I’ve Stayed at EVERY Disney World Resort. Here’s Why Animal Kingdom Lodge Is Worth It.

I’ve stayed at every single Disney World Resort hotel and that means I know a lot about the pros and cons of the different options.

Quincy at Animal Kingdom Lodge

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is a unique resort that brings design and elements of the African savanna to guests. This deluxe hotel is pricey (rooms start at around $470 per night) compared to other options, but in my experience, it just might be worth the spend. Let’s talk about what makes Animal Kingdom Lodge worth it!

Before we dive in, you can get a full sense of this hotel with my full tour of the rooms, pools, lobby, restaurants, and more. Watch right here!

But let’s talk more about this hotel!

The Theming

The first thing that might make Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge worth the stay is the theming. This resort has an African safari theme that you can see throughout the hotel. Of course, the pinnacle of this theme is the fact that it sits next to animal enclosures or the savanna, where you can see real giraffes, zebras, and more.

Kidani Village

But the theme extends in every facet of the hotel — with standout details like a multi-story lobby complete with a 4-story tall window that overlooks the savanna. I especially love the bridge in the lobby, and the inclusion of African art around the lobby and the rest of the hotel. There’s even African-inspired music and greenery around the hotel.

The Location

The location also might be a reason to stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. The hotel is located in the Animal Kingdom resort area and is close to the other Disney parks, as well — although perhaps not as close as hotels in other areas of Disney World.

Animal Kingdom Lodge

Still, as it is on Disney property, you have access to the Disney World bus system and can take a bus to any of the four theme parks or Disney Springs. Animal Kingdom Lodge does only offer bus transportation, but there are limited stops so the ride is usually pretty quick.

Rooms and Amenities

This hotel offers a number of room types from standard rooms to impressive suites and many are available with savanna views. Where else can you stay and see a giraffe right outside your window?

Animal Kingdom Lodge Standard Room

Amenities and perks-wise, this deluxe hotel grants you access to recreation and Disney perks like Early Theme Park Entry and Extended Evening Hours. And the rooms themselves are well-themed and luxurious in many ways. I absolutely love the dark wood tones.

Dining Options

No lie, some of my favorite restaurants in all of Disney World are located at Animal Kingdom Lodge. From the tasty quick service, The Mara (where you can find zebra domes!), to a number of elevated options, you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy.

Oak Grilled Filet Mignon

Boma – Flavors of Africa is an African-inspired buffet that is beloved by many and I am a personal fan of Jiko – The Cooking Place, an elevated restaurant inspired by African sunsets. The resort is sure to please picky eaters and those looking for a more adventurous or exciting meal! Don’t forget to grab some South African wine at Victoria Falls Lounge or order the Bread Service at Sanaa!

Recreation and Activities

As a deluxe hotel, the resort offers a number of recreational activities that are pretty special. There are beautiful pool areas, a fitness center, and on-site cultural experiences like drumming lessons and storytelling from African cultural representatives.

ACTUAL REAL ANIMALS at Animal Kingdom Lodge!

On top of that, the animal-based activities of the hotel are like no other. There are multiple savanna viewing areas and animal observation decks where Cast Members can teach you more about the animals on the savanna. You can even sometimes view them with nightvision goggles! For a bonus experience, consider booking the nighttime safari experience.

In conclusion, Animal Kingdom Lodge just might be a must-stay for any animal-loving Disney fan — especially since it is one of the more moderately priced deluxe hotels!

Animal Kingdom Lodge

My stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge brought me up-close and personal with wildlife and was beyond memorable. I especially loved seeing the Grey Crowned Cranes that dance to court one another…although I maybe could have done without the yellow jacket flying into my room.

From the theming and accommodations to the unique animal experiences and dining options, this hotel has a lot to offer.

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