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Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This is a beautiful hotel. The room was comfortable and there was plenty of room. Lighting in the bathroom could be better, but otherwise the room was perfect, We had a wonderful view of the flamingos, pool and the savannah with plenty of animals meandering around. The buses were right on time for park activities. The buses coming back to the hotel were crowded though, but I am sure you cannot always predict when everyone decides to leave. The hotel staff were all wonderful. I would stay here again and again.

The most attractive features of this lodge are that it is within Disney properties and there are excellent views of animals that come right up to your window.

Animal Kingdom Lodge is a beautiful resort with all the Disney touches you would expect. great pool and dining choices.

We had a room with the view of the Savanna. The room was beautiful. The bed was comfortable and the view was awesome! We got to see so many animal from our balcony. My kids absolutely loved it and want to come back.

Awesome atmosphere. Loved the restaurants. Lots of activities for kids

My sister and I took a quick trip to Disney World for 2 days, Aug 9th to the 11th. We decided to treat ourselves because it was just the two of us, so we booked the Animal Kingdom Lodge. The hotel is gorgeous! The staff couldn't have been nicer or more accommodating. At check in we asked if there were any rooms with Savannah views. Even though it was about 10 pm she got right on the phone to try to fulfill our request. Although it wasn't possible, she checked for both nights of our stay, we were very impressed that she tried as soon as we asked and didn't wait until the morning. This is not a complaint, it was a last minute trip and were extremely satisfied with everything. I only mentioned it to show how wonderful your staff is. It's also nice how the staff gets the kids involved. I watched a staff member involve some kids in the lobby with a song, a drum, and a march around the lobby. Everyone was having a lot of fun. Thank you for making our trip that much more enjoyable. Jeanne Marie

The stay at the Animal Kingdom resort was like something out of a fairy tale - waking up and walking to breakfast and there being giraffes and zebras right outside the doors was incredible. Pool was very nice and hotel lobby was so impressive. Breakfast buffet was AWESOME. Only minor negative was that the room felt dated and the beds were very hard, pillows flat and uncomfortable. For the price, the beds and pillows we were expecting more comfort from the room.

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Shuttles made it very convenient to go where we needed. Setting was beautiful with the animals walking around.

Clean room, standard "hotel"size. We had a great savannah view. Beautiful lobby.

For those of us who do not enjoy the African themed food choices, there should choices on the menus, other than the snack bar by the pool. A nice steak, chicken or pork without all the African spices would have been welcome.

I wish we had more time to spend at the hotel and enjoy the amenities; however this was a short trip with lots of time spent at the parks. The transportation which I thought may be difficult was really efficient with the bus system.

We wanted to do a couple days at a higher end Disney property and be pampered a bit. Otherwise, this is a pretty average experience. Kind of like a Hilton Garden. Some great staff some so/so staff. Lots of kids. It is a really big property. Kidani Village is even more remote, so stay at the main building if possible. The pool and the pool bar were great. The restaurants weren't good at keeping their reservations on time. No tablecloths even at the high end restaurant on the premises. They have an Indian restaurant on premises, kudos to Disney. Bring a credit card if you need to do laundry. Disney seems to be using third party vendors for various services. To us it felt like Disney is doing more with less and their employees don't have the time to take with the customer like they used to. The "app" gives it more of a self-serve feel. Maybe we just don't feel the "Magic" anymore. Overall still a good experience, just felt like we were comparing it to the "good old days" and it didn't quite match up.

Very clean hotel although overpriced even at a discounted rate. This hotel is about a 25 minute ride to MC or Epcot and the self parking is not great as it was always crowded and we had trouble finding a space. Outdoor fire pit was nice, indoor fire pit also nice. The hotel is very large and laid out kind of strange. There is also confusion on the village you are staying in so ask them before checking in so you know which building for checkin. We were in Jamba House which had lots of corridors and hallways and we had a partial Savannah View which was fun although if I had paid the full price for the Savannah View, you really don't see any different animals with those rooms. Staff was great and the room was very clean but the toilet/tub area is kind of cramped. We were in the back of the hotel and after 10:00 pm, everyone above us seemed to quiet down and the nights were very quiet. Restaurants are typical overpriced Disney food and the inhouse fridge was a nice touch, just keep in mind it is the small half size mini and no microwave.

The resort upgraded our "general view room" to a room with a view of the animals! Was a great view to wake up to giraffe's outside your balcony.

What an amazing hotel. You really can't beat walking around a hotel and seeing such amazing wildlife everywhere! The hotel is so beautiful, especially since we went when all the Christmas decorations were up. Every staff member we dealt with was so friendly. We had such a short vacation this time that we spent the majority of our time in the parks and unfortunately didn't have enough time to really explore the hotel as much as we would have liked. Next time we will definitely plan a day of just staying at the hotel! Loved The Mara food court. Better than some of the other Disney properties we've stayed at. We lucked out and got an amazing Savannah view even though we only paid for a standard room. Even if you don't get that upgrade though, it's worth it. There's so many spots throughout the hotel to just stop and look at the animals. All the fire pits to sit around at night were so lovely. The only downside was the buses to the parks. I really found them lacking compared to other resorts we've stayed at. Some of the time they were great, but there was 3 times we waited more than 30 mins for a bus, and once we waited almost an hour. We stayed at Caribbean beach for a few days before this and we never waited more than 15 minutes. Overall this hotel is so wonderful though that I'll put up with the bad buses, and hopefully they'll work on that before our next trip!

We did a split stay Polynesian and Animal Kingdom Lodge. I didn't want to leave the Polynesian deluxe studio room for a standard view at AKL but my son has always wanted to stay there. We got silently upgraded to a Savannah view room. What an amazing surprise. Also there were many children's activities going on in the lobby and poolside each afternoon. I've never seen as many in the lobby at other Disney resorts. We even got to pin trade with "King Pin" a couple of days. My only complaint is the shower curtain (fabric one) had visible mildew spots and one of the bath floor mats brought to our room one of the days had mildew spots as well. Other than that I found myself liking AKL more than I expected too. Would be a great resort if doing a non-parks trip too!

The hotel staff great.Rooms clean and kept that way.Resturants wonderful at the hotel.Tried Jiko,boma,they were both great.Watching the animals from your baloncy in the morning is neat.

This place was unbelievable. The atmosphere, decor, helpful staff and extremely well maintained hotel

Upon arrival, had pleasant surprise of being upgraded to a room with a balcony overlooking the animals. Awesome to look out and find a giraffe eating outside the room.

Room options

Standard Room Club Level

King 1 | Queen 1 | Sleeps 4

Standard Room (Savanna View)

Queen 1 | Sleeps 4

Standard Room, Pool View

Queen 1 | Sleeps 4

Standard Room, Pool View

King 1 | Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Guest reviews for Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Everyone (34) Couples (61) Business (2) Family (124) Friends (8) Other (2)
5

labor day weekend get away

Everyone

This is a beautiful hotel. The room was comfortable and there was plenty of room. Lighting in the bathroom could be better, but otherwise the room was perfect, We had a wonderful view of the flamingos, pool and the savannah with plenty of animals meandering around. The buses were right on time for park activities. The buses coming back to the hotel were crowded though, but I am sure you cannot always predict when everyone decides to leave. The hotel staff were all wonderful. I would stay here again and again.

By , from Princeton, WV on Sep 5, 2017

4

animal views from your room

Everyone

The most attractive features of this lodge are that it is within Disney properties and there are excellent views of animals that come right up to your window.

By , from RICHARDSON, TX on Sep 4, 2017

4

beautiful resort

Everyone

Animal Kingdom Lodge is a beautiful resort with all the Disney touches you would expect. great pool and dining choices.

By , from Morristown,nj on Sep 4, 2017

5

beautiful hotel close to animals kingdom

Everyone

We had a room with the view of the Savanna. The room was beautiful. The bed was comfortable and the view was awesome! We got to see so many animal from our balcony. My kids absolutely loved it and want to come back.

By , from NH on Sep 2, 2017

5
Everyone

Awesome atmosphere. Loved the restaurants. Lots of activities for kids

By on Aug 25, 2017

5

beautiful hotel

Everyone
Our big room with comfy beds Cool bridge!

My sister and I took a quick trip to Disney World for 2 days, Aug 9th to the 11th. We decided to treat ourselves because it was just the two of us, so we booked the Animal Kingdom Lodge. The hotel is gorgeous! The staff couldn't have been nicer or more accommodating. At check in we asked if there were any rooms with Savannah views. Even though it was about 10 pm she got right on the phone to try to fulfill our request. Although it wasn't possible, she checked for both nights of our stay, we were very impressed that she tried as soon as we asked and didn't wait until the morning. This is not a complaint, it was a last minute trip and were extremely satisfied with everything. I only mentioned it to show how wonderful your staff is. It's also nice how the staff gets the kids involved. I watched a staff member involve some kids in the lobby with a song, a drum, and a march around the lobby. Everyone was having a lot of fun. Thank you for making our trip that much more enjoyable. Jeanne Marie

By , from westwood,ma on Aug 25, 2017

4

beautiful hotel and grounds

Everyone

The stay at the Animal Kingdom resort was like something out of a fairy tale - waking up and walking to breakfast and there being giraffes and zebras right outside the doors was incredible. Pool was very nice and hotel lobby was so impressive. Breakfast buffet was AWESOME. Only minor negative was that the room felt dated and the beds were very hard, pillows flat and uncomfortable. For the price, the beds and pillows we were expecting more comfort from the room.

By , from CT on Aug 23, 2017

5

beautiful facility, lots of activities.

Everyone

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Shuttles made it very convenient to go where we needed. Setting was beautiful with the animals walking around.

By on Aug 8, 2017

4

great savannah view

Everyone

Clean room, standard "hotel"size. We had a great savannah view. Beautiful lobby.

By , from S on Jul 7, 2017

4

was not happy with the food choices

Everyone

For those of us who do not enjoy the African themed food choices, there should choices on the menus, other than the snack bar by the pool. A nice steak, chicken or pork without all the African spices would have been welcome.

By , from Iowa on May 2, 2017