Staying With Exotic Animals At Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s Lodge #WDWBigFun

Mama to 5 Blessings  wrote this post on the behalf of Disney for the Disney Tween Fam Blogger Event.  Mama to 5 Blessings received Disney accommodations, attractions, entertainment and meals for an honest review. This is not a sponsored review and all views and opinions are of my own and were not influenced in any way.  

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Pulling up to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge property I was in awe, not surprised though because Disney always blows me away. It was my first time on the property and excited to get to see the inside of the resort and all the amazing touches Disney is so great at offering.  Beautifully inspired by African kraal which is a hut village in southern Africa, surrounded by a stockade.  Once out of the car I was greeted with cast member’s which were helpful on showing me where to go to check in. 


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The lobby is massive and gorgeous!  All with a luxurious touches from massive columns to a rope bridge from one side to the other. Giving it the rustic charm but with an elegant twists.  The check in process was done quickly and the cast member was very helpful and was able to answer all the questions I had.  


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Amazing lobby at the Jambo House – Animal Kingdom Lodge


We enjoyed our walk to our room every time because there was so much to see.  Especially the beautiful pieces of the one of a kind African art collections.   As a homeschooler it was very educational to see and read about.  I learned so many wonderful things!


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The largest collections of African art in the United States (Animal Kingdom Lodge)


Disney continued the African theme in each room.  From the wallpaper to the shower curtain!  The layout was nice and spacious with two queen beds. Perfect for my son and I which resulted in a nice comfortable stay.  Our room was like being in Africa with ornate bedspreads, art work on the walls and beautifully carved furniture but with modern updates such as an LCD HDTV, a separate box to plug in your own devices (HDMI and composite connections for everything from a Blu-ray player to gaming units, marble bathroom vanity with TWO sinks with modern fixtures!  The water pressure in the shower was two times better than it is at my home!

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Animal Kingdom Lodge Room

Then there is the Savannah view from the balcony.  I have never slept so close to thirty exotic animal species until I stayed at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.  My tween and I saw exotic birds, giraffes, zebra, wildebeest and other amazing species all from the comfort of our balcony!

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animal kingdom lodge balcony

Want to see the animals from different views? Disney knew you would because they have locations on each floor where you can go outside and observe on the observation decks so you can view the animals through binoculars day or night!  

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 They say Disney puts Mickey Mouse throughout their parks and resorts. I found Mickey Mouse on the carpet in the hallways!  It was fun to look at as we walked the hallways! They think of everything! 


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This family friendly resort has something for children of all ages especially for the tweens. Activities such as:  roasting marshmallows in the open fire,  24-hour arcade, Simba’s Clubhouse offers arts and crafts and do not forget about the amazing pools!  If you get hungry this resort has plenty to chose from whether it be a nice sit down meal or a quick snack!   There are 9 different places to eat! 


Want to get to the Disney attractions with no worries of parking a vehicle and fighting traffic?  Animal Kingdom Lodge offers FREE Disney transportation to make life quick and easy!


Our stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge was amazing! It was like staying in the heart of Africa.  Not only is it a beautiful property but there is so much to do for tweens which my son was thrilled about!  What Disney resorts have you stayed at with your tween?


For more Disney magical fun check out:


Disney’s Animal Kingdom Wild Africa Trek 

Disney’s Fantasia Miniature Golf 

ESPN Club on Disney’s Boardwalk



Mama to 5 Blessings  wrote this post on the behalf of Disney for the Disney Tween Fam Blogger Event.  Mama to 5 Blessings received Disney accommodations, attractions, entertainment and meals for an honest review. This is not a sponsored review and all views and opinions are of my own and were not influenced in any way.  


  1. What a lovely family place to visit. I love all the lessons that you can teach your children about wildlife and nature through this experience.

  2. I live in South Florida, and I’ve actually never been to Animal Kingdom. Looks like my kids would love it!

  3. What a fun trip!!!! We would love this – we love animals. Disney is the best!

  4. I have heard so many amazing things about staying in the Animal Kingdom Lodge. There’s even a radio ad running here in Atlanta about it. Hope we can make it one day.

  5. I looked into staying here when my kids were younger (toddlers), but didn’t feel they’d appreciate or remember it. We are planning a vacation to Disney and Universal this summer and you’ve got me thinking of staying here now that my kids are tween/teens.

  6. I love Animal Kingdom and I have NEVER stayed on their property. I do want to tour it next time. Our problem is we want to stay on property where it is a hop, skip and jump to the parks.

    • Aimee, It is a hop, skip and jump to the parks! Literally takes only a few minutes to the parks plus they offer FREE Disney transportation.

  7. This Disney Resort is on our must stay list, the views are breathtaking! I could stare all day, I’m sure!

  8. What an extraordinary place ! I’ll have to take my little guy here when he grows up a bit

  9. we have been to Disney but never to the animal kingdom. Looks like you all had an amazing visit.

  10. This looks so fun and exciting! I cannot wait to bring my girls to Disney!

  11. This looks like one of them places where dreams are truly made. I have never been, but hope to go soon!

  12. This place looks and sounds like an amazing place to stay. I know I would LOVE it and so would my kids. I have to look into this for a family vacation.

  13. I really like how the decor of the Lodge fits with “Animal Kingdom” theme. Its been a while since I visited Disney. I didn’t know they had a new lodge. Great Review

  14. I can’t wait to be able to take my son there one day. He LOVES giraffes.

  15. I always wanted to visit Animal Kingdom. It is on my bucket list when I go back to Disney next year.

  16. So glad you got to go on this trip! What an amazing event! I would love to stay in the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Looks amazing!

  17. What a cool trip. I would love this trip because it beats going to Africa for a safari!

  18. I was just discussing Disney resorts with a friend and she suggested this one! My daughter is SUCH an animal lover and would love it.

  19. Okay, this has to be the coolest place to stay, ever. I would love to go and will have to check it out. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Beautiful. My sons would love staying here.

  21. This looks like an amazing trip! I love anything having to do with Disney.

  22. What a unique and amazing experience. I would love to visit with my son. It would be the trip of a lifetime!

  23. This looks like an awesome place to stay! I love the carpet with the Mickey mouses in it.

  24. Animal Kingdom Lodge looks like an amazing place to go on a family vacation. My family loves animals and would absolutely love this.

  25. I’ve been to Disney’s Animal Kingdom park before, but never the lodge. This place looks amazing. I can’t even imagine having animals like this right in my back yard.

  26. I love themed carpet. Legoland Hotel had the coolest themed carpet and it really added to the excitement of staying there.

  27. This would be such an amazing experience! It looks like everyone had a great time. Such a beautiful place as well. I hope I’ll be able to go there sometime. I know my kids would love it.

  28. That looks like so much fun! My family would love to visit!

  29. My sonLOVES animals! I would love to take him to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. That lodge looks amazing!

  30. That is an absolutely gorgeous resort! I would just love to look out my window and see all those animals each day!

  31. You can’t beat a Disney vacation! It looks so beautiful and perfectly themed. I would love to visit with my family.

  32. I’ve only stayed near DIsneyland, but my goodness, Disney really does leave no stone unturned when the design and decorate their properties. Looks like everyone had a fabulous time (I really love the binoculars on the porch!)

  33. Wow this looks like it would be a blast! Being among all those animals would be such a cool time. My kids would be over the moon to do this!

  34. I would love to go back to Disney and staying here sounds amazing, I love all the little touches they put in rooms such as hiding mickey’s. x

  35. My kids would go absolutely crazy over Animal Kingdom! Actually they would love Disney World- they have only been to Disneyland and that’s just a bit smaller 😉

  36. I would have a blast here as well as the kids. Being able to be so close to the exotic animals would be a great adventure. I love that lodge.

  37. I have heard great things about this resort and would love to go with the family,. How much fun would it be to see the animals up close!

  38. This looks so amazing. I would love to take the family to enjoy this soon. Great summer vacation idea.

  39. The Disney Animal Kingdom lodge is incredibly fun for adults and kids both.

  40. It looks like an ideal place for a family break. I bet kids would love it.

  41. That looks like an amazing place to visit. I love all of the animals.

  42. We stayed at the Contemporary a few years ago and my oldest loved the idea of the monorail going right through our hotel.
    I bet the Animal Kingdom lodge is amazing!

  43. Looks like such an amazing place to visit! We would love to take our family there one day! What an experience!

  44. CourtneyLynne says:

    Ahhhhh love Animal Kingdom lodge!!! When I was living inOrlando we went to Bona all the time to eat! So yummy!

  45. We went to Disney a few months back. We didn’t stay at this lodge, but we did go to Animal Kingdom and we loved it!

  46. What a wonderful place to stay in. It’s great to look around when you wake up and see those beautiful animals!

  47. Staying at the Animal Kingdom is on my bucket list. Yes I’m using the kids as a reason to go but really its all about me.

  48. We don’t have this on the west coast. Looks like such a fun experience. Hope to go to Disney World one day!

  49. Disney has so much to offer, but I think this might be the thing my kids would love the most! Seeing animals up close like that would be better than the rides and characters.

  50. I love Animal Kingdom. I haven’t stayed at the Lodge, yet, but it is definitely on my bucket list. It looks great!

  51. Wow, this looks like such a fun place to stay in Disney. I went to the Animal Kingdom right when it opened…I’m sure it has changed a ton. Can’t wait until my boys are old enough to visit!

  52. Sounds like a fun trip! My kids too love to know more about animals and nature. This Animal kingdom seems to be a great place to visit with family. Will have to plan a trip to this place for this vacation. Thanks for the review.

  53. That’s an awesome place to stay! It’s lovely to see animals roaming about freely on such a large property. I bet your kids had a blast. I would! 🙂

  54. We have been to Disney World once about 10 years ago. We are actually going next winter! I have a friend who stayed at the Animal Kingdom Lodge and loved it! I will definitely look into it for our trip, it looks amazing!

  55. I love that you wrote about your stay here. We have considered it many times but weren’t sure if it would be worth the cost. I’m glad to hear that it def. is worth it!

  56. What a beautiful lodge. I just love the way they fold the towels in places like that. Our kids are taking the Grandkids there this fall

  57. Wow! That really looks amazing! I would love to take my kids there, they would have such a magical experience!!

  58. We’ve always wanted to stay there, but just haven’t done it. We usually end up at one of the budget hotels like Pop Century.

  59. This is so cool! I’ll be going to Disney soon and will have to check this out!

  60. Debbie Denny says:

    I just love that place. Fixing a cup of coffee and stepping out on the balcony to watch the animals.

  61. My entire family would enjoy a stay here. I personally like the African themed rooms.

  62. Wow I love all of your photos looks really nice and neat.

  63. I love the magic of Disney!! I have not been to the Animal kingdom before it sounds amazing!!

  64. You and your family looks had so fun and i’ve never stayed with exotic animals before.

  65. Such a wonderful experience if you ask me -I would love to go there.

  66. I’ve been to this resort and it’s my favorite. I went when my best friend had her sweet 16.

  67. My family went there for supper last September and loved it! I could make a vacation out of touring all the hotels!

  68. That hotel looks awesome. I stayed at Caribbean Beach and Port Orleans but not this one. It’s on the list for sure!

  69. Christine says:

    I would just love to stay at a Disney Resort. They really take care of their guests! One day!

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