Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

by Casey Morris on February 17, 2016

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QUICK RESORT OVERVIEW

Resort Category: Deluxe

Resort Size: 1293 guest rooms plus 493 villas divided between the Jambo House and Kidani Village buildings.

Bed Options: 2 Queen Beds, 1 Queen 1 Bunk Bed, 1 King 1 Day Bed; multiple different combinations in the villas that also include full kitchens, living rooms and dining rooms.

Transportation Options: Dedicated bus transfers to all Disney Parks and Disney Springs.

Dining Options: 3 table service restaurants, 1 quick service restaurant (in Jambo House only), pool bars, lounges and in-room dining.

Pools: 2 pools featuring water slides and zero depth entry, hot tubs, water splash area for kids

Overall Vibe: Heavy African theme with beautiful details, surrounded by wildlife.


DETAILED REVIEW

Check In

Although you can check in as early as you would like, your room is not guaranteed to be ready until 3:00 pm.

Upon entering Jambo House, (the main building) you are immediately immersed in Africa.

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The check in desk is to your left once you enter:

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The huge window at the back of the building allows you to see strait to the Savannah:

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Dining

In Jambo House:

The quick service option is called The Mara, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

There are 2 table service options. The first is Boma, which is a buffet open for breakfast and dinner. Advanced dining reservations are highly recommended.

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The next table service in Jambo House is Jiko – The Cooking Place, open for dinner only. This is a Signature Restaurant, which means if you are using the Disney Dining Plan, it would take 2 table service credits. Advanced dining reservations highly recommended.

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There are pool bars and lounges also available at Jambo House. In Kidani Village, there is one table service restaurant only, called Sanaa which is open for lunch and dinner. The unique thing about Sanaa, is that you can see the Savannah from inside the restaurant!

Pools

There are 2 pools, one in Kidani Village and one at Jambo House. They each have a zero depth entry. The Uzima Pool at Jambo House:

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Opposite view:

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Who doesn’t love a zero depth entry?

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The Uzima Springs Pool Bar:

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With plenty of seating:

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Recreation

Zahanati Massage and Fitness Center offers a 24 hour workout facility, as well as massages and facials.

The Wanyama Safari is exclusive for Animal Kingdom Lodge guests only. Only 12 guests per safari, so advanced reservations are again highly recommended. Enjoy a 90 minute tour of the exotic animals of the resort, plus dining at Jiko – The Cooking Place.

Another exclusive event for Animal Kingdom Lodge guests is the Night Safari.

Every Wednesday, enjoy wine tasting at Jiko. Limited space, reservations recommended.

Simba’s Cubhouse is an activity center for kids ages 3 – 12 years old. Kids must be fully potty trained, with no pull ups. Make reservations for your children to attend, you pay an hourly rate which includes dinner, while you enjoy some adult time.

Next to Uzima Pool is the Hakuna Matata Playground.

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Guests can use complimentary night vision goggles nightly. I really enjoyed this, and so did my kids!

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Roast complimentary marshmallows at the nightly campfires.

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2 Arcades: Pumbaa’s Fun and Games Arcade at Jambo House, and Safari So Good Arcade at Kidani Village.

Movies under the stars every night.

Rooms

First, let’s look at the resort map.

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Notice there are 2 buildings, Jambo House and Kidani Village. There is about a 7-10 minute walk between the two buildings, or catch the internal shuttle that goes back and forth.

STANDARD ROOMS CATEGORIES: (all in Jambo House)

Standard Room Layout

Standard Room Layout

Standard Room – 2 Queen Beds OR 1 King and 1 Day Bed (sleeps total of 4 guests, plus an infant)

  • Standard View: views of rooftops, park lots, or obscured views of pool or savanna
"standard view" can be anything that is an obscured view

“standard view” can be anything that is an obscured view

  • Pool View: views of the pool
  • Savanna View: clear, unobstructed views of one of the savannas
beautiful view from our savanna view room

beautiful view from our savanna view room

Bunk Bed Rooms: 1 Queen Bed with 1 Bunk Bed (sleeps total of 4 guests, plus an infant)

  • Pool view: views of the pool
  • Savanna view: clear, unabstructed view of one of the savannas

Here is a tour through a standard room with bunk beds. The room with 2 Queens, or 1 King and a day bed is exactly the same, just different beds.

CLUB LEVEL ROOMS AND SUITES (all in Jambo House)

Club Level Room – Savanna View: This is a standard room, but located in the club level

1 Bedroom Suite

  • Standard View
  • Savanna View

2 Bedroom Suite with Savanna View

What is included in a Club Level room:

  • Evening turn down service
  • Complimentary health club access
  • Concierge service at Kilimanjaro Club
  • Complimentary News Paper
  • Secured key access to the club level lounge, which serves refreshments daily from 7 am – 10 pm. See these photos, which only includes the afternoon snack. Breakfast offerings include bagels, danishes, oatmeal, etc. Evenings offer hot appetizers and desserts. I love that you can get “jungle juice” (the famous Passion Fruit, Orange and Guava mix, sometimes called POG juice) here, as well as milk for young kids!

STUDIOS AND VILLAS (located in both Jambo House and Kidani Village)

Deluxe Studio: 1 Queen Bed, 1 Double Size Sleeper Sofa (sleeps total of 4 guests plus an infant)

  • Value View: views of landscape or parking area (this category only available in Jambo House
  • Standard View: views of pool or parking area
  • Savanna View: unobstructed views of one of the savannas
  • Club Level: views of pool or savanna, access to club level amenities (only in Jambo House)
studio

studio layout

One Bedroom Villa: 1 King Bed in master bedroom, 1 Queen Sized Sleeper Sofa and 1 Twin Sized Sleeper Sofa in the living room; full kitchen; dining room (sleeps total of 5 guests plus an infant)

  • Value View: views of landscape or parking area (this category only available in Jambo House)
  • Standard View: views of pool or parking area
  • Savanna View: unobstructed views of one of the savannas
  • Club Level: views of pool or savanna, access to club level amenities (only in Jambo House)
1 bedroom 2

one bedroom villa layout

Two Bedroom Villa: 1 King Bed in master bedroom, 2 Queen Beds in second bedroom, 1 Queen Sized Sleeper Sofa and Twin Sized Sleeper Sofa in living room; full kitchen, dining room (sleeps total of 9 guests plus an infant) These two bedroom villas are only located in Kidani Village.

  • Standard View – views of parking area
  • Savanna View: unobstructed views of one of the savannas
2 bedroom 2

2 bedroom villa layout

Three Bedroom Grand Villa: 1 King Bed in master bedroom, 4 Queen Sized Beds, 1 Queen Sized Sleeper Sofa; full kitchen, dining room (sleeps total of 12 guests plus an infant) These three bedroom grand villas are only located in Kidani Village, and can’t be booked or quoted until a few months prior to check in.

  • Standard View – views of parking area
  • Savanna View: unobstructed views of one of the savannas

3 bedroom

 

Animal Kingdom Lodge is an amazing resort, and actually one of the most affordable deluxe resorts!If you have any questions, please contact your PPDD Travel Planner.

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