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Why Animal Kingdom Lodge Is Our (New) Favorite Disney Deluxe Resort

Back in March, we were so fortunate to stay at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge during our trip to the Orlando theme parks. After that visit, it became clear that we had a new favorite Disney deluxe resort!

Disney Deluxe Resort best - Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

If you'll recall from this post, for the longest time, Disney's Wilderness Lodge was our favorite Disney deluxe resort. And while we do love the Wilderness Lodge, the Animal Kingdom Lodge bests it for us. Here's why!

1. The breakfast at Boma -- Flavors of Africa

Disney Deluxe Resort best - Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Let's start with the Jungle Juice. This delicious blend of orange, passion fruit and guava juices was recommended by our server on the first morning. I am quite certain it is the best thing I have ever drank.

Disney Deluxe Resort best - Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

The Kenyan coffee was dark and rich, and it provided the perfect balance to the sweetness of the Jungle Juice. It was also the perfect fuel for a day at the theme parks.

Disney Deluxe Resort best - Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Yes, those were reasons enough to stop in for breakfast, but then the buffet went above and beyond. Of course, it delivered on all of the foods you would expect at a Disney breakfast buffet, sweet breads, bagels, cereals, Mickey waffles, bacon, sausage and cooked-to-order omelets.

Disney Deluxe Resort best - Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

But then it added a few other traditional African dishes, including a divine papaya, avocado and grapefruit salad (recipe here), carved-on-the-spot corned beef, pap and chakalaka (a corn-based porridge with a spicy tomato relish)  and bobotie (a South African quiche).

2. The animals. 

Disney Deluxe Resort best - Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Probably the very best reason to stay at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is the animals, and Tad and Lily loved that they could see them roaming all around the lodge. This is what sets Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge apart from the other Disney deluxe resorts.

Disney Deluxe Resort best - Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

The lodge is set on four lush savannahs, home to some 30 species of wildlife, including zebras, giraffes, gazelles and flamingos. Yes, it's worth it to upgrade to a savannah room, where you can spot animals from your balcony any time of day. But if you can't afford the splurge, you can still visit the savannahs from the lobby, and there are numerous other viewing locations around the resort.

Disney Deluxe Resort best - Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

If you get up early enough, you can watch the flamingos being fed just behind Uzima Pool.

3. The welcoming cast members.

Disney Deluxe Resort best - Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

When you arrive at Disney's Animal Kingdom, you are greeted with a "welcome home" from the Disney cast members. And not just at check-in. You'll encounter friendly cast members everywhere you go at the lodge. And yes, I know the Disney cast members are always friendly, but they are especially friendly at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. Every time we arrived back at the lodge we were greeted warmly by cast members. It didn't take long, just a few days at the lodge, and we did feel like we were coming home.

4. The most breath-taking lobby. 

Disney Deluxe Resort best - Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Pictures don't do it justice, the lobby at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is spectacular. From the approach, you are led to believe you're heading into a series of thatched huts. But once you step inside, you realize that you have arrived into African splendor. As you step inside, you are surrounded by rich, dark-toned wood, African art and thatched roofs.

Disney Deluxe Resort best - Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

The lobby opens up to Arusha savannah, with several stories of windows allowing in light from the Florida sunshine.

Disney Deluxe Resort best - Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

But before you think it's all splendor and frou-frou know that it's 100% kid-friendly. In fact, you will likely encounter a child or two creating etched masterpieces on the gold circle at the lobby's entrance.

5. Everything else.

Disney Deluxe Resort best - Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Yes, this is sort of a catchall, but all of the little things really do add up to one fantastic experience. Tad and Lily loved swimming in Uzima Pool. The zero-entry part was perfect for Lily, and Tad of course took more than a few turns down the 67-foot water slide. The pool itself is surrounded by trees and palms, and tucked amid the foliage were hot tubs where Leap and I soaked our aching feet after our days in the parks.

Disney Deluxe Resort best - Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

The rooms were absolutely perfect, light and airy with traditional African textures. And, of course, Mickey Mouse towel art!

Guests should be aware that Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge offers bus service, not monorail or boat access, to the parks. Disney's Animal Kingdom is just a few minutes away via bus.

Have you stayed at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge? What did you love about it? For guests who haven't stayed at the resort, what would you like to know about it? Share in comments below! For more information on a Disney deluxe resort, hop over to our Where to Stay in Orlando page inside the Orlando Planning Timeline!

Related: The Frog Family's Favorite Disney Resorts 

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Cindy Apr 18, 2014 at 12:47 a.m.

We love Animal Kingdom Lodge! Boma is the best breakfast at Disney in our opinion, along with Jiko and Sanaa as other great food choices. We stayed at Bay Lake Tower last year and drove over a few mornings because of Boma breakfasts. Jiko is one of our favorite dinner places, if you get the filet get it with the mac n cheese. The resort shop is also one of our favorite places to shop cause of the diverse offerings. Request a room close to the lobby, this resort is huge, and it can be a really long walk back to the room after walking all day. We had a room that was 3 rooms off of the lobby one year and it was awesome.

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Rita Apr 21, 2014 at 3:37 p.m.

We had 36 hours in Orlando with our adult son. I wanted to fit in something that we would all love, including the food as our son is a vegan. Wow did I get it right! (OK, I acknowledge Disney got it right when the lodge was designed.) We had non stop entertainment with the animals outside our window. With such a short time to be together, we had no need to waste even one moment traveling anywhere. The hotel provided everything we needed and more. The price is high and worth every penny.

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Scott Apr 25, 2014 at 2:44 p.m.

Looking for feedback from other travelers: Is a "Savanna View" necessary, or is the AKL still a good value if in a Standard View room?

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FrogBlog Apr 25, 2014 at 2:55 p.m.

Good question, Scott! We think it's worth it even for a standard room, but we'd love to hear other people's thoughts.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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Beth May 18, 2014 at 8:33 p.m.

Scott we have stayed in both a Savannah view and Standard. While the Savannah view was incredible, our stay in a Standard was also wonderful. We had a pool view the second time. We found enough other areas to view the animals. IMHO you can't go wrong staying at AKL

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Joy May 15, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

We stayed at AKL for the first time last month and loved it!! We cannot wait to stay there again. We also loved Boma, the animals, the amazing lobby and the friendliness of the staff (CMs). Our new favorite!!

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Becky May 16, 2014 at 1:20 a.m.

We stayed at AK last summer. We paid for a room by the pool because it was more affordable. They gave us a room overlooking the Savanna. I guess if they are booked, they will put people in the Savanna rooms. We sure lucked out! We sat on the balcony and saw the animals up close. We liked the nighttime activities that they planned, too. We made s'mores one night and used night vision goggles one night to view the animals. The pool was amazing! The movies in the pool at night were a lot of fun for the kids. After a day at the parks, it was fun to stay at AK in the evening. Lots of fun things to do!

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Danya Oct 15, 2017 at 2:28 a.m.

Any tips on how you got the free upgrade?

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FrogBlog Oct 17, 2017 at 8:27 a.m.

Hi Danya,

Upgrades are a Disney mystery and don't always happen for every guest. It never hurts to ask!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Merrick May 17, 2014 at 2:55 a.m.

Mommy Frog,

Loved seeing your review because I, too, think Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is the most special of all the resorts -- and for most of the reasons you list.

I want to make a few additional comments to what you wrote:

BOMA: If you think breakfast was great at Boma, you will be BLOWN AWAY at their dinner! I like their breakfast, but I LOVE their dinner -- it's my favorite meal on the property and when I used to work at WDW it was always THE place that I took my out-of-town visiting friends or relatives. It initially can seem a bit expensive, but you won't feel that way after you finish. The variety, flavors, options, quality is all amazing. Extremely satisfying.

LOBBY: If you think the lobby is great at DAK Lodge, and it is truly spectacular, just wait until Christmas! They have one of the most magnificent trees on the entire property, African-inspired, and just stunning.

Also, for those who have never been there, I just want to make sure you understand that the Lodge is NOT part of Disney's Animal Kingdom park -- it is a completely separate unit that is accessed by an entrance that is just a bit further down the road from the theme park entrance. So, unlike the Rainforest Café, which is located outside of the entrance gates, but you still have to go through parking, you will not have to do so for the Lodge -- although you will still have to pass through security.

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FrogBlog May 19, 2014 at 1:05 p.m.

Great tips, Merrick. Thank you!!

-- Mommy Frog

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John Jun 23, 2014 at 5:24 p.m.

What time does the pool close? If we are staying in Nov is the pool heated (not sure it will be necessary). Just wondering if we can take the kids down for a swim after the parks/dinner.

Thanks.

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FrogBlog Jul 14, 2014 at 2:37 p.m.

Hi John,

Most of the pools close at 11 p.m.

Best,

Mommy Frog

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JB Jan 22, 2015 at 6:02 p.m.

Any recommendations on best location to stay - Jambo House or Kidani?

Also, traveling with picky eaters. Is there enough food variety or is it mostly African/ethnic themed? Thanks!

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FrogBlog Jan 22, 2015 at 2:50 p.m.

Hi JB,

Both locations are fabulous. I like the pool area better at Kidani Village, with a cool water play area for younger kids. You will find more dining options at Jambo House, including more traditional food options. Let us know what you decide!

Mommy Frog

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Danai @ Living, Learning, Eating Feb 3, 2015 at 2:56 a.m.

I absolutely love Jambo! I've been twice - I took my sisters and parents for Christmas once and went with my then-boyfriend (now ex) last spring - and I'm just so in love with Jambo. It's THE absolute best hotel I've ever been to, in Disney World, in Florida, and in the world.

XOXO,

Danai @ Living, Learning, Eating

http://living-learning-eating.blogspot.com

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Diane Feb 18, 2015 at 2:22 p.m.

Thanks for your great blog post. You've give quite a few insights that I haven't found anywhere else!

My 9 yr old son and I stayed at the Wilderness Lodge in a standard room last year for our annual Mom and Son getaway and are trying to decide where to stay during the first week of December this year. So far it's between the WL and AKL.

We both really loved the WL, with the boat transportation, music in the lobby, and just overall wow-factor of the whole resort. In fact, he's begging to stay there again, but Mom wants to at least consider something different.

The Savannah rooms are probably not in our budget, and I prefer to stick with Standard rooms if possible so we have more spend $$ for experiences. Can you tell me where the Standard Rooms are located in proximity to bus transportation, lobby, noise, etc?

Thanks!!

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FrogBlog Feb 23, 2015 at 11:13 a.m.

Hi Diane,

I'm biased, but I think you should definitely consider Animal Kingdom Lodge since you have not stayed there before :) Your best bet would be to book a standard room and request a room closest to the lobby, which would also be close to transportation. Make sure you do online check-in, as these requests are prioritized over guests who do not check-in in advance. Of course, the closer you are to the lobby, the more likely you are to hear some foot traffic, so that is a trade-off.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Tom Mar 20, 2015 at 1:46 p.m.

WL wins hands down. It took us forever to get to the parks esp. Magic Kingdom when staying at jambo house. Ill never put our 5 and year old and 7 year old through a 45+ minute bus ride to some of the parks again. Its beautiful but that's where it ends at Animal Kingdom Lodge. WL is a no brainer.

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heather s May 19, 2015 at 11:36 a.m.

Hi! Love your site- you have been a life saver in the chaos of plannin!

Question: We are 6 adults- 1 kid and were at first planning Art Of Animation lionking suite, (bc of decor and shorter bus wait and less occupancy - that we heardof)

However, my BIL stayed here AK and said it was the best experience- My question is- 1. We are goin in November- Will the Animals even be outside during this month?

2. Do u recommend this over AOA?

Thanks so much! (going Nov. 2016!)

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FrogBlog May 19, 2015 at 7:46 a.m.

Hi Heather,

If the cost difference isn't a detractor, I would recommend Disney's Animal Kingdom over Art of Animation. It is the Frog Family's overall favorite resort and for all the reasons listed above :) That said, how much time are you planning on spending at the resort? If it's just a place to lay your head down at night, then you are better off not spending the money on the upgrade.

As far as travel to the parks, they should be comparable as they will both be bus service.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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heather May 19, 2015 at 2:40 p.m.

Thanks! Do you know if the animals are even outside during Nov?????

we plan on staying 7D/6Ns, - Ill spend the extra money only if its WORTH it lol

Also- AOA has its own bus but when droppin off to a park- do u know if it stops to pick up ppl at other parks on the way or is it a straight trip???

Thanks again

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FrogBlog May 19, 2015 at 11:02 a.m.

Hi Heather,

The animals will be out. I do think it's worth it if you plan to experience some of the fun stuff there (the animals, the pool, dining etc.), although AOA is very nice too. With your larger family, the AOA suites would be perfect and they are well themed. AOA does have its own dedicated bus. Tough decision! Let us know what you decide ...

Mommy Frog

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Anita Jul 22, 2015 at 2:06 p.m.

we stayed in Art of Animation last year, it was fabulous. We were two adults and a two year old. I feel AOA caters more to children, our room looked onto a smallish pool in Little Mermaid area, and when the little one went in the tub, she was in Ariels treasure trove, she loved it. To get to the main pool you pass through the lion king area and then into finding nemo, here the main pool is. Also there is a Cars area, we didn't find that area, but the areas we did encounter were fabulous. I would say AOA is a child's dream, because they relate to all the characters. Next year we are going to Animal Kingdom lodge, we did the "kid" themed holiday, this time were doing the "adult" themed holiday, at least as far as rooms and decor go. This is my dream destination and I simply can't wait, neither can the then four year old.

Hope this helps in your decision!

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heather s May 19, 2015 at 11:38 a.m.

Sorry- Also, Which is better and less stressful AK or AOA when deciding when it comes to traveling to the other parks?

Thanks!

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Amanda Jul 11, 2015 at 4:16 p.m.

We will be staying in a Savannah, Arusha view room in a little over two weeks. I am checking in online and need advice on room requests. I would like to stay in a room that could possibly be at the level the giraffes would be. I have read that is the 3rd floor however the options when requesting are Upper Floor, Near lobby, near elevator, Kudu Trail view, lower floor, ground floor. I can pick two. Lower floor? HELP!

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FrogBlog Jul 22, 2015 at 9:24 a.m.

Hi Amanda,

So sorry for the delay, but your comment landed in our spam filter :( I would suggest you call in your request at 407-939-7630 to be put on the 3rd floor as your priority. Ideally, 4 days before your arrival. Keep in mind that Disney will not guarantee any room request, but it is worth a shot. I would go ahead and put upper floor as your online request as well.

Mommy Frog

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Vickie Jul 18, 2015 at 3:22 p.m.

The Animal Kingdom Lodge website says there are different Savannah views. We definitely want a Savannah view but how are they different?

Also, are Jambo House and Kidani part of the Savannah view? Thanks!

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FrogBlog Jul 22, 2015 at 9:43 a.m.

Hi Vickie,

Each of the savannas offer the chance to see different animals. Zebras, for example, are only available in Arusha savanna. Kidani and Jambo House both offer savannah views. While the hotels both have plenty of public viewing areas of the animals, it's pretty cool to be able to look out your room and see the animals.

Mommy Frog

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Angela Aug 8, 2015 at 1:18 a.m.

We are staying at AKL in November (14-21). We snagged a Standard room with the Free Dining Discount for only $16 more than we were paying for POR. Anyway, I am hoping to ask for an upgrade to a Savannah view room. Any thoughts/suggestions on how to do this/how likely they will be to upgrade us?

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FrogBlog Aug 14, 2015 at 9:09 a.m.

Hi Angela,

An upgrade usually depends on availability. When there is more occupancy, there is a better chance for an upgrade. Shorter stays generally have a better chance too. Another factor that helps is if you are celebrating something. In all our times at Disney World, we have not been upgraded, but we have heard of others who have been successful.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sarah. Uk Aug 19, 2015 at 5:40 p.m.

We are staying at AKL next April 2015. We currently have a standard room but having read the blogs we are seriously considering a Savannah upgrade if possible. My 12 year old daughter,s favourite animal is the giraffe. Any tips on what area to ask for if we call AKL for the upgrade.

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FrogBlog Aug 25, 2015 at 9:13 a.m.

Hi Sarah,

The giraffes are available on all of the savannas, so you're good to go with any of them. We like the odd numbered rooms on the Zebra trail, which offers more spectacular views of the Uzima Savanna.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Amberly Nov 10, 2015 at 7:42 p.m.

Hi Sarah,

A savanna room would be awesome! I was a little worried about the price when I stayed there this summer, so I requested a standard room with a trail view. The view was still amazing! Granted, the giraffes couldn't walk up to my balcony, but I could see them (and everything else in the yard) very well. I spent every evening on my balcony, and it was hands-down the best hotel experience I've ever had. If you can get the savanna room, I'm sure it would be great, but you don't have to worry if you don't - there are still fantastic views to be had!

One thing to look into for your daughter might be the Night Safari, which is only available to guests staying at the AKL. It leaves Kidani Village at 10 p.m. and takes you through the savanna with night-vision goggles. I was two feet from a sleeping giraffe - which I have a feeling your daughter would love.

I hope your family has a wonderful trip!

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Joanne Feb 19, 2017 at 10:02 p.m.

How do you book this? What is the price and are there age restrictions (my daughter is 6?)

TY!

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Sarah uk Aug 19, 2015 at 5:46 p.m.

Sorry April 2016. Getting excited already!

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Bonnie, AL Oct 13, 2015 at 7:14 p.m.

We are planning an adults only trip to Disney in December. We love animals & have wanted to stay at AKL before but always failed to do so. Should we do so on this trip? Also, if we do so, we definitely want a savannah view. Should we chose a room with a savannah view or the arusha savannah view? Also, is it worth it to do the club level? Room location tips would be very helpful seeing that we've never stayed there before. Thanks! :)

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FrogBlog Oct 28, 2015 at 10:45 a.m.

Hi Bonnie,

So sorry for the delay! We prefer Uzima Savannah, which feels a little more remote. You would need to request the Zebra Trail with view of Uzima savannah. It helps to explain why you are making that request; in case Disney cannot accommodate that request, they will try to make a similar arrangement. Club level would be worth it if you plan to take advantage of all the complimentary food or wanted free use of the gym. Club-level guests used to have the option of doing a Sunrise Safari, but this is no longer offered.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Kim Feb 29, 2016 at 1:39 a.m.

We are getting ready to plan a July trip. My son has mild cerebral palsy so I know I should ask for a room near the lobby so he doesn't have to walk as much. I also want to have a savanna view room. By reading other posts, it seems the Arusha savanna is the best. Is it possible to stay there and still be near the lobby? When looking online at available rooms, it has the deluxe studio available with a savannah view. Is it possible to have this room and be in the Arusha savannah?

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FrogBlog Mar 8, 2016 at 2:04 p.m.

Hi Kim,

Most of the DVC rooms, including the deluxe studios, are on the 5th floor, with some on the 6th floor. You really would have to decide which request is your priority—getting the Arusha savanna or being near the lobby. You can make both requests, but multiple requests are harder to accommodate. I would prioritize it and also explain why you want the room you want, so if Disney cannot accommodate you specifically on this request they will try to get you something else comparable (requests are not guaranteed however).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Rivki Locker Mar 15, 2016 at 1:41 a.m.

We are considering AKL for a family of six this summer. Proximity to parks is something we are very concerned about. We don't like spending a ton of time waiting for buses (and on buses). What was your experience getting to Magic Kingdom and Epcot? We are looking at two bedroom villas. Any specific recommendations? Thanks!!

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FrogBlog Mar 16, 2016 at 2:40 p.m.

Hi Rivki,

Animal Kingdom Lodge is really terrific, but if you are really concerned, you may want to consider a car rental or alternative options. You shouldn't have to wait much more than 20 minutes for a bus to and from either park.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Lori A. Apr 4, 2016 at 1:06 a.m.

We are staying in a pool view room this May. What is the best room to request? Ground floor? Upper Floor? Close to lobby? Also, at what point can you request late check out?

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FrogBlog Apr 14, 2016 at 2:48 p.m.

Hi Lori,

I would recommend the upper floor to be away from the foot traffic. We like to be closer to the lobby. We'd ask about late check-out shortly after you arrive.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nicola tipple Apr 23, 2016 at 6:16 p.m.

Please could you help me with my room requests which rooms and where would the giraffes come up to our balconies or if this is the most expensive option what is the next best option for our family to get the best view thanks in advance

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FrogBlog May 1, 2016 at 6:26 p.m.

Hi Nicola,

There is not a room where they will actually come to your balcony, but all of the savannas include giraffes. So if you book a savanna room, you have a shot of seeing them up close. I would request the second story for best view.

Be sure to check out our new Frog Family photo video tour of Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6VxDIkqIKY

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Andy May 11, 2016 at 4:25 p.m.

Hi,

We (3) are staying at AKL later this year (v-excited first timers). My wife has difficulties walking and thus a room near lobby would seem sensible?

We are club level savannah view, are these rooms in the lobby area? or should I make a special request?

Thank you for your help.

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FrogBlog May 30, 2016 at 8:41 a.m.

Hi Andy,

These rooms are on the 5th and 6th floors. While they should be close to the lobby, I would definitely make a special request as well.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nick finley Jun 18, 2016 at 7:16 a.m.

What is the cost of upgrading when we arrive at the hotel to a savannah room. Travelling from manchester it's out wedding annerversery. Our friends 40th birthday and their 10th wedding anniversary.

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FrogBlog Jul 7, 2016 at 1:57 p.m.

Hi Nick,

This really depends on when you are visiting. You could also request if they have any savannah views vs. paying. We did this at check-in on our last visit and were bumped up to a partial view of the savannah. It never hurts to ask!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Carol Jun 22, 2016 at 6:37 p.m.

Loved reading all these comments. We have stayed at Disney twice but at Port Orleans. Our next trip is October 2017 and we're considering AKL.

What is the approx travel time to the parks on the Disney buses?

Also, what is storage like in the rooms and are there adjoining rooms?

Thanks x

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FrogBlog Jul 22, 2016 at 1:35 p.m.

Hi Carol,

We would expect bus service to take about 20 minutes to Magic Kingdom and slightly less for the other parks, except for Disney's Animal Kingdom, which is adjacent to the hotel. With less square footage than some of the other deluxes, you will find less space in general, but there are closets in the standard rooms. There are connecting rooms, and you can request them.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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sylvia Aug 8, 2016 at 6:28 p.m.

Hi could any one tell what view does a standard wheel chair accessible room (tub with rails) have think Ive made a huge mistake have tried upgrading with my travel agent but can't as they have no more rooms with a savanna view thank you

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Kandy Oct 10, 2016 at 5:07 p.m.

Stay FAR away from this resort unless you rent a car. Disney transportation is no longer running on a schedule. It is dispatched and apparently the dispatched does not like this resort. One hour waits to get a bus to Animal Kingdom. 45 min waits to get there from Disney Springs........and it just went on and on. In the 10 days we started here we spent an exorbent amount of time wAiting for a bus. Either rent a car or avoid this resort all together.

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Carolyn Feb 24, 2017 at 1:10 p.m.

Thinking of AKL for 2018 trip... renting DVC points and torn between Jambo House and Kidani Vilkage. Love the larger room size at Kidani and pool, love the AKL atmosphere... kids will be 11 and 15... should we rent a car to get to parks easily?

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FrogBlog Feb 24, 2017 at 7:16 a.m.

Hi Carolyn,

Great choice. It's so pretty.

If you can afford the extra expense, then renting is a car is a great option. Know that Disney's fleet of buses start running 45 minutes before park opening time, if you wanted to go that way.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Leslie Apr 30, 2017 at 6:51 a.m.

Hi! We booked a savanna view for end of July this year. I keep seeing that zebras are only avaialable at the Arusha savanna. However, when we visited last year a very sweet cast member at Jambo called over to Kidnai to find zebras for us on the sunset savanna (which were there but not at Arusha). Is this something they change up??? I don't particularly mind whether we get the Arusha view or not as long as we will have an opportunity to see both zebras and giraffes from our room. Also, when booking, the only savanna view that I saw specifying the Arusha view was the club level rooms. Can you request an Arusha savanna view with just standard savanna view booking? Thank you!

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FrogBlog May 1, 2017 at 1:14 p.m.

Hi Leslie,

We're not familiar with the reasons behind where the animals roam at Animal Kingdom Lodge. We've always seen them at Arusha as well.

On our page for the hotel, you can reserve a non-club level room view of Arusha.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Pauline May 16, 2017 at 8:57 p.m.

Hi we're coming November this year .we have an upgrade to savanna room.but am not good on my legs can't walk too far an get out of breath easy.can we still get savanna room near resception.as I do have wheel chair .an can we get help to room with luggage on arrival.its are first time at Disney property.

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FrogBlog May 16, 2017 at 9:12 p.m.

Hi Pauline,

Bell Services will be happy to help you with your luggage. As for your room request, call the hotel and they will do their best to accommodate you with a suitable room.

Hoppy Planning,

Mommy Frog

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Mike May 23, 2017 at 7:34 p.m.

So I see that there's a question about which is better between AKL and WL. If you are going to stay 8, 9, or 10 nights, why not do both? Spend half of the nights at AKL and take the quick buses to AK and DHS. Then spend the other half at WL and take the quick transportation to MK and Epcot. You get to try both lodges and use the fastest transportation for all 4 parks. The only downside is packing to go from one lodge to the other, but maybe that's worth it. Just a thought.

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Paul May 30, 2017 at 2:09 p.m.

Be careful with changing room or hotel if you are looking to use one of the free dining plan deals. We wanted to book 14 nights at AKL, with last 4 nights in a savanna view. The deal of free dining plan is lost if you change hotel or room. Don't understand why that makes a difference, but if we did that we would have the free dining plan for the first ten nights and have to pay for it if we wanted it for the last 4 nights in a different room.

This has cost Disney money as instead of paying for a room upgrade for 4 nights we have decided not to bother and just stay in the cheapest room. Just feel irritated at a stupid rule.

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LizzieBee Aug 18, 2017 at 5:08 p.m.

Hello We will be going on a DCL double dip cruise in June 2018. We will be staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge for three days/two nights prior to embarkation. We will probably get to AKL around 3 pm the first day. Question is this: Is there enough to do on property the first afternoon and evening and then buying single day park tickets to Animal Kingdom for the next full day?

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FrogBlog Aug 18, 2017 at 1:32 p.m.

Hi Lizzie,

Between the on-site savannas, swimming pool, kids activity center and dining, we say... oh yeah!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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LizzieBee Aug 21, 2017 at 11:56 a.m.

Well. . . We couldn't resist. We are going to add another day to take it "all" (ha!) in!! But, this is good to know. Given your reply, we will not need to fly out of the midwest to get to Orlando before noon. Yaaaaawwwwwnnnnn..... Have a great day!

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David Oct 15, 2017 at 2:39 a.m.

We are coming in Dec. The 1st week. How busy is this resort that time of year? We need a room with the bunk beds, so we had to get a "parking lot view" How would we ask for an "free upgrade" and in doing so would we still get the bunk beds? I just love to have a view of any animals. Thanks so much for your help:)

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FrogBlog Oct 17, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.

Hi David,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting average crowds during the first week of December.

Upgrades are a Disney mystery and don't always happen for every guest. It never hurts to ask!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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