• On Jan 11, 2017
    Lauren from GA 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.

    We are staying at Animal Kingdom on a trip in a couple of weeks. How early can we check-in?

    Hi Lauren,

    You are going to adore your stay at Animal Kingdom Lodge! My family was there about two weeks ago and, as always, we loved the atmosphere and waking each morning to see giraffes, zebras, kudu and other animals on the savannah just outside our room.

    Official check-in time is 3 p.m. However, where possible, your room can be made available earlier. On our recent trip, I indicated on my online check-in that we would be there around 9:30 a.m. We were running a little late, but I got a text at about 9:45 a.m. saying our room was ready and providing the room number. We didn't have to stop at the desk at all, but headed straight to our room to drop our luggage as soon as we arrived.

    It doesn't always work out that well, but often it does. If your room isn't ready, you still can drop your luggage at bell service and head to the parks. They can text or email you as soon as your room is ready.

    Besides the atmosphere, my family loves all the restaurants at Animal Kingdom Lodge. I highly recommend lunch or dinner at Sanaa, where on our most recent trip we watched zebras frolic and a giraffe eat its lunch while we ate ours. The buffet at Boma is among our favorite at Walt Disney World, both for dinner and breakfast. And you can't beat the signature dining at Jiku.

    Thanks for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Lauren. Please let us know if you have any other last-minute questions. Enjoy!

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We live 90 miles from Walt Disney World and have visited frequently for 20 years. Disney is the place our family can relax together, try new things (especially interesting food) and have conversations, no matter what park we visit or where we stay.
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