Balcony at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge; sunset
  • On Jan 6, 2024
    Steven 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’re looking at booking a two week holiday at the Animal Kingdom hotel/villas and are considering hiring a car. Is there parking at the hotel? Can you drive right up to the hotel entrance to drop off bags etc? Can you use the car to dive to parks? How far

    Hi Steven!

    Thanks for stopping by planDisney!  I love those early stages of planning a Walt Disney World Resort vacation, don't you?  It's so exciting to start thinking about where you will stay and what you'll be able to do on your trip.  Sometimes I think I can even taste the Mickey-shaped pretzel and smell the popcorn as I imagine walking down Main Street, U.S.A.!

    Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is a perfect destination if you're looking to take a walk on the wild side!  My family and I stayed here a few years ago and I have some of my most cherished memories watching my son look for animals from the balcony of our Savanna View room - he found a bunch!  Animal Kingdom Lodge is also home to some great dining.  Sanaa is a table service restaurant offering sweeping savanna views while you dine.  Trust me, you won't want to miss the bread service!  Boma - Flavors of Africa is a popular option for families featuring a wide array of items on their buffet including some unique African-inspired dishes.  Finally, my parents watched our kids while we enjoyed a wonderful date night a Jiko - The Cooking Place, one of the signature dining experiences in Walt Disney World Resort.  

    If you choose to rent a car while staying at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, you will be happy to know that guests of Disney Resorts Collection hotels enjoy complimentary self-parking both at your resort and at the theme parks!  You should also be able to pull up to the entrance of the resort to unload your luggage before proceeding to park your car.  While traffic conditions may vary throughout the day, you should be able to drive to most destinations within the Walt Disney World Resort in 10 - 20 minutes.  

    You also can decide to let Disney do the driving if you want, as complimentary transportation is provided around Walt Disney World Resort.  From Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, you can access bus transportation to Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney Springs!  With the My Disney Experience Mobile App, you'll even be able to view the estimated arrival time for the next bus leaving your resort.

    Steven, I hope you have fun planning your upcoming visit and invite you to come see us again at planDisney with any other questions you may have!

    See ya real soon,
    Kristi
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Meet the Panelist: Kristi, Maryland

Hi! I'm Kristi and I've been making magical memories at the Walt Disney World Resort since my first visit in 1989. While I cherished my childhood visits, my favorite memories have come sharing all of the excitement and wonder of a Disney Parks vacation with my husband and three boys. Whether you're planning a runDisney racecation, a trip with little ones, a land and sea adventure, or anything in between, I'm ready to help you make some bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful plans for your next Disney Parks vacation! Learn More About Kristi

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