Animal Kingdom Lodge
Resort type: DeluxeTheming: This resort is themed after an African kraal and will have you feeling like you are staying in the heart of the African savanna. Location: Animal Kingdom resort area Transportation: This resort provides bus transportation to the resorts and Disney Springs. Rooms: Each room is 344 square feet. There are many room options including 2 queen beds or 1 king bed with options of day and bunk beds. This resort also has savanna views, club level rooms and suites. Dining: The Mara Table Service Dining: 3 restaurants including: Jiko, Boma and Saana. Lounge: 2 including Saana and Victoria Falls lounge. Room Service: yes Pools: 2 pools including: Uzima Springs pool which features a 67 foot slide and a zero depth entry point. Samawati Springs pool is a short walk away by the Animal Kingdom Villas-Kadani. It features a 128 foot waterslide and a zero depth entry. Kiddie Pool: no Splash & Play area: yes. There are 3 designed for different age groups. Observation Station is aimed at kids 4 and under, Departure Zone for kids 5-7 years old and Base Camp for kids 8 and older. Playground: Hakuna Matata located near the flamingo area and overlooking the savanna. Arcade: Pumba’s Fun and Games Arcade located near the Mara. Dog Friendly: no Pros: The main reason guests stay here is the animals. It is located close to the Animal Kingdom and has its own set of animals on property that you can observe from special savanna rooms or around the property. They also have animal programs for you to participate in as well as dining with an animal specialist. This resort also features some spectacular dining options for you to enjoy a taste of Africa. The resort is very family friendly with plenty of entertainment options for the kids to enjoy. The rooms are large enough to include families of all sizes and different bed options, including bunk beds for the kids. While it is a deluxe, it is one of the more popular and affordable resorts.
Cons: Since the resort is close to Animal Kingdom, it is further away from the other parks making for a longer bus ride. The resort is quite large to accommodate the animals and therefore could mean a longer walk to the amenities depending on where your room is located. While the resort is large, the standard rooms are smaller than a typical deluxe resort. For those with allergies to animals, you may want to reconsider this property. Many guests with these types of allergies report having a more difficult time staying at this resort.
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