Animals in the Savannah at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge; giraffe
  • On Jan 9, 2024
    Kelsey from MN Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Can guests of a Walt Disney World resort explore the amenities of other Walt Disney Resorts? Specifically, I wondered if we could check out the Animal Kingdom pools and savanna overlooks on one of our non-park days. Thank you!

    Hiya Kelsey!

    Welcome to planDisney! Your arrival is so close and I'm sure the excitement is building. 

    One of my favorite things about visiting Walt Disney World Resort is the chance to stay at a different Resort every visit. My family has stayed at seven of them so far with the goal of visiting all of the more than 25 Disney Resort hotels! Each of the Resorts have their own themes and amenities that make them special. However, while the Uzima Springs Pool is fabulous, it is an amenity that is only available to guests of Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. In fact, in order to access the pool area guests would have to tap their MagicBands or room key cards at the gate. But don't worry Kelsey, there are still some amazing things non-Resort guests can enjoy at this resort. 

    One of the best things to enjoy at this Resort is all of the delicious dining options. Sanaa and Boma-Flavors of Africa are two that I have specifically enjoyed and loved. Sanaa is especially my favorite due to the amazing views that can be enjoyed while eating the Indian-style Bread Service. While visiting the restaurants or just entering the main lobby you will find viewing areas called "Savanna Overlooks" that will be great spots to see the roaming animals. Make sure you grab a Resort Map which will show with a pawprint icon the Savanna Overlook areas. Sometimes these spots are outside which gets you even closer! 

    I want to make sure you know that if you plan on driving to this Resort you will not be allowed to Park unless you have a dining reservation or are a guest at this Resort. I suggest you plan for a special meal and exploration day at this Resort! It may tempt you to consider staying here next time!

    I hope you have a great time and let us know if you have any more questions!

    Happy Planning!
    -Nimmy 
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Meet the Panelist: Nimmy, New York

Hey, it's Nimmy from New York! Just like my guy Jiminy Cricket I am your wisecracking and helpful guide to making the best decisions for your Disney vacation! My husband and I work very hard to journey to our favorite place on Earth, Walt Disney World Resort, as much as we can. We have traveled as just adults, with babies, kids, teenagers, and senior citizens. We have seen so many characters, eaten at amazing places, and consumed a ton of Dole Whips. So "give a little whistle" and let me be your guide! Learn More About Nimmy

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