"WHAT??!?!? Are you kidding me??? How do I LOOK?? Are my ears straight?? Do my spots look okay?!? Well, get the frunch! Get the Zebra Domes! What are you guys waitin' for?" AKL RESORT FAQ Walt Disney World® Resort with African-themed lodgeWalt Disney World® Resort with African-themed lodge 33-acre savannah 2 miles west of Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park via complimentary shuttle, this resort with a thatched roof and African artifacts features its own 33-acre savannah, where exotic animals graze. Giraffe in the grass It's Africa in the middle of Florida at this unique resort. At Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, guests can swim in a pool or soak in spa tubs not far from giraffes and tiny gazelles. African spirit Guestrooms at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge have private furnished balconies and high-speed Internet access incorporating African-inspired decor that includes wood-paddle ceiling fans, imported tapestries, and hand-carved armoires from Africa. Hotel Amenities General Two miles west of Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, this African-themed resort borders a wildlife reserve. Complimentary activities include flamingo and pelican feedings, games with savannah guides, storytelling, night-vision tracking, and a horticulture show-and-tell. Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge has a large zero-entry outdoor pool with a 67-foot-long slide, a separate children's pool, and two spa tubs. There is also a kids' club (surcharge), playground, and game arcade on site. The Zahanati Massage & Fitness Center offers exercise equipment, personal training, and spa services (surcharge). The Zawadi Marketplace sells African-themed gifts and souvenirs. Two restaurants serve multi-cultural cuisine. The resort offers complimentary transportation via motorcoach to the Walt Disney World® Theme Parks. Smoking is permitted only in designated exterior areas. Disney's Magical Express: Guests of this resort are eligible for complimentary Disney's Magical Express service. Motor coaches pick up guests at Orlando International Airport and drop off at Walt Disney World® Resort Hotels. Disney staff members pick up bags and deliver them straight to guestrooms (for arrivals between 5 AM and 10 PM). Guests arriving outside of these hours should pick up their baggage at baggage claim to carry with them on the motor coach. * 24-hour front desk * Air-conditioned public areas * Airport transportation (complimentary) * Arcade/game room * ATM/banking * Babysitting or childcare * Valet parking (surcharge - $12) * Bar/lounge * Breakfast available (surcharge) * Business services * Coffee shop or café * Complimentary newspapers in lobby * Concierge desk * Dry cleaning/laundry service * Elevator/lift * Fireplace in lobby/firepit in outdoors area * Gift shops or newsstand * Health club * Free Wi-Fi * Children's club * Laundry facilities * Massage - spa treatment room(s) * Multilingual staff * Number of floors - 5 * Total number of rooms - 1293 * Patio * Poolside bar * Porter/bellhop * Safe-deposit box at front desk * Sauna * Security guard * Shopping on site * Smoke-free property * Steam room * Swimming pool - children's * Swimming pool - outdoor * Television in lobby * Currency exchange * Express check-in * Express check-out * Theme park shuttle (complimentary) * Tours/ticket assistance * Waterslide * Valet parking (no longer free for DVC members) * Room service (24 hours) * Year Built 2001 * Number of restaurants - 3 * Self-parking * Number of buildings/towers - 1 (its neighbor building, Kidani, is a dedicated DVC facility) * Suitable for children * Wheelchair accessible Internet Available in all rooms: Free Wi-Fi Available in some public areas: Free Wi-Fi Parking Self-parking, Valet parking, Valet parking (surcharge) $12 Room Amenities Air conditioning Non-smoking only ESPN Ceiling fan In-room childcare (surcharge) Climate control Clock radio Coffee/tea maker Complimentary weekday newspaper Complimentary toiletries Cribs/infant beds available Patio/balcony Direct-dial phone Electronic/magnetic keys Extra towels/bedding Multi-line phone Free local calls Hair dryer Daily housekeeping In-room safe Iron/ironing board Microwave Free Wi-Fi Refrigerator Private bathroom In-room massage available Voice mail Wake-up calls Desk Electronic check-out Blackout drapes/curtains Speakerphone Satellite television service iPod docking station Dining Jiko - The Cooking Place - Stylish restaurant serving creative American cooking with a blend of multicultural influences from the Mediterranean coast, India, Europe, and Africa. Includes seafood, steak, chicken, and vegetarian offerings. South African wines. Reservations strongly recommended. Nightly dinner. Boma - Flavors of Africa - Designed to replicate an African marketplace with open kitchens and a thatched roof. Buffet-style dining that includes salads, vegetarian dishes, grilled seafood, and roasted meats inspired by the varied flavors of over 50 African countries. Reservations strongly recommended. Breakfast and dinner. The Mara - Quick-service food court. Light fare such as hamburgers, salads, sandwiches, and pizzas. Open from early morning to late evening. Victoria Falls Lounge - Quiet bar overlooking Boma - Flavors of Africa. Specialty coffees, tea, and cocktails. Open from late afternoon to late evening. Uzima Springs - Poolside bar adjacent to zero-entry pool. Cold beverages, frozen specialty drinks, and cocktails. Open from mid-morning to early evening, weather permitting. Sanaa - African cooking with Indian spices. -located on the lowest floor of Kidani Villages main building. Its a table service venue serving lunch from 11:30am 3:00pm and dinner from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. The restaurant participates in the Disney dining plan (1 table service credit for lunch and dinner) and accepts the Tables in Wonderland dining card. Room service - Available from early morning to late evening. Recreation The most popular activity at this Lake Buena Vista resort is observing the exotic animals who wander the savannah-like grounds. Guests can stop by viewing areas to catch glimpses of giraffes, ostriches, impalas, and zebras. The large zero-entry pool offers a gently sloping entrance accessible to young children and guests without full mobility, while a 67-foot-long slide zips swimmers into the center with a splash. There is also a children's pool, 24-hour playground, game arcade, and two spa tubs on site. Supervised children's activities for ages 4-12 are offered at Simba's Clubhouse, and include Disney movies, computer games, and dinner (surcharges apply). Guests of all ages can venture on a safari or watch the animals roaming about the savannah from the resort public viewing spaces. Complimentary programs include flamingo and pelican feedings, games with savannah guides, storytelling, night-vision tracking, and a horticulture show-and-tell. The Zahanati Massage & Fitness Center provides treadmills, stationary bikes, free weights, and complimentary use of a sauna and steam room. Guests can also receive a variety of spa treatments (surcharge). Disney's Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course and Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park are both one mile from the resort. Complimentary transportation is offered. The guest services desk can assist with reservations on any one of Disney's five tour-caliber golf courses, all located on Walt Disney World® Resort property. A nine-hole course is also available. The recreational activities listed below are available on site or nearby; fees may apply. Golf - miniature nearby Golf - driving range nearby Golfing nearby Sailing nearby Tennis nearby Hiking/biking trails nearby Horse riding/rental nearby Parasailing nearby Bicycle rentals nearby Bird watching on site Playground on site Swimming on site Fishing nearby Golf lessons available nearby Accessibility To make requests for specific accessibility needs, complete the Special or Accessibility Requests section of Trip Preferences when you book your hotel. Accessibility equipment for the deaf Accessible bathroom Accessible path of travel Braille or raised signage Handicapped parking In-room accessibility Roll-in shower Policies & Fees Check-in time starts at 3 PM Special check-in instructions: Resort Airline Check-In Service allows guests to check luggage and receive boarding passes at the hotel. This service accepts one bag per passenger on JetBlue. Guests wishing to check multiple bags on JetBlue or any bags on AirTran, Alaska, American, Continental, Delta, Northwest, United, or US Airways must call 407-284-1231 (5 AM - 11 PM) to pay luggage fees prior to check-in, or guests can check bags at the airport. Guests must pre-book Disney's Magical Express, a complimentary transfer from the Orlando airport to the hotel. Visit www.disneysmagicalexpress.com/USA for registration. This service picks up and delivers luggage directly to guestrooms for those arriving between 5 AM - 10 PM. Guests must claim their own bags after hours. Check-out time is 11 AM Pets Pets not allowed Policies Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges. Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed. Fees The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out. Valet parking fee: USD 10 per night The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.