Giraffes at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • On Jul 12, 2023
    Lianne from ME Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi there! My adult siblings and I are headed to Walt Disney World for our annual “sibling trip” this September! We have dinner reservations at Sanaa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. Are there activities we can experience while we are there as day guests?

    Hi Lianne! Welcome back to planDisney. I'm so excited to answer your question today!

    I love that you are traveling to the Walt Disney World Resort for a "sibling trip." We did something similar last year for a milestone birthday (let's just say I turned 21 again and call it a day). I can't help but smile every time I think of that trip so thank you for the smile today! If you haven't been to the resort in a while, you've got TRON / Lightcycle Run presented by Enterprise at Magic Kingdom Park to look forward to, along with the opportunity to meet Moana in Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, and possibly some new restaurants that have been announced to open by the end of 2023. Be sure to stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for any announcements as your trip gets closer!

    As long as you have an advanced dining reservation for Sanaa at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village, you are welcome to explore the resort before or after your reservation (or both!). The resort has one of the largest collections of African art outside of Africa and just looking at these beautiful pieces and taking in the architecture of the resort is an activity in and of itself. You are also welcome to look out at the savannas and see all of the wild animal species on display. Before our Sanaa reservation in February, we sat on the porch at Kidani Village and just took it all in. It was spectacular!

    For an extra cost, you are also welcome to book the Starlight Safari for after your meal. This unique experience allows you to explore the savannas at night with a night vision device! This has been on my bucket list for a while and I hope to experience it this August when I visit the resort. You are also welcome to experience the Cape Town Lounge and Wine Bar, Sanaa Lounge, and the Victoria Lounge for a before or after-dinner cocktail! The atmosphere in this resort is like no other and you'll just want to soak it all in.

    One thing that I always like to clarify with Guests who may have never visited Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge before is that it is made up of two buildings: Jambo House, which is the original building with the grand lobby, and Kidani Village, which houses only Disney Vacation Club villas. Sanaa is located in Kidani Village. These buildings are pretty close together and you can easily walk between each, but I just wanted to make sure you knew where your reservation would be located!

    Lianne, you are going to have an amazing meal (order the bread service!) and visit to this unique and immersive resort. If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out!

    Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance,
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Meet the Panelist: Matt, New Jersey

Well hello there! I'm Matt and I'm a Disney-loving husband, teacher, and uncle from New Jersey. You can often find me tasting my way around an EPCOT festival, rope-dropping Magic Kingdom Park, or conquering all of the Disney Mountains. I can't wait to help you reach out and find your happily ever after on your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Matt

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