I’ve been to quite a few of the properties on site at Walt Disney World, but I have to admit that one of my favorites is the Animal Kingdom Lodge – a resort I’ve been to numerous times. The coziness of the resort, combined with the animal viewing, makes it a fun stay – regardless of how old your kids are.
Disclosure: I paid for my first two stays at Animal Kingdom Lodge. I shot the video featured here during my third stay, where I had a complimentary night. I also stayed there at no cost during the Pandora event. All opinions are my own. Affiliate links are included. If you click on these links, I may make a profit.
Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of the newer Walt Disney World hotels, and as you may guess, it’s located closest to the Animal Kingdom. As a result of that, it’s a little further from the other resorts and the other parks, which was one of our concerns before my family visited for the first time – and a concern I often hear from other families. You’ll need to take a bus to all four theme parks, so you do give up some convenience with
Animal Kingdom Lodge is built on a 33-acre wildlife preserve with three savannahs, and over 30 species of wildlife. We always book a savannah-view room, which means that we are able to see animals outside our porch door. This definitely does not disappoint! I think our kids actually prefer watching the animals to going to the parks. The rooms themselves are clean and nice, but a bit on the small side. If a savannah-view room isn’t in the budget, don’t worry – there are numerous animal viewing locations throughout the resort. Depending on your vacation plans, it may not be worth the extra money to get the view, especially if you aren’t planning to spend too much time in your room.
I’ve eaten at all of the resorts at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, and my favorite is Jiko – the Cooking Place. But Boma (a buffet restaurant) is excellent also – especially for breakfast. The newest restaurant, Sanaa, is located in the Kidani Village section of the resort. We dined there on a recent Thanksgiving – don’t miss the bread service with dipping sauces.
Most evenings while staying at the resort, we wandered around, checking out the various animals. Each savanna has different animals to see, so even if you have a savannah-view room, it’s worth walking around. We saw an amazing assortment of animals – every single day!
For more in-depth information on the Animal Kingdom Lodge, check out my video.