Well, we are finally to the Deluxe Resorts! Here is a recap of the what we’ve covered so far:
Benefits of staying on property Moderate Resort-Ft. Wilderness Cabins
Difference between Value, Moderate, and Deluxe Resorts
Value Resort-All Star Movies Moderate Resort-Port Orleans Riverside
Value Resort-All Star Sports Moderate Resort-Port Orleans French Quarter
Value Resort-All Star Music Moderate Resort-Caribbean Beach Resort
Value Resort-Pop Century Moderate Resort-Coronado Springs Resort
Value Resort-Art of Animation
So quite a bit as you can see! If you have time, take a look at our journey through the resorts so far!
We are in the final home stretch and are finally toward the end talking about the luxurious Deluxe Resorts at Walt Disney World! Today it is my favorite Deluxe, Animal Kingdom Lodge! This resort is obviously within the Animal Kingdom Area and is based off of a South African Wildlife Reserve. The detail and beauty of this resort is amazing. Now, this resort also has Villas, that include accommodations like a full kitchen and laundry, but I will go over all villas in a different post!
The regular resort rooms are broken down into these categories: Standard, Pool View, Savanna View, Deluxe Pool View, Deluxe Savanna, Concierge, Presidential, Vice Presidential, and several suites. But since the majority of us are average families, I’m going to talk about the Standard, Pool, and Savanna views! (But if you want to stay in the more posh rooms, well I would be happy to come with you, you know, for research purposes!)
The rooms are 344 square feet, so a bit more room than Value and Moderate rooms. They each have either a king bed or a queen bed and bunk beds. There are handicap accessible rooms as well, just make sure you request it if needed. The rooms do have a fridge, coffee maker and room safe, much like other resorts.
In the bathrooms the vanity/sink area is in the same area where the tub and toilet are. Like regular bathrooms! So either a good thing if you don’t mind having 2 people getting ready in the bathroom at the same time, or frustrating because you just want to go brush your teeth but someone is in the shower!
The main reason why this resort is so popular is not only the beauty and grandiose buildings, but because this is the only resort that has animals for viewing from the hotel itself! Just imagine, waking up in your room and walking out onto your balcony to a Savanna with zebras or giraffes! Even if you’re not a guest at this resort, you can still see the animals from special viewing areas. Which is why balloons are not allowed here, much like Animal Kingdom Resort. The animals safety is just as important as yours in these areas. There are 3 different savanna areas that have different animals. In the Sunset Savanna you’ll find ostriches, in the Arusha Savanna you’ll find zebras, and in the Uzima Savanna you’ll see kudu.
If after you’ve explored your room and savannas you might work up quite the appetite! There are many restaurants to choose from here! If you need something quick then you can go to Mara, Uzima Springs, and Maji Pool Bar. If you want a place that you can sit down and relax casually then might I suggest Cape Town Lounge and Wine Bar, and Victoria Falls Lounge. Of course you cannot go to AKL without going to Boma or Sanaa! They are the places to eat and have people coming back time and time again! If you go to Boma for breakfast, make sure you try the Tonga Toast and Freshly Pressed Coffee!
Tummies full, animal seen, what else is there to do here? Well, you can’t go to any hotel without talking about the pool! The Uzima Springs Pool is one of the largest pools on WDW property and also a zero entry pool like you can find at Caribbean Beach Resort or Art of Animation. And of course a 67 foot water slide for the brave kiddos to enjoy! There is also a kiddie pool and 2 hot tubs in the area for you to enjoy.
If you’re needing to work off all of those yummy treats from the restaurants, then you can get your sweat on at the Zahanati Fitness Center! It’s open from 6am-9pm for guests 14 and older free of charge to resort guests.
This would be a great time to check the kids into the Simba’s Cubhouse! It’s open in the evenings and has so many things for the children to do! Including dinner! Reservations for the cubhouse can be made 120 days in advance, much like dining reservations.
If you are wanting more fun things to do you can feed the flamingos, track animals, games, and African storytelling! Really, you could truly find so much to do and see without ever leaving the resort! I am so in love with this resort! I cannot wait until we can come and stay here and relax! But the practical side of me always says later I just can’t wait to come and see all of the beautiful African details that they’ve included in these gorgeous place!
Here is a full map of the resort:
QOTD: Have you stayed here before? Or is this one on your bucket list like me? What is your favorite part of this resort?