• On Oct 20, 2019
    Melissa from PA 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.

    Hello! I am planing a trip to the animal kingdom lodge. I would like an Arusha Savanna view room, 3rd or 4th floor. What room do I need to book to get this view? Animal kingdom lodge or Jambo? Club level only? I am not having much luck online. Thanks!

    Jambo, Melissa!

    Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of the most beautiful hotels inside the Walt Disney World Resort! It's easily among my Top Three favorites of all time! 

    The main building of hotel rooms at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is Jambo House. Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village, the other building, is dedicated to Disney Vacation Club Villas.

    While you can book Villas even if you're not a member, they will not give you a view of the gorgeous Arusha Savanna. Maybe you can visit Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas - Kidani Village on another trip! 

    To make sure that you get an Arusha Savanna view, you will have to book a Savanna View Club Level Access room at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. There is no need to specify Jambo House since that's where the hotel rooms are. All Club Level Access rooms at this Disney Resort hotel overlook the Arusha Savanna, so that's the way to go!

    If you'd prefer to book a room in another category, you can choose a Savanna View room and then put in a room request. While they cannot always be granted, they will guide the Cast Members if there is availability. 

    Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is comprised of four Trails: Kudu, Zebra, Ostrich, and Giraffe Trail. Fairly half of the rooms at the Kudu and Zebra Trails overlook the Arusha Savanna, and they are the odd-numbered rooms. So adding a request for an odd-numbered room at either the Kudu or the Zebra Trail may increase your chances of watching the Arusha Savanna from your balcony!

    If you choose this strategy, you can add this room request by calling the Walt Disney World Resort and adding it as a note in your reservation. 

    My personal advice is to go with the Club Level Access room. One of my dear friends has stayed at many Club Level rooms at the Walt Disney World Resort, and she says that Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge has one of the best Club Level lounges she has ever seen!

    I hope that this advice helps you make the best decision for your upcoming trip, Melissa. You'll be in for stunning views and some of the best food at the Walt Disney World Resort!

    If more questions pop up before your trip, please, stop by! We love to help!

    May the magic be with you, 

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Hi! I am Julie, a Brazilian brand strategist, and amateur cook. I grew up in Brazil, but I currently live in California. I dreamed of visiting the Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort since I was a little girl and now I love to help others enjoy the magic as much as I do. Being an all-things-Disney nerd and Disney Vacation Club member, I'm here to help you find the perfect hotels, park events, and seasonal festivals to make your trip a memory to cherish forever! Learn More About Julie

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