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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.

Location

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

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Hotel details

Dining

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Amenities

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Activities

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Hotel advisories

Advisory The resorts are designated smoke free environments. Designated outdoor smoking locations are available.
Advisory Guests dining at Walt Disney World's eateries and are in a group of 6 or more are required to pay a compulsory 18% gratuity charge. Gratuity percentage may change at anytime without prior notification.
Advisory This Disney hotel charges a per room, per day, per vehicle parking fee which will be charged and collected by the hotel at check-in or check-out. The fee is subject to change without prior notice. The information published here is to give the client an estimate of additional parking fees they may be responsible for but not a guarantee of the final amount due. For exact parking rates please contact hotel directly.

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

4.5 8303 reviews
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Fantastic

    We just arrived home from animal kingdom lodge. My grandchildren loved doing crafts in both activity centers. The rooms were spacious and up to date. Our room was in the main building with close proximity to the pool. Transportation and restaurants. This was the best room location I’ve ever had out of the 50 years I’ve been visiting Disney Both areas had family friendly pools. I would definitely return again. Suggestion. A lifeguard should be at the top of slides at pools to organize misbehaved pool slide riders. Offer more food choices at quick serve and stay open until midnight Bus service was ok considering distance from other parks. The only real problem was waiting 30 minutes for departure buses from Disney springs

    Aug 10, 2022
  • 2.0 star tripadvisor rating
    No food available after 9.30pm

    Just got here today and had a table booked at Boma for 9.15pm. We’d had a long day at the park and left on closing at 8pm By the time we got to hotel and checked in, got our bags from concierge and showered we got to the restaurant at 9.35pm. Yes 20 mins late but you would expect a deluxe hotel to be accommodating. We were quite rudely turned away saying they were closing. A deluxe hotel can’t serve food past 9.30pm? How ridiculous! It wasn’t full either they just wanted to close. It was a birthday celebration and we had got dressed up for our one nice meal out of our holiday having spent the previous week eating at City Walk way past 10pm. Their other restaurant Jiko was also closed. We were told there was quick service downstairs but when we got there they only had cold sandwiches and crisps. Not even a burger or chips were available. Pool was open until 11 but no food there either. They do not offer anything else anywhere in the hotel apart from vending machines and no room service either. So my birthday celebration meal was ruined by a hotel we paid a lot of money for. Save your money and stay at a less expensive Universal hotel that has fantastic customer service. This hotel obviously has staff issues as nothing is open past 9.30pm. Such a disappointment as this was supposed to be the highlight at the end of our holiday.

    Aug 09, 2022
  • 4.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Looks AMAZING

    Arrived after a long day travelling , checked in quickly by a very friendly lady but nowhere to have something to eat or drink apart from the vending machines (the one on our floor wasn't working) . Room was just about big enough for us , not much storage and bathroom on the small side but the beds are so comfy . The hotel itself looks stunning with views of wildlife all around. The pool is also a nice place to sit and take a dip after a day in the parks or just relax . Sun loungers are readily available and the life guards on duty or on the ball. The only downsides were - 1 - the service in the smaller "Mara" restaurant , this is more like a cafeteria . The food was ok but sometimes had to wait ages for coffee and milk to be refilled at the self service area even after members of staff had been informed and on more than one occasion had to clean the table ourselves before sitting down. 2 - The noise in the rooms , Now I don't know if the walls are thinner in this hotel (it's not the 1st Disney resort we have stayed at) but the noise from the rooms above and to the sides was very loud to the point I could have joined in the conversations . Also being on the 2nd floor we heard every tap and toilet flush from the floors above , not ideal . But all in all a very enjoyable stay and seeing zebra and giraffe from your room make up for the little faults.

    Aug 08, 2022
  • 3.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Okay, but expensive and the small special details are gone

    We just returned from five days staying at AKL. Overall the experience was okay, but okay was disappointing for what I had hoped for. Some of that's on me - I shouldn't have booked a trip to Florida in August when the heat and humidity are at their worst - but some of it is in the small details that are gone since our last trip to DisneyWorld in 2017. It starts with the bus transport from the airport. The Sunshine Flyer did a great job, but it's now no longer a Disney service, the bags aren't delivered to your room, and you have to pay for it. Also it's difficult to find at the airport. When traveling with little kids, having the transportation and luggage transfer be easy and quick adds a certain level of "special" to the trip. Next, there was housekeeping only every other day at the most. This seems to have resulted in a lot of people putting their garbage in the hallways. Although I (thankfully) did not see any cockroaches like another reviewer did, I can see why the resort might have them with all the food garbage lying around. You have to ask for an ironing board. The restaurants were good, but extremely expensive (close to $100 for a breakfast buffet for 3 people with tip, $150 for the buffet dinner). You have to pay for little fun things like s'mores, What I think Disney doesn't understand about why that's annoying is not that it costs an additional $7, but that it no longer feels like a special thing they're doing for you as a guest of their resort. Instead it feels like another way to nickle and dime you because of course the kids want to do it. I don't mind overall that the housekeeping staff/bus drivers aren't that friendly because I think they're working really hard in the oppressive heat and to expect them to smile and be subservient is classist and from a different era that we should be past. I do wonder if they get paid what they deserve to be paid, or if it's another way that Disney is saving a dime. No idea on that that, though - that's just speculation. Anyway, bottom line for me is that while the kids love it, without some of those little features, it's just not worth it to me. If we go back to Orlando, we won't go in August - and we won't stay on a Disney property.

    Aug 06, 2022
  • 5.0 star tripadvisor rating
    Absolutely Amazing

    Wow: All I can say is this hotel was amazing. Okay, I can say more. We were pixie dusted with a Savannah room. We were in awe of all the animals we saw every day…giraffes, zebras, emus, wildebeests… and more. It was definitely magical. Upon arriving we were greeted with:.. welcome home. Our room wasn’t ready when we got there, but we got there before check in. When we got our room we were amazed by the view. The room was spotlessly clean. The keurig was well supplied with plenty of coffee for our three night stay. The staff was all wonderful. The only negatives are the long walks to the rooms because it’s so large and the limited food selections in the quick service cafe. I totally don’t get the negative reviews. We also got the Disney + discount so honestly the price was reasonable. Honestly I loved this resort. The lobby is gorgeous.

    Aug 06, 2022