Balcony at Disney's Animal Kingdom resort
  • On Feb 2, 2022
    Amy 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.

    We have friends staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge. Will we be allowed onto property to visit them for a couple of hours? Is there a playground at Animal Kingdom Lodge?

    Hello Amy!  Welcome to planDisney!

    Your friends are going to have such an incredible time when they stay at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge! This is where I was lucky enough to stay on my last trip to Walt Disney World Resort.  The expansive lobby was decorated for Christmas with a towering tree and a giraffe made of gingerbread! Even without the holiday decorations, I know the beauty of the Resort simply cannot be matched.  Plus, who doesn't want to experience the wonder of animals from the African Savanna right outside their window?  You'll be hard-pressed to find an experience like this anywhere else!

    I hope you are able to visit your friends while they're staying so that you too get to experience the warm welcome from friendly Cast Members, the amazing view of the Savanna, and maybe even a delicious meal at Boma - Flavors of Africa or Jiko -The Cooking Place, which will reopen February 17th, 2022!  

    Some changes that have been made over the past few years are related to day Guests and parking at Resorts.  I would highly suggest that you make an advance dining reservation at the Resort so that when you stop by the security station at the entrance, you're able to show them your reservation.  Not only will you be able to park and play, but you'll also enjoy a fabulous meal with your friends! 

    If you would rather spend the day shopping and dining in Disney Springs first, you can also park there and then take Disney's complimentary bus transportation over to Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. 

    Bringing along a little one? They'll be able to get some wiggles and giggles out at the Hakuna Matata Playground.  With places to slide, climb and tumble, your little animal will have tons of fun! If you end up staying later you might also catch a Movie Under the Stars, or a Campfire where you, your little one and friends can roast marshmallows!  

    Have fun enjoying the company of your friends and the beauty of the Animal Kingdom Lodge!

    Ashley M
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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Massachusetts

Hi All, I'm Ashley! From the very beginning Walt Disney World Resort has always been a part of my life. As a child I excitedly helped to plan family trips, as a young adult I planned our "happily ever after" right on Disney property, and now I'm lucky enough to plan magical vacations for my three incredible children. When we're not taking in the enchanting experiences of the parks, we're home in Massachusetts, probably planning our next trip! Learn More About Ashley

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