Ten Reasons to Stay and Play at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Stay and play at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge (AKL) for an exotic escape from the stresses of the real world. With a unique setting, the resort is perfect for a weekend or week-long visit.

Stay and Play at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

The immersive experience begins the moment you turn into the driveway of the safari themed lodge.

Landscaping at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

One of the ways that Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge transporting guests to the Great Continent is through the exotic and lush landscaping painstakingly taken care of by Disney horticulturists. From pampas grass to yellow flame trees, the vegetation is reminiscent of Africa for an immersive experience.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Landscaping

Gorgeous foliage!

Pool

I adore the tropical pool areas at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Both Jambo House and Kidani Village have plenty of outdoor seating, including shade from the canopy of green trees! Uzima Springs at Jambo House is an over 200,000 gallon, zero-entry pool with a gentle water slide hidden within the Floridian palms.

Uzima Springs Pool at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Uzima Springs Pool.

Uzima Springs pool at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge has shaded seating.

Shady spots are easy to find!

If your room isn’t ready upon arrival, begin your stay with some poolside fun!

Banana Cabana Adult Beverage at WDW

Banana Cabana. Cheers!

Cultural Representatives

Cultural Representatives feature talks on their homeland — an informative session that takes guests on a journey through Africa. Look at the Recreation Calendar at your resort for times. These chats are held at Kidani Village’s Palace Library and Jambo House’s Sunset Lounge.

Cultural Safari Talk at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Go on a Cultural Safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Fun activities are offered throughout the resort.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge has fun activities for kids.

Watch for fun activities.

Campfires

Campfires are always relaxing and cozy. Sit around the outdoor firepit at Disney’s Animal Kingdom to unwind in tropical surroundings. Watch for scheduled campfire activities once the current burn ban is lifted. African folktales are still being told at the Arusha Savanna Overlook.

Firepit at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Firepit with cozy rocking chairs.

Restaurants

You’ll find both quick service and table service restaurants within the Animal Kingdom Lodge resort. For fine dining, reserve a table at Jiko!

The Mara boasts a menu with some unique counter service offerings. I’m always hungry for a peanut butter brownie when staying at the Lodge.

Peanut butter brownie at The Mara

More peanut butter!

AKL is also home to my favorite breakfast at Walt Disney World. With beautiful decor resembling an African marketplace and a scrumptious buffet, Boma with its wood-burning grill has remained consistently memorable throughout the years.

Boma Breakfast. Animal Kingdom Lodge. WDW.

Breakfast at Boma is a must!

Don’t forget to try the Frunch. It’s included in your all-you-care-to-eat buffet.

Jungle Juice at Disney's Boma

Jungle Juice at Boma

Cozy Rooms

While you can save money with a standard or pool view, the magic here is in the views of the savanna. However, if you won’t be spending a lot of time at the resort, go easier on your budget but allow time to view the animals from the public overlooks.

One of the best ways to stretch your budget is to play around with your vacation dates. If you can be flexible, you may find some great cost-savings. Try using Undercover Tourist to check room availability and pricing today: Save up to $660 on stays at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge!

Featuring handcrafted furniture, standard rooms are 344 square feet evoking a cozy safari lodge atmosphere.

Animal Kingdom Lodge Room at Walt Disney World

Exotic decor in room.

Savanna Views at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Splurge on a Savanna View!

Animals

If you love animals, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge affords tremendous opportunities to view over 30 species day and night from public overlooks and private room balconies. We love to watch the animals (giraffe!!) roam on this 33-acre savanna!

Giraffe grazing at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Giraffe Grazing.

Wanyama Safari

Yes, Wanyama Safari is now open to all guests of Walt Disney World. However, it’s a definite advantage in convenience and time to stay at a resort with so many unique amenities. While the Wanyama Safari costs extra, it’s an amazing adventure that includes an afternoon safari followed by dinner at Jiko – The Cooking Place.

Wanyama Safari at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Wanyama Safari

Architecture and Artwork

Don’t rush by the African artwork at this resort. You’ll find displays of beautiful, handcarved items throughout the hotel. Pair the decor with the impressive architecture and you have a place that makes jaws drop. It’s a truly unique destination right here in the United States.

Animal Kingdom Lodge Lobby at WDW

Animal Kingdom Lodge Lobby

The bridge inside Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Lobby

Look up at the bridge!

Fun for Kids

Look for games, activities, the Hakuna Matata playground, a kiddie pool, and more at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. For a fun evening at the resort, take in a Movie Under the Stars.

Hakuna Matata Playground at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Kids 2-12 years of age are welcome to play!

I hope you’ll find at least one reason to stop by or stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Since opening in 2001, we’ve been repeat guests and will continue to return to this thatched-roof oasis!

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Kimberly shared her passion for Disney when she was selected for the inaugural Walt Disney World Moms Panel and then as the first Disney Cruise Line panelist. As a Disney Mom, she helped countless families plan their own dream-filled journeys. Blending her love for research, travel, and writing, Kim has been an editor for Disney Food Blog for 10 years. At The Castle Concierge, she blogs about travel and celebrating life's milestones.