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  • On Feb 15, 2022
    Zack from SC Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I’m staying on property at Animal Kingdom Lodge but will be going to Hollywood Studios the day before. Do I still get access to the benefits of staying on property such as early park admission before I check in to my resort?

    Hi Zack! Welcome to planDisney! It’s always great to speak to a fellow Palmetto State resident!

    Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is my family’s home away from home. We have stayed there on multiple occasions and each time has been better than the last. Where else can you stay that has a savanna filled with giraffes, zebras, and antelopes just outside of your window. The food options are second to none. I just recently tried the breakfast buffet at Boma - Flavors of Africa and it’s going to be hard to follow up that meal! There is also dinner at Boma - Flavors of Africa, Sanaa, and Jiko - The Cooking Place (which has just opened back up). Each of these table service restaurants has offerings that are incredibly authentic to the region they are representing. 

    Your perks and benefits to staying in a Disney Resorts Collection hotel start on your check-in day and last until the end of your check-out day. If you plan on visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios the day prior, you will not be able to enter the parks earlier than the official park opening. The Early Theme Park Entry for Disney Resort Hotel Guests will be available to you the morning of your check-in day, regardless of if your room is ready just yet. On a recent trip, I arrived early at Walt Disney World and took advantage of this early access before I received the notification that my resort room was ready. 

    Since you are staying at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, do yourself a favor and get an order of the Nyala Brownie at The Mara. It’s a top-three dessert for me at all of Walt Disney World. It is a chocolate brownie topped with the most delicious peanut butter buttercream frosting you will ever taste. We ordered one recently and then had to go back the next night for seconds. 

    Zack, I hope you have an amazing time on your upcoming stay. I have a feeling you are going to love your stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge!

    See ya real soon!

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Meet the Panelist: Greg, South Carolina

Hello friends! Greg here from Charleston, SC. I am a Disney-loving husband and dad to two wonderful daughters. Walt Disney World Resort offers everything you want in a vacation and touches all the senses. From the sights to sounds and even the smells, there is something for everyone to enjoy! When our family is not riding "it’s a small world" or going on a Journey Into Imagination With Figment, we are readily planning our next Walt Disney World Resort vacation. Learn More About Greg

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