Value Score Poor Value
Good For Solo
No wireless Internet! Bad cable channels!
Loved the hotel, service and location. Food was very good. But there is no wireless Internet anywhere in the hotel. The neighboring hotel for the disney vacation club has it. But you can't access it from this hotel. They also have pathetic cable. So if it is cold or rainy there is little other entertainment. Bring a DVD player or blue Ray with HDMI connection or the component cables. You can hook it up in the room to the tv. The cable only has major network channels, foreign channels and 3, count them 3, bible/Jewish channels and more Disney informational channels than any one person will ever need. Quite a disappointment. They do have 3 espn channels too. Zzzzzzzzz...
Great hotel, with lots of thoughtful extras such as the night viewing of the savannah using a night sight.
If you intend spending your time in the Disney parks, save yourself some money and only go to the AKL when you want to spend some time chilling and relaxing!
Unique Quality: Looks like Africa, sounds like Africa, but it's in Florida!
Directions: Disney Resort Hotel
... an African styled hotel with great views
On first arriving after the arduous journey from the UK this Hotel made us forget the drudge to get there. It has to be one of the most spectacular lobby's.
The theming is spot on and it really is a credit to those Imagineers at Disney.
Unless you are in a suite though the rooms are, let's say compact, but this does not take away the fact that they are well themed, very clean and extremely comfortable and let's face it you will be out enjoying the other stuff most of the day.
The service was brilliant (as you would expect from a Disney Resort) and the food in all three restaurants was tip top. There is a self service (Mara - no booking necessary), a buffet (Boma - best to book in advance) and a full service (Jiko - best to book in advance).
I booked pretty much all of our meals before we went by ringing the Disney Dining number found on (http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/wdw/dining/diningFinder?id=DiningFinderPage).
I made a list of where we were going to be each day, selected a restaurant/s, made a list then reserved them all in one go over the phone. Once there you can cancel and change bookings at the foyer but at least I knew we had a table.
You can book all Disney restaurants up to 6 months in advance of your holiday (I know this sounds well in advance, but if you want to ensure you get a seat for a themed restaurant then I do advise it.
There is a gift shop with a large selection of goodies in the lobby. (Much to my husbands dismay).
Although more expensive than most I would say try and push the boat out if you can. It made our trip more special. We all loved it and would go back in an instant.
Unique Quality: The view from the room was amazing. It really was like looking out onto an African Savanna with Giraffes, hogs, ostriches, bison and a selection of birds within a stones throw. If you want a Savannah view though, be sure to book one otherwise you will get an internal room.
You do, however, trade off a long walk to the end of the complex for a a more peaceful view. If you are too close up one end you hear the air conditioning units from the main part of the building which spoils the ambiance. Make the effort and try and get a room at one of the ends and of an evening you will hear crickets from your balcony whilst viewing the animals (albeit probably via a recording) but hey it sounded real.
The pool is well themed, is open most of the day and into the evening with a life-guard present. It might look a bit murky but it wasn't really. The bottom was painted to make it look like a natural watering hole and again the plants and setting was lovely.
The only negative observation was the staircases to each floor (I know these are mainly for use as an emergency exit - but people did use them on a daily basis). You go from this magical African themed walkway to a concreted, brightly lit staircase. So my advice is to stay to the walkways and the lifts to maintain the feel of the place.
There are the Disney shuttles to take you around but it is best to have a hire vehicle to enjoy full freedom.
I loved it, my kids loved it and we all want to go back.
A Little Bit of Wilderness
This hotel is modeled after the Old Faithful Inn out in Yellowstone National Park, and as such, it has the look and feel of an outsized log cabin. The lobby is a big cavern with a gigantic fireplace, and the whole place has a very rustic appeal. Don't be discouraged by this if you're not a big camper, though; the hotel has more than enough modern amenities. The pool is huge, although there aren't any good slides for the adults.
Unique Quality: One of the best things about the lodge is its focus on the natural environment. An artificial stream winds throughout the lobby and out into the courtyard area, where it then plunges over a mini-waterfall. There's even an artificial geyser. There are forests all around the hotel, and geckos are abundant in these areas. The hotel is set on the man-made lake, so it has a beach, and there is boat service to the Magic Kingdom.
Directions: In Magic Kingdom Area
If you are here for the wildlife......
Without a doubt, staying at this Disney Deluxe resort will be expensive, yet it does offer some things that no other hotel can match in this area. Service is good, and the hotel has many rooms, a great many of which overlook a wildlife savannah. Rooms are of adequate size. Really, the big draw to this hotel is the wildlife and activities outside your room. There is a large pool with a slide. A zero depth entry section is also available. Near the pool are two hot tubs and one wading pool. Even if you do not get a savannah view room, there are some noteworthy overlook areas near the lobby and the pool. The decor is amazing, especially in the lobby. The cheapest rooms will overlook the parking area, while the most expensive ones will be at concierge level overlooking a savannah. There are 3 places to eat at this hotel. They are: Jiko, which is the full service restaurant--Boma, which offers a buffet style setting, and Mara, which is the quick service cafeteria style setup. Transportation is available by bus to the Disney parks as well as Downtown Disney. The Animal Kingdom is naturally the closest park.
Unique Quality: We had a savannah view on the second floor and saw a lot of animals. The best time for seeing them was late afternoon. The animals are range animals such as giraffe, zebra, bongo, antelopes, and even ostrich in one savannah. Different combinations of animals are present in each of the three savannahs. We saw lots of giraffe right from our balcony as well as other animals. Some of them even got fairly close. If you like wildlife, this hotel will be a great experience. Be sure to bring binoculars and a camera! The room has a wildlife checklist to verify what you are seeing.
Directions: On the Walt Disney World property near the Animal Kingdom park.
Beautiful view and great food
I had a great experience, waking up to a beautiful sunrise and seeing the plethora of wild animals roaming in the savannah was magical. The food at Boma is delicious and colorful and the carvings and artifacts can trasport you to the real Africa.
Unique Quality: Great view, awesome food and extreme relaxation. A paradise away from noisy highways and roads.
Directions: Disney Animal Kingdom Park
African Savannah in Orlando
This is one of Disney's top resorts. The room wasn't extraordinay, the unique part was the view out the room. You would see occasional wild animals roaming in the brush. The food in the restaurants was excellent.
Unique Quality: It's a zoo with many exotic animals roaming the premises. The large pool is awesome as well as the hot tubs in the back.
Animal Kingdom Lodge ~ A Small Taste of Africa
NOTE: (February, 2007) Disney has announced that construction is in the works on the Animal Kingdom Villas which will be part of the Disney Vacation Club (DVC). Accommodations will be similar to the 4 or so floor plans in other Disney Vacation Club properties, however, floor plans will be even larger and the one-bedroom suites will now accommodate 5 people instead of 4. this will be a great benefit to families. The new DVC resort will include a new restaurant, water play area, and savannah. It is certain that the rooms will be decorated with an African theme. The Animal Kingdom Villas are scheduled to open late in 2008. Exactly where the villas will be located in relation to the original Animal Kingdom Lodge has not been revealed but it is likely to be somewhat close.
One of the newer Disney resorts, Animal Kingdom Lodge is another good choice if you desire to stay close to the parks on Disney property and have some spectacular scenery at the same time. Built into a brushy, dry area, Animal Kingdom Lodge seems to fit into its surrounding.
The interior of the lodge is unique and a striking feature are the large, suspended chandeliers which are made from colorful, African war shields! As you will see from the accompanying picture, the furnishing and accessories have been designed to give you the feeling of being inside of an African-type, lodge.
Unique Quality: Animal Kingdom Lodge has a beautifully designed outdoor pool flanked by rocks and foliage. A large gift store can be found in the lodge and features many items made in Africa. At least 2 restaurants are also located in the lodge, Boma (a buffet-style eatery) and Jiko which features "new" African cuisine and serves South African wines. In fact Jiko recently received an award its extensive array of fine wines (2006).
The real highlight of the Lodge is that it borders the Animal Kingdom park where animals from Africa can be seen. It is expensive, but getting a room overlooking the svelt and savannah is a top prize and you will possibly be rewarded by the sight of elephants, giraffe, rhinos or zebras within close view of your balcony. It may not be the real Africa, but it maybe as close as you'll ever get without crossing the Atlantic.
Directions: On Disney property next to Animal Kingdom Park.
Wildlife out your window
We booked a standard view at DAKL and were upgraded to a balcony savannah view at no extra charge.
Housekeeping wasn't the greatest. Our sheets smelled like "feet" - we asked to have them changed. The last day we ran out of toilet paper! We expected towel animals here at Animal Kingdom Lodge as at other Disney resorts, and were disappointed.
Unique Quality: The animals here are the Lodge's own, separate from the Animal Kingdom Park's residents. You don't have to book a savannah view room to enjoy them - public viewing areas are plentiful, and the animals have feeding stations near prime areas. There are actually three separate savannahs - the one with the most variety of animals is located in the middle, and you can view it by passing through the lobby area. You can also see giraffes as you enjoy the pool or one of two hot tubs.
Try to spend a day or two just taking in the atmosphere and action at the Lodge - cultural activities, such as artifact tours and African storytelling around the fire, take place throughout the day. The lobby itself is a sight to behold, with African shields for decoration high in the rafters and a themed pedestrian bridge on the fourth floor or thereabouts. On one side of the lobby is an indoor firepit, great for just sitting around and relaxing, and the barbecue aromas from Boma are mouth-watering.
Animal Kingdom Lodge
Imagine if you will a place where you can walk out onto the balcony of your hotel room and watch zebras, giraffes, gazelles, wildabeasts, and many more animals without the need of binoculars! That's what Disney was thinking when they developed the Animal Kingdom Lodge. The hotel is designed and themed to feel and look like a lodge in an African wildlife reserve. In fact, as you come up the entrance driveway, all you see are small huts making it feel like driving into a small African village. The main area of the resort is hidden from view. The huge hotel has a semi-circle shape surrounding the 3 savannahs, which contrary to popular belief are seperate from the Animal Kingdom savannahs. Note that each savannah is closed for a couple hours each day for cleaning and caring of the animals but there are always two savannahs open. At night the savannahs are illuminated by artificial moonlight. Unlike a zoo, the savannahs are open 24 hours a day and the animals don't have special sleeping quarters. The savannahs are their homes just like in the wild. There are usually guides at the outside viewing areas that will be happy to answer any questions for you. While the majority of the rooms at the resort overlook a savannah, there are about 300 that don't. The ones that don't overlook the savannah are obviously cheaper. Also note that while there are smoking rooms, smoking is NOT allowed on the balcony of any room overlooking the savannah. There are two types of rooms at the Animal Kingdom Lodge: Standard and Deluxe. Standard rooms occupy the first four floors of the hotel and have one of three views: parking lot, pool, or savannah. Deluxe rooms are on the fifth and sixth floors and have either a pool or savannah view. Prices are in that order as well with parking lot being cheapest and savannah being more expensive. The Deluxe rooms cost still more money. There are also concierge and suite level rooms ranging from $425 to $2505 a night. Ask me if you want details on these.
Unique Quality: The resort features a casual restaurant, a family-style buffet, a quick service restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar. Jiko, meaning The Cooking Place, is the casual restaurant features tastes of Africa and is only open for dinner. Boma is open for breakfast and dinner and features a very nice family buffet. Mara is open all day and is the resorts quick service restaurant. Victoria Falls is on the mezzanine and offers teas and coffees during the day and a wide range of drinks at night. The Zawadi Marketplace is one of the largest retail shops at Disney World and features items imported from Africa. Of course there's the typical Disney and Animal Kingdom Lodge memorbilia. The Uzima Springs pool is the largest pool on Disney property and features a "Zero Entry" meaning there are no steps, it's just a natural slope into the pool. There is also a kids wading pool, two hot tubs, and a fitness center. This pool is the only one at the resort, thus the reason it's so big. Unlike most Disney resorts, Animal Kingdom Lodge doesn't feature any quiet pools. The pool is open 24 hours; however, lifeguards go off duty at 10PM and close the water slide along with them. The hot tubs close at midnight. The fitness center is open from 6AM-9PM.
SPECIAL NOTE: In order to ensure the animals' safety, Disney has installed cameras through the savannah area of the resort and some of these cameras may look into rooms. Always close your drapes for complete privacy.
ANOTHER NOTE: No balloons are allowed inside the resort, period. If you have a balloon from a theme park for example, you will have to check it will bell services and they will return it when you check out.
Directions: Next to the Animal Kingdom park
More about Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
Animal Kingdom Lodge
At the entrance of Disney's Animal Kingdom
Walking around Disney Animal Kingdom
Animal Kingdom Lodge Question?
I need the website of the Animal Kingdom Lodge website than Disneyworld.com and they have other websites to the Animal Kingdom Lodge! I need some info!
Re: Animal Kingdom Lodge Question?
You might try going through Disney Vacation Club at this address:
We've been DVC members since 1992 and we love it!
Re: Animal Kingdom Lodge Question?
I don't want the dvc website! I want the website of the Animal Kingdom Lodge not a villas! Do you have another website for the Animal Kingdom lodge Please!
Re: Animal Kingdom Lodge Question?
What info are you looking for?
Re: Animal Kingdom Lodge Question?
You can try en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disney's_Animal_Kingdom_Lodge
I am not sure what type of info you are looking for that cannot be found on the Disney website. Just as an FYI, they are turning some of the rooms into the DVC. This might be why you are having problems finding other info.
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