Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is spectacular. When you enter, you’ll instantly feel like you’ve been transported to an elegant resort set in the African wilds. More than 200 animals and birds call this resort home in several lush savannas.
Disney has special viewing areas where all guests can get close and watch the animals feed, play and interact with each other. More than 30 acres have been set aside just for the wildlife.
The lobby has one of the largest and most unusual collections of African art in the U.S. This African ceremonial mask is 16 feet high and weighs over 200 pounds.
Take a 360-degree view of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge lobby (select the toggle fullscreen option to enlarge, then use your keyboard’s arrows or your mouse to move inside the image).
After check-in, you’ll be issued your Key to the World card or MagicBand. [UPDATE: Guests may custom order their MagicBands and receive them at home before they leave for vacation.] This is your room key. Besides getting you into your room, your Key to the World card or MagicBand can be used for all meals and purchases inside the parks and anywhere on Disney property. That means you’ll never need credit cards or cash during your stay.
Animal Kingdom Lodge’s standard-view guest rooms feature 344 square feet of space and can sleep up to 4 guests, plus one child under 3 if you use a crib. Rooms usually have two queen-sized beds but other options are available, including bunk beds.
Take a 360-degree view of the savanna at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village (select the toggle fullscreen option to enlarge, then use your keyboard’s arrows or your mouse to move inside the image).
Don’t worry about storage in your room. Disney Imagineers have thought of everything! In addition to a closet and dresser, there is plenty of extra room underneath your bed for bags or suitcases.
Each room has a vanity area with two sinks. The bathroom is adjacent to the vanity. All rooms come with free WiFi.
But Animal Kingdom Lodge’s most highly anticipated feature is the view from your balcony. Some standard rooms look out onto the wildlife or the savanna. Be sure to confirm your room’s view when booking or you could wind up with a view of the parking lot. Most balconies come with two chairs and a small table.
For an outstanding wildlife experience, make sure to request a savanna view. You can enjoy breakfast on your balcony while watching giraffes, zebras, cranes and more than 20 other species.
Points to keep in mind:
• Best times to view the animals are early in the morning or late in the day. Check with cast members to confirm times.
• Bring your camera and/or binoculars. You’ll have plenty of chances to take some unique pictures.
• Take a safari resort tour. You’ll get even more up close and personal with the wildlife.
• Check out the resort’s award-winning restaurants. There’s a delicious blend of African, Mediterranean and Indian fare.