Giraffes at Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • On Jan 18, 2022
    Sara from OH 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 start our next trip to WDW at AK and want to finish the night at Sanaa with an app and a cocktail. We are staying off property but can we park at AKL in the morning, take the shuttle to AK, then take the shuttle back to Sanaa (with a reservation)?

    Jambo and welcome to planDisney, Sara!

    Disney’s Animal Kingdom is my favorite park at Walt Disney World Resort. The animals always make my visit new and unpredictable. Every trip, I get excited to ride Kilimanjaro Safaris just to see what exciting happenings are on the Savannah. Be sure to stop by Tamu Tamu Refreshments for my favorite Disney treat, the Simba Sunrise. It is always refreshing on a warm Spring day at Animal Kingdom.

    I love your plan of ending your night at Sanaa. The Indian- style Bread Service is fantastic and the perfect appetizer for sharing. Pair it with the Mango Lassi Smoothie, and in my opinion, you have the perfect evening. Technically you can ask to park at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge the morning of your reservation and then ride a Walt Disney World Bus back. However, there is a high potential that you will have to pay the resort parking fee for the day at Animal Kingdom Lodge. I suggest parking at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and then driving over to Animal Kingdom Lodge before your reservation (it is free to park closer to your reservation). You will save yourself more time because you will avoid waiting for the bus service. On my last trip to Walt Disney World, I stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge, and I ended up waiting 30-45 minutes to return to the resort because everyone was all heading to a similar location.

    The choice is up to you but depending on when your reservation for Sanaa is, you may want to factor in the time it will take to get back to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

    I hope this answer was helpful and you enjoy your upcoming Walt Disney World Trip.

    Please let us know if you have any other questions, Sara.

    Ashley F.
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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Texas

Hey Y'all! I’m Ashley and I live in Texas. My family and I love trying out the yummy snacks (DOLE Whip anyone!) and taking full advantage of our resort days. When we are not piloting the Millennium Falcon, exploring Kilimanjaro Safaris, or watching fireworks, you can find me planning our next adventure to Walt Disney World! I am so excited that you are planning a trip, and I look forward to helping you dig a little deeper and find the magic in all of the wonders of Walt Disney World Resort. Learn More About Ashley

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