• On Mar 26, 2018
    Lori from ON 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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    Hi, thinking of changing our reservation from POR to Animal Kingdom. Two questions, first, is A.K usually given a deluxe dining plan when free dining is offered and can you walk around to see the animals or need a room with savannah view? thanks. Lori

    Hi Lori! Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    First, I have to say that I love Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge! It feels so peaceful and quiet to me that I truly feel like I've entered a completely different world. The smells and sounds in the lobby are soothing and there are lots of hidden Mickeys to be found there.

    In the past when free dining has been offered, Disney Deluxe Resort hotels have received the Disney Dining Plan (one Quick-Service meal, one Table-Service meal and two snacks per person, per night of stay) as part of their vacation package. When this Special Offer has been released for dates during our stays, I have called to apply this offer to our vacation and have upgraded to the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan and only had to pay the difference in price between the two plans. If this deal is offered again this year and is during your stay, you should be able to upgrade and only pay the difference as well, as long as nothing has changed. Simply watch the Special Offers page, then call (407) 939-5277 and speak with a Cast Member and they can guide you through the process.

    As far as animal watching goes, you can certainly walk around to see the animals! Even when my family isn't staying at this Disney Resort hotel, we often come by for a meal at Sanaa, Jiko - The Cooking Place or Boma - Flavors of Africa, and we always plan enough time to step outside and watch the animals for a bit. Our kids love it! Of course, there is nothing like having a Savanna View room and animal watching from your balcony with a cup of coffee or tea in hand. If you can upgrade to Savanna View, I encourage you to do so!

    Whatever you decide, I know you are going to have the best time! Please visit us again with any other questions you may have!

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Hello all! I'm a happily married, proud mom to two young children, and I love to plan trips to Walt Disney World Resort. One of my favorite things about taking a Disney Parks vacation is that there is always something new and wonderful to discover, no matter if this is your first trip or if you visit multiple times per year. I'm excited to help you plan your next adventure!
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