Giraffes at Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • On Mar 13, 2022
    Raquel from FL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I have a dinner reservation for 9:00pm at Animal Kingdom Lodge, and I would like to tour the resort before checking in. How early would I be allowed to arrive on the property?

    Hi Raquel! Welcome to planDisney! 

    Only a few days and counting under your arrival to the Walt Disney World Resort. Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is my favorite resort not only at Walt Disney World but pretty much anywhere. Where else can you receive deluxe accommodations while having a savanna right outside of your window! Being able to see giraffes, zebras, antelope, and countless other animals while relaxing and enjoying a meal is unmatched. The Cast Members are incredible and are there to teach you all about African culture and exotic animals. There is a great viewing area just outside of the rear of the lobby where Cast Members tend to hang out and will educate you on anything you want to know.

    Since you have an Advanced Dining Reservation to one of the spectacular restaurants onsite, you will receive complimentary parking at the resort. Make sure to have your MagicBand or driver's license handy to confirm your reservation with the security guard at the front gate. I would suggest arriving about an hour or so before your reservation to allow you enough time to tour the resort. The grand lobby at Jambo House is breathtaking and beautifully designed. There is a great viewing area to walk outside just past the lobby and get up close and personal to many of the animals. Be sure to also check out the area surrounding the main pool. With the mix of the music and sounds you hear all around, it transports you to another place. 

    Dining at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge should be a must-do on every Guests list. The menus at Boma - Flavors of Africa, Sanaa, and Jiko - The Cooking Place, are crafted with cuisine specific to the region they are representing and are absolutely delicious! If your reservation is for Sanaa, that restaurant is located at Kidani Village, which is separate from the main building. I suggest starting your tour at Jambo House and then hopping on the short shuttle ride that takes you to Kidani Village. This way, you'll only need to get in and out of your car once. 

    Raquel, I hope you enjoy your dinner at Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge! You are in for an amazing treat!

    See ya real soon!
    Greg
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Meet the Panelist: Greg, South Carolina

Hello friends! Greg here from Charleston, SC. I am a Disney-loving husband and dad to two wonderful daughters. Walt Disney World Resort offers everything you want in a vacation and touches all the senses. From the sights to sounds and even the smells, there is something for everyone to enjoy! When our family is not riding "it’s a small world" or going on a Journey Into Imagination With Figment, we are readily planning our next Walt Disney World Resort vacation. Learn More About Greg

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