Balcony at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge; sunset
  • On Dec 19, 2023
    Svetlana 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 would like to stay at your hotel in January 2025, and I was wondering when is the earliest I can book the Animal Kingdom lodge. We are a family of 5 and I really don't want to miss the opportunity to stay at your resort. Kind regards Svetlana

    Hi Svetlana! Welcome to planDisney!

    I'm excited to hear you are planning a trip to the Most Magical Place on Earth! While bookings may not be available just yet, it's never too early to start the planning process. By the looks of it, it seems like you have already decided on the Disney Resorts hotel you plan to stay at. Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is a family favorite of ours and one that we have visited many times over the years. It's warm and inviting, which makes it feel like a home away from home. One thing to keep in mind is that many rooms at this resort sleep up to four Guests. With a party of five, you may need to consider the Deluxe Villas at both Jambo House and Kidani Village. These will have one and two-bedroom offerings that can accommodate your entire party. 

    Based on previous years, I would expect resort reservations and vacation packages for 2025 bookings to be released in late spring or early summer of 2024. With your expected arrival date at the beginning of the year, I understand wanting to make sure that you don't miss out on the resort you want. I would follow along with the Disney Parks Blog for any news and announcements regarding new reservations becoming available. It will be your best source for everything happening at the Walt Disney World Resort. I would also recommend searching for a travel agent to work with. They will have the most up-to-date information and ensure that you do not miss out on the resort you want.

    In addition to the beautiful main lobby and the multiple savannas surrounding Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, there are also amazing dining locations onsite. Boma - Flavors of Africa, Sanaa, and Jiko - The Cooking Place are three of my all-time favorites, and they happen to all be located right here. Sanaa is technically inside of the neighboring Kidani Village, but it is only a short shuttle ride away to an absolutely delicious meal. Each location offers authentic dishes that you won't find anywhere else throughout your stay.

    Svetlana, I hope this information helps you plan for your stay! Stop back and see us anytime at planDisney

    Happy planning! 
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