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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Disney Resort of the Week - Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge at Walt Disney World

On our bucket list is our feature resort this week, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.  Since we have never stayed here, the pictures and facts are from different sources I have found either in books,  from friends who have stayed here, or on the Internet*. 

Lobby lounge area with a balcony window overlooking the savanna
 I have learned something from doing this research........I have learned that I want us to stay here even more than I did before!
Two giraffes graze in the morning sun at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

This resort, which is situated about a mile away from Disney's Animal Kingdom park is  for the true animal lover in all of us.  Almost all the rooms afford some type of view of animals wandering around the grounds.  It is also for people who love African artifacts, as authentic African artwork is literally all over this beautiful resort.  The animals big and small inhabit acres which have been re-created to look like the African savanna that pretty much surround the resort.
The grand African-themed lobby at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

 On the property there are zebras, giraffes, Thompson's gazelles and exotic birds.  The resort was constructed in a semi-circle which gives maximum potential for animal viewing.

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There are 972 room here, all decorated in bright vibrant colors, have dark wood furniture which is all hand-crafted.  The walls are painted a sandy-like color, and the carpets are earth toned with a pattern.  
2 queen beds with curtained headboards, ceiling fan, TV and dresser, curtained balcony
Most of the rooms have two queen size beds, but some king beds are available. 
King bed with curtained headboard, pillows and throw, wall sconce, curtained balcony

Carved wood and curtained bed headboard with decorative pillows, wall sconce
 There are also daybeds to accommodate up to five people in a room.  All rooms have balconies.
A balcony with 2 chairs and a table, overlooking the savanna

There are also suites available which include two bedrooms; there are either king or queen sized bed here.  Bathrooms have a separate vanity area and a double sink.

The Villas here are in Jambo House which opened in 2008 and Kidani Villiage which opened the following year .  
From what I understand, the dining here is wonderful and gives you a way to sample exotic foods and gives you stellar atmosphere.

These locations include:

 Boma-Flavors of Africa: the food here is described as "global fusion" which includes a mix of French, Indian, Chinese, Malaysian and English, and is served buffet style.

Jiko- The Cooking Place: Colors of the sunset are the background for this top notch location which feature an African flair.  The feature wines from South Africa.

The Mara: This location is a spacious quick-service restaurant which serves kid-friendly pizza, burgers and the ever popular chicken fingers.

Sanaa: A very colorful table service dining location at Kidani Villiage offers African and Indian style cooking.
There are four different lounges for sipping on cocktails.  The include Cape Town Lounge and Wine Bar, Maji and Uzima Springs, Sanaa and Victoria Falls.

The resorts very large main pool is called Uzima.  It has the look of a natural watering hole.  It has a zero-depth-entry.  There is also a kiddie pool, and whirlpools.
The Uzima Pool area at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, lit up at night
Other places featured here are an arcade, children's programs, health club, playground, shopping and tennis.

Resort Transportation is all by bus from this location.

I hope you have enjoyed learning a little about this awesome resort as much as we have!!  See you next week!

* Most pictures are from the Walt Disney World website.  The others I found while searching on Google, had no names associated with them.  I do not claim to own these photos in any way, shape or form.

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