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Animal Kingdom Lodge

Posted in Animal Kingdom Lodge  by admin on September 20th, 2008

The Animal Kingdom Lodge is perhaps the best hotel on the whole of the Walt Disney World complex. Although not a five star hotel, the as the Animal Kingdom Lodge more that makes up for the lack of 24 hour room service, with spectacular scenery and interior design that instantly whisks the hotel guest into a world of African charm. In fact the Animal Kingdom Lodge is known to be favoured by celebrity clientele for their family visits to Disney World.

The earthy decorative tones, and authentic African artefacts makes the Animal Kingdom Lodge feels incredibly warm and inviting. Staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge give the convenience of staying on a Disney World Site without being surrounded by Disney themes.

The Animal Kingdom Lodge has a charm that appeals to both adults and children. The animals striding across the savannahs in the morning and evening enthral all ages groups and it is a welcome change from hustle and bustle of the Disney theme parks. The Animal Kingdome lodge is little part of Africa that Disney have got exactly right. Its is relaxing and inviting and transports the hotel guest to world that seems many thousands of miles away from Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, and yet guests are only a few short minutes away by shuttle bus to all the major Disney theme parks.

The Animal Kingdom Lodge could stand along as super hotel outside of Disney and would still be worth a visit.

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Better Disney Dining

Posted in Animal Kingdom Lodge Dining  by admin on February 27th, 2011

A great blog post here about avoiding the crush at Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom. Why wait in line at the Magic Kingdom when you can have the same experience at the Grand Floridian. A great insider disney tip!

African Style Jewellery

Posted in Animal Kingdom Lodge  by admin on August 31st, 2009

The Animal Kingdom lodge sells a beautiful selection of African style jewellery. If you are not able to get to the Animal Kingdom Lodge gift shop and would like some unique African inspired jewellery, then I suggest these beautiful earrings. An inch and a half long and made from glass and nickel free earwires for your comfort.   

Earrings only $10 (USA) Free shipping worldwide

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Beading and Making Jewllery at the Animal Kingdom Lodge

Posted in Animal Kingdom Lodge  by admin on August 31st, 2009

One of the best things about the Animal Kingdom Lodge is the way they create activities for children. One of my favourites is the beading activity. Making simple jewellery with beads  inside the beautiful hotel foyer, or outside in the sunshine by the pool, is a great way to entertain the children.


Children love playing and experimenting with colourful beads, and creating a unique piece of jewellery. It’s the perfect crafting activity to keep those little hands busy. And what is even better, is that it is a quiet activity which requires a little bit of concentration. And so when the little ones are creating their jewellery pieces, and selecting their beads, there is welcome break from the hyper activity that is associated with trips to the theme parks.


If when you have finished your jewellery projects and returned home you want to learn more about beading, then try for ideas and inspiration. They have a great tribal necklace project which would fit right in with the African style jewellery on sale at the Animal Kingdom lodge gift shop.  You can view it here


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andiamo! – Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Posted in Animal Kingdom Lodge  by admin on April 10th, 2009

Donna checks into Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and explores its unique wildlife preserve.

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Animal Kingdom Lodge Dining

Posted in Animal Kingdom Lodge Dining  by admin on September 29th, 2008
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Animal kingdom lodge dining

Dinning at the Animal Kingdom lodge is a wonderful experience; a real culinary adventure. There is something for everyone, and as you would expect from a Disney hotel, children are thoroughly spoilt.

Eat breakfast at The Mara where you can pick up a selection of bagels, pastries plus cereal and fruits, or take a trip to the Boma restaurant. This self service buffet style restaurant provides a feast that will more than keep you going until lunch time. The safari breakfast consists of eggs bacon and hash browns and if that isn’t’ enough try the wonderful pancakes with delightful maple syrup that is to die for.

When you are not the theme parks, the Animal Kingdom lodge serves food all day long. Try a delicious club sandwich made from thick bread rolls and juicy chicken breast. Or call in at the Mara for a wonderful section of fast food, from burgers and pizza, to healthy wraps and fresh fruit salad. And if that is not enough go to the Boma restaurant for meal that will more than likely take the rest of the afternoon to consume.

In evenings take a trip to the Jiko cooking place which features cuisines from around the world and a south African wine list which would put most exclusive restaurant to shame. Don’t worry about the children, there are always favourites like peanut butter and Jelly sandwiches on offer.

The Jinko  Disney dining experience was designed by Jeffrey Beers and inspired by the Disney movie the lion king. Twin wood burning ovens are the centrepiece of the open kitchen and the 235 seat dinning room. However for a more private affair there is a secluded dinning area – to seat 40.

Once you  have complete your animal kingdom lodge meal take coffee in the seductive Victoria falls bar overlooking the Boma. You can take dessert here if you wish, sample more African wine or relax with a gourmet coffee. With the adjacent hotel lobby lounge catering for children with large and tastefully integrated TVs playing Disney Cartoons, you know that you children will be in good hands.

Whist Disney’s Animal Kingdom lodge has so much to offer, my favourite eating place will always be the Boma. The lively and yet restful interior and the friendly staff coming from many African nations just cannot be beaten the food is some of the best ever tasted. The African  inspired food with delicious marinated meats and accompaniments is heaven for adults and the separate children’s buffet means that there is plenty for children to sample. Go to Boma when visiting the Animal Kingdom Lodge or any Disney theme park as it is an experience that you and your family will never forget. And when you are there, don’t forget to try the mouth watering Zebra domes. A chocolate mousse desert that will have you coming back for more.  

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Vegetarian Walt Disney World Options?

Posted in Animal Kingdom Lodge Dining  by admin on September 29th, 2008

Hi! We're going to WDW for our honeymoon this May, and we're vegetarians. Last year we really had some difficulties finding vegetarian options in the park. Does anyone have some recommendations? We had no trouble finding fries, but surely there are other options. Mostly for on the go…we didn't have trouble finding dinners. (Boma in the Animal Kingdom lodge was phenomenal!) Any suggestions would be most welcome. Thanks!
ooooh, I see we have some shallow and stupid answers as well as some from those who feel they are "above others". Nice. Anyway, realistic answers are appreciated…others are not. I'm more educated than you might think….just looking for on-the-go options. I hate assholes.

On the go options- pack yourself and your husband some wholesome carrots.

Have you been to Disney World ? What's your favorite things about it ? Best memories of being there ?

Posted in Animal Kingdom Lodge Dining  by admin on September 29th, 2008

I have been twice, both within the last several years. I never had the desire to go but decided to try it and boy…was I amazed. I had thought it was just some big amusement park for kids, mainly. Wow… I love Animal Kingdom Lodge (the theme park is great, too). But that hotel is gorgeous and brilliantly decorated to make you feel like you're in Africa…surrounded by all of the African animals outside of your hotel room. There were giraffe and all sorts of animals right where you could see them from your balcony. There's a restaurant (Boma-Flavors of Africa) and the food and atmosphere is just so authentic and cozy. The pool is beautiful. Love it…you gotta visit this place.
Kenner…sorry 'bout your husband's passing. That is so sad but it's good that you have such good memories of him and the time you did have together. Take care…

Oh, I know! Walt Disney World is the most incredible place! I went once when I was 11, back in 1997 and I don't really remember much from the experience. In 2005, my boyfriend and I started seeing all commercials for the Happiest Celebration on Earth and he suggested we go. We booked a trip and I planned it all out. We stayed at Disney's Polynesian Resort and had the time of our lives! I agree, Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is beautiful! My little sister stayed there once a couple years ago and loved it. We were thinking about staying there but decided to splurge for Disney's Polynesian Resort. It's absolutely gorgeous! It's like a tropical rainforest in the lobby. My favorite part was that our room has the most wonderfull view of Cinderella Castle across the Seven Seas Lagoon.

I love EVERYTHING about Walt Disney World. I became obsessed with it after that trip. We went last summer, too, and hopefully we'll be going back in July. I won't go for any less than 10 days, now that I know all that Walt Disney World has to offer. We like to book the Platinum Package so everything's included. Ah, I can't wait to go back! I miss it so much! I get so excited whenever I see the commercials on TV, now.

Mmmmm… I want some food from Walt Disney World. Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is really beautiful! I visited it for the first time this past summer when my boyfriend and I had breakfast at Boma – Flavors of Africa. It's a nice restaurant and the food was great considering it was a buffet and we didn't have an early reservation. Oh, and I loved the West African Frunch juice! I had quite a few glasses.

Anyway, yeah, Walt Disney World is any amazing place!!!

Food choices at Disney World…Did I miss something important?

Posted in Animal Kingdom Lodge Dining  by admin on September 29th, 2008

So, I am going for 10 days in April but am making my reservations now. I have decided on: Cinderella's Royal Table, SciFi Restaurant, Akershus Royal Banquet, Boma, Mayan Grill, Narcoosee's, Coral Reef, and Spirit of Aloha. Let me know if I am missing any of your favorites!! I need to make reservations here soon. Also, can you make reservations with the restaurant before you book your "Magic Your Way" Package?? Thanks!!

You have some really good choices. Personally, I'd go for the Prime Time '50's Cafe over the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater (both are at Disney/MGM Studios), but that's just me. I think you're really going to like Cinderella's Royal Table and the Akershus Royal Banquet — every time my wife and I have eaten at either one we've had a very good experience.

Here is a list of restaurants we have visited and really liked:

Liberty Tree Tavern (Magic Kingdom)
Le Cellier (EPCOT – Canada)
Rose and Crown Pub (EPCOT – United Kingdom)
Biergarten (EPCOT – Germany)
Flying Fish Restaurant (Disney Boardwalk)
Chef Mickey's (Contemporary Resort)
California Grill (Contemporary Resort)
Restaurantosaurus (Animal Kingdom)
'Ohana (Polynesian Resort)
Whispering Canyon Cafe (Wilderness Lodge Resort)
Yachtsman Steakhouse (Yacht Club Resort)

Chef Mickey's and Restaurantosaurus have the best character breakfasts you'll find.

Here is a list of restaurants we were really disappointed with, or used to like and their food and service aren't so great anymore:

Originale Ristorante di Alfredo (EPCOT – Italy)
Teppanyaki Dining Room (EPCOT – Japan)
Les Chefs de France (EPCOT – France)
Rainforest Cafe (Downtown Disney and Animal Kingdom)
Fulton's Crab House (Downtown Disney)
House of Blues (Disney West Side)
Hollywood Brown Derby (Disney-MGM Studios)

Not 100% sure, but I'm pretty sure you have to specify that you're using your "Magic Your Way" package when you make reservations. Call 1-407-W-DISNEY and ask. They should be able to tell you one way or the other.

Disney World…Has anyone walked from All-Star Sports to Animal Kingdom Lodge?

Posted in Animal Kingdom Lodge Dining  by admin on September 29th, 2008

We're staying at the Sports, and for the first night of our arrival, we made dinner reservations for Boma at Animal Kingdom Lodge…Instead of having to interchange buses, we were wondering if it would be do-able just to walk?…If so, how long will it take?…I know the Sports is near the AK Lodge, but as to how far, I can't tell by looking at the map…Reservations are for around 8pm, so obviously the hot sun won't be an issue.

First the Boma isn't that great. I will say my family and I are not big on buffets. There are so many other restaurants that are better. I didn't think that they had too much to choose from at the buffet. None of us would go back to it.

As said above, Disney isn't good for walking around outside of the resorts and parks. There isn't anywhere on the roads safe to walk, even if you are up to a 2 mile walk in 85 degree heat. The sun will still be out at 8pm if you are going anytime soon. The cars are going fast and there are tons of huge Disney buses along those roads. Ask at the front desk how to get to the other resorts. They can get a taxi for you.