Whilst we were in Florida, we stayed at the Animal Kingdom Lodge resort at Walt Disney World. It wasn’t our first time at this hotel, as we previously stayed there in Summer 2014, but I felt like we experienced the resort more this trip as we were on the Disney Dining Plan and we were able to dine at the hotel restaurants. Today I’m going to share a review of the resort, which will hopefully convince you to stay there at some point in the future or alternatively, get you excited for your stay that you’ve already booked!
There’s no denying that the Animal Kingdom Lodge is absolutely stunning. It has a lively atmosphere, there are lots of places to sit and you can always find new and interesting bits of architecture to look at. It’s a hotel for inquisitive people, that like culture and adventure, providing guests with lots of areas to explore in just the lobby alone. The lobby has a very chilled and relaxed vibe, which is just what you want after a busy day at the parks!
If you’re lucky, the characters might even appear in the lobby at some point. I met about 6 characters one afternoon whilst we were staying there and it was such a nice surprise, getting to meet characters at the hotel!
There are 3 restaurants in Jambo House at the Animal Kingdom Lodge: Boma, Jiko and the Mara. There is also an Indian/African restaurant called Sanaa just down the road at the Animal Kingdom Lodge: Kidani Village. We ate at Boma twice, which is an all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant, and we thought it was absolutely fantastic! The food was so different to the typical ‘burgers and fries’ that you normally get at theme parks. I chose dishes such as Moroccan lentil soup, pita with hummus and spicy tomato stew.
The Mara is the quick service restaurant at the Animal Kingdom Lodge and we often ate snacks and breakfast there. There wasn’t a huge amount of variety at The Mara, but it was fine for when needed a quick breakfast or a cake or cookie in the middle of the day.
If you don’t manage to see them from your room, head to one of the resort wildlife overlooks when it’s not too hot and you might be able to see some giraffes and other fascinating animals!