Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
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We got into Orlando at 9:30pm on 1 June which is 14 hrs behind Tasmanian time. We went on the Disney Express to Animal Kingdom Lodge. It looks awesome. It's huge and is based on Africa. It has bunk beds and looks cool. It has a balcony and you can see animals such as giraffes, zebras and ostriches. It has a great big pool with a waterslide.
Hollywood Studios has Stars Wars Weekends in June where all the Star Wars fans come to Disney and they have special shows and shops. Today was a Star Wars day. We went to Darth's Mall, a shop selling heaps of Star Wars merchandise. I bought some Lego, made a light sabre and bought a storm trooper mug.
We went to the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theatre …
Went back to Magic Kingdom to do the other half. Early magic hours again.
Top 2 Rides:
1. Thunder Mountain Railroad (Another rollercoaster ride)
2. Pirates of The Caribbean (a dark, scary ride)
We also caught a raft to Tom Sawyer's island and explored. We found an old fort, a windmill and hidden tunnel.
We caught …
Hollywood Studios has a movie theme.
We got early magic hours so got in an hour before the public.
Top 3 Rides:
1. Star Tours (A virtual star wars ride that took us to different planets)
2. Backlot Tour (Shows you how that make stunts in movies)
3. Toy story Mania (A ride where you shoot a laser at targets to earn points)< …
We got up really early for Extra Magic Hours. This means we get to go into the theme park an hour earlier because we are staying at a Disney Resort. We drove to Epcot, a technology based theme park and spent the morning in future world.
1. Test Track (Design your own virtual car and test it out for real)
2. Sum of All …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsDisney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Orlando
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Wonderful room overlooking one of the savannahs...entertained by zebras, giraffes, water buffalos and the like.
Animal Kingdom Lodge has wonderful theming throughout the entire resort. Our visit was during the "slower" season (September) and the Lodge did not seem overly crowded. The transportation to and from the parks was a bit slow compared to other resorts we've stayed at.
The food options are limited to table service which is pricey but tasty, and quick service which we found to be hit or miss. Some days the food choices were great and other days, just ok.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Orlando
Loved Animal Kingdom Lodge!
This was our first experience staying on WDW property. It was fabulous. They upgraded our room to a Savannah view on check-in. The animals were fabulous. Service was extraordinary. The decorations are beyond beautiful. I would recommend staying there! If you don't stay there, at least stop by for a visit and take a tour of the public areas. It's worth the trip!
I stayed at the Lodge with my husband and son. We loved the place, great service, staff, food, transportation to the Magic Kingdom and other places. We'd go back in a moment. Everything was very well done.
Thumbs up for the Animal Kingdom Lodge
Visited Disney and the Animal Kingdom Lodge in January 2002. We were very impressed when we walked into the enormous lobby. Very African right down to the slightest detail. The wonderful aroma from the burning fire and the restaurants greeted us as we checked in. Our Savanah view room was on the third floor as well as the lobby. We had two queen beds, it was a little tighter than we expected (we didn't mind that much due to the great upsell price that just happened to pop up on the Disney CRO agent's screen as I attempted to make a reservation-$139 per night-WOW!)There were plenty of animals in sight, especially in the early morning. The Boma's buffet was absolutely incredible-some of the best food we have eaten and I believe it was only $21.99 per adult. The Mara is a quick place to grab a good bite at any time(we especially took advantage early in the morning before going to the parks and late at night(free refillable mugs $9.99?)-on the same level as the pool. We didn't have a chance to try the other 2 restaurants but they sure smelled great! The pool(with slide) was enormous but thought it could of used a little more theme to it. There was only one jacuzzi near the pool that everyone had to share and thought they could have used another. We really enjoyed the outside and inside fire as well as the jacuzzi when we returned from the parks on the cool/cold nights. The transportation is located just outside of the main entrance and was very quick and efficient. Don't think we ever had to wait more than 5 minutes for a bus. This is the first time we have ever stayed at a Disney resort and are hooked. We had a fabulous time here and would definitely stay again, however, I think we are going to try the beach club resort so we have something to compare to!!!!
Loved the Savannah life!
We can't say enough about this wonderful Disney resort. The ambiance was amazing and the food in the Boma buffet was fantastic! The lack of Mickey pictures was so refreshing! The pool blended in to the African theme. Spend the extra money to have a Savannah view! We will be back!
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
I visited Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge in September, 2002 and after staying there would rate this as Disneyworld's best resort for both the staff and the accommodations. I have stayed at many Disney resorts but have never enjoyed a resort as much as I did this one. The resort itself is full of educational discoveries in its lobby alone, as well as being home to the animals roaming right outside of our balcony. At one point I believe we had 3 giraffes, 4 kudus, about 5 ostriches and numerous cranes outside in close view. It was a pure delight to see these beautiful animals wandering around so freely. Also want to mention that the only restaurant I tried was the buffet restaurant Boma, and it is truly worth the trip from the other resorts as the food was just that good and a real value. If you are a pool person you will not be disappointed with this zero entry pool either.
I cannot say enough about this wonderful resort and the feeling you have when you are staying here. It is a true adventure within the Disneyworld Resort.
I stayed there on September 10, 2002 in room 4210. There was a large structural beam outside the room. We were assured, however, that we could see the animals. We could, if the animals stayed on the left side of our room. Of course, they were all to the right and we were looking through the slit between our room and the beam. If anyone else goes, take room 4210 as a last resort!
Animal Kingdom Lodge--Great!
We went to Animal Kingdom Lodge in Aug 01. We have been to several other DW resorts but this was the best. Everything was great. Large room and bunk beds for the children were made to order. The help there went out of their way for everything. The biggest problem we had was, with everything to do at DW itself, we didn't have enough time to enjoy all the thing Animal Kingdom Lodge had right there. There was so much to enjoy just at the resort. The only downside is that AK is at the edge of DW so except for AK there was a long wait for the shuttle. Our children are 13 and 14 so it wasn't a big deal but with small children the Polynesian (on the monorail close to Magic Kingdom and Epcot could be better). Plus, being so new, there is never a worn feeling about the place. Definitly, Animal Kingdom Lodge is the place we will go back to.
Disney's BEST Deluxe Resort
Well, Disney has OUTDONE themselves this time, which hardly seems possible with such fabulous properties as the Grand Floridian, Polynesian and Yacht and Beach Club Resorts! This resort will totally immerse you in the theming. The attention to detail is rich and nothing is overlooked! As you walk in you are immediately in AWE of the lobby! There is an abundance of glass overlooking the main savanna and the aromas of the 2 restaurants, Jiko and Boma, greet you with pleasing, mouthwatering scents! We have 5 in our family and therefore had a deluxe room overlooking the Savanna (this is a hotel where you MUST book a Savanna view!). We had a queen bed, bunk beds and a day bed. The kids had fun sharing the bunks each night and the room was extremely well appointed! Superbly decorated and themed in and of itself! And we had animals outside of our room 24/7 - just marvelous. Ensure to request turn down service for an added treat each night of bed linens turned down, mint chocolates on each pillow and mood lighting! Also plan on spending time in the main savanna and ask the keepers questions - they love to talk about the animals! The pool is HUGE and has a small, but nice waterslide! It's zero entry - like a beach, which is fun and parents can lay in the shallow water and watch the kids instead of staying "up on deck"! Jiko and Boma are two of Disney's BEST dining experiences! You cannot stay at this resort and NOT hit these two restaruants! Excellent and very large gift shop selling not only Disney merchanise but authentic African arts and crafts! Just a hop skip and a jump to the Animal Kingdom park and not too far from Epcot and the Disney Studios, but it's nice to have a rental car here! Bus service to the Magic Kingdom is quick and efficient. It is a PHENOMENAL resort - don't listen to anyone who would tell you otherwise!
Savannah room dissappointment
My daughter and two grandchildren stayed at the AK lodge for 4 nights in Feb. of 2002; however, after making reservations enough in advance, we were given a room which I considered very small...I told them we had two children...there was a porta crib there in the room for the younger one, but I asked for a rollaway for the other child..they said they had no rollaways..it was only two days later while babysitting the younger one the maid came to clean the room and I told her how our younger one had to sleep on the floor and my daugher and I each had one of the beds...she said they had rooms with bunk beds they shold have given us...why they did not do that at the desk at signin I do not understand...the room was very dark and dreary for my standards..not lamps to read...I called down for alamp with a higher wattage bulb..they sent up one with a 25 watt...they had no other..did not do any reading at that place..yes the children loved the animals off the balcony and we found the food there very delicious...they just were not very accommodating to families with children and it took forever to even find anyone to take our luggage from our room the morning we departed...we had stayed 11 previous nights at the Grand Floridan concierge...we always stay there, but thought we would try the AK once..once will be all..we will definitely go back to the GF. I have read so many good experience s at teh AK..but mine was not..just wanted to share that with you....
The Animal kingsom Lodge is a fabulous facility! In addition to the dazzling architecutre, it features a mini-savanah on which a wide variety of African wildlife lives and roams and can be viewed from any room's balcony. There are also native Africans who offer lectures and stories about life and culture on that continent.
The staff is very friendly and helpful. The maid who cleaned our room wuld take our daughter's dolls and arrange them in clever little vignettes, which we would find when we returned from the Disney parks.