With over 20 resorts to choose from at Walt Disney World, choosing your home away from home at the most magical place on earth can be a little overwhelming. To make the decision process a little easier, and to guarantee that you’re fully informed, we’re covering what you need to know about the accommodations at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – The Basics
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is a Deluxe Resort located next to Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.
In addition to offering views of real African animals from both the resort grounds and its resort rooms, Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of the best-themed resorts at Walt Disney World.
Peter Dominick, who also designed Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, oversaw the look of Animal Kingdom Lodge which reflects African tribal architecture and that of East African national park lodges.
The resort is unique in that it has two campuses: Jambo House and Kidani Village.
While Kidani is largely geared towards Disney Vacation Club members and consists of DVC Villas, Jambo House is larger and home to both resort rooms and villas.
Both Kidani and Jambo House offer popular dining locations, as well as public viewing areas of the animals that any visitor can experience.
Our Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort Room
During a recent stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Jambo House, our park reporter Chrissy stayed in Room 4310 with a Savanna View.
Of all the room types at the resort, the Savanna View rooms are the best in that they offer views of the animals outside. However, they’re often more expensive.
The room was priced at $639 with taxes and fees and included two queen beds. It was also located one floor up from the main lobby which is technically the third floor.
Most of Jambo House’s 972 guest rooms measure 344 square feet. We measured Room 4310 at 27 ft 4 in long x 11 ft 7 in wide.
Let’s back up and start at the entryway and the room’s bathroom.
Like most bathrooms at Disney World resorts, bathrooms are divided into two rooms with one dedicated to the vanity and the other to the toilet and tub/shower.
This room containing the vanity measured 4 ft 10 in long x 3 ft 9 in wide.
The vanity has double sinks with a small shelf under the mirror and additional storage space under the counter. The vanity itself measured 4 ft 10 in x 3 ft 9 in wide.
Some of Disney’s H20+ toiletries still come individually including a vanity kit, shower cap, mouthwash, bar soap, and lotion.
Sadly, the same can’t be said for the H20+ shampoo, conditioner, and body wash; but more on that in a minute.
In addition to the makeup/magnifying mirror…
…here’s a look at the provided Conair branded hairdryer.
The bathroom measured 7 ft 11 in from the wall in the vanity space to the edge of the shower by 3 ft 9in wide from the wall to the edge of the vanity itself.
This particular resort room doesn’t have a tub, only a glass shower. Also, the room came with 4 bath towels, 4 washcloths, and 2 hand towels.
Here’s a look at the shower’s two shower heads: one high and one low.
The shower space measured 4 ft 7in long by 3 ft wide.
And, yes, as I mentioned earlier, the H20+ shampoo, conditioner, and body wash are no longer individual bottles but in large pumps mounted onto the shower wall.
Across from the bathroom, which conveniently has a 5 ft long x 2 ft wide full-length mirror on its sliding door, the room offers closet and storage space.
Both sides of the closet offer storage space including shelves and the room’s safe. The portion of the closet pictured above measured 12 in wide.
An extra pillow, blanket, and sheets were stored here as well along with a steamer. There was no iron or ironing board. The storage safe measured 19 in x 15 in.
There’s also a coffee prep area that measured 24 in long by 20 in wide and is where the room’s mini-fridge was located.
We found the Keurig accompanied by the Circle of Life sunrise to be appropriate.
In addition to the Keurig, the resort also provided 4 water glasses, 2 ceramic coffee cups, 4 invidivually wrapped coffee cups and lids, 8 creamers, 6 regular coffee pods, 2 decaf, 1 green tea, 1 breakfast tea, sugar, and an ice bucket.
Moving into the main part of the resort room…
…Chrissy found another one of those handy little shelves for charging your phone and devices. There’s another one next to the other bed as well. In total, she counted 10 USB ports and 18 outlets in the room.
The two queen beds had Sealy Pillowtops and four pillows on each bed.
The Sealy Pillowtops’ date of manufacture was March of 2019.
The pillows were dated April 19, 2019.
Here’s a view of the nightstand between the two beds.
In true Disney fashion, the curtains hide a few extra Disney touches.
Jambo, Hidden Mickey!
On the sliding glass door that leads out to the balcony are a few warnings, including that guests shouldn’t throw food or trash out onto the savanna.
The balcony has two chairs and a small table.
Since the animals are free to wander, you never know what you might see and when!
You may find it hard to leave the room!
Back inside, the room also has a small table and two chairs, an additional mirror, and a spacious dresser under the TV.
The dresser measured 5 ft long and 22 inches wide.
In case you’re looking to bring a Roku, Amazon Fire TV stick, or anything else to hook into the TV…
…here’s a peek at the connection ports.
As usual, Chrissy also took light readings all throughout the room – all LUX. Here’s what we discovered:
- 85.2 dresser under the TV
- 190.1 table with 2 chairs
- 173 pillow near the nightstand
- 123.6 coffee area
- 166.7 vanity
Note: There is a light control panel above the nightstand and between the two beds that we haven’t seen before. It’s labeled Uplights, Sconces, Ceiling, and GoodNight.
She also evaluated certain sound levels in the room:
- 48.2 dBA in front of the A/C
- 58.6 dBA in the bathroom with the fan on
Chrissy also times how long it took to get from her room to other areas of the resort, especially since the layout of both Jambo House and Kidani Village is designed around the animals and their Savannas. Here’s what she found out:
- 32 seconds to the closest elevator
- 2 minutes and 25 seconds to the elevator just off the main lobby
- 3 minutes and 44 seconds to The Mara
- 2 minutes and 51 seconds to Zawadi Marketplace
- 4 minutes and 35 seconds to the bus stop
- 10 minutes and 43 seconds to walk from the Jambo House lobby to the lobby of Kidani Village
- 3 minutes and 14 seconds to ride the shuttle from Kidani Village back to Jambo House
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort Amenities
Laundry and Dry Cleaning Services
Animal Kingdom Lodge offers 24-hour self-service laundry rooms that have no posted hours. Chrissy noticed that the sign said MagicBand access was required to enter but found it unlocked when she went in. There are 6 washing machines, 14 dryers, and soap and fabric softeners were available for purchase. In addition, the resort also offers dry cleaning and valet laundry services.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Pools & Recreation
Ping Pong and Cornhole are also available nearby. Also, the Uzima Springs Watering Hole pool bar is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; however, it’s no longer serving food.
Samawati Springs at Kidani Village is also a zero-entry pool with a 28-foot waterslide and play area for kids. Note: Samawati Springs is scheduled to be closed for refurbishment from January 2022 to April of 2022. Kidani Village guests are encouraged to use the Uzima Springs pool at Jambo House during that time.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort Transportation
Guests looking to drive themselves should know that standard overnight self-parking is available to registered guests. However, it’s no longer free. Instead, a fee will be applied to a guest’s hotel folio upon check-out and includes tax.
- Parking at Disney Deluxe Resorts is $25 per night
- Valet parking is $33 per night.
- Self-parking is complimentary for guests who aren’t staying at the resort but enjoying select dining, shopping, entertainment, and recreation.