• On Jan 11, 2018
    Kyle from VA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    If we are staying at the Art of Animation, is going to Animal Kingdom Resort something kids would enjoy? Not the park, but just the Resort. Thanks!

    Hi Kyle! Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is my daughter's favorite Resort hotel. If you have time during your vacation at Walt Disney World Resort to "step into the heart of Africa," I know it will be time well spent.

    Of course, the stars of Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge are the animals. They have over 30 species of African wildlife. You can step outside of the lobby to get a closer look at the animals and you may even be able to speak with an Animal Specialist who will share interesting facts with you and your family. The photo opportunities are wonderful and it's such a great experience for Guests of all ages!

    If you are looking for a great dining option, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge has some of the best restaurants on Walt Disney World Resort property, in my opinion. A couple of years ago, we enjoyed dinner as a family at Sanaa. At the time, my kiddos were pretty basic chicken nugget and macaroni and cheese eaters. We ordered the Indian-style Bread Service and it opened their taste buds to a world they never knew. Since then, they have become foodies and it's great to see them expanding their dining options.

    Another stop I would encourage you to make while at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is to the Zawadi Marketplace. It's my favorite Resort hotel merchandise store on property. It has great Disney Parks merchandise as well as African art and other African-themed items. It's wonderful!

    Prior to our 1st stay at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, we did exactly what you are thinking about doing. We visited the Resort hotel just to see what Disney had created. We fell in love with it. Aside from being beautiful, the Imagineers created their typical Disney magic. Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge takes you to a new world. Enjoy your visit!
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"Welcome home," Disney friends! I'm Kari, a wife and mom from Texas. In 1997, we became Disney Vacation Club Members and have enjoyed every magical moment. We have also set sail on the Disney Cruise Line, enjoyed the benefits of Annual Passes and put our best foot forward with runDisney. I love helping Guests add pixie dust to their vacation plans! How may I help you add magic to your next Disney vacation?

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