Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
2901 Osceola Parkway
Disney's Animal Kingdom LodgeBringing Disney magic to a safari lodge experience, the Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of the most distinct of the theme park resorts, where "room with a view" means you can see African wildlife. The lodge's main Jambo House building has a thatched roof and a grand lobby kitted out with a mud fireplace and soaring columns.Guest rooms have carved wooden furniture and private balconies; families can book rooms with bunk beds. Savannah-view rooms are well worth the splurge for the chance to see zebra and giraffes up close as you drink your morning coffee. The 10,000-square-foot Uzima pool has a waterslide, kids’ wading area, and two hot tubs (it’s scheduled to close for refurbishments in late 2018). Guests can use the Samawati Springs pool, which is half the size but has a bigger waterslide and an adjoining playground. Dining options include Boma’s market-style buffet of carving stations and flavors from 50 African nations; Jiko, a fine-dining experience with an Africa-by-way of-the-Mediterranean cuisine paired with South African wines; and the Indian-influenced Sanaa at the Animal Kingdom Villas. Cultural representatives from countries including Botswana, Namibia, and Kenya lead free tours of the resort, explaining how Disney has incorporated details of African art, cuisine, and natural history in its design. The Lodge and Villas are connected to the rest of Walt Disney World and to the Orlando Airport by complimentary bus transportation.