free, and some require a small fee
  • Group and private tennis lessons
  • Lodge guests can use the recreation facilities at Kidani Village and at other Disney resorts
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)

Business

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge does not have a business center or dedicated meeting rooms, but its guests may use the business centers available at eight other Disney resorts. Event participants could also stay at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge while attending a meeting at one of the Disney Convention Hotels: Disney's BoardWalk Inn, Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney's Beach Club Resort or Disney's Yacht Club Resort.
  • Free Wi-Fi access available throughout property
  • Sister properties' business centers offer copying, printing, scanning and faxing services
  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available

Golf

There is no on-site golf course available. However, guests can hit the links at other Disney properties' courses.
    • Golf carts
    • Golf packages
    • Club rentals
    • Club house
    • Refreshment stand or restaurant
    • Caddie service
    • Pro shop

    Wedding

    Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge does not offer wedding services, but multiple venues for ceremonies and receptions are located at nearby Disney properties. Disney wedding planners oversee most of the details.
    • Group reservation rates at all Disney resorts

    Maximum wedding guest capacityNone

    • Hotel hosts weddings
    • Outdoor space for weddings
    • Wedding planners available

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