Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

4.0 star rating

Quality accommodation with a variety of facilities and services.

    What to expect (based on 7988 reviews):

    Cleanliness

    Cleanliness-4.5

    Location

    Location-4

    Rooms

    Rooms-4

    Service

    Service-4.5

    Value

    Value-4

    5 most recent TripAdvisor reviews:

    Fabulous!

    Reviewed by Boafam() on Aug 19, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			5
			 out of 5

    We have recently returned from a two week stay at Jambo house. On arrival we were greeted by friendly helpful staff and issued with our magic bands. Our standard room was refurbished, beautiful and had a fabulous partial savannah view (room 3328), plenty of room for 2 adults and our two teenage daughters. The facilities in the hotel are great, good food options and a lovely pool. We honestly did not want to leave. After a busy day at the parks it was lovely to come back to this relaxing hotel. I have seen people’s reviews about the bus service. We found the service to be great, buses were usually on time and if they were late it was only by a few minutes, no problem, relax you are on holiday! If you on considering a stay here don’t hesitate, you won’t be disappointed it’s a really is fabulous

    So disappointed

    Reviewed by Josephine J() on Aug 18, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			1
			 out of 5

    We paid for the standard size room, requested bunk beds & partial savanna view. Didn’t receive either, which was fine. However, our room was the smallest hotel room I have ever stayed in. Even moderate Disney hotels are larger. Room was not updated in the slightest, “queen” beds seemed to be full ones, light in the shower was extremely dull, and the furniture was so crammed into the room that there was no place to put luggage away. My family and I are extremely disappointed. This is our tenth Disney vacation and first time at a deluxe resort, and, needless to say, we expected so much more for our money. Don’t waste your time or money staying here.

    Beyond Amazing!

    Reviewed by CindyS4132(Utica) on Aug 18, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			5
			 out of 5

    We stayed in a 3 bedroom villa overlooking the savannah. Waking up to zebras and giraffes outside was amazing. Gorgeous room, fully equipped kitchen, luxurious bathrooms, comfy beds, fluffy towels, quiet location but not far from pool, restaurants, bars. This resort is close to Animal Kingdom but farther from the other parks so bus rides are longer and sometimes a bit more crowded. Great relaxing family hotel to come back to when you're done with the hustle and bustle at the theme parks though.

    Individual ratings:

    Rooms

    Rooms-5

    Service

    Service-5

    Value

    Value-4

    The Best at Disney

    Reviewed by mrvinotinto(Atlanta, GA) on Aug 15, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			5
			 out of 5

    I asked my daughter what she wanted to do for her 12th birthday and she asked for a trip to Disney, staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge (I raised her right!). We had stayed here when the kids were little and it was very memorable and she wanted to return. So, we booked a long weekend trip in a Savannah View Room with Club Level Access to celebrate her birthday. This was our 14th trip staying at a Disney resort and our 13th trip staying at a Disney Deluxe (non-DVC) resort and it was my family’s favorite stay! Why? This is the most interesting, unique, themed resort. You do NOT feel like you are in Florida. The animals are super cool, but it’s more than just the animals. All the details that have gone to create an experience where you feel you are in Africa, from the special oven at Jiko, to the lobby and hallways filled with curated, original African art and artifacts, to the room doors all being themed and each one different, and of course, the best part is the people that work at this resort! So many of them are originally from countries in Africa. They will share with you little bits of their homeland. From the moment we arrived, the cast members at Animal Kingdom Lodge made us feel this was a special trip. On arrival, a Club Level cast member was waiting for us outside the lobby with a welcome sign with our name on it. We’ve stayed Club Level at other Disney resorts and have not received such a warm welcome. We checked in and were given an amazing suite. One of the cast members (Jason from Cape Town!) looked for my daughter to wish her a happy birthday and was super funny pretending he could not find her. The food and drinks at the Club lounge were delicious. Do not miss the soups and stews, and if you are there on a Saturday, they have yummy falafel dish. One of the evenings, we had dinner at Sanaa on the Kidani side, and as alway, everything was interesting (in a good way) and tasty. We visited multiple parks and never had to wait long for a bus. This is the best kept secret at Disney. Everyone thinks it’s far, but it isn’t.

    Bus system is a hot nightmare

    Reviewed by Cambi1(Temple Terrace, Florida) on Aug 11, 2019

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			2
			 out of 5

    If you are staying on site for the transportation from the resort to the park and other locations, you’d likely be better off staying off site and hitching a ride in a windowless van. Buses didn’t bother announcing which of their 2 stops they were stopping at, and everything on site looks the same, so unless you have made that mistake a couple times before, or just have a photographic memory, you may be in for an ungodly long walk back to your resort, in temperature roughly that of Mercury. And that was the good bus trip- waiting for the bus to Disney Springs for a lunch reservation, the bus approached the stop, and I guess to show the driver you wish to get on you must lay down in the road, because the driver basically does a rolling stop and drives RIGHT BY ME and keeps right on going. Disney charges a $50 fee for missing your reservation, so thanks AK bus system! Next time at least let me throw a 50 bill in the fire pits so I can somewhat enjoy wasting money. I used to think this is just a value resort problem, but it seems every resorts’ bus system is about as fun as having Shaquille O Neal as your proctologist. If you HAVE to stay on site, make it a resort with boat or monorail access, because the buses are routinely miserable, and this far, when they bother to pick me up, not air conditioned, which is cool, it’s only 5000 degrees out here. Oh and there’s a few animals, but even they have no desire to be out in this hell.

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