Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Dec 15, 2011
    Hilda from FL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I want to take my grandkids, which include a 6 and 4 year old, to Walt Disney World and stay at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Is it worth the cost for a savannah room over a standard or pool room?

    Hi Hilda:

    The Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of my family's favorite Disney Resorts. You will find a variety of activities to keep your grandchildren entertained. In fact, depending on the length of your vacation, I would consider scheduling a day at "home" to explore the resort.

    While I don't know your exact budget, my general position is that the savanna view is worth it. My kids, close in age to your grandkids, and I love being able to see animals only a few feet away from our balcony. There are several savannas spread out along both Animal Kingdom Lodge properties, Jambo House and Kidani Village. When you check in, ask for copies of the Wildlife Field Guide, enough for each party member. The field guide is a fun way to learn about the resort's animals. The guide will provide not only a listing of the animals roaming the resort's savannas, but will also provide animal identification pointers, behavioral tips, and check boxes to record any animals you spot. Think of it as a great big Disney scavenger hunt around the resort.

    Although the animals may be subject to change, our family spotted the following animals from our balcony: Ankole Cattle (look for one walking a bit lopsided, as if one horn is heavier than the other horn), Zebra, Okapi, Roan Antelope, Greater Kudu, Impala, Nyala, Giraffe, and ostriches.

    If you don't opt for a savanna view, you can still see animals on the savanna from strategically placed windows located throughout the Resort.

    Enjoy your vacation. 
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Meet the Panelist: Jonas, New York

I am a family man and huge Disney fan raising two awesome and rambunctious boys.  As Disney Vacation Club members, we travel to Walt Disney World often. Learn More About Jonas

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