Resort: Animal Kingdom Lodge. Themed like a South African wildlife reserve lodge, this resort is built around two Savannas that are home to giraffes, zebras and 100 grazing animals and over 130 birds.
Jumbo House is the main resort featuring both regular rooms and Disney Villas. Kidani Village opened in 2009 and only has Disney Villas.
As you walk through the lobby of Jumbo House, you are surrounded by authentic architecture and African inspired design. There is a large mud fireplace and a huge picture window that looks out at the savanna.
Kidani Village has it’s own lobby for those staying in this area of the resort. It also features authentic African artifacts. There is a picture window that looks out onto it’s savanna as well.
Resort type: Deluxe
Price: $359 to $2739
Room size: 344 square feet
Sleeps: 4 adults + one child in a crib under 3 (first 2 adults are free, each additional is $25)
Room Types: Standard View (Parking Lot); Pool View; Savanna View; Deluxe Pool View; Deluxe Savanna View and Concierge
Room Features: 2 queen size beds or a queen size bed and bunk beds, wall safe, hairdryer, small coffee maker, iron and ironing board, crib and small refrigerator.
There are also Disney Vacation Club Villas available in both Jumbo House and Kidani Village (this one is only DVC rooms).
Studio – 316 – 366 sq ft room that sleeps 4 (plus a child under 3). There is a queen size bed and a full size sleep sofa, refrigerator, wet bar, microwave, coffeemaker, flat panel TV with DVD player.
One Bedroom – 629-807 sq ft villa that sleeps 4 (value rooms only) or 5 plus a child under 3 in a crib. The villa has a master bedroom with king size bed, whirlpool tub, queen size sleeper sofa, flat panel TV with DVD player, fully equipped kitchen and washer and dryer.
Two Bedroom – 1173 sq ft villa that sleeps 9 plus a child under the age of 3. The villa has a master bedroom with king size bed, whirlpool tub, queen size sleeper sofa, bedroom with queen size bed and sleeper sofa, flat panel TV with DVD player, fully equipped kitchen and washer and dryer.
Grand Villa – 2201-2349 sq ft villa that sleeps 12 plus a child under 3. The villa has a master bedroom with king size bed, whirlpool tub, queen size sleeper sofa, two additional bedrooms with 2 queen size beds, flat panel TV with DVD player, fully equipped kitchen and washer and dryer.
Restaurants: There is a quick service restaurant, 3 table service restaurants, a lounge and a pool bar.
Mara is the quick service restaurant in Jumbo House. It is open from 6 am to 12 am.
Jiko – The Cooking Place is a casual table service restaurant in Jumbo House that offers an abstract view of Africa.
Boma is a table service restaurant in Jumbo House with a buffet. The dining area is located under a thatched roof.
Sanaa is a table service restaurant located in Kidani Village. Known for their bread service and dips, this restaurant offers a number of African and American favorites.
Victoria Falls is a lounge that serves specialty teas, coffee and alcoholic beverages.
There is a poolside bar called Uzima Springs.
Pools: The Uzima Springs Pool is located at Jumbo House and is the largest pool on property at 11,000 square feet. It is a zero entry pool with a slide. Nearby is a children’s wading pool, jacuzzi hot tub and Uzima Springs Pool Bar. There are also lockers available near the pool.
The Samawati Springs Pool is located at Kidani Village. It features a 128 foot waterslide and a zero entry. Nearby is the Uwanja camp, a water playground, that has 3 different play zones including a slide and water cannons.
Playground: Located beside the Uzima Springs Pool
The Savannas: There are 3 separate savannas that are open 24 hours to day. Their names are Sunset, Arusha and Uzima. Each savanna has different animals and plant life. At night, the savannas are illuminated by artificial moonlight. There are also Safari Guides located outside the public viewing areas.
The Sunset savanna and Sunset savanna viewing room and balcony were specifically designed to be viewed at sunset.
Throughout the day, you will find animal guides located along the Savanna viewing areas that can tell you more about the animals you might see.
There are multiple viewing areas around the savannas. You can either stand and watch or grab one of the rocking chairs to relax while you watch the animals graze.
Activities: Cultural Programs (African Wonders, Medallion Rubbing, Meet a Lobby Greeter, African Face Painting, Pin Trading with “King Pin”, Cultural tour of Sanaa, African-Inspired, Disney Designed, Music of the Savanna, Drum Cafe, African Folktales, African Journey, Cultural Safari, Primal Parade); Culinary Programs (Dine with Animal Specialists, Cookie Decorating, Inkoma, Wine Tasting, Miniature Cake Decorating, Culinary Tour); Animal Programs (Meet a Savanna Guide, Flamingo Activity, Animal Tracking, Animal Enrichment, Wildlife Games, Have You Heard? Big Blocks, Night Vision Animal Viewing, Night Safari); Wanyama Safari ($); Children’s Crafts; Poolside Activities from 1- 4:30; Campfire; Pool Movie; Video games, arts and crafts (check the schedule), rentable sports equipment, board games and DVDs at Community Hall
24-hour front desk
check-in and guest service
designated smoking area
handicap accessible rooms
kiddie waiting area in lobby
merchandise delivery and pickup
outdoor smoking areas
resort airline check-in
wake- up call service
Transportation: Bus only
Distance from parks by bus:
- Animal Kingdom – 2 miles
- Hollywood Studios – 6 miles
- Epcot – 8 miles
- Magic Kingdom – 12 miles
The Zawadi Marketplace in Jumbo House sells African art, clothing, toys and specialty souvenirs. It also carries traditional fares including autograph books, pins, stuffed animals and more. You can buy snacks and small grocery items.
Johari Treasures: Find at Kidani Village, this store sells African crafts and more. Also selling Animal Kingdo Lodge merchandise, small necessities, pins and more.
Note: Animal Kingdom Lodge does not allow balloons in the resort. If you purchase a balloon in the theme park, you will have to check it in at the front of the resort with Bell Services and you will get it back when you depart.
When you complete your online check-in for Jambo House, you can choose up to 2 of these options:
- Ground Floor
- Upper Floor
- Near Lobby
- Near Elevator
- Sunset Savanna View
- Highest Floor
- Kudu Trail View
- Lower Floor
- Near Transportation
*I would personally choose near transportation and upper floor. If you are paying for a Savanna View, you will receive it.
Kidani Village is all DVC properties.
Address: 2901 Osceola Parkway, Bay Lake, FL 32830
This review comes from my reader Jessica…
My family and I stay at the Animal Kingdom Lodge a couple of years ago and enjoyed every second of it! the rooms were very spacious and quite comfortable. we had a room with a bunk bed for the kids and then a king size bed. the bathroom was also very spacious. The balcony over looking the Savannah was incredible, we would wake every morning and just sit and watch the animals. it was so peaceful and every morning there were different animals to see. the swimming pool was one of the best I’ve been to at a Disney resort (not that the rest aren’t wonderful) this one was just better ;) We loved the slide and the hot tub that is hidden away in the landscape. We only dined at one of their many restaurants for breakfast once- Boma it’s buffet style. The fruit was really fresh and delicious as well as all the breads, they also had some juice that was super good. they had some things that we have never tried before, which we loved :) they also had the basics eggs, bacon, potatoes, etc. All and all it was one of our families favorite breakfast buffets. they also have paths and places were you can walk along the savannah, the landscape is breath taking. they also have a place near the lobby with rocking chairs to overlook the animals, it’s cool to go from one part of the hotel to another just to see animals you can find and how different they are from one part to another.
My only complaint about this hotel is the walk from the parking lot to your room, it’s so long. My brother timed it and with kids it took 18 minutes to walk from his car to his room.
I wish we could afford to stay at this hotel more often, but I am glad my family was able to stay their once.
You might consider staying at Wilderness Lodge.