Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is an African lodge-style resort set among a 43-acre wildlife preserve. The architecture is African-inspired and offers expansive views of the surrounding savanna and its many animal inhabitants. The Lodge has thatched ceilings, large beams, real African artifacts, and a vast mud fireplace in the main lobby that brings you the spirit of Africa.
Just outside the main lobby, an elevated rock platform—Arusha Rock—offers up-close glimpses of the animals. There are also thousands of indigenous African shrubs and grasses on the surrounding grasslands.
Guests can gaze out at over 30 species of wildlife from viewpoints around the resort or even from the comfort of their balconies. The 33-acre savanna is home to over 200 animals and birds, including zebras, giraffes, gazelles, kudu and flamingos. You can identify each species with a Wildlife Field Guide found in your Guest Room. You can also learn more about African animals and ecosystems in fun programs led by Animal Specialists at the resort. The savanna these animals call home are special areas built specifically for Animal Kingdom Lodge and are separate from Disney’s nearby park, Animal Kingdom.
There are two authentic, award-winning, African restaurants. Jiko – The Cooking Place, a Signature dining restaurant, is open for dinner. Boma – Flavors of Africa has a breakfast and dinner buffet with African inspired cuisine and vegetarian options. Quick-service dining is available at The Mara. It is located near the pool and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, featuring fresh salads, soups, American grilled sandwiches, and bakery items.
The Uzima pool, an 11,000-square-foot zero-depth entry pool offers a 67-foot-long slide. In addition to the feature pool, there is a children’s wading pool, Pumbaa’s Arcade, and the Hakuna Matata playground.
The typical standard rooms at the Animal Kingdom Lodge have two queen beds and sleep up to four guests. There are also rooms available with just one king bed. You can also choose from Standard View, Pool View or Savanna View rooms. The most popular is the Savanna View, where you can sit right on your balcony and watch the animals on the savanna. Rooms are 344 sq. feet. Guests that choose Club Level accommodations have access to the Kilimanjaro Club lounge with a continental breakfast, midday snacks, afternoon tea and evening wine, hors d’oeuvres, cordials and desserts.