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Exploring Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

February 13, 2023

Located a 5-minute drive away from Disney’s Animal Kingdom is Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.  The resort feels like an extension of the theme park and can truly be a destination in its own right.  Animal Kingdom Lodge is unique as a DVC resort since it is essentially made up of two resorts: Jambo House (which is part hotel, part DVC villas) and Kidani Village (which is all DVC villas). With two resorts, four savannas, and more than 200 animals, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge has lots to explore!    

The Animals on the Savannas

Zebras at Jambo House (Photo Credit: Disney Tourist Blog)

Of course, the best part of staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge are the animals!  From the four savannas at the resort, you’ll find animals like zebras, giraffes, gazelles, flamingos, okapi, and more.  If you stop by the front desk, you can scan a QR code for a guide to all the animals at the resort.    

More Adventurous Dining Options

Indian-style bread service from Sanaa at Kidani Village

Animal Kingdom Lodge is home to great table service restaurants like Jiko, Boma, and Sanaa that offer specialties with influences from African, Indian, and Mediterranean cuisine.  But don’t worry if you or your little ones prefer simpler foods.  You can still get basics like chicken strips, cheeseburgers, or flatbreads at The Mara, the quick service restaurant at Jambo House.  Even the table service restaurants offer items like pizza, penne with marinara and meatballs, and chicken bites.

The Cultural Details

Wood carvings at Kidani Village

In addition to its architectural details like the thatched roof and lights inspired by Zulu shields, Animal Kingdom Lodge has one of the largest collections of African art in the United States.  You will find more than 380 art pieces and artifacts in the lobby and public spaces of Jambo House and Kidani Village.  The resort’s art collection was specifically curated to showcase the cultural diversity of the African continent.  

A Great Points Chart with a Wide Variety of Booking Categories

Kilimanjaro Club at Jambo House (Photo Credit: Disney Tourist Blog)

Jambo House has the distinction of being the only DVC resort to offer a concierge booking category, which grants guests access to the Kilimanjaro Club.  In addition, Jambo House has some of the lowest cost villas thanks to its Value booking category, which starts at as little as 7 points per night for a Deluxe Studio in September.  Both the Concierge and Value booking categories are highly sought after and consist of few villas, which makes them incredibly difficult to book even at the 11-month mark.  

Jambo House and Kidani Village also offer Standard View and Savanna View villas.  The Standard View villas may not be as low in points as the Value villas, but they are still very reasonable in comparison to villas in newer DVC resorts like the Polynesian, Grand Floridian, and Riviera.  The Savanna View villas are worth more points but guarantee you a view of the stunning savannas from your balcony.

Make your next stay an adventure at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge!  Search the confirmed reservations, or check availability to rent points. 

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