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New Favorite on 8/11/2015 by Georgie
Stayed here last week and LOVED it! I'd always avoided this resort before because it only has bus service--no boats or monorail. Never again. I love the exotic feel and all the animals, and the bus came plenty fast.
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Favourite disney hotel on 2/13/2013 by Andrea
I have stayed at a few Disney hotels, including those on the monorail so understand how convenient that is, however would now not stay at any other disney properly If staying in site. From the lobby decor to the staff - fantastic atmosphere as great service. Our family love the rooms and the savannah view great. Restaurants all good. We liked being a bit further away from the hussle and bussle, and found the bus service excellent when used - however mostly we took the car. Going again this summer and staying club level
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LOVED IT on 8/17/2011 by Disney Crazed
Our family stated here in August 2010! We had a great time. We stayed club level and did the sunrise saffari both worth it.Our room had a great view of all the animals and the pool was really nice too. And the hot tub was awsome after a long day in the parks!!!!! Really great and it didn't even smell like there were animals around - great plus!!!
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Our honeymoon on 8/29/2010 by Karmatuki
My new hubby and I just returned from a wonderful honeymoon at AKL. We stayed in the club level and really enjoyed our view of the savannah. We ate at all of the restaurants and enjoyed them. I would recommend that everyone try Sanaa before it becomes a signature dining experience. The food was SO good and the view of the animals while you ate was wonderful. We also did the sunrise safari (the reason we did club level) and had a unforgettable time. I have tried many of the deluxe resorts at Disney. AKL was the best one (if only you could have the convenient monorail and boat services of others, though).
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I went here when I was little on 4/27/2010 by Disnefreak
I love this hotel; it is awesome for kids.
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Awesome on 3/27/2010 by Jeff
5 nights in march 2010. Great resort. Great views of animals everywhere. Pool and exercise facility very nice. Staff very friendly. Only thing missing for me is a jogging trail. Recommend highly!
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Visiting Africa in Florida!!!! on 5/8/2009 by Jill Greer
When you arrive at AKL you know all that time saving your money was worth it! It will take your breathe away when you enter past the front doors. The views are breathtaking. There is a bit of a walk to your room if you are to be staying on the first level of rooms. But it is worth it when you open your door to your home for the week and it overlooks the "african savannah". Even the sheer curtains that hang behind the room darkening curtains have animals on them. Just stand back and you will be able to make out the silouhettes of the animals. Our 2 yr. old little boy was just amazed at the animals on our side of the savannah. We had giraffes, gazelles, akopie cattle, and crowned cranes - just two name a few. Everyday while we were in the parks he wanted to go back to the room and check on the animals as well as in the morning when we first woke up. The pool is heated year round so while that sounds very nice we still found the water to be a bit chilly in February. Although there were people swimming in it all week. The hot tubs were great though after being on your feet all day in the parks. Also, for anyone that loves massages, give the zahanati fitness center a call. We will definitely call AKL our "home" again...
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Great Hotel to stay at for X-mas on 1/4/2009 by John
My family and I. was at the animal kingdom lodge in Dec. for a week and its our favorite hotel. we have stayed at 2 other Disney resorts, and this one takes the cake. The other 2 were nice, but the rooms and restaurants and services here were outstanding. We are going back again in Dec. 2009 for our 4th trip to Disney. You cant go wrong with this hotel.
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AKL a child's dream on 7/25/2006 by Mcmillanmom
We have only stayed here once. It was our princesses' idea. She wanted to stay "where the animals are." Gotta love that marketing! So we booked a room here against my better judgement. I love OKW and didn't want to move, so we compromised and did two nights at AKL, the rest at OKW.
Was I ever surprised. AKL is one of the most exciting, elegant, and comfortable resorts I have been to and I have been to a lot. The architecture is unbelievable. The vaulted ceilings and African design are so beautiful, you feel like you are on some private safari in Kenya. I couldn't believe the lobby. It was ginourmous, yet cozy, with little seating areas placed all around cocktail tables and fireplaces. Our room was great and we got upgraded to a pool view. Fabulous. The zero entry pool was a gift for a mom of a toddler. All the little ones were able to walk right in and splash to their hearts content. And the animals all around us were breathtaking.
I felt like a fancy Jane Goodall, holding a Midori Margarita! The resort is staffed by hotel management students from Africa and they give you a wonderful overview of their various countries. As an African-American family, it was so wonderful to experience not one, but two delicious restaurants (Jiko and Boma) featuring the cuisine of the Motherland.
We went off season, so the resort was not swarming with people. It's large and a bit away from the other theme parks(except Animal Kingdom is a short drive) but it's worth it to feel like you are on your own little bit of an African savannah.
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Fitness Center Works for Me! on 5/25/2006 by Ahnalira
The ambience at the Animal Kingdom Lodge is very soothing for me. I enjoy coming out of the bright sun into the darker, cooler interior... just like it would be in Africa, Im guessing And communing with the animals on the savannah is a special treat. But what really floats my boat is the fitness center.. LOVE the elliptical trainers and weight machines and the eucalyptus steam room is a slice of heaven, imho I like to do a morning at the Animal Kingdom and then spend the afternoon enjoying the amenities of the resort.
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Love the animals! on 10/12/2005 by Ser Alan
This is one of my favorite WDW
resorts! If you get a room with a Savannah view you can watch the
animals all through the day; even at night. We have stayed here several
times now, and I just love it. The only down side is that the
rooms tend to be a bit on the dark side, I guess its that authentic
African looking furniture that is so dark.
Also the concierge here is very nice, you get a great view of the
spectacular lobby and they even have a real nice latte machine.
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