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Get an overview of this hotelWalt Disney World Resort hotel with African-themed lodge

33-acre savannah

2 miles west of Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park via complimentary shuttle, this resort with a thatched roof and African artifacts features its own 33-acre savannah, where exotic animals graze.

Giraffe in the grass

It's Africa in the middle of Florida at this unique resort. At Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, guests can swim in a pool or soak in spa tubs not far from giraffes and tiny gazelles.

African spirit

Guestrooms at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge have private furnished balconies and high-speed Internet access incorporating African-inspired decor that includes wood-paddle ceiling fans, imported tapestries, and hand-carved armoires from Africa.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

2901 Osceola Pkwy Lake Buena Vista FL 32830

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

Two miles west of Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, this African-themed resort borders a wildlife reserve. Complimentary activities include flamingo and pelican feedings, games with savannah guides, storytelling, night-vision tracking, and a horticulture show-and-tell.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge has a large zero-entry outdoor pool with a 67-foot-long slide, a separate children's pool, and two spa tubs. There is also a kids' club (surcharge) and game arcade on site. The Zahanati Massage & Fitness Center offers exercise equipment, personal training, and spa services (surcharge). The Zawadi Marketplace sells African-themed gifts and souvenirs. Two restaurants serve multi-cultural cuisine.

The resort offers complimentary transportation via motorcoach to the Walt Disney World Theme Parks.

Smoking is permitted only in designated exterior areas.

Disney's Magical Express: Guests of this resort are eligible for complimentary Disney's Magical Express service (pre-booking required). Motor coaches pick up guests at Orlando International Airport and drop off at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels. Disney staff members pick up bags and deliver them straight to guestrooms (for arrivals between 5 AM and 10 PM). Guests arriving outside of these hours should pick up their baggage at baggage claim to carry with them on the motor coach.

  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Free airport transportation 
  • Arcade/game room 
  • Free area shuttle 
  • ATM/banking 
  • Babysitting or childcare 
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge) 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • Children's club 
  • Children's club (surcharge) 
  • Coffee shop or café 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 
  • Concierge services 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Express check-in 
  • Express check-out 
  • Fireplace in lobby 
  • Free self parking 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Gift shops or newsstand 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Luggage storage 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1 
  • Number of floors - 5 
  • Number of outdoor pools - 2 
  • Number of restaurants - 3 
  • Poolside bar 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Shopping on site 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Supervised childcare/activities 
  • Supervised childcare/activities (surcharge) 
  • Television in common areas 
  • Free theme park shuttle 
  • Total number of rooms - 1293 
  • Tours/ticket assistance 
  • Valet parking (surcharge) 
  • Year Built 2001 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Arcade/game room  
  • Area shuttle (complimentary)  
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)  
  • Cribs/infant beds (complimentary)  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Outdoor pools  
  • Refrigerator  
  • Theme park shuttle (complimentary)  

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Free self parking, Valet parking (surcharge)

Room Amenities

  • Air conditioning 
  • Balcony 
  • Blackout drapes/curtains 
  • Ceiling fan 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Free weekday newspaper 
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Free cribs/infant beds 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Free local calls 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Hair dryer 
  • In-room childcare (surcharge) 
  • In-room massage available 
  • In-room safe 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Phone 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Room service (24 hours) 
  • Satellite TV service 
  • Shower/tub combination 
  • Television 

Where to Eat

Jiko - The Cooking Place - Stylish restaurant serving creative American cooking with a blend of multicultural influences from the Mediterranean coast, India, Europe, and Africa. Includes seafood, steak, chicken, and vegetarian offerings. South African wines. Reservations strongly recommended. Nightly dinner.

Boma - Flavors of Africa - Designed to replicate an African marketplace with open kitchens and a thatched roof. Buffet-style dining that includes salads, vegetarian dishes, grilled seafood, and roasted meats inspired by the varied flavors of over 50 African countries. Reservations strongly recommended. Breakfast and dinner.

The Mara - Quick-service food court. Light fare such as hamburgers, salads, sandwiches, and pizzas. Open from early morning to late evening.

Victoria Falls Lounge - Quiet bar overlooking Boma - Flavors of Africa. Specialty coffees, tea, and cocktails. Open from late afternoon to late evening.

Uzima Springs - Poolside bar adjacent to zero-entry pool. Cold beverages, frozen specialty drinks, and cocktails. Open from mid-morning to early evening, weather permitting.

Room service - Available from early morning to late evening.

Nearby Things to Do

The most popular activity at this Lake Buena Vista resort is observing the exotic animals who wander the savannah-like grounds. Guests can stop by viewing areas to catch glimpses of giraffes, ostriches, impalas, and zebras. The large zero-entry pool offers a gently sloping entrance accessible to young children and guests without full mobility, while a 67-foot-long slide zips swimmers into the center with a splash. There is also a children's pool, 24-hour playground, game arcade, and two spa tubs on site.

Supervised children's activities for ages 4-12 are offered at Simba's Clubhouse, and include Disney movies, computer games, and dinner (surcharges apply). Guests of all ages can venture on a safari or watch the animals roaming about the savannah from the resort public viewing spaces. Complimentary programs include flamingo and pelican feedings, games with savannah guides, storytelling, night-vision tracking, and a horticulture show-and-tell.

The Zahanati Massage & Fitness Center provides treadmills, stationary bikes, free weights, and complimentary use of a sauna and steam room. Guests can also receive a variety of spa treatments (surcharge).

Disney's Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course and Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park are both one mile from the resort. Complimentary transportation is offered. The guest services desk can assist with reservations on any one of Disney's five tour-caliber golf courses, all located on Walt Disney World Resort property. A nine-hole course is also available.

The recreational activities listed below are available on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Golfing nearby 

Accessibility

To make requests for specific accessibility needs, complete the "Special or Accessibility Requests" section of "Trip Preferences" when you book your hotel.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • In-room accessibility 
  • Roll-in shower 

Hotel Policies

Check-in

Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Special check-in instructions:

24-hour airport shuttle service is available. Contact the property in advance to get details.
Guests must pre-book Disney's Magical Express, a complimentary transfer from the Orlando airport to the hotel. This service picks up and delivers luggage directly to guestrooms for those arriving between 5 AM - 10 PM. Guests must claim their own bags after hours. For more details and to book transfer service, contact the resort directly using the number provided on the booking confirmation email.
Complimentary Resort Airline Check-In Service allows eligible guests flying on participating airlines and staying at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels to check luggage and receive boarding passes at the hotel. Guests flying on participating airlines and arriving through Disney’s Magical Express are automatically enrolled in the service. Guests must call 407-284-1231 (5 AM - 11 PM) to pay luggage fees prior to check-in, or guests can check bags at the airport. For additional information, please contact the property using the number provided on the booking confirmation email.

Check-out

Check-out time is 11 AM

Pets

  • Pets not allowed

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

No rollaway/extra beds available

Fees

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Breakfast fee: between USD 15 and USD 30 per person (approximately)
  • Valet parking fee: USD 25 per night
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Lodge Animal
  • Lodge Animal Kingdom
  • Animal Kingdom Hotel Disney
  • Animal Kingdom Lodge Disney
  • Disney Animal Kingdom Hotel
  • Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney Animal Kingdom Resort
  • Disneys Animal Kingdom Hotel
  • Disneys Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Animal Lodge
  • Disney's Animal
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Lake Buena Vista
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom Lake Buena Vista
  • Disney's Animal Lodge
  • Kingdom Lodge

We should mention

The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Benefits

Guests staying at this Walt Disney World Resort hotel can enjoy the following benefits during their stay:

  • First access to reserve a limited number of Disney FastPass+ attractions and shows, up to 60 days before they arrive (theme park tickets required)
  • Extended theme park hours with Extra Magic Hours at 1 of the Disney theme park each day (theme park tickets required)
  • Complimentary resort transportation via motor coaches, ferries, and monorail, providing convenient ways to explore all the theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort
  • Complimentary parking at Walt Disney World Resort hotels and theme parks
  • Complimentary MagicBands to access Disney theme parks (theme park tickets required), unlock guestrooms, check in at FastPass+ entrances for previously selected attractions and entertainment, and make payments at shops and restaurants
  • Complimentary roundtrip airport service between Orlando International Airport and select Resort Hotels via motor coach with Disney’s Magical Express, including luggage delivery straight to guestrooms
  • Resort Hotel entertainment, including themed pools with slides, outdoor Disney movie screenings, and Disney Character Dining experiences
Valid Theme Park admission tickets and online registration required for Disney FastPass+ attractions and entertainment (the number of selections guests can can make and available arrival windows are limited). To book airport transportation, guests must contact the property in advance of arrival; contact information is provided on the booking confirmation email. Offer subject to availability. Restrictions and blackout dates may apply.


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