Animals in the Savannah at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge; giraffe
  • On Jan 30, 2024
    Julie 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 are staying at AKL. Are we able to use the Early Morning Hours and After Hours on the day of check out? Thank you!

    Hi Julie!

    I'm so happy to see you have a Walt Disney World Resort vacation next month! I'm sure you're looking forward to all the amazing memories you'll be making at The Most Magical Place on Earth.

    Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is at the top of my favorites list when it comes to Walt Disney World accommodations. Waking up to a view of giraffes from a savanna-view balcony never gets old! The gorgeous African architecture and decor are amazing, and the resort features some of the best dining spots - Boma - Flavors of Africa, Sanaa, and Jiko - The Cooking Place. Try the Indian-Style Bread Service at Sanaa - it's a must-do for my family - so delicious!

    Did you know you can enjoy a nightly campfire at Jambo House? Head to Arusha Overlook to gather around the glow and warmth of a campfire and roast some marshmallows from 5:30-7:00 pm each evening. S'mores kits are available for Guests to purchase!

    I'm excited you're planning to maximize your time in the theme parks by taking advantage of Early Theme Park Entry and Extended Evening Hours. Early Entry is a benefit for registered guests of all Walt Disney World hotels, and Extended Evening Hours are offered to guests of Disney Deluxe Resorts, Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts, or other select hotels. 

    I spoke with a Cast Member who confirmed that you should still have access to Extra Evening Hours on your checkout day from Animal Kingdom Lodge. To access any attractions and experiences in the theme park during these hours, you'll need valid theme park admission and a Disney MagicBand, Disney MagicMobile, or a Key to the World Card (room key). 

    I hope this helps with your planning. Have a wonderful vacation, and say hi to the giraffes for me!
    Diane W. 
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Meet the Panelist: Diane, Alabama

"Dream It! Plan It! Do It!" – that's my motto! If you've always dreamed of a magical visit to Walt Disney World Resort, or sailing away with Captain Mickey on a Disney Cruise, I'd love to help you plan and make the most of your vacation. My favorite getaway is a Land and Sea adventure - from Cinderella Castle to sand castles! Learn More About Diane

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