Wish you were here?

Hotel overview

Share the adventure of a jungle safari in lush surroundings showcasing the grandeur of Africa. With many rooms overlooking the beautiful savannahs, grazing zebra, giraffes and gazelles can be seen roaming free in natural environments. The rhythm of tribal drums...the exquisite cuisine...the rich settings...and the lure of authentic African treasures all come together to celebrate the beauty and wonder of this vast and untamed continent. Three animal savannas are home to more than 200 mammals and birds representative of the African animal palette. Some examples are giraffe, zebra, Thomson's gazelle, ostrich, flamingo, African spoonbill, and sacred ibis.


Animal Kingdom® Resort Area
Daytona Beach, FL, USA - Daytona Beach Internation
Orlando, FL, USA - Orlando International Airport ( : 30 miles
Tampa, FL, USA - Tampa International (TPA)

Property information

Year Built: 2009
Accessible rooms: 65
Floors: 3
Nonsmoking rooms: 492
Total rooms: 492


Hotel details


Show more


Show more

General policies & fine print

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Minimum Check-In Age: 18
General Policies:

Smoking Policy - All Disney owned and operated resort hotels are smoke-free environments. Smoking is permitted in designated outdoor smoking locations only.

Guest Names Policy - Walt Disney World reservations must be booked with the correct guest names. A complete name change to the lead name is considered a cancellation and will require a new reservation.

Deposit Requirements - A major credit card and photo I.D. is required upon check-in to cover phone or incidental charges.

Convention Policy - Guests attending a convention at the hotel may not use this package for their stay. If found attending a convention, guests may be charged directly by the hotel.

Room Taxes - Room taxes are included in the vacation price.

As to Disney artwork, logos and properties: ©Disney

Pet Policy Pets Not Allowed

Ratings & reviews

TripAdvisor traveler rating

  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    The most magical resort

    The most magical place on earth, Very beautiful, educational, refreshing, happy people, nice food and games. Very Magical……. If I’m to recommend, I definitely want you and your family to experience this wonderful place. looking forward to visiting again.

    Apr 17, 2024
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    very dated

    It's a fun hotel but it's pretty run down. Rooms must be 20+ years old, the bathrooms are particularly dingy. The kids loved it, the adults not so much. The rooms and pool area could really do with a refurb. The lighting is all very dark, especially in the 1980's bathrooms.

    Apr 15, 2024
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Fabulous stay in a unique beautiful hotel

    What a wonderful stay! We loved staying at this hotel. Everything from check in to check out was great. The hotel setting is perfect - it feels uniquely special as the whole theming is done so well. Our hotel room was spacious and comfortable - easily enough space for 3 adults [our young adult daughter was with us] with two double beds. And to see giraffes and other animals from the room was amazing and a little unexpected as we had booked a standard room. Also - the laundry facilities here were great - we needed them to prepare for the second half of our Florida trip.

    Apr 10, 2024
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    The best of the Disney World hotels

    By far the nicest hotel at Disney World. We booked a standard view room but enjoyed a partial/obstructed view of the animals. While the view was mostly of facilities, it was a nice treat to see giraffes off our balcony in the morning. The room was very clean and comfortable, and housekeeping was extremely quick and thorough. The pool, grounds, and amenities are some of the best of any Disney hotel. Bus service, as is typical for all Disney hotels, ranged from poor to good. A lot of people won’t recommend this hotel because it is the furthest from the other 3 parks, but it’s only about few more minutes than the other central hotels.

    Mar 22, 2024
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    A very nice stay at the lodge

    We ended up booking our Disney trip later than usual and the only premium hotel left with availability was the Animal Kingdom Lodge. I had looked at it before but always decided against it, but now we got a chance to try it. The good: Check in very smooth - used straight to room in app. We came a little early and our bags were held at the bell service for us. The restaurants were actually really good! I don't associate Disney with great dining, but JIko for Dinner was lovely. Even the wine pairings were great, and service was excellent. We also ate at Sanaa and it was really good. The pool area was nice, not super large but it had a fun slide for the kids and a bar/snack area right next to it. We didn't participate in the activities offered, but it looked like a lot of offerings, and also smore's every night, and some nights there was a movie night set up as well. The buses worked well and were never too crowded in spite of it being spring break. The buses don't pick up at other hotels like some other Disney buses do. The entrance is super nice, very cosy and well themed. There is a viewing station there where you can talk to staff about the animals and I learned a lot. It feels more relaxed / quiet than the other Disney hotels we have stayed at The kids enjoyed the Disney version of Siri. Our daughter would say " Hey Disney, tell me a good night story" every night. The not so good: The rooms are dated. The pillows were very lumpy. We had a Savannah view which was really nice but the animals didn't come by our area that often. Our friends lost hot water on their side of the hotel and kept getting different answers on what was going on. The water was back the following morning The maid service was ok, didn't feel super clean after they had been in the room The outside of the hotel looks a bit like a motel to me in the back. The Bottom Line: Probably not worth what we paid, but we had a great time and would consider going back again. 4 star mainly due to how dated the room was and the bed quality, for 5 stars I would expect a nice bed.

    Mar 19, 2024