Overview: Hand-carved furnishings, rich wood and vibrant colors at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge offer Walt Disney World guests the finest in authentic African architecture and design. Guests are immersed in an environment inspired by the cultural splendor and picturesque beauty of an African wildlife reserve. Many of the resort’s guest rooms feature balconies overlooking savannas that are home to more than 200 mammals and birds including giraffe, zebra, Thomson’s gazelle, ostrich and sacred ibis.
Resort Description: One of Disney’s deluxe resorts, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge includes three African-inspired restaurants, a thatch-roofed lobby with a massive mud fireplace and flowing stream inside — and an elevated kopje, or rock outcropping, as part of the landscaping, which puts guests within 15 feet of the animals for an extraordinary view of the reserve.
Opened: April 16, 2001
Location: Just west of Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park
- Accommodations: First-class rooms with a choice of views; one- and two-bedroom suites; two deluxe suites.
- Wildlife: More than 200 mammals and birds of nearly three dozen species. Includes giraffe, zebra, Thomson’s gazelle, ostrich, flamingo, African spoonbill and sacred ibis.
- Food and Beverage: Jiko-The Cooking Place, open for dinner only (specialty restaurant); Boma-Flavors of Africa, self-service, family-style restaurant in a marketplace setting; The Mara, express restaurant; Victoria Falls, gourmet coffees and teas, South African wines, international beers, cocktails in a mezzanine lounge.