Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
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As with all of the Disney hotels the Animal Kingdom Lodge welcomes visitors
even if they are not guests.
When you first see the hotel from the outside, it appears to be part of an
African village. The thatched roof and stucco siding tries to imitate the
style of great ceremonial house. The main lobby of hotel displays the normal
amount of care that Disney take to get the theme of their hotels correct. The
dark wood contrasted against the bright tapestries. The African artwork is
displayed everywhere, the staff all wear safari clothes, and the lighting is
dim to try and capture the internal feel of an African lodge. There are many
unique features and I think you could visit a number of time and still see
The hotel lobby is actually on the third floor. You climb up steps or a slope
to the main building from the car park but the building has bee built into
part of a hill. This is becomes evident when you look through the far end of
the lobby and see the huge windows which let you see the savannah overlook.
There are the normal themed shops and the African items on sale where very
interesting. This was however the only disappointment in the visit as a friend
collects African art and I want to buy a piece and asked what type of wood it
was carved from but no one seemed to know. There are two main restaurant that
I saw and we went in one which was down from the main lobby. This was called
Boma and is a buffet style restaurant. As they don't want you to linger to
long the views outside are nothing special. As with all this style of Disney
restaurant they catering for the children with the normal chicken nuggets and
chips type meals while trying to provide a more authentic style for the
adults. I liked the desserts and of course you can have as many as you want.
The banana bread pudding was especially nice as it gave a twist to ordinary
dessert. If you feel like trying some African beer then you have a chance
If you eat a late lunch here make sure your free about 4:00pm and walk through
the hotel to the back. The hotel is built in a C shape and they put out feed
for the non- aggressive animals. There is a raised area leading out from the
hotel where you can watch this for free and there are guides on hand to answer
any questions you may have.
You can often see more animals up close at this time then you do on the safari
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