Are Savanna Views At Disney World’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Worth The Money?

There are many ways Disney gets you to spend more money.

The Savanna

From where they place their merchandise stores, to creating a need to purchase something due to exclusivity, you can quickly find yourself shelling out cash you didn’t originally intend to spend.

That’s not to say that it isn’t sometimes worth it! Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide where you want to spend your money during a Disney World vacation.

Animal Kingdom Lodge

Part of making that decision is doing research to learn more about what your options are, and when planning a Disney World vacation a big choice you need to make is where to stay.

Disney Resort Perks

Your first decision is whether or not to stay on-property. There are many benefits to staying in a Disney resort, but you can also save a lot of money by opting for a non-Disney hotel. Many guests prefer to pay the extra money it costs to book a Disney resort not only because of the theming, but due to the amenities and perks you won’t find anywhere else.

Animal Kingdom Lodge

It’s extremely easy to get to and from the parks from a Disney resort. There are often multiple forms of free transportation you can take advantage of, whereas plenty of other hotels in the Orlando area have more limited options, most of which are an additional fee. Many Disney resort guests can also use Early Theme Park Entry, which lets them into the parks before other guests can enter. This gives them a chance to hit up more popular rides without having to wait in long lines.

Why Staying in a Disney World Hotel is WORTH It

Animal Kingdom Lodge Game Room

The hotels themselves also have plenty of amenities to take advantage of. From gorgeous swimming pools to relaxing spas, some resorts even have other offerings that are unique to their resort, like horseback riding and archery. One resort known for its one-of-a-kind atmosphere is Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Animal Kingdom Lodge

Animal Kingdom Lodge is a Deluxe Resort, which is the priciest tier of Disney resorts. This resort is well-known for its location; situated right next to Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Animal Kingdom Lodge shares its space with some of the residents of the savanna! Giraffes,  gazelles, and more graze right outside the windows of this Disney hotel.
Looking out on the Savanna

Animal Kingdom Lodge is also recognized for its excellent dining options, with places like Boma and Sanaa where you will often see diners from other Disney resorts enjoying a meal.

Pork Shank from Sanaa
Animal Kingdom Lodge is actually on the lower end of the Deluxe Resort price range. The average price per night for a standard room is around $480, whereas a similar room at the Grand Floridian might run you closer to $700. Despite this, it’s still a more expensive option than other Disney resorts.
The savanna

If you do decide that Animal Kingdom Lodge is the place you want to stay, you might be asking yourself whether you want to upgrade to a room with a savanna view.

Are Savanna Rooms Worth It?

You may feel like if you’re going to stay there you may as well go all in. How amazing would it be to wake up to a giraffe right outside your window? Others might wonder if the upcharge is worth what you get.

Zebras at Animal Kingdom Lodge

First, let’s take a look at the price difference. Across a variety of dates, it seems that on average, a room with a savanna view is around $150-$200 more than one with a standard view (AKA something not as pretty, like a rooftop or parking area). Over the course of a 5-day trip that could add up to a difference of around $1,000!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Those who have spent the money on the savanna view have reported LOVING it. They said it was fun to watch the different animals go by and see their interactions, and some reviewers even said they always make sure to book a room with a savanna view. However, another former guest shared that their view was obstructed by a tree and they weren’t able to see as much as they had hoped. Other guests felt like the animals were mostly active in the morning so they had to make a point of waking up to catch them before leaving to go to the parks.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

So, is it worth it to pay for a savanna view when staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge? If you are planning on paying for a Deluxe Resort and really want to stay here because of the animals, only dish out the extra money if you know you’ll be spending a lot of time here. For those who are mostly using their resort to crash after long days in the park, it just isn’t worth the cost. Even if you are setting aside an extra resort day to relax, there are plenty of places in the lodge where you can catch a view of the animals for free (plus you could even book a safari to see them even closer for much less).

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4 Replies to “Are Savanna Views At Disney World’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Worth The Money?”

  1. I can’t afford it. Maybe if I hit the Lottery, I’d be able to stay there. I’m retired and my husband retired from the military in 1999 (enlisted). We usually stay in the campground in our small camper, or at Shades of Green. The prices on those two places keep going up too.

  2. We stayed at Kadini Village a few years ago and booked a savanna view room. Watching the animals was a lot of fun, but we mainly viewed them from inside. You see, we visited during the month of September, which is love bug season in Florida. You could not sit on your balcony because they would land on you, fly in your hair and the odor from their pheromones was unbearable. We will try Animal Kingdom Lodge again in the future, but it won’t be during love bug time.
    Also, if you stay there, make a reservation at Jiko. It’s a 10 out of 10.

  3. No – I stayed there last February and the pool was closed the entire time and we had to take a van to where the pool at the other hotel! The other hotel pool was so crowded because there were 2 hotels trying to use one pool. In addition workmen were cleaning out some sewage tanks and all you smelled was disgusting! There were not enough places to eat. Very limited to view of animals. Very Disappointed and no compensation was offered for the inconvenience! Kathy Sayers DVC member

  4. We stayed at AKL with Savanna view room in the fall after WDW reopened (Covid). With a 2 y/o it was totally worth the price. The only issue I had with the room was that it was a LONG haul from the front desk/bus stop down the hallway to the room. Our room was just over half way down the hall and it was still a trek. What made it worse at that time was the strict mask rule enforcement and it only took me one trip of leaving my mask in the room before I learned to keep a spare hanging on the door knob as a reminder. Point is, the room views are GREAT, and even though my work has me walking 2-3 miles each day, the walk to and from the room will impact my decision to stay there again more than the cost.