Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

4.0 star rating

Quality accommodation with a variety of facilities and services.

    What to expect (based on 8153 reviews):

    Cleanliness

    Cleanliness-4.5

    Location

    Location-4

    Rooms

    Rooms-4

    Service

    Service-4.5

    Value

    Value-4

    5 most recent TripAdvisor reviews:

    Relaxing

    Reviewed by BC88756432689(Michigan) on Feb 17, 2020

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			5
			 out of 5

    We spent a week in a savanna view room in the Jambo House. From check in to check out, the personnel and service were exceptional. Everything you would expect from a Disney resort property. On site dining is very good and again, service was great. Transportation offered very little waiting and smooth driving. We did a park every other day and lounged at the pool on our ‘off’ days. The hotel offers excursions (both night and day) to see the animals, and you can eat lunch with an animal specialist if that’s your thing. We ate in the Boma restaurant a few times. It’s a large buffet with numerous items from salads, entree’s, and dessert. Other times we are a the Mara restaurant - much less expensive, and a limited, but good, menu. The on site gift shop/convenience store offers most items you might want. No complaints whatever.

    A Grown Up Way to Disney

    Reviewed by daLesters(Saskatoon, Canada) on Feb 17, 2020

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			5
			 out of 5

    To give some context for my review on this trip was essentially just me and my husband - both 45. Our 16 yo daughter stayed at All Start Music Resort with her high school POM team - the reason that brought us to WDW. This was our 3rd trip to WDW, but it had been 9 years since our last visit. We love to travel and fill up our cold Canadian Passports with as much fun and adventure that we can! This was our first stay at the AKL, our previous Disney resort stays have included Caribbean Beach and the Grand Californian in Disneyland. We arrived in Orlando around 10:30 am we collected our bags without much delay and began heading to the Magical Express. We decided to take our bags ourselves as we wanted our items with us to freshen up etc. and be ready to hit the parks as soon as we could. We were on board our bus and heading out in what felt like no time. The magic of Disney service really begins at the airport with the Magical Express. We arrived at the AKL before noon and got into a very short line - there were 3 cast members at the check in desk helping families and we were in line behind one other family. In no time at all a cast member (I believe she is a manager of sorts) Cashey (from Las Vegas I am sure I am spelling your name wrong but I remember it was a unique spelling of "Casey") came up to my husband and I to help us with our check in. I had apparently started the online process but our room wasn't ready. We had hoped to not fully check in online as we really hoped to get a room that was ready. We had been travelling since the day before and really just wanted to unpack and freshen up. Our booking was for a standard view room with a king bed. Cashey was able to not only find us a room that was ready BUT she found a room that is considered standard but it is right at a savannah so we ended up with the most amazing views of the animals each day. If you are staying here the upgrade to ensure you have these views is worth it. So a huge THANK YOU to her!! The room was perfect we were on the third floor - which was the lobby level so no need for elevators or stairs ever. I did not take a picture of our room number but we were at the very end of the hall after you go past the DVC desk (another THANK YOU for never accosting the guests like you see in other hotels from the timeshare desk). It was the very last room on the left hand side before the hallway branched off. I'm sure that doesn't help but it was only a few minutes to walk from the hotel to the lobby. For us the location was ideal. The room was perfect, clean and had a lot of space for the two of us. I missed having a bath tub for a soak after a long Disney day but a couple afternoon hot tubs worked wonders. The amenities included a great hairdryer, shampoo, conditioner, body wash and an ok mouthwash! Save the packing space and use what they provide. It is great quality - and I really appreciated the dispenser system in the shower - so much less waste!! There was tons of space in the closets and drawers for unpacking. Since this was a more grown up Disney adventure for us we were able to enjoy the Victoria Falls lounge for a relaxing beverage and snacks at the end of each night. This lounge really made our trip special. The service was as you'd expect in Disney fantastic! The gift shop also had lots of Disney goodies but also some great basics - chips, pop, wine and snacks! All a really reasonable prices. We needed some emergency stain remover and a bottle of Shout was $4.99!! There is also a selection of pain meds and other OTC stuff if you find yourself in need - again all at reasonable prices! We used the bus system primary for transport to and from the parks. More times than not we walked out and and the bus we needed was there or rolled up shortly thereafter. We never waited more than 20 minutes for a bus. The system worked great. We did need to get to our daughter's resort and the ESPN centre - this took a bit more work as there are no buses to do this. So we used the MEARS taxis that are always waiting on site. If you need to get somewhere quick and don't mind spending a few dollars this is the way to go. We also used UBER the morning we went to DHS to try to ride Rise of the Resistance - which we did hooray!! We also used the Minnie Van service once - to pick up our daughter from her resort and bring her to ours on check out day - as we were heading to a cruise. There are so many choices with Disney and really all of them are great but if you want to spoil yourself a bit I would recommend AKL in a heartbeat. If we go back it will be hard not to stay here again! We loved it so much! Feel free to DM with questions about our stay!

    Individual ratings:

    Rooms

    Rooms-5

    Service

    Service-5

    Value

    Value-5

    Recently Updated Rooms

    Reviewed by Crash620(Riverhead, New York) on Feb 15, 2020

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			5
			 out of 5

    Our 3rd visit to AKL Jambo House. Our room was a recently updated Savannah View. It was a nice update to the previous rooms which were always nice. Nice new appointments and improvements to bathrooms and showers. Definitely an improvement and added to the value. Staff is always courteous and helpful. While AKL is still under renovation, the areas being renovated are closed off from view and one does not even realize the improvements are being conducted. Restaurant Boma always great for breakfast.

    Pleasantly calming lodge environment.

    Reviewed by Bubbs1965(Ashbourne, United Kingdom) on Feb 15, 2020

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			4
			 out of 5

    We visited here for the second time and it’s still a lovely hotel. Make sure you have a savannah view as there’s no point to any room that doesn’t have that and you may as well stay somewhere cheaper. You’ll get a lovely view with some African antelope/zebras/ giraffe. All very nice. The paddocks are kept very clean when you are asleep-or out of your room ! The lobby looks stunning. The staff are informative and interesting. We got married in Kenya and there is a bit of an African feel to it all. Boma restaurant is a really great buffet. There’s a nice pool and hot tub. Free Busses connect you to all the parks. Our room seemed to be newly decorated and had a nice big balcony for evening sundowners ! There’s a nice bush outlook fire going at night as well as marshmallows toasting around 5 on daily.

    Enjoyable stay

    Reviewed by smilgaki(London, United Kingdom) on Feb 13, 2020

    		
			TripAdvisor users rated this property 
			5
			 out of 5

    We only stayed at a Disney resort for the single reason that it gave us access to the 60 day advance fast pass booking as opposed to the usual 30 days. I had never stayed at a Disney resort before, or any other resort of this scale, so I'm reviewing this place without a benchmark. I picked the Animal Kingdom resort because as an adult couple without kids the luxury resorts seemed a bit more grown up, and also this particular Disney 'luxury' resort was just 'expensive' as opposed to 'remortgage your home & declare bankruptcy expensive'. Plus we really like animals (as long as they are treated well). At the time of booking I read about two major criticisms of the resort: a) it's relatively far away from the Disney parks and the Disney bus transport on offer can be frustrating, b) the rooms & especially bathrooms are small. There was also some indication that rooms may be noisy. We rented a car (pls note, the resort does charge for parking) so the first criticism did not affect us. If you want to get to the parks for rope drop I would definitely recommend bringing a car. We booked a standard view room (i.e. not one of the more expensive rooms overlooking the animals). We gathered we could leave the room to see them. So we were pleasantly surprised that our room, whilst not having a particularly pretty view, did come with a little balcony and we could see the edge of the park including the animals. We also expected a very small room. Again we were pleasantly surprised. Admittedly, there were only two of us and not a family of four, and we do come from London where people live in broom cupboards, but for us both room and bathroom were pretty spacious. Decor was also tasteful and everything was in good condition. The room contained two large beds, a little table and chairs, fridge, safe, coffeemaker, huge tv and ironing board. Toiletries provided were better than average quality. As to noise levels - we could hear the odd stampeding of kids above us, but not late at night. The lodge also sports a swimming pool (which we didn't use), animal viewing area, a shop, guest laundry, restaurants and a spectacular African-themed lobby. Was it worth it for the 60 day advance passes? It was to get on the Avatar ride, but it was of no use for 'Rise of the Resistance' as that wasn't on the fast pass system yet (and even when it does go on fast pass shortly, I suspect it will still remain ridiculously competitive). The other rides can be managed via the 30 day booking system, using touring plans and arriving very early at the parks. We did find the morning extra magic hours at Animal Kingdom very helpful, and you only get those if you are staying at a resort. Nice stay, can't really fault it except that it was pretty expensive especially when you are travelling on Pound Stirling.