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Old 10-22-2008, 07:21 PM   #1
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Animal Kingdom Lodge Fact Sheet

General Resort Information

ON-SITE ACCOMODATIONS

IMPORTANT: From March 2007 - April 2009 Construction will be taking place at the Animal Kingdom Lodge in preparation for the Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas. The early phases include construction in the main building.
In June 2007, some guests have been called and offered to move to Saratoga Springs due to noise concerns. DVC members who have reservered the villas in the main building have been told to expect construction noise during the day.[UPDATE: it is reported that, as of Jan 1, 2008, all MAJOR CONSTRUCTION has been completed at the main lodge, so noise is no longer an issue.]

Here is the official statement from Disney Vacation Club:

Diane Hancock, at the Disney Vacation Club -- July 3, 2007

"Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas opened to Disney Vacation Club Members yesterday. We are pleased that our Members are happy with the new accommodations. There is construction occurring at the resort to complete the conversion of the fifth and sixth floors to Vacation Homes.

In an effort to accelerate the construction timeline and potentially complete this effort earlier than planned, portions of the resort will be temporarily closing. As a result of the accelerated timeline, we are working with Guests who have existing Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge reservations to assist them in selecting alternate accommodations for their upcoming visit. This does not affect all Guests staying at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.

The care and safety of the animals at the resort is at the forefront of planning the construction. No animals have been adversely affected by the construction and we are proactively managing their care."


What is Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge (AKL)?

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is a deluxe resort hotel adjacent to Disney's Animal Kingdom. It opened April 16, 2001.
Designed by Peter Dominick, of Wilderness Lodge fame, AKL recreates the feel of a South African wildlife reserve lodge. Rooms follow the Kraal African village design, a semicircle concept, offering a view of close to 100 grazing animals and 130 birds on the property and in the private savannas.


Like Disney other resorts, AKL has a distinctive theme carried throughout its architecture, landscape and interior designs. As you drive up to the resort, all you see is a small gathering of huts. The incredible size of the resort is hidden from the front, so it will be like driving up to a small safari village.


Tell me more about the look and feel of Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.


The Lodge is 6 stories tall. You enter the expansive lobby on the 3rd floor of the resort. There is a huge picture window which looks out upon 30 acres of land. From here, you can walk out onto an elevated viewing area (Arusha Rock) and enjoy the roaming animals.

All three savannas are special areas built specifically for the AKL and are separate from Disney's Animal Kingdom. There are over 100 Sand Live Oak trees and 35,000 shrubs in the savannas. Seeds for many of the plants were supplied from Africa.

Throughout the rest of the lobby, there are examples of authentic architecture and design, from thatched ceilings to golden tones reflecting the richness and diversity of an African landscape. Rich wood tones surround a large mud fireplace and natural lighting will celebrate dawn and dusk with features that accentuate spectacular sunrises and sunsets.

In the hallways, there are alcoves with glass windows providing savanna overlooks.


What are the savannahs like?

There are three separate savannas (approximately 10 acres each) that are open 24 hours a day. Each savanna is closed daily for approximately two hours for cleaning and handling animals, in shifts. There will always be at least two savannas open at all times. From left to right the savannas are named: Sunset, Arusha, and Uzima.

Each savanna has its own unique look and feel. Not all savannas have all the animals. For instance, ostriches can only be found on the Sunset savanna, zebras are only located on the Arusha savanna, kudu are only found on the Uzima savanna. Giraffes are the only animal found on all three savannas.

Each room has an animal viewing guide. You can also pick one up at the front desk.

At night, the savannas are illuminated by artificial moonlight as if a full moon were ever present.

"Safari Guides" are at the outside viewing areas and can answer your questions about the animals and birds.

Altogether, more than 200 mammals and birds of nearly three dozen species populate the 33-acre area. The savannas surround the lodge on three sides. You can view the birds and animals from resort balconies or from several viewing points -- including a landscaped rock outcropping called the Arusha Rock kopje -- 24 hours a day.


Are the animals and birds on the savannahs 24 hours a day? Where do they sleep?

The savannas are the actual home for the animals and birds. All animals inhabiting the savanna return periodically to an on-site animal care facility for feeding and routine care. Many of the species browse, as well, on savanna plantings that are part of their everyday diet and are continually replenished by horticulturists.

The animals sleep on the savannas, although they are generally much further back and therefore you can't see them sleep.

A number of the animals are nocturnal and so you may spot them in the middle of the night. (Deb Wills awoke one morning at 2 a.m. and found two zebras grazing right outside her balcony.)

What animals and birds might I see on the savannahs?

The following animals may be found on at least one of the three Animal Kingdom Lodge Savannas:

Ankole Cattle, Bongo, Blesbok, Eland, Grant's Zebra, Greater Kudu, Impala, Reticulated Giraffe, Thomson's Gazelle, Waterbuck, and White-Bearded Wildebeest, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Blue Crane, East African Crowned Crane, Greater Flamingo, Marabou Stork, Ostrich, Pink-Backed Pelican, and Ruppel's Griffon Vulture.



Where did the animals come from?

The first two inhabitants of Disney's Animal Kingdom, two giraffes, became the first two inhabitants of AKL. The other animals either originated at Animal Kingdom or arrived from other accredited zoological facilities.

Will I be able to touch or feed the animals? What responsibilities do I have regarding the animals and birds?

NO, you may not touch or feed the animals. If you attempt to do so, you risk expulsion from the resort.

Safety of both the guests and the animals is very important. As an in-room notice states: "To assist the animal care staff in maintaining the health and safety of the animals, please do not feed them or drop items into the habitats. Also, please do not attempt to approach or cross the barriers designed for guest and animal safety. If any guest attempts to harm the animals or their habitats, they will be immediately asked to leave the resort. During your stay you may notice cameras in and around the savannas. These cameras are for the protection and safety of our animals. For privacy, please close your drapes."



What types of accomodations are available?

The accommodations offered are finished in rich tapestries and vibrant colors. Guest rooms feature jewel tones and hand-carved furnishings. There is even a "Royal Suite" with a domed, hut-like living room fit for a king.

Pre-DVC construction, AKL had the following # of room types: Standard View (facing the parking lot) 135 rooms; Pool View 136 rooms; savanna View 724 rooms; Deluxe Pool View 33 rooms; Deluxe savanna View 191 rooms and 55 Concierge rooms. The deluxe rooms are bigger than the standard rooms. There are also Presidential and Vice Presidential suites, as well as five one-bedroom suites and 12 two-bedroom parlor suites.

Since the DVC construction, the 5th and 6th floors have been converted to Villas. (The “deluxe rooms” which were 381 sq feet, no longer exist.)

The standard rooms are on floors 1-4 and are 344 square feet. Each room that is not ground level, no matter what the category or view, has a balcony that is long and narrow.

Some rooms feature one queen-size bed and bunk beds. Some rooms feature an additional dresser. Pre-DVC construction, there were 79 king bed rooms, and there are 65 accessible rooms with king bed, roll-in shower, accessible seat for toilet, TDD kit and ADA guide maps.

Concierge (or Club Level) rooms are all “standard” (344 sq ft) rooms, located on the 4th floor, close to the lobby, and are a GUARANTEED Savannah view.

The suites are located at the end of the animal trails. From the outside of the Lodge, they are the ones located within the rounded parts of the building, with the curved balconies, topped with thatch. They are located on the 2nd, 3rd, & 4th floors and have concierge access.



Can you explain more about the different views and room types?

Floors 1-2-3-4 have Standard Rooms with one of 3 views: Standard, Pool or savanna. The rooms can be configured with 2 Queens; 1 Queen and Bunk Beds; King Bed with Daybed; Handicapped Accessible with King Bed and Daybed.

Floors 5-6 have been converted to Disney Vacation Club Villas: Studios, 1 and 2 Bedroom Villas, and Grand Villas.

As of March 2008, the most up-to-date information about the Villas can be found in the DVC Mousecellaneous forum, on LisaS's thread titled "AKV Disboard Ownership Chart".


The best way to understand the various views is to compare them to the seating in a theater or stadium. For example, I would equate a savanna view room to the orchestra and box seats: you have a close and personal view of the event, in which you are totally immersed in the action and sometimes even feel like they are playing just for you. The pool view rooms are similar to the mezzanine or club level: you still have good seating, but you are not as close to the action and are much more aware of your surroundings. And standard view rooms? They would be akin to the upper, upper deck, or the back of the highest balcony. You are there and can enjoy the experience, but you are much further removed both emotionally and physically.



What kind of concierge service is available?

AKL's Club Level rooms are located on the 4th floor (ALL are Savanna View; near the lobby). The actual lounge and staff are located on the 6th floor. For some odd reason, the lounge was not built with a savanna view and instead opens to the lobby on the 6th floor.

The lounge is wonderful, large and the food quite good. You also have a selection of South African wines to try as well. The Cast Members can assist you in dining, entertainment or just about any Disney plans you might want to make.


Are there smoking and non-smoking rooms?

As of June 1, 2007, all Disney resorts and guest rooms are now smoke free. There are designated outdoor smoking areas. Check the resort map or with a Cast Member for locations.


What type of amenities are offered?

The rooms have a small safe in the closet to store valuables. It's big enough for your plane tickets, cash/travelers checks and maybe some jewelry, but not much more. For storing larger valuables inquire at the front desk. In addition, you'll also find a hairdryer, small coffee maker with packets of coffee and tea, iron and ironing board, a crib, and a small refrigerator. Valet parking, voice mail, and room service are also available.

What time is Check-in/Check-out?

Check-in is at 3 p.m. and check-out is at 11 a.m.



What is the Sunrise Safari?

Sunrise Safari Breakfast Adventure is available only to AKL guests on Sundays and Thursdays. You meet in the concierge lounge at 6:30 a.m., then departure from the lodge to Animal Kingdom is at 7:30 a.m. The tour, along the Kilimanjaro Safari ride path in Animal Kingdom, lasts about 45 minutes and includes multiple stops so that you can stand up and take pictures. Each of the animals along the way is described in great detail, since there is plenty of time.


After the Safari, you go to the Pizzafari Restaurant for a breakfast buffet, which includes both standard American and African items. Each person also gets a FastPass to Kilimanjaro Safari to experience it "the regular way".

Hours: Sundays and Thursdays, starting at 6:30 a.m.

Cost: Adults is $55.00 and for children (3-9) it is $27.50. These prices are for AKL CONCIERGE GUESTS only. NOTE: Park admission NOT included. A credit card is required at the time of booking to guarantee the reservation (this number will be used as a guarantee only, as the safari is charged to your room the day of the event).

Reservations: This event can only be booked by contacting the Animal Kingdom Lodge Itinerary Planning Office. Note that there is a 48-hour cancellation policy. The safari can be booked 180 days out from the day of the event.

Bill Leska writes: "We just returned from a six night stay at AKL, where we did the Sunrise Safari twice. It was that great! Here are a couple of updates you may want to consider: The fact sheet said that there was a limit of 28 persons. This wasn't the case for either of our safaris. One of them had 55 people and the other had about 50. However, there does appear to be a limit to the number of people: We went on the safari on a Saturday and like it so much, we booked it again. As the Concierge was setting things up, he mentioned that it looked good, because there wasn't anyone on the waiting list. (Having a waiting list indicates to me that there is a limit of some kind.) As I mentioned, we had a great time on the safari and would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who enjoys the Animal Kingdom's Kilimanjaro Safari. The Sunrise Safaris were the highlight of our trip."

Sharon Lowe writes: "This is my daughter's favorite thing to do at Disney and we're starting the celebration of her 8th birthday on the Sunrise Safari this year. The Wanyama Safari at the Animal Kingdom Lodge in the afternoons is for concierge guests 12 and older and is reserved for Animal Kingdom Lodge concierge guests."


What is the Sunset Safari?

The Sunset or Wanyama Safari is exclusively offered to Animal Kingdom Lodge Guests. It is approximately 1 1/2 hours long and takes place on the savannas of Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. It is meant to be a re-creation of a true African afternoon game drive and is an opportunity to spend time with members from the animal programs team learning about the natural history and management of the animal collection at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. Photo opportunities of the animals and architecture of Animal Kingdom Lodge that can only be experienced from our savannas. Your safari will conclude with a true African dining experience at Jiko, just like the lodges in Africa where a multi-course meal will await you.

Hours: Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays about 1 1/2 hours before sunset at the lodge's Porte Cochere.

Age Requirement: Must be 8 years of age or older.

Cost: Club Level guests - $160 per adult (ages 10 and up), tax and gratuity included; $80 per child ages 8-9. For non-Club Level AKL guests the cost is $210.00 age 10 and up. Tax and gratuity are included as well as a small contribution to the Disney Conservation Fund.


Reservations: This event can only be booked by contacting the Animal Kingdom Lodge Itinerary Planning Office. Note that there is a 48-hour cancellation policy. The safari can be booked 180 days out from the day of the event.


NOTE: Wanyama Safari is not guaranteed with a Concierge Room as admission for each safari is limited to only eight participants.



Is it better to be out on the 'wings' vs. near the lobby are for views of the savannah? Does the configuration take into consideration sunrise and sunset angles for picture taking? Are views better as you go up in floors?

There is a Sunset savanna and also a Sunset savanna viewing room/balcony that is open to everyone. It was designed specifically for viewing at sunset. The balconies are all decent size so that a tripod will fit out there for photo taking.

On the lower floors you are closer to the animals, on the upper floors you have more of an expansive view...different people will prefer one over the other and it will differ.

The savannahs are designed for viewing from a variety of locations. At any given time, one view may be better or worse than another. The Animal Staff are out several times during the day to leave food and treats for the animals. They scatter them all over so that the animals will visit lots of different areas in the savanna.

There are a very few rooms on each floor near the end of the hallway that offer a semi-obstructed view of the savanna You must look through/past timber building supports and palm trees. Initially these rooms were coded savanna view; this has changed for the Ostrich and Kudu Trails, due to construction.


What are the room prices?


2008 ROOM RATES - 12.5%Tax not Included
[2009 Room Rates - to be updated]

Animal Kingdom Lodge - Season Dates
Value Season: January 1 - February 13, July 20 - October 1, November 30 - December 18

Regular Season: March 30 - July 19, October 2 - November 29

Peak Season: February 14 - March 29

Holiday Season: December 19 - December 31

Animal Kingdom Lodge - Room Rates
Rates in black are the basic rates for most dates in that season.
Rates in red apply only on Martin Luther King Weekend, January 18-20.
Rates in pink apply only on Presidents Day Weekend, February 15-17.
Rates in green apply only on Easter Week, March 16-27.
Rates in blue apply only on Independence Day Weekend, July 4-5.
Rates in orange apply only on Thanksgiving Weekend, November 26-29.


Value Regular Peak Holiday

Standard View $225 $245 $275 $295
Sun-Thurs nights $340
$370
$360
$370

Standard View $225 $245 $275 $295
Fri-Sat nights
$295
$360
$370
$360
$390

Pool View $235 $255 $285 $305
Sun-Thurs nights
$350
$380
$370
$385

Pool View $235 $255 $285 $305
Fri-Sat nights
$305
$370
$380
$370
$405

Pool View Bunk Bed
Sun-Thurs nights $255
$275
$310
$330
$370
$400
$390
$405

Pool View Bunk Bed
Fri-Sat nights $255
$275
$310
$330
$330
$390
$400
$390
$425


Value
Regular
Peak
Holiday

Savanna View
Sun-Thurs nights
$290
$310
$345
$365
$410
$440
$430
$445

Savanna View
Fri-Sat nights
$290
$310
$345
$365
$365
$430
$440
$430
$465

Savanna View Bunk Bed
Sun-Thurs nights
$320
$340
$370
$390
$435
$465
$455
$475

Savanna View Bunk Bed
Fri-Sat nights
$320
$340
$370
$390
$390
$455
$465
$455
$495

Standard Club Level
Sun-Thurs nights $335
$355 $390
$410 $470
$500
$490 $520
Standard Club Level
Fri-Sat nights $335
$355 $390
$410
$410 $490
$500
$490 $540

Value
Regular
Peak
Holiday

Deluxe Pool View
Sun-Thurs nights
$310
$330
$360
$380
$425
$455
$445
$465

Deluxe Pool View
Fri-Sat nights
$310
$330
$360
$380
$380
$445
$455
$445
$485

Deluxe Savanna View
Sun-Thurs nights
$360
$380
$405
$425
$475
$505
$495
$540

Deluxe Savanna View
Fri-Sat nights
$360
$380
$405
$425
$425
$495
$505
$495
$560

Deluxe Savanna View Bunk Bed
Sun-Thurs nights
$390
$410
$440
$460
$510
$540
$530
$575

Deluxe Savanna View Bunk Bed
Fri-Sat nights
$390
$410
$440
$460
$460
$530
$540
$530
$595

Deluxe Club Level
Sun-Thurs nights $445
$465 $505
$525 $570
$600
$590 $655
Deluxe Club Level
Fri-Sat nights $445
$465 $505
$525
$525 $590
$600
$590 $675
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Rates listed are full price, also known as "rack rates." Rates are per room, per night, based on 2 adults maximum per room. Kids under 18 stay free. A charge of $25 per night plus tax applies for each additional adult in the room. A child under 3 in a crib does not count toward maximum occupancy.

Most standard rooms sleep 2 (King bed), 3 (King bed plus daybed) or 4 (two Queen beds).

Standard rooms have a maximum four-person occupancy per room. Prices are per room, and there is an additional adult charge of $25 per adult per night for more than two adults in a room.



How do I get to...?

All Disney transportation to and from AKL is via bus. As you exit the main lobby, the bus station is down to the left. There are several stops to take you to the Theme Parks, Water Parks and Downtown Disney. The buses that service AKL do not service other resorts, which is not offered with any other Deluxe resorts.


Is morning coffee available?

All rooms should be equipped with a small coffee maker and a complimentary coffee packets. In addition, Mara, the quick service restaurant, serves coffee. Be sure to get a refillable mug if you drink lots of coffee and soda. Hours at Mara are usually 6:00am to 11:30pm.



Describe the restuarants that are at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.

The restaurants offer a blend of African, Malaysian, Indian, Chinese and French cuisine with a dash of English served with a hint of classical flair. The menu reflects the perfect blend of sweet and savory international tastes:

Jiko - The Cooking Place -- a casual restaurant, serving dinner, that features a taste of Africa in an atmosphere shaped by local traditions and customs. Focusing on simpler, lighter cuisine, it retains the spirit and refinement of a great restaurant while concentrating on the basics of cooking, with an emphasis on the freshest of products. The design represents an abstract view of Africa, with twin wood-burning ovens as the restaurant's icon.

Boma - Flavors of Africa -- a very popular family restaurant open for breakfast and dinner, captures the essence of vibrant life in the African marketplace. This buffet provides guests the ability to savor the African experience, which has multicultural influences. The restaurant showcases an exhibit kitchen, wood-burning grill and rotisserie. The dining areas are under thatched roofs. Reservations for dinner are highly recommended!


Mara, the quick-service restaurant, open morning to night, offers great food and poolside dining.

Victoria Fallsa mezzanine lounge, serves specialty coffees and teas and a variety of beverages at night. This lounge overlooks Boma - Flavors of Africa.

Uzima Springs is the Poolside bar.

Disney Dining Experience card holders will be happy to know it is honored at Boma and Jiko [Please note that Jiko uses TWO TS credits per person]!


Can children order the kids' menu instead or is there an age restriction? And, if so, what would you recommend for unadventurous diners?

Yes, kids accompanying their parent(s) who do not wish to eat from the regular menu can order off the kids menu. Typically children's meals are for those under 10; however in cases like this, it's no problem at all.


Are there food options for vegetarians or those with special dietary needs?

There are LOTS of vegetarian options available both at Jiko, Boma and Mara! There were several items on the Jiko menu that would/could easily be adapted to vegetarian. The chefs are very tuned into special diets. At Boma -- ask the chefs at each of the pods and they will take care of you!

Vegans just showing up at Jiko or Boma will have a harder time, but if you CALL 24 hours ahead you will be well taken care of at either restaurant. If you are staying Concierge, ask the staff to assist you with your dietary concerns.


What is Zawadi Marketplace?

Zawadi Marketplace is the retail shop celebrating the romantic and adventuresome spirit of Africa through the stories and cultures represented in its merchandise. Disney sent a team of researchers to Africa to locate one-of-a-kind treasures to showcase amid the natural finishes, patterns and textiles featured throughout the marketplace. At nearly 6,000 square feet, Zawadi Marketplace will be among the largest retail shops at Walt Disney World Resort.
Featured marketplace items include: Zulu baskets, hand-loomed fabrics and textiles, hand-carved masks, beaded gourds, hand-carved chess sets and an assortment of authentic accents. The marketplace has items in store for the Disney collector as well, including distinctive headgear, T-shirts, picture frames and more featuring the Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge logo.



What about laundry facilities?

The laundry room is located on the first floor near Simba's Cubhouse. Washers and Dryers are $2.00 each. Soap is available for $1.00. There is a sitting room with TV for those choosing to wait for their clothes to finish.


Any special programs?
Yes, there are a number of special programs offered throughout the day at AKL. Be sure to ask for a list when you check-in to the hotel. A sampling of the recent programs offered at the resort (all programs subject to change without notice):


--flamingo feedings at the Flamingo Pond
--animal tracking at Arusha Rock
--Music of the Savanna in the Sunset Lounge
--wildlife games in the Sunset Lounge
--African games and crafts on the Uzima Pool Deck
--cultural safari in the Sunset Lounge
--animal viewing with Night Vision
--Adventure Camp for children 6-14 that includes ostrich egg painting, private lodge tour and lunch overlooking the savanna.
--Cookie decorating at Boma



Outside, at the Arusha Rock, there is nightly African storytelling next to Ogun's Firepit. (Storytelling is held indoors in the event of inclement weather.) If you have the opportunity, take the time to speak with the storytellers.

Bush Camp, Available at Animal Kingdom Lodge - the 3 hour experience for children 6-14 will now be available to everyone. Kids will learn about the African culture through games, activities, foods and crafts. They will explore animals on the Animal Kingdom Lodge savannah and “Play-Along” with a Character from “The Lion King”. Bush Camp will be offered every Saturday beginning March 24, 2007. The cost is $70 plus tax per child andhours are from 1:00pm to 4:00pm every saturday. You must guarantee your reservation with a credit card. You must cancel more than 24 hours in advance for a refund. $20 of the cost is donated to the Wildlife Conservation Fund. DVC members receive a 10% discount. The program can be booked by calling 407-WDW-PLAY.


What types of recreation are available?

AKL has a themed pool, a kids' wading pool, two outdoor spas ("hot tubs") and a fitness center. There is also a kid's playground.

The Uzima Springs pool is the largest on Disney property, over 11,000 square feet. It is also a "Zero-Depth Entry" pool, meaning there is an entrance without steps. I saw lots and lots of kids (young ones, too) enjoying the 67-foot long slide and kiddy wade pool area. There is no quiet pool at AKL.

The Uzima pool is open 24 hours, but the lifeguards go off duty at 10:00 PM and the slide also closes. The two spas close at midnight.

Zahanati Fitness Center is open from 6:00am to 9:00pm at no additional charge to Animal Kingdom Lodge guests 14 and over. Those 14-17 must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Guests of other resorts may use the fitness center for $12 per day, based on availability. The purchase of a spa treatment includes use of the adjacent fitness center for the day of treatment.

The Fitness Center spa treatment hours are 8:00am to 7:00pm, by appointment. Treatments include: Massage Therapy, Skin Care and Body Treatments. Niki Bryan Spa provides services at the Fitness Center. For pricing and other information visit: http://www.relaxedyet.com/

The Fitness Center has a full line of Cybex equipment, including a Smith machine. The cardiovascular area has Life Fitness Treadmills, Stairmasters and Bicycles (regular and recumbent).


Is the entry truly 'zero depth', or is there a step? Will Disney have a suitable wheelchair on hand? Will Cast Members be permitte to push these wheelchairs?

Uzima pool really does has a zero depth entrance -- and that entrance has no steps. There are other entry/exit areas around the pool that do have steps.

The Zero-Depth entrance is concrete and goes right into the pool (like a ramp). The area is around 8-10 feet wide.

A special water wheelchair is available upon request (not guaranteed). You will be able transfer in and out of the wheelchair with the assistance of family/friends. Cast Members can help push the wheelchair, but may not transfer or lift people. (Same restriction as at the theme parks.)


Would you categorize this resort as more for older children and adults?

There are lots of children of all ages having a wonderful time and full of smiles. Many kids were all over the lodge with their animal check lists in hand. The storytelling in the evenings is geared to both children and adults. There is always the pool, and as time goes on, more more kids activities will be added.

There is an area in the lobby and also in Mara with a TV and VCR that plays Disney movies. Pumbaa's Arcade appeals to many kids.

The children's activity center is called Simba's Cubhouse. The tentative schedule for the Cubhouse is: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Check-in and free play; 6-8 p.m. Dinner; 8:30 p.m. Snack Time; 9 p.m. Creative Play; 10 p.m. Vote on a Disney Movie; 10:15 Movie time and quiet time. The Cubhouse is available for children 4-12 years old and closes at midnight. Reservations can be made as far as 120 days in advance through 407-WDW-DINE; for pricing and more information visit our Childcare FAQ.


If the rooms are so close to the animals, don't their 'smells' wander over?

One doesn't smell anything out of the ordinary. There are times you can smell the wood roaster from Boma (especially on the Sunset savanna) but no animal smells. Just like on the Kilimanjaro Safari, I don't believe it has ever smelled bad to me. The animal keepers seem to be in the savannas throughout the day and do a good job of cleaning up the areas (including the watering holes).


What else do I want to know?

Bring binoculars

Bring a tripod for your camera

Lighting in the rooms is low, women may want to consider a lighted make-up mirror.

There are cameras everywhere on the outside of the lodge. Be sure to close your room drapes for privacy.

There is no pathway to Animal Kingdom and there are no trams to Animal Kingdom either.

AKL does not allow balloons inside the resort. Any balloons brought to the resort (from the theme parks, for example) will have to be checked with bell services for the duration of the guest's stay. They will be returned upon departure. This information might be helpful to families with younger children, so there are no disappointments when returning to the resort. Also, any areas where beverages are sold do not contain straws. Straws are also not permitted on the grounds.

The Animal Kingdom Lodge Address is: 2901 Osceola Parkway, Bay Lake, FL 32830 The main number is 407-938-3000 and the fax number is 407-938-4799. The Zahanati Fitness Center phone number 407-938-4715.

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Old 10-22-2008, 08:40 PM   #3
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thanks for keeping this thread going
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I wanted to be 1st (insert pouting smiley).

Thanks for the encouragement Kimmar. I think that I'll mosey on over to the teacher thread a little later. That sort of venting is only appreciated by other teachers .
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I made a boo-boo, we are doing Epcot on the 9th, then DHS on the 10th. Regardless, it looks like our paths don't cross at the parks...

On the 8th we are doing DTD and Chef Mickey's for a late dinner. On the 9th we are "eating around the world" for lunch, then Ohana for dinner, and on the 10th we are doing 50's for lunch and Mama Melrose for dinner.

I'll be wearing a LGMH on my bag and on Henry's stroller and keeping my eyes peeled for other LGMHs (if you wear one).
Yes, I will have my LGMH on my backpack unless I loose it. About 1/2 through each trip, I seem to loose my LGMH and it usually takes me a day or 2 to notice.

Let's see for us:

11/6 -> travel only. We won't arrive at WL until about 11:30 PM.

11/7 -> Winterland/Summerland mini-golf in the morning and then over to AKL for lunch at Mara's and pool time. We will be at Chef Mickey's for dinner.

11/8 -> AM EMH at DHS, lunch at 50's. We will probably head over to MK for a CS dinner.

11/9 -> AK with CS lunch and then evening in MK with CS lunch

11/10 -> EPCOT, dinner at Spoodles

11/11 -> Cape May for breakfast and then the flight home.
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Hi Everyone!

Kimmar - thanks for starting up another thread. I'm sorry about your trip. I feel your pain on the grouchy DH!
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stepdisney ...sorry......

It was actually kind of melancholy to see the thread closed.....

oh..we did Cape May breakfast on our departure day last year..it was very nice
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Hi, friends! kimmar... thanks for linking us to this new thread. You did such a good job on the original, I am glad you were willing to open a new one!
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Hi everyone!

I thought we needed some pictures for our first page...
































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Yes, I will have my LGMH on my backpack unless I loose it. About 1/2 through each trip, I seem to loose my LGMH and it usually takes me a day or 2 to notice.

Let's see for us:

11/6 -> travel only. We won't arrive at WL until about 11:30 PM.

11/7 -> Winterland/Summerland mini-golf in the morning and then over to AKL for lunch at Mara's and pool time. We will be at Chef Mickey's for dinner.

11/8 -> AM EMH at DHS, lunch at 50's. We will probably head over to MK for a CS dinner.

11/9 -> AK with CS lunch and then evening in MK with CS lunch

11/10 -> EPCOT, dinner at Spoodles

11/11 -> Cape May for breakfast and then the flight home.
It looks like in our plans that our paths won't cross...but ya never know! I'll have a LGMH on our bag and stroller too. Maybe, just maybe, we'll run into each other!
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Kim, what happened with your grumpy DH and your trip?
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Brookelizabeth - great idea to post the pictures and they are great!! I am looking forward to your pictures from WL!
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Oooh, pictures! Waaa! I want to go back! I live in a grumpy house, too!
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Just about 6 weeks (6 weeks from yesterday) til our upcoming trip!!

Nice to see our new "digs" here in AKL Lite II.
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Kim,

Thanks for starting up the AKL Lite II thread. I'm sorry about your trip. Maybe there's something better for you in the near future.
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