Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge: Family Favorite Resort in Walt Disney World Resorts

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Entrance

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge by far is one of most memorable and our family favorite resort we have stayed in Walt Disney World. There is no doubt that the Disney’s Grand Floridian Spa & Resort is the most convenient for family but there is something about having animals roaming in the backyard (ok.. not entirely our backyard but you know what I mean) that created a lasting memory for the whole family.

Arusha Savanna View Room – Worth the Splurge

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Arusha Savanna View

We chose to splurge on this trip and booked standard room with Arusha Savanna view. There are various room types in Animal Kingdom Lodge and the most popular type is the Savanna View type. There are 3 separate savannas within the Animal Kingdom Lodge which are Sunset, Arusha and Uzima. Each savanna has different type of wildlife but Giraffes are the only animal that can be found in all three savannas.

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Giraffe

The animal guide inside the room became handy for kids to help them spot and try to identify the animal. And some animal isn’t that hard to identify. Giraffe, anyone?

Room with Personality

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Bedroom

The standard room is a good size for our family of 4 with two queen beds. I love the detail that goes into the decoration to make us feel like we have stay at a safari lodge in Africa.

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Mickey Ear

Of course, we won’t see Mickey Mouse towel art in Africa but it’s a little thing to keep the magic alive in Disney World Resort.

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Bathroom wall

I love the detail on the wall in the bathroom. Make waiting for my turn to use the bathroom more fun.

Fun Recreation for Family

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Uzima Spring pool

Not all resort pools are created equal and the Uzima Spring pool is one of our family favorite.

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Uzima Spring Pool Slide

With nicely landscape around the pool providing shade for families, zero-depth entry, 67-foot slide and kid wading pool, it’s one of the best pool on Disney World Resorts.

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Playground

For little kids who are not into pool time, the Hakuna Matata playground nearby is a great place to spend that extra energy. The shade area provides great cover during the hot Florida day with a great view of the savanna to boast.

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Movie under the Stars

Another fun family activity is the movies under the stars where guests can enjoy Disney movie in the pool under the stars. It was nice to enjoy great weather while watching one of our favorite Disney movie.

Animal, animal, animal everywhere

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Animal

One of the most unique feature of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is the wildlife encounter that guests can experience throughout the resort. So it’s no surprise that there are various activities available for guests from cultural immersion, animal programs & wildlife encounters to culinary exploration. Make sure to check out activities list when you check-in to find out more about available activities for everyone.

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Night vision

We took the Night Vision Animal Viewing where we learned about animals at night time and used night vision goggles to check them out.

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Arusha Rock

Arusha Rock and fire pit is also a great place to view animals all day long. The overlook allows guests to be able to have a closer look at animals while they roam around the Arusha Savanna.

Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge Lobby

The stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge came with a high price tag. But for special occasion, it’s totally worth it. The kind of service and experience we received during our stay at this resort is one of the best we have experienced. Kids still talked about their visit even months after we have checked out. So if you are looking for one of the most memorable stay for your family in Disney resort, the Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge will not disappointed.


About Amy Querido

Amy is the owner & author of The Q Family Adventures Travel blog, family blog chronicles her family trips, tips and tricks. She hopes to inspire family to travel with kids one adventure at a time. Connect with Amy on Google+, Twitter and Facebook.


  1. LOVE Animal Kingdom Lodge – thanks for the thorough review! :-)

  2. thanks for the post also disney fan great palce to stay

  3. Great review of the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Love all the animals that you can see from the lodge– nothing beats night vision goggles! Your picture of the inside of the lodge is amazing.


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