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  • On Mar 28, 2021
    Aimee from IL Asked

    My family is trying to decide whether to go to either breakfast or dinner at AKL. What time do the animals go backstage and what time do they come back onto the savannas?

    Hi Aimee!

    Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
    is a destination into itself! Even if you are not an overnight Guest of the resort, there is so much to see at this spectacular location, it is worth a visit. There are over 200 animals that call Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge their home, and depending on the time of day you can see zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, bongo, African crown cranes, and more!

    There is not a specific daily schedule that the animals are gone from the savanna. Different animals may be brought backstage for care and a break from the public eye, but not all at the same time and not at the same time each day. There are animals out on the savannas all night for example. As a Disney Vacation Club Member, my family calls Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas our Home Resort, and we have stayed here many times. There has never been a time where I didn’t at least see some animals on the savanna. If you are hoping to have a greater chance of seeing some of the larger animals, many are fed in the late afternoon, after 4 PM and so you can often watch the giraffe munching on their dinners.

    Boma- Flavors of Africa has an amazing buffet for both breakfast and dinner. I am partial to dinner because I enjoy the wide variety of flavors and they offer one of my favorite Disney treats, the zebra dome. This is a little piece of sponge cake with a lovely chocolate mousse type topping that is then covered in white chocolate with dark chocolate zebra stripes. It’s amazing! If you were looking to see a lot of animals, you could arrive early to watch the animals on the overlook both before and after your reservation, regardless if it were breakfast or dinner.

    It looks like your trip isn’t planned until next year. Do keep in mind that at this time Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge has not fully reopened, and Boma - Flavors of Africa also remains closed. Keep an eye open for announcements as to when these locations will become available for Guests to book.

    Have a magical day!
    - Kate
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Meet the Panelist: Kate, Indiana

"Welcome Home!" I'm Kate, a mom and nurse from Indiana. A lifelong Disney fan, Disney Vacation Club opened a world of vacation possibilities for our family. I’ve traveled with young children and those young at heart, planned romantic trips for two and made FastPass+ reservations for an entire marching band! Whether dining with Mickey, surfing in Hawaii, or relaxing around the pool we make the most of our Disney Vacation Club Membership. For this nurse, every day is better with a little dose of Disney! Learn More About Kate

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