When we were in Orlando we had the amazing opportunity to spend four nights at the fabulous Animal Kingdom Lodge Hotel. I didn’t really know what to expect but from the moment we arrived, we felt at home. We had our bags taken to our room whilst we had a super smooth check-in and the girls went to do brass rubbings of animals from a large circular plate full of animals on the floor in the middle of the reception. The large reception area was buzzing, it had a huge Christmas tree where you could have family photos, a tv area showing children’s programmes, some craft areas and lots of comfortable chairs to relax in.
Everywhere we looked was decorated in an amazing African décor with dark wood carvings and tribal prints that were subtle and sophisticated but that really gave you the feeling that you were somewhere special.
When we went into our room we were once again greeted by the same décor and it looked brilliant. Although it was just one room with two double beds it was large enough that we didn’t feel squashed and there was ample storage for our clothes and luggage. We loved the bathroom with the bath, power shower and toilet that was behind a separate door to the area with his and her sinks and storage for all of the Disney branded toiletries that included a fantastic solar gel that was great for our sunburn (yes we got a sunburn in December!)
No matter how amazing the décor was nothing could have prepared us for the breathtaking view our of our patio doors. We must have checked in at the perfect time because as we stood on our balcony we had the most amazing view of giraffe, zebra, buffalo and so much more.
In our room, we had an animal spotting guide so that we could name the variety of birds and animals that we might see from our windows. We also had a schedule of other activities that took part around the hotel during the day which included walking safaris, kids activities, searching for hidden mickeys and lots of activities near the pools.
Unfortunately, our four days at the hotel were so full with our time at the parks that we never had the opportunity to really take advantage of all of these wonderful activities and facilities which really was a shame as they all looked amazing. I have always wondered how people can do a long holiday at Walt Disney World and not be bored but now I know. There is so much to do at each of the hotels that you would always have something to do and places to explore and that doesn’t even include the parks but they are for another blog post.