Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Feb 3, 2011
    Mckall from CA 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.

    Do you have any recomendations about staying at AKL? We will be there February 12 - 19th. Thank you in advance!!

    Hi Mckall:

    The Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of my family's favorite Disney Resorts. I'm not sure if you have kids, but you will find a variety of activities to keep you and any children in your party entertained.

    Upon entering the Animal Kingdom Lodge, your family will be mesmerized by the dramatic lobby expertly themed and filled with African artwork, artifacts, a fireplace (at Jambo House), and huge windows. The pools are great at Animal Kingdom Lodge. AKL Jambo House is home to the 11,000 square foot Uzima pool. The pool boasts a 67-foot slide as well as a tyke-friendly wading pool area. AKL Kidani Village is home to the wonderful Samawati Springs pool and kids water playground.

    As you check in, request an activity guide from the front desk for a schedule of organized activities. Although subject to change, we found the following programs, among many others, available during our last stay at AKL Jambo House: ceramics, cookie decorating, face painting, animal tracking, pin trading, African folktale storytelling, and trivia (similar activities are available at AKL Kidani Village). A highlight of our last stay was our kids taking part in the evening "Primal Parade," a noisy but quick march through the lobby led by a Cast Member where children banged drums and rattled shakers. The resort is home to a children's activity center, Simba's Cubhouse, which is generally open during late afternoon and evening hours for children 4-12 years old.

    AKL is also laid out brilliantly with many windows along the hallways overlooking the savannas. As we walked to our hotel room, we usually stopped to watch the animals walking through the savanna. Don't forget to check out the delicious restaurants on-site, Jiko, Sanaa, and Boma. You may also want to join the Wanyama Safari Resort Tour, available only to Animal Kingdom Lodge guests.

    Enjoy your trip.
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Meet the Panelist: Jonas, New York

I am a family man and huge Disney fan raising two awesome and rambunctious boys.  As Disney Vacation Club members, we travel to Walt Disney World often. Learn More About Jonas

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