PROS AND CONS: Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge at Walt Disney World

by | May 20, 2021 | Animal Kingdom, WDW Blog, WDW Resorts

What are the Pros and Cons of a stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge? Check here before you book your next trip to Walt Disney World!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is one-of-a-kind at Walt Disney World! Animal fanatics are amazed when they look just beyond their balcony to see giraffes, zebras, and antelopes roaming the savanna! 

Animal Kingdom Lodge Pros

A giraffe lounges in the Savanna at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Photo by Laurie Sapp

Savanna View

Staying in a Savanna View room is one of the best ways to experience the African wildlife from the comfort of your own balcony. There are three savannas, encompassing more than 30 acres of land, which are home to the animals here.

Which animals might you see? It depends on the savanna you’re observing. But you’re likely to spot animals and birds such as the bongo, kudu, impala, waterbuck, red river hog, blue crane, ostrich, greater flamingo, and many more!

Dining Options

Animal Kingdom Lodge is known for its excellent restaurants! Here, you’ll find a great variety of African, Malaysian, Chinese, Indian, and French cuisine amongst the restaurants.

Be sure to experience the free culinary tour at Boma and Jiko!

So Much to Do!

Animal Kingdom Lodge offers quite a bit to see and do! You can ask to borrow Night Vision goggles from the lobby or talk to cultural ambassadors. AKL arguably has the best gift shop on property. Plenty of activities for kids, including storytime by the fire! Many guests describe Animal Kingdom Lodge as a perfect escape from reality.

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Animal Kingdom Lodge Cons

The lobby of Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Photo by Cliff Wang

Further from the Parks

While guests are super close to Disney’s Animal Kingdom park, it’s a bit of a hike to the other three theme parks. Animal Kingdom Lodge is purposefully tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the world; well worth it for the animals sake! Just give yourselves some extra time for bus rides.


This Deluxe Resort is up there in cost– but worth it for those savanna view rooms! 

Keep in mind that the savanna animals that live there are well cared for by the animal team, and horticulturists often replace the plant life from which the animals feed. To have views like this is money well spent! 

Spread Out

Like many of the Disney resorts, your walk from the lobby to your room could be a long one. Remember though; those views are worth it! 

Should You Stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge?

A child points to a giraffe at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Photo by Brett Svenson

If you love to admire animals in their habitat– definitely consider a stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge!

If you’re more likely to be on-the-go rather than spending some downtime in your room, then consider staying at a Value resort such as Disney’s Pop Century.

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Written by Terri Miller

Written by Terri Miller

Terri Miller is creator, owner and a writer for WDW Hints. Terri enjoys all things Disney, especially researching tips, tricks and little known things about the Disney parks (and then sharing them with you!)

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