Just returned home from a 6 night stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge. I really loved this resort. I'm not a Disney expert in fact this was only my 2nd visit to Disney and first time staying in a Disney resort so I can't compare it to any of the other resorts.
I LOVED the pool I ended up starting each day with several hours at the pool. I was traveling alone so could do what I wanted! The pool is large and shaped like a watering hole. Surrounded by trees and plants it's very comfortable. Lots of chairs either in the sun or under an umbrella. A pool bar for drinks and it's near The Mara, the counter service restaurant so you can grab breakfast or lunch and eat by the pool. The lifeguards were really professional. There were 3 life guard stations and 4 guards on duty and they rotated each half hour so one was always on break. I was quite impressed with how well they did their job with visual pool checks each time they rotated to a new spot. Great job Disney life guards!
The room was comfortable and plenty big for one person. I had an Arusha view so saw lots of animals from the balcony. Loved the giraffes and zebras. So fun to watch. I had plenty of storage but I was alone. I can see how it would be tight for a family of four. You'd have to store some things in your suitcase I imagine.
I loved the food options. Jiko was expensive but the food and service were wonderful. The Mara had good options for vegetarians including a falafal sandwich and veggie flatbread. The also can customize breakfast items such as the croissant sandwich without bacon. I tried the Zebra domes everyone talks about but was not really impressed. Had breakfast at Boma, the onsite buffet. It was okay but I find all buffets to be about the same. No matter how good the food is it's not served to you that way but sits under a heating lamp. I don't normally do buffets but wanted to give it a try. I did like the French toast bread pudding with pecan sauce. Very sweet but I have a sweet tooth.
The buses for the most part were good. Only once I had to wait 35 minutes for a bus to Magic Kingdom but I think something was wrong with the buses which had nothing to do with the resort. Otherwise the wait was 20 minutes or less.
I would definitely stay here again as I enjoyed the animals so much. I did not have a problem with the lighting as others have mentioned. I also was welcomed by everyone who worked there "welcome home" was said many times. Not sure about the negative reviews regarding staff or lighting. You are supposed to be in an African lodge so it's not all bright and shiny and Mickey everywhere. I really don't think that was the objective of this resort so if you want to be hit over the head with Mickey Mouse then this probably isn't the place for you. Any background music I heard was African styled, lots of drums, not singalong songs but again, that's the intent of this resort.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Animal Kingdom Florida
- Disneys Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Disney Animal Kingdom Resort
- Disney Animal Kingdom Hotel
- Animal Kingdom Lodge Disney
- Animal Kingdom Lodge Orlando
- Animal Kingdom Hotel Disney
- Disneys Animal Kingdom Hotel
- Animal Kingdom Hotel Florida