Animals in the Savannah at Disney's Animal Kingdom resort
  • On Feb 18, 2022
    Josh from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Is the animal kingdom lodge nighttime safari available?

    Jambo, Josh! Welcome to planDisney! I'm so happy that you've stopped by with your vacation planning question!

    In just a few months, you'll be arriving at The Most Magical Place on Earth, excited and ready to begin your wild adventure! I'm so excited for you! I absolutely love Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, and it is, without a doubt, one of my favorite Resort hotels. With its incredibly immersive theming, fantastic dining options and endless recreation offerings and Resort activities, you can have an unforgettable vacation without ever even leaving the Resort! 

    Unfortunately, due to the phased reopening of Walt Disney World Resort, the Starlight Safari at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is still unavailable. However, since the website states that it is "temporarily unavailable," I am hopeful that it could return soon! Just keep an eye on the website and Disney Parks Blog to get the official news on Walt Disney World Resort re-openings as soon as it drops!

    While the Starlight Safari at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is currently unavailable, there are still several cool ways to view the animals there, including with night vision! While the schedule of activities is subject to change, last month during my stay at Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village, they had one hour of Night Vision viewing of the animals at the Sunset Overlook at Kidani Village every evening after dark. This Resort activity is free of charge and is oh-so-fun! Just check the activities list and schedule posted in or near the lobby or ask a magical Cast Member at the front desk for a list of all the fun to be had at these Resorts. You are sure to have a roaring good time!

    Speaking of my favorite activities at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, let's talk FOOD! Did you know that Jiko - The Cooking Place is now re-open?! Jiko - The Cooking Place, Boma - Flavors of Africa, and Sanaa are three of my absolute favorite restaurants in all of Walt Disney World Resort, and they have all been re-opened and are located at Animal Kingdom Lodge and Kidani Village. You can start making your Advanced Dining Reservations on March 15th, so be sure to make a reservation at one (or all!) of these fabulous restaurants! YUM!

    Josh, I'm wishing you the most magical upcoming adventure! Please stop by any time with any of your vacation planning questions.

    I hope to see ya real soon, 
    Mandy
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Meet the Panelist: Mandy, Louisiana

I'm Mandy - Louisiana girl, wife, Mommy and lover of all things Disney. Walt Disney World Resort is my family's happy place, and our vacations are equal parts rope-drop thrilling and poolside chilling. For us, the best things in life aren't things at all, and we believe in investing in experiences and making magical memories together. Our Disney Vacation Club Membership has been our investment into a lifetime of unforgettable family fun. It's our key to the magic, and I can't wait to help you unlock yours! Learn More About Mandy

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