Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is an African lodge-style resort set among a 43-acre wildlife preserve. The architecture is African-inspired and offers expansive views of the surrounding savanna and its many animal inhabitants. The Lodge has thatched ceilings, large beams, real African artifacts, and a vast mud fireplace in the main lobby that brings you the spirit of Africa.
Just outside the main lobby, an elevated rock platform—Arusha Rock—offers up-close glimpses of the animals. There are also thousands of indigenous African shrubs and grasses on the surrounding grasslands. Wildlife specialists are on hand to help answer your questions about the animals.
There are two authentic, award-winning, African restaurants. Jiko – The Cooking Place, a Signature dining restaurant, is open for dinner. Boma – Flavors of Africa has a breakfast and dinner buffet with African inspired cuisine and vegetarian options. Quick-service dining is available at The Mara. It is located near the pool and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, featuring fresh salads, soups, American grilled sandwiches, and bakery items.
The Uzima pool, an 11,000-square-foot zero-depth entry pool offers a 67-foot-long slide. In addition to the feature pool, there is a children’s wading pool, 24 hour high-tech game room, and a 24 hour playground. Simba’s Cubhouse hosts supervised games, videos, arts & crafts, and is available from 4:30pm to midnight for an additional fee.
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The typical standard rooms at the Animal Kingdom Lodge have two queen beds and sleep up to four guests. There are also rooms available with one queen bed and a set of bunk beds, or just one king bed. You can choose different views among the type of bedding requested. The most popular is the Savannah view, where you can sit right on your balcony and watch the animals on the savannah. Rooms are 344 sq. feet. Guests that choose Club Level accommodations have access to the Kilimanjaro Club lounge with a continental breakfast, midday snacks, afternoon tea and evening wine, hors d’oeuvres, cordials and desserts.