Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is a resort in Walt Disney World Resort Florida, which opened on April 16, 2001. It is what Disney refers to as a “deluxe” resort, meaning the highest level. It is African themed and intended to pair with the Animal Kingdom theme park which is located nearby. >
One of the most unique aspects of this resort is the capacity for visitors and guests to watch African wildlife graze in the various savannas of the resort. In fact guest with a “savanna view” room can watch the animals from their room. Meanwhile guests can watch them from observation areas in and near the lobby.
Peter Dominick was the architect for the hotel. He also designed the Wilderness Lodge, which guests will note bears a striking resemblance to the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Additionally he designed the Grand California Hotel and Spa in Disneyland in California.
The Animal Kingdom Lodge is also home to Disney Vacation Club properties. Disney Vacation Club, or DVC, is Disney’s timeshare program. Initially this program was limited to what is called “Jambo House,” the rooms of which are all in the original building. However guests can now stay in a separate building called Kidani Village which is a DVC only property. This new building has its own savannas with unique wildlife.
The Animal Kingdom Lodge offers an experience very unique from most of the other resorts in Walt Disney World. The resort is an attraction in and of itself, with all the wildlife and activities. The resort itself boasts amazing detail as well as historical artifacts from Africa.
If you are considering a Walt Disney World vacation, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge may be right for you. It is usually competitively priced for a deluxe resort. The only real downside to the resort is that it is located relatively distantly from the rest of the properties. Otherwise this can be a great vacation for any family.
To learn more about this resort, visit AKLResort.com, where you can learn about the excellent Animal Kingdom Lodge restaurants, including the Boma: Flavors of Africa buffet.