Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is an African lodge-style resort amidst a 43-acre wildlife preserve. The Resort offers authentic African-inspired architecture and the kraal African-village landscape design—a semi-circle design popular in Africa which offers expansive views of the surrounding savanna and its many animal inhabitants. Thatched ceilings, large beams, hand-carved golden-tone furnishings, real African artifacts and a vast mud fireplace in the main lobby surround you in the inimitable spirit of Africa. Just outside the main lobby, an elevated rock platform—Arusha Rock—offers up-close glimpses of the animals and a panoramic view of the sprawling grounds.

In addition to animals, thousands of indigenous African shrubs and grasses—including the most recognized canopy tree of Africa, the copperpod—paint a picture reminiscent of the unspoiled African grasslands. Savor authentic African cuisine at the Resort's 2 award-winning restaurants, Jiko - The Cooking Place and Boma - Flavors of Africa. Take a guided tour of the savanna led by African wildlife specialists and relax in the Uzima pool, an 11,000-square-foot zero-depth entry pool that offers a 67-foot-long slide. Offering all this and more, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is a wonderful choice for your Walt Disney World vacation.

Exciting Animal Encounters Featuring over 30 species of wildlife that roam amidst 4 lush, tropical savannas, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge offers the unique opportunity to observe exotic animals from special alcoves with glass windows throughout the Resort—and from the balconies of select Guest rooms. Each savanna features a unique look and feel, and is home to different animals. Among the animals you may see are Ankole Cattle, Bontebok, Eland, Zebra, Greater Kudu, Impala, Okapi, Red River Hog, Nyala, Reticulated Giraffe, Roan Antelope, Sable Antelope, Thompson's Gazelle, Waterbuck, White-Bearded Wildebeest, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Blue Crane, East African Crowned Crane, Greater Flamingo, Marabou Stork, Ostrich, Pink-Backed Pelican, Spur Winged Geese, Guinea Fowl and Ruppel's Griffon Vulture! For a truly unforgettable experience, make reservations for the Wanyama Safari. Enjoy up-close encounters with the Resort's wildlife, followed by a delectable South African feast at Jiko - The Cooking Place. Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge has been designated by the Florida Green Lodging Program, recognizing the Resort's environmentally responsible practices. Activities for Children In addition to the Uzima pool and slide, there's a wading pool for little ones, unique animal-themed activities for everyone in your family, a 24-hour, high-tech game room and a 24-hour playground. And don''t forget to take advantage of Simba's Cubhouse, a supervised activity center for children ages 3-12 that affords parents a carefree night on the town. (Additional fee required) Location and General Information Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is located in the Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park area.

It is a smoke-free Resort; smoking is permitted only in designated outdoor smoking locations. Questions about this resort? Ask here Dining for Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge: * Jiko -- The Cooking Place A casual restaurant open for dinner that features a taste of Africa in an atmosphere shaped by local traditions and customs. Focusing on simpler, lighter cuisine, it retains the spirit and refinements of a great restaurant while concentrating on the basics of cooking with an emphasis on the freshest of products.Fine Dining at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge at the Walt Disney World Resort * Boma - Flavors of Africa Flavors of Africa, a family restaurant open for breakfast and dinner, captures the essence of vibrant life in the African marketplace. This family-fun buffet restaurant provides Guests with the opportunity to savor the African experience, with its multicultural influences. The restaurant showcases an exhibition kitchen, wood-burning grill and rotisserie. * Mara A quick-service restaurant open morning to night offering great food and poolside dining. * Victoria Falls A mezzanine lounge, serving specialty coffees and teas and a variety of beverages at night. The lounge overlooks Boma - Flavors of Africa. * Uzima Springs A pool bar serving snacks and beverages Questions about this resort?

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Transportation: * Walt Disney World Bus TransportationMotor coach / Bus Transportation to the Theme Parks, Water Parks and Downtown Disney® * To reach any of the other Walt Disney World® Resort Hotels you will need to take a Bus to Downtown Disney® and transfer to a Bus going to the Resort you want to visit. * If you decided to drive, parking is free at any of the Theme Parks, for resort guest only. Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Rooms: Room Views: Standard View/Standard Room: Rooms offer view of the parking area. Water, Pool View/Standard Room: Rooms offer views of the pool area. Savannah View/Standard Room: Rooms offer views of the African Savannah Water, Pool View/Deluxe Room: Rooms offer views of the pool area. Savannah View/Deluxe Room: Rooms offer views of the African Savannah Room Types: Standard Guest Rooms: maximum 4 Guests Make yourself at home in a spacious Guest room decorated with vibrant colors and handcrafted African embellishments. Deluxe Guest Rooms: maximum 4-5 Guests Enjoy all the style and charm of a standard room with additional square footage for accommodating an extra Guest. Suites: maximum 6-8 Guests Stay in a one bedroom with kitchenette and separate sitting area (sleeps 6); two bedroom with 2 1/2 baths, separate sitting area and kitchenette (sleeps 8); Vice Presidential with 2 bedrooms (sleeps 6); or Presidential with 2 bedrooms (sleeps 8). Room Features: Most rooms are available with your choice of o king-size bed (available with daybed) o two queen-size beds o one queen-size bed and bunk beds (available with daybed) o Disabled accessible rooms available * 6:00am to midnight room service * Nonsmoking rooms available * Irons, ironing boards, hairdryers and make-up mirrors in each room * Newspaper delivery * One bathroom * Vanity area with sink * In-room wall safe * Table and two chairs * Phone - voice mail and data port * 120 Volt A/C * Air Conditioned * Television with remote * Bath Tub with shower * Smoke Detector * Pak-n-Play Crib, coffee makers available * Refrigerators can be rented for $10 a day.

Services and Amenities at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge: Room Service Room service at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is available from 6:00 a.m. to midnight, 7 days a week, and includes both African-inspired cuisine and American fare from the kitchen of Boma. You can also pre-order from the menu and enjoy a spectacular dawn or dusk from your balcony. To order room service, select Dining Options on your Guest Room telephone. Massage & Fitness Center Survival of the Fittest Fitness Center at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village is located near Samawati Springs Pool. The minimum age requirement for the fitness center is 14 years of age. An adult must accompany Guests under age 18 at all times. Includes: Cardiovascular room includes treadmills, bicycles, and stair climbers. Free weights are also provided for use. Zahanati Massage & Fitness Center at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Jambo House is located on the first floor off Giraffe Trail and Uzima pool. This spa and salon offers massage therapy, skin care and body treatments and features steamrooms for men and women, saunas and the latest in fitness equipment including free weights, treadmills, elypticals, bicycles and stair climbers. Lockers are available. Open from 6:00 a.m. through 9:00 p.m., the facility is available to Guests of Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House 14 years of age and older at no additional charge. Guests 14-17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Spa services include a surcharge-starting at $50-and are by appointment during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. A personal trainer is also available by appointment. In-room service is also available for an additional cost. Click here to Print your complimentary Gift to relax.

Babysitting and Child Services Located on the first floor near the Uzima pool deck area, Simba's Cubhouse is a supervised activity center for children ages 3-12 that is open daily from 4:30 p.m. to midnight. At this delightfully themed play space, children are invited to play videogames, enjoy dinner and snacks, watch Disney movies and interact with other kids their age, while parents are off experiencing more adult-oriented fare. Together with independent childcare provider Kids Nite Out, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge also offers you the convenience of one-to-one in-room babysitting, allowing you the flexibiity to enjoy your vacation your way. You can even reserve a childcare specialist to accompany you and your family during your visit to the Parks, providing a helping hand where needed. To make a reservation for Simba's Cubhouse or in-room babysitting, please contact Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge front desk or Concierge during your visit. Concierge Assistance Available to Resort hotel Guests 7 days a week, from 7:00 a.m. through 10:00 p.m. Located in the main lobby, the concierge can help you purchase Park tickets, make dining reservations and secure show seats, among other services. Parking Self-parking at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge self-parking is located in front of the main entrance to the lobby and under the building at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House and Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village. Valet parking is available for a nominal fee.

Laundry Facilities/Services Laundry rooms can be found at the following 3 locations at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. o First Floor, Zebra trail o Second Floor, Kudu Trail Services for Guests with Disabilities Approximately 66 rooms available to Guests with disabilities, including wheelchair-accessible bathrooms and rooms designed for the hearing impaired Wheelchair-accessible ramps and elevators Uzima pool, an 11,000-square-foot, zero-depth entry pool Room Amenities * Cable TV with Disney Programming * High-speed Internet access (complimentary for select Suite accommodations; for all other accommodations, additional fee applies) * Refrigerator * Hairdryer * Safe * Iron and Iron Board * Coffee Maker * Pack 'n Play Playard * Alarm Clock with CD Player (available in all Club Level Guest rooms) * DVD Player (available in all Club Level Guest rooms) * Microwave (available in all Club Level Guest rooms).

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Recreation: Recreation at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge includes unique animal-themed activities for everyone in your family, a spa and health club, a children's activity center and a zero-depth pool with a slide for swimming. Pumbaa's Fun & Games Arcade Pumbaa's Fun & Games Arcade, a 24-hour high-tech game room, features both classic arcade games and the latest in video game entertainment. Pumbaa's is located next to The Mara quick-service restaurant. Uzima Pool Uzima, an 11,000-square-foot, zero-depth entry pool includes a 67-foot long slide and is the perfect place to cool off and have fun. Surrounded by large canopy trees and Floridian palms, Uzima includes a wading pool for young ones while 2 adjacent hot tubs provide a haven for relaxation. Zawadi Marketplace Zawadi Marketplace is a retail shop located in the main lobby of Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge that offers authentic African-themed merchandise including Zulu baskets, hand-loomed clothing and hand-carved masks. Open from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Zawadi Marketplace also sells Disney-branded items like apparel, toys and Disney Character plush. Jogging Trail Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge features an approximate 0.16-mile jogging trail around the Uzima Pool area. Maps are available at the Resort Concierge.

Movies Under the Stars Watch Disney movies under the stars at select Walt Disney World Resorts. By the pool or on the beach, you'll have a unique experience only Walt Disney World can provide. For more information go to the Guest Information desk in the lobby. Zahanati Massage & Fitness Center Zahanati Massage & Fitness Center is located on the first floor off Giraffe Trail and Uzima pool. This full-service spa and salon offers massage therapy, skin care and body treatments and features steam rooms for men and women, saunas and the latest in fitness equipment including free weights, treadmills, ellipticals, bicycles and stair climbers. * Lockers are available. * Staffed from 6:30 a.m. through 7:00 p.m., the facility is available 24 hours to Resort Guests ages 14 and older at no additional charge. * Guests wanting 24-hour access to the club must meet with an attendant to sign a waiver and obtain a 24-hour access key. * Guests 14-17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. * Spa services include a surcharge—starting at $50—and are by appointment during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. * A personal trainer is also available by appointment. * In-room service is also available for an additional cost.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Kidani Villas Animal Programs Animal Programs, unique to Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, offer an up close encounter with exotic animals that are sure to delight the entire family. Be sure to check with the front desk for a current schedule of educational activities. Activities are subject to change. Safari So Good Arcade Safari So Good Arcade, a 24-hour high-tech game room, features both classic arcade games and the latest in video game entertainment, located next to lobby at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village. Disney's Animal Kingdom Kidani Villas Community Hall Community Hall is located adjacent to the lobby at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village and includes a ping-pong table, foosball table, videogames, television, and ongoing activities such as arts and crafts. Disney's Animal Kingdom Kidani Villas Survival of the Fittest Fitness Center Located near Samawati Springs Pool, Survival of the Fittest Fitness Center features the latest in fitness equipment including free weights, treadmills, ellipticals, bicycles and stair climbers. Lockers are available. Open from 6:00 a.m. through 9:00 p.m., the facility is available to Resort Guests 14 and older at no additional charge. Guests 14 to17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. A personal trainer is also available by appointment.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Kidani Villas Uwanja Camp Uwanja Camp, located near Samawati Springs Pool, is an animal observation site-themed water playground that includes 3 interactive areas for kids of all ages. * Observation Station: For children ages 4 and younger, this play space invites kids to unscramble animal images, cross a rope bridge and frolic through a geyser and shallow pool. * Departure Zone: For kids ages 5-7, this area includes a water tower, pulleys and squirting gardens. * Base Camp: For kids 8 and older, this play area includes water canons and overflowing water buckets.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Kidani Villas Johari Treasures Johari Treasures is a retail shop located in the main lobby of Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village that offers authentic African-themed merchandise including Zulu baskets, hand-loomed clothing and hand-carved masks. Open from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Johari Treasures also sells Disney-branded items like apparel, toys and Disney Character plush.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Kidani Villas Samawati Springs Pool Samawati Springs, a 4,700-square-foot, zero-depth entry pool with a 128-foot long slide is the perfect place to cool off and have fun. Surrounded by large canopy trees and Floridian palms, Samawati Springs includes 2 adjacent hot tubs providing a haven for rest and relaxation. Hakuna Matata Playground Hakuna Matata Playground, a 24-hour playground next to Uzima pool where children are invited to climb, slide and have fun, overlooks the flamingo area and the savanna.

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