WDW Transportation
  • On Dec 31, 2019
    Jennifer from MT Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We will be staying at Kidani Village/AKL the first week in June. I'm worried about some of the transportation times that have been cited. Is it an exceptionally long time to travel to the parks from this resort?

    Hi Jennifer,

    The relative seclusion of Animal Kingdom Lodge is one of its many charms. My family loves everything about the resort, including the atmosphere, the restaurants and the outdoor areas. On a vacation there last spring, we actually didn't leave the resort for two of the days we were there, simply because there is so much to do and so many places to relax on the grounds.

    We have found that it may take 5 or 10 more minutes to reach each theme park from Animal Kingdom Lodge than from some of the more centrally located resorts. However, the longest bus ride from Animal Kingdom Lodge is to Magic Kingdom, and that normally takes no more than 20 minutes once you have boarded the bus. I've always found that the extra few minutes are worth it.

    No matter where we stay, I like to allow an hour for transportation, just to be sure we're not rushed or stressed about missing a dining reservation or a FastPass+ window. 

    Buses run about every 20 minutes. At Animal Kingdom Lodge, there are two stops, one at Kidani Village and one at Jambo House. Monitors at the bus stops show you approximately what time the next bus will arrive for each destination. We have found that the estimates tend to be amazingly accurate. And it's nice to know how long you will be waiting.

    I highly recommend taking advantage of all that Animal Kingdom Lodge has to offer, from viewing the animals on the savannah to the free tours of the lodge to dining in the three fabulous restaurants. Sanaa, in Kidani Village, is a place my family returns again and again. I could make a meal on its bread service alone! And the fact that you can see exotic animals outside the window while you dine is a bonus.

    Thanks for your question, Jennifer. I hope your family has a magical visit to Animal Kingdom Lodge and Walt Disney World. Please let us know if we can help in any other way. 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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