• On Mar 20, 2017
    Christine from CT Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Planning a 2018 trip. Staying offsite but considering a one day stay at AKL. Would like to spend the day at the resort then head to AK the next morning. Will we have resort benefits on the day of departure (FastPass, Dining)? Thanks for your help!

    Hi Christine,

    I am so excited to hEAR you are thinking about staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel for part of your vacation next year! Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is a perfect choice; in fact, it is my children's favorite place to stay in all of Walt Disney World. From the moment you walk into the majestic lobby and hear the traditional African music you will feel as if you have been transported to a luxurious African safari lodge. This Resort is so unique and likely far different from anything you have ever experienced...where else can you wake up, pull back the curtains and see exotic animals roaming a vast savanna below your balcony?

    I am pleased to confirm that throughout your stay at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, inclusive of both your check-in day as well as the day of departure, you will have full access to all privileges and amenities reserved for Disney Resort hotel guests. This includes the ability to make FastPass+ selections commencing 60 days in advance of your check in date, as well as the ability to make dining reservations throughout your Disney Resort hotel stay (for up to 10 consecutive days) commencing 180 days prior to your check in date. Guests who are not staying at a Disney Resort hotel can make daily FastPass+ selections 30 days in advance and dining reservations 180 days in advance of each requested reservation.

    I expect your family will thoroughly enjoy your day exploring and enjoying Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. I recommend that you plan to arrive early to take full advantage of your time there. Even if your room is not ready when you arrive, the Cast Member checking you in can make arrangements for you to receive a text or email with your room number as soon as the room becomes available. Our family loves the Uzima Springs Pool. In fact, I can't think of a better place to spend the day!

    Magically Yours,

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