While Disney does not have an amusement park in Africa, you may have heard about animals and wildlife at Disney as well as people planning a Disney African safari adventure. This safari adventure is located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Vacation Lodge. This vacation lodge remains in the southwest corner of Disney World situated close to the Animal Kingdom amusement park. This excitingly themed and fascinating lodge was officially opened in 2001. The Animal Kingdom Lodge is a fusion of African tribal native architecture with the unique rugged style of East African National Park lodges. The Animal Kingdom Vacation Lodge was developed by Peter Dominick of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge fame.
This lodge features a stunningly spectacular view of the 33 acre surface architecture with flowing streams and raised rock outcroppings that can be viewed from nearly half of the rooms at the lodge. Numerous friendly animals and birds of mainly African origin stroll freely at the area. You can discover over 30 species of African wildlife, including zebras, giraffes, gazelles, kudu and flamingos.
The majority of the almost 1,300 rooms are about 340 square feet. These huge and embellished rooms and filled with handmade African furnishings. Almost all rooms include a terrace to view the astounding surrounding. The Animal Kingdom Lodge also provides fine dining in a casual setting at the Jiko dining establishment. Jiko serves light, quick, and easy meals to eat. Boma serves buffet food in African thatched roofs. Boma is basically the African variation of the Whispering Canyon dining establishment situated at the Fort Wilderness Lodge and Villas.
The Animal Kingdom Lodge is connected to the remainder of the Disney World by buses as its place is rather remote and out of the way from the main park. There are two wings at the ladge, branching from the rear of the resort are the Kudu Trial and Zebra Trials that form a semi circle around the main wildlife savanna. Each wing has guest rooms for visitors to stay. The very best rooms are on third and fourth floors. This is due to the fact that these rooms allow you to appreciate the animals and plants at practically ground eye level. The second story floor is too low to view the savanna and rooms on the fifth floor are too high up for seeing the friendly animals close up. There are 2 smaller wings called the Ostrich Trail and the Giraffe Trial. Rooms in these wings do not feature views as stunning as the ones at the Kudu and Zebra Trails.
If you have small children, the resort features a supervised children’s activity center called Simba’s Clubhouse. Simba’s Clubhouse is a place where kids ages 3 to 12 years of age can play games, have dinner and snacks, make crafts, watch Disney movies and make new friends while the parents enjoy an evening to themselves a Disney. If your kids enjoy swimming, the resort features an 11,000-square-foot pool with an exciting waterslide and gently sloping, zero-depth entry point similar to the entrance of a natural watering hole. This pool is surrounded by large canopy trees and Floridian palms. Uzima Pool includes a children’s wading pool and 2 whirlpool spas.
By staying in The Animal Kingdom Resort, you do not just have a Disney getaway, but a touch of the African plains too. This is intriguing, don’t you think? So if you are thinking of taking a Disney getaway, why not think about staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge at Disney World?
Animal Kingdom Resort Address
2901 Osceola Parkway
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830-8410