Balcony at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge; sunset
  • On May 7, 2024
    Michelle from IN Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My family will be staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge. We have friends who live in Orlando that we would like to see while there. If we register our friends as "day guests" at the resort, what will they have (and not have) access to at the resort?

    Hello, Michelle!

    Welcome to planDisney. I am so happy that you sent us your question! I have an upcoming stay planned at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, and I cannot wait! Being able to view zebras, giraffes, and other animals right from my resort is such a special experience.  

    I often visit family during our Walt Disney World Resort vacations, and I have invited them to spend an afternoon with us at our resort. Visitors driving to the resort need to check in with a Cast Member at the Resort Security Station upon arrival. They will need to provide your name and possibly your hotel confirmation number to the Cast Member. My family members have not had any issues with this process, but keep in mind that visitor rules can change at any time. 

    Your friends are welcome to explore the resort with you and dine in one of the restaurants. I dined at Sanaa for the first time last year and fell in love with the Indian-style Bread Service. It included nine accompaniments, such as the delicious Roasted Red Pepper Hummus and Mango Chutney. I could eat it every day! Advanced dining reservations are highly recommended for all table service restaurants at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. Resort Guests can make dining reservations up to 60 days in advance for the entire length of their stay (up to 10 nights).

    Only registered Guests can officially use the pools at Disney Resorts Collection hotels. This policy is intended to make sure hotel Guests can access pool amenities. Depending on your occupancy and room configuration, you may be able to add your friends to your room reservation as registered Guests if you want to spend time together at the pool. I suggest speaking with a Cast Member when you arrive at the hotel to discuss your options. 

    Michelle, I hope you enjoy your stay at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge! It is sure to be a wild experience!

    You are the magic!
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Meet the Panelist: Jen, Nevada

Hello from Nevada! I'm Jen - a married mom, social worker, and lifetime collector of Disney experiences. Disneyland Resort has been my "home away from home" since I was a child, and Walt Disney World Resort has become one of my favorite vacations spots as an adult. Whether it's celebrating special occasions, dining with food allergies, or making use of digital tools, I love helping Guests maximize their time and fun while visiting Disney destinations!  Learn More About Jen

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