‘Come celebrate Africa!’ is the motto of the Animal Kingdom Lodge and, indeed, from moment one enters the driveway up to the resort the feel of an African landscape prevails in touches like lighting made to look like small fire pits and an ambience of an African plain. In pure Disney style, the resort takes elements of African life and weaves them together in a colorful montage that is both lyrical and metaphorical in its ambiance. From the “thatched” round roofs to the herds of wild animals cavorting across the balcony edges, the Animal Kingdom Lodge sweeps the imagination into another culture of the World.
Our concierge service began weeks before our actual arrival with contact by a concierge cm that offered to handle all of our arrangements and kept us up-to-date on the resort’s Grand Opening preparations. Indeed, we were whisked upstairs upon arrival and given a concierge tour; the process was seamless and effortless for us… a very welcome registration; >) Concierge castmembers were helpful and friendly; we felt at home and among friends through our entire stay.
The concierge rooms are slightly larger than regular rooms with robes hanging in the closet for our use. The savannah view was an unending source of entertainment and pleasure! The lounge is large and airy, overlooking the lobby from the 6th floor. The buffet offerings were the most varied and well rounded of any Disney concierge buffet I’ve enjoyed. Breakfast included a hot cereal in addition to the traditional continental service, and even appetizer buffet could well make a meal (and did for us on occasion; >) ….not to mention the state-of-the-art espresso machine that put lattes, cappuccinos, and steamed milk at our beck and call throughout the day! Several times, Animal Kingdom Lodge chefs performed African cooking demonstrations during the early evening that were informative and tasty; >)
A highlight of the Animal Kingdom Lodge concierge stay is the Sunrise Safari offered weekly for concierge guests for a modest fee. Guests rise before the sun to tour the Kilamanjaroo Safari before opening. It is an informative interesting peek into the workings of Disney and their stage-setting activities. By the time the breakfast buffet that ends the tour is finished, the Animal Kingdom is open and ready to explore :) Truly, I am hoping the other Disney concierge services catch on to this innovative offering and create similar activities for their parks; >)
Our requests for sugar-free accommodations on the buffet during our stay were met with such enthusiasm and creativity that we are in eager anticipation for our next adventure! Could our Animal Kingdom Lodge concierge experience have been better? Well, it’s possible… but we don’t know how. We do know that Disney does strive to continually improve perfection, though, so we’ll stay open to the idea; >)