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Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

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.

Pillows could of been thicker. And buffet could of been bigger it was booked at 7:30 for the whole night

Beautiful hotel with magnificent animals. Really, for the price, there's no reason to get anything but a Savannah-facing room. The animals aren't around in the morning, but afternoons and evenings are filled with giraffes, zebras, gazelle, warthogs, and wildebeest. The pool was huge and had a water slide. Next to the larger pool were flamingoes in a lagoon. The staff was overall friendly, but sometimes they seem like they hate tourists and just want to get away from their job. This is a general feel around everywhere in Disney World (except Epcot's world showcase for some reason). The Animal Kingdom Lodge is a bit far from the parks, even the Animal Kingdom Park itself. But the bus system is very efficient there. I wish there was a different travel method like a boat or safari rude to the Animal Kingdom, just for fun. Some of the other hotels have different means of travel and so you don't have to ride the lackluster busses. Still, this is one of the better hotels in Walt Disney World. I highly recommend eating at Jiko if you're adventurous enough to try some African-flavored cuisine. It was delicious and the staff there was superb!

you are paying for the décor. you can stay at a off Disney resort and have just as much fun for a cheaper price. beware Disney is beginning to say " I cant but will do it this time" I don't want that statement when I am paying 230 a night just say yes. the food is ok not spectacular. my family stayed at the flamingo water park also they have a water park outside bar, game room and park just like Disney. the décor is not the same but kids just want to have fun they don't look at the décor. say your money look around. I also heard that coco key is a good place to stay.

The hotel and the staff was awesome. Everything about our stay was flawless.

Always love coming back.. However if you stay a week or more the food selection gets redundant. Otherwise it's perfect, nice pool, fun hotel activities and great shuttle service to all the Disney parks!

I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone. The view of the animals is unlike anything else here in the states. The pool is lovely as well. Only downside for me was the bedding. The pillows and mattress provide zero support for anyone with neck/back issues. Very uncomfortable! The vast majority of hotel staff was excellent, there were a few exceptions (very few) to what you'd expect from a Disney resort. Despite that, I would definitely return to this hotel again! Absolutely beautiful, and something no one in your family is sure to forget!

Didn't want to leave very enjoyable stay. Kids had a great time with animals and pool

Verry nice hotel ,pool , everything's nice 100% recommend

It was so exciting to see the animals. The pools was very nice and the food was wonderful!!

2901 Osceola Pkwy Lake Buena Vista FL

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Located in Bay Lake within a short stroll of Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is within a 15-minute drive of Disney's Hollywood Studios®. This 1293-room, 4-star resort welcomes guests with 2 outdoor pools, 3 restaurants, and free in-room WiFi. It's also close to Disney's Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course and Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park.


Dining

This resort is home to 3 onsite restaurants, perfect for a quick bite to eat. Satisfy your hunger without leaving your room with 24-hour room service, or quench your thirst with a beverage at the bar/lounge or coffee shop/café. For your convenience, breakfast is available for a fee.


Rooms

All 1293 air-conditioned rooms provide balconies, iPod docks, and refrigerators. TVs come with satellite channels, and free WiFi keeps guests connected. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Coffee makers, free weekday newspapers, and free local calls are also available.


Property features

Guests of Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge enjoy features like 2 outdoor pools, free WiFi in public areas, and a kids' club. Onsite parking is available, both free self and paid valet parking (USD 25 per night)—also useful is a free airport shuttle (available 24 hours). The front desk has multilingual staff on hand 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this family-friendly resort include an arcade/game room, express check-in, and express check-out.

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 (25) Couples (61) Business (2) Family (124) Friends (8) Other (2)
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

5

beautiful hotel for a one-of-a-kind experience

Everyone

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.

By on Mar 6, 2017

4

room with a zoo

Couples

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.

By , from Chicago, IL on Feb 15, 2017

4

disney hotel

Everyone

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.

By on Feb 8, 2017

5

beautiful hotel with great views

Everyone

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.

By on Feb 8, 2017

5

love it!

Everyone

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!

By , from Canada on Dec 29, 2016

5
Families

By on Nov 6, 2016

5

pleasantly surprised

Everyone

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!

By on Oct 16, 2016

5

great hotel for animal lovers

Everyone

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.

By , from holiday,fl on Sep 18, 2016

5

an experience in customer service

Everyone

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

By , from NY on Sep 3, 2016