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Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge in Orlando, FL

2901 Osceola PkwyLake Buena Vista, FL 32830
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Designed with traditional African inspirations in mind, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge offers safari-themed accommodations that overlook a wildlife park featuring zebras, giraffes, gazelles and more. The lodge is located just a few minutes from Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park and features two outdoor pools with water slides and whirlpool spas, a wine bar, multiple dining options, and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Lake Buena Vista Travel Experts
  • Watch as over 30 wildlife species roam the savannah at the African-themed resort.
  • Just a short 4-minute drive from Animal Kingdom.
  • Take advantage of the transportation throughout Walt Disney World® and free airport shuttle.
  • Extra Magic Hours at Disney Parks included.
  • Complimentary golf clubs.
  • Full service spa on property.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Private balconies.
  • Two outdoor pools with water slides.
  • 11,000 square foot zero-entry pool.
  • 5 dining options.

Property Amenities

  • 24 Hour Front Desk
  • Airport Transportation (complimentary)
  • ATM/Banking
  • Babysitting/Childcare
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast (surcharge)
  • Coffee Shop or Café
  • Complimentary Newspapers
  • Concierge Services
  • Dry Cleaning/Laundry Services
  • Elevator
  • Express Checkout
  • Free Parking
  • Game Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Guest Laundry
  • Health Spa/Massage
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Patio/Veranda
  • Poolside Bar
  • Porter/Bellman
  • Room Service
  • Sauna
  • Security Guard
  • Shuttle Services - Limited (free)
  • Smoke-free Property
  • Valet Parking
  • Waterslide
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from Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
Check-In: 3:00pm Check-Out: 11:00am

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is a family-friendly resort located in Lake Buena Vista's Maingate West neighborhood, close to Disney's Animal Kingdom®, Blizzard Beach, and Disney's Hollywood Studios™. Additional points of interest include Wide World of Sports and Disney's Boardwalk.

Property Features
Dining options at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge include 3 restaurants. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a children's pool, a health club, a sauna, and a steam room. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. Complimentary shuttle services include a roundtrip airport shuttle (available 24 hours) and a theme park shuttle. Business services and tour/ticket assistance are available. Additional property amenities include a coffee shop/café, a concierge desk, and a children's club. This is a smoke-free property.

Exclusive Disney Resort guest benefits include:

  • Extra Magic Hours: Take advantage of this unique opportunity to have a more private park experience. Each day, one of the four Walt Disney World theme parks opens one hour early or remains open up to two hours after regular closing time. Additionally, Disney Water Parks offer Extra Magic Hours during select times of year.

  • Complimentary Transportation: Avoid the hassle of driving and the cost of parking with Disney Resort’s complimentary transportation. Disney Resort guests have free access to complimentary transportation throughout Walt Disney World Resort—including transportation to and from Disney Theme Parks and Disney Water Parks. Travel by bus, water taxi, ferry or monorail!

  • Disney’s Magical Express Service: Let the magic begin as soon as you land at the Orlando International Airport! Climb aboard the complimentary round-trip airport transportation and head straight to your Disney Resort where vacation awaits!

  • Complimentary Golf Club Rental: Want to hit the links but didn’t travel with your clubs? No problem! Disney Resort guests are provided free rentals of golf clubs.

  • Simplify your Stay: When staying at a Disney Resort, you can use your Resort ID to charge your purchases to your room. You may also choose to have your purchases shipped to your resort.

The 1293 air-conditioned guestrooms at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge feature iPod docking stations and coffee/tea makers. All accommodations have patios. Refrigerators and microwaves are offered. Bathrooms feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. In addition to desks and complimentary weekday newspapers, guestrooms offer multi-line phones with voice mail, as well as free local calls (restrictions may apply). Televisions have satellite channels. Rooms also include safes and ceiling fans. Guests may request in-room massages, extra towels/bedding, and wake-up calls. Housekeeping is available daily.

Notifications and Fees:

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Valet parking fee: USD 10 per night

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Policy.
You must present a photo ID when checking in. Your credit card is charged at the time you book. Bed type and smoking preferences are not guaranteed. Your reservation is prepaid and is guaranteed for late arrival. The total charge includes all room charges and taxes, as well as fees for access and booking. Any incidental charges such as parking, phone calls, and room service will be handled directly between you and the property.

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Jennifer S
Sterling Heights, Michigan
"Great 40th Birthday Trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2017 NEW
Had a wonderful trip to Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. The lodge is beautiful and the employees were very helpful. We got upgraded to a Savannah View Room which was amazing, we were in the left wing, the Ostrich Trail Guest Rooms, and I swear we had the best view. Their were Giraffe's in the evening and at night, every night outside of our room. Zebra's, playing during the day. So, many different animals to name. Really, truly, amazing. I would say to all the Disney fanatics reading these reviews, like myself :), the only downfalls are that this is the farthest resort from everything. It's a good 20-30 minute bus trip to any other Disney places, besides Animal Kingdom. The food in the Mara (their food court)....DISNEY PLEASE CHANGE THE SELECTIONS ONCE IN A WHILE. We were not on a Dining plan this time, it was a quick last minute trip for my Birthday, and we ended up at the food court a lot, because we solely relied on Disney transportation, and they selections did not change the whole 5 days we were there. I though that was odd at a luxury resort, we stayed at Port Orleans two years ago, and not only was their food court larger, but it was constantly changing?? Boma was available with the Buffet but at $50-60 per person that was a little much for a family of 4-2 adults and 2 kids (my kids are over 9). That being said the resort was magnificent, the pool area was beautiful, they had activities for the little ones at the pool, pool bar was pricey but nice. I think the hotel definetely appeals to adults or older children, while the young ones would love the animals, their is no Disney fun in the décor. Our room was lovely, we had a queen bed with bunkbeds, with a balcony.
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"Thanks for the upgrade Disney!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 19, 2017 NEW
Originally booked Coronado Springs. Animal Kingdom was above our budget limit. Got a complementary upgrade to AK because CS was being remodeled. The pools - great. Boma restaurant - great. Kilamanjaro Concierge Club - great. Giraffes and zebras outside our balcony - great. If you are a light sleeper, bring earplugs. There is a moderate amount of hallway noise and you hear the plumbing in adjacent rooms.
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Hong Kong, China
"Not so magical experience at the resort"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed February 19, 2017 NEW
My girlfriend and I stayed here for three nights and four days. We were so looking forward to our visit — the place looks amazing on the pictures on Disney Website all with African design and all the wild animals you are supposed to see right from your balcony. However, things just didn't seem to go well for our stay at the Jambo House no matter what we decided to do. We arrived late at night, with with a private car booked, as part of the package, through Disney’s website. That being said, one would expect that they would know they have guests arriving and what time, but to our great surprise, there was no door attendant outside or bellboy to meet us at arrival or help us with heavy luggage. We ended up taking our luggage and proceeded to check-in, which was a foreshadow of what to expect at this resort. The check-in process was relatively smooth. The front desk agent who checked us in was also friendly and helpful, and then it went downhill from there. We had erroneously booked a twin room but had also called well ahead (more than 2 weeks) to request queen or king room if ever so possible. Unfortunately, they were not able to accommodate our request the same evening but indicated that we might be able to switch rooms the next night, which seemed reasonable. After checking in, nobody offered any assistance with our luggage, so we once again took our luggage to the elevator and walked around to our designated room. Once we arrived in our room we received another message saying that we would not be able to switch the room next night after all, and that the best they could do is allow us to change the room on our third and final night — we decided to pass as it would be too much hassle just for one night. Upon reaching our room, we discovered that it lacks basic amenities that one would expect. For example, the minibar was empty, there was no complimentary bottled water, no slippers, no shaver, no shower-cap, not even a toothbrush or toothpaste. Thinking they simply must have forgotten to put them in the room, we called the reception to inquire. We were informed, to much of our surprise, that indeed none of the above are provided and we were further advised that for the water we could use the vending machine and they will “try” to find us a couple of toothbrushes. A lot of the normal things you would expect at a resort were DYI and overall it was so below par that I am still in shock for the money they have the gall to charge for the rooms. The design of the common areas at the resort is undoubtedly nice and the decor of the room definitely fits the overall African safari lodge theme, however, at the same time, it is hard to say whether the room is designed to be rustic or also a bit worn out as some of the features seem a bit outdated. The room lacks of electrical sockets and there is no USB plugs, which are commonplace these days, to charge our devices. The bathroom was so small that you had to step around the toilet and almost into the tub to close the door. The room had a lovely view of the greenery, but the photos you see on Disney website of abundant wildlife website are a definite over exaggeration. Overall, the price of the room cannot be justified by what they offer — you are basically paying for the place to sleep and shower, that’s all you get… Unfortunately, housekeeping doesn't seem to have great attention to detail either. It seems as if they only redo the beds for next night and tidy up things at plain sight. It made me question how clean my bedding was, the shower, etc. The laundry leaflet mentioned that if laundry is sent in before 8:30AM then it could be done the same day. However, upon calling the housekeeping around 8:20AM, they said they can not guarantee when somebody could come and pick it up and that it could be returned the same day. Dining at the resort was of subpar quality too. For our last night, we booked a table at the resort restaurant called Jiko, described as a place to go for fine dining experience. Despite having made a reservation, we ended up waiting about 15 minutes for our table. We were almost ready to give up and leave if it wasn’t for the fact that if you don’t eat at one of the resort restaurants, there is not much nearby in terms of dining. The whole dining experience at Jiko deserves another review of its own so I shall not go into much details here. Upon checkout, we again experienced the huge disconnect between the resort and the private car transport service provider. We asked the check-out counter staff if they could help us to confirm that everything is god with our pickup. They had no idea about it whatsoever and didn’t even recognise the company name that was providing the private car service. The check-out staff literally shrugged at us and said: “It has nothing to do with us”. How can that be the case if the pick-up was sold and booked through Disney website? Normally, one would expect the resort to arrange and help with the scheduling of pick-up and drop-off, even if the service is provided by a third-party company. We ended up liaising and sorting everything out with the transport company on our own. On the positive side, it is worth mentioning that the private car company, called TransStar, was actually very responsible, accommodating and helpful when we were dealing with them directly. As a traveller of the world, I've been to many places in my life, but never in a resort like this. The service at the resort is poor lacks sincerity. The whole stay was a lot about DIY and no service whatsoever and therefore this place is not for the discerning traveller. It made for not so magical experience and unpleasant stay. It is sad because this place could be so much more. No doubt the tourist hordes will keep the place eternally busy, but I for one will think at least twice before ever staying at a Disney resort ever again. Avoid unless you have zero standards/expectations. The real magic happens at the different Disney parks where you have more control over your own experience and where staff are actually helpful.
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Matthew L
"Rooms are small"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 19, 2017 NEW
Rooms are small if you have more than 2 in your party. Rooms come with bunk beds or 2 queens. Overall good experience but rooms are small, the rooms are cleaned quickly and anything g that you need is quickly completed
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Ben R
Beaumont, Texas
"Excellent Stay"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 18, 2017 NEW
Our goal is to visit every Disney park. 3 down and 2 to go! I have to say staying here at the animal kingdom lodge was probably my most favorite. The animals are right there and you can see them right outside. If I every stay at Disney again, I would love to stay here again. What a magical place.

Frequently Asked Questions about Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Is parking available?
Yes. Guests can take advantage of either the ample complimentary self-parking or the valet parking.

Is theme park shuttle service available?
Yes. Hotel guests can utilize Disney’s Bus Transportation for shuttle service around the Walt Disney World resort and Disney’s Magical Express for transportation to and from the Orlando International Airport.

What amenities are available for guests?
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is bursting with extraordinary amenities for all guests to enjoy, including:

  • Zahanati Massage & Fitness Center
  • Resort Concierge
  • Locker Rentals
  • Laundry and Dry Cleaning Services
  • Childcare Services
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • In-Room Celebrations

What recreational activities are available at the resort?
In addition to premier amenities, the resort also offers guests activities such as:
  • Pools
  • Simba’s Cubhouse
  • Jambo House Campfire Activities
  • Hakuna Matata Playground
  • Pumbaa’s Fun and Games Arcade
  • Movies Under the Stars

Are smoking rooms available?
No. However, there are designated smoking areas located throughout the resort.

What dining options are at the resort?
Guests can enjoy the following dining options:
  • Jiko – The Cooking Place
  • Boma – Flavors of Africa
  • Sanaa
  • Jiko Wine Tasting
  • The Mara
  • Maji Pool Bar
  • Uzima Springs Pool Bar
  • Cape Town Lounge and Wine Bar
  • Victoria Falls Lounge
  • Dine with an Animal Specialist
  • Jiko Wine Tasting
  • Wanyama Safari
  • Room Service