Lobby and Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Animal Kingdom Lodge is arguably the most well-themed of all the Disney resorts. The resort is divided into two sections, Kidani Village, a Disney Vacation Club (DVC) property, and the main building called Jambo House, which has a mix of regular resort rooms and DVC rooms.
The lobby at Kidani is smaller but just as beautifully themed.
Even the path to the parking lot is beautifully landscaped at AKL.
On the way to the Jambo House parking lot.
One of my favorite things about AKL is that there are lots of quiet spaces to relax and enjoy. The resort feels like an escape, not just like a hotel.
Firepit and seating at Jambo House, next to the savanna.
Kidani Village has a cozy fireplace. Even though it's right off the lobby, it gives the impression of being very private. Consider heading down there at night while the kids and your spouse sleep. It's a nice place to re-charge.
Fireplace and seating area in Kidani with an outdoor terrace
and view of the savanna.
It's the little details that make this resort special. I love coming back at night and seeing these little lanterns at the entrance of the resort.
Cheery lanterns at the entrance welcome you back at night.
Kidani Village has one restaurant, Sanaa. Their specialty is a sort of Indian fusion cuisine. Exotic but still accessible. At Jambo House, you can enjoy three restaurants: The Mara, easily one of the better quick-service locations on property; Jiko, a signature restaurant with an award-winning wine list and some of the best food on property; and Boma, a buffet that will please even the pickiest of eaters.
Desserts at Boma.
Rooms are decorated in browns, deep reds, oranges, and yellows with an subtle African theme.
King-sized bed in a DVC one-bedroom.
The bathrooms in one, two and three-bedroom DVC units have massive tubs and walk-in showers.
The design in the tile shows characters from The Lion King
Bathroom sink, with a small room for the toilet on the right.
Both Jambo House and Kidani Village have beautiful pools.
The pool at Kidani has a water play area that's so large, it's zoned as a water park.
Entrance to the water play area with lots of fun surprises.
You don't need to be a guest to visit this resort. Take the Animal Kingdom Lodge from any of the parks or Downtown Disney and feel free to explore. Make sure you check out the savanna--it's open to visitors as well.