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For those vacationers that go nonstop, the room is just a place to crash at the end of a busy day.
If that’s your style, you might not particularly care about the space or amenities as long it has comfy beds and running water.
However, if you are going to shell out the big bucks or spend the DVC points to stay at a Disney resort, we recommend that you take a couple of days off in there to rest and recharge.
Since that’s the case, you are going to want a room that fits your needs and style.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is divided into two sections, Jambo House and Kidani Village (a Disney Vacation Club destination).
Both areas have a variety of room sizes, styles, and even views. Whatever you could need, want, or wish for in a room, AKL has got you covered.
We’re going to talk you through each and every room to help you make your decision as you begin to book your vacation!
- Jambo House
- Kidani Village
Staying at Jambo House, you will find a more traditional Disney resort feel, typical hotel-style rooms, and suites with that fabulous Disney flair.
The authenticity of the African theme continues through these rooms, making the amenities seem anything but ordinary.
Dark woods and bright colors are beautiful and warm which makes you feel right at home. Don’t forget to be on the lookout for hidden Mickey’s and Lion King emblems!
This is the first class of rooms at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Located in the Jambo House, these rooms all come with the same amenities:
- Internet – Free WiFi Service
- Coffee Maker
- Telephone with voicemail
- In-Room Safe
- Iron & Ironing Board
These rooms tend to be more of the standard hotel variety, with the key difference of Disney magic and quality thrown in.
The Standard View room is the first of the room offerings, coming in at the lowest price and smallest size.
Standard View simply means that this room does not necessarily look out over the savanna or pool, although it could.
On the Walt Disney World website, it indicates that these rooms tend to view rooftops or the parking lot.
You can get a Standard View room with two queen beds, or upgrade to one king bed for a bit extra.
This room selection is the same as the standard view, with a pretty view out over the pool.
Be aware, this choice can sometimes be a little noisy if there are events happening at the pool.
However, with such a gorgeous pool complex, you may be able to overlook that.
Coming only with the choice for two queen beds, you’re paying the big bucks for the view.
If you or your traveling companions are really into African animals, it will be worth it for you to wake up and look out the window to see the animals starting the day with you.
Over thirty different animal species live at the Animal Kingdom Lodge, you never know what you might see! Please be aware, the animals do work on their own schedule, so you have to time it right to see them.
Standard Rooms are about the same price as a nice hotel in the Orlando area, with the benefit of being on Disney property.
You can always expect high quality from Disney resorts, and staying at a Disney resort gives you additional perks for your Disney vacation.
Animal Kingdom Lodge is a step up from one of the value resorts, and the style may be more what you’re looking for. If you’re going to be spending a lot of time at the parks, this size room is perfect.
We won’t lie, there isn’t much space.
While the Standard Rooms with two queen beds sleeps four adults, we hope you are close with the people in your party.
If you aren’t, you will be by the time this vacation is over. Also, if you care about the view, you need to keep in mind there won’t be a spectacular one.
A small family (two adults, two kids max) or a couple looking for a comfortable place to crash between going to the parks and hanging out at the pool.
If you want to enjoy the amenities the resort has to offer, like scouting for animals, and don’t plan on spending a ton of time in your room, this is perfect for you!
Club Level Suites
If you want to spoil yourself, check out one of these Club Level options. In addition to the standard amenities, these rooms also include:
- Complimentary fax assistance
- Secured key access to the club-level lounge, serving refreshments 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily
- Complimentary health club access
- Access to Concierge service at the Kilimanjaro Club
- Personalized Front Desk and Guest Services
- Complimentary newspapers in Club Level lounge
- Access to Disney Signature Services—for personal assistance with your vacation
These personalized services will make you feel like a celebrity while your own vacation and enhance your experience if you plan on spending plenty of time at the resort.
These rooms do cost a pretty penny though, so make sure you make the most of the experience!
Savanna View – Club Level Access
These rooms are the same size and type as their Standard Room counterparts, with the added bonus of the Club Level amenities.
You also have the guarantee of a view of the savanna rather than a different view.
The major advantage here is the amenities.
If those are important to you, then it is worth the price bump. These rooms also tend to be quieter up on the Club Level, so if peace and privacy are your idea of a perfect vacation then this might be for you!
There aren’t any room upgrades from the Standard View, it’s exactly the same.
What you’re paying for are the extra amenities, so if you don’t care about that you might want to save the money and stick with Standard Savanna View.
A couple or small group of adults staying at least a week.
You all are planning on using the fitness center and spending time in the Kilimanjaro Club on your off days, and you are going to be at the parks the rest of the time.
One bedroom can make all the difference, as you’ll see with this one-bedroom suite.
The bedroom is separate from the living room, with two queen beds in the bedroom and a queen-size sleeper sofa in the living area.
Advertised for sleeping six adults, this would be a great option to give parts of your group extra privacy or if you have different sleeping times.
Since there are televisions in both areas, the night owls can still stay up while the others go to bed.
The bathroom is also larger, with a separate tub and shower. The sink is in the bathroom; however, there is a small sink in the breakfast nook out in the living space.
Increased space for larger parties is always nice, especially when it comes to different schedules. This is also nice if you have a larger family that you want to accommodate all in one room.
The luxury of a larger bathroom can also make it easier to get you out the door in the morning, while the separate tub is helpful if you have small children. The Club Level amenities are a nice perk on top of it all!
While six adults can sleep here comfortably, that would still mean four adults in one bedroom.
If that works for your party, great, but otherwise you might want another option.
The bathroom may be large, but there is still only one. With a glass door shower, there isn’t enough privacy for many people in the bathroom at once.
A family traveling with another couple (two adults, two children in the bedroom, two adults on the sleeper sofa), or a college-age adult group (like a bachelor/bachelorette party).
You will still want to be comfortable enough around everyone in your party to be in somewhat close quarters.
With a king bed in one room, two queens in the other, and a queen sleeper sofa in the living room, this is a great option for a multi-family vacation.
Each bedroom has its own bathroom, ensuring privacy for the occupants and a way to get everyone ready and out the door in the morning.
Sleep two adults in the king and on the queen sofa sleeper, and throw all the kiddos in the same bedroom.
If you have one family with smaller children and another with older kids, put one whole family in the room with the queen beds and split the other between the remaining spaces.
However you want to do it, you’ve got the space!
A few of the two-bedroom rooms even have bunk beds available! When selecting your room, make the request or check to see if you are choosing a room with bunk beds.
You can also call (407) 939-1936 to discuss your reservation with a Cast Member if you have questions.
You can keep your party all in one place, which makes traveling and planning much easier.
Using multiple rooms is an option, but there’s no guarantee you will be near one another. This way, you eliminate that issue.
A two-bedroom suite provides more space to larger parties and makes everyone easier to keep track of throughout your trip.
There’s also no denying that an extra bathroom really makes the difference.
Once you’re in the multiple-bedroom territory, the cost is going to be much higher.
You really do have to decide if it’s cheaper to stay together or get separate, smaller rooms.
If you are adults traveling with kids, there’s no denying that one set of adults is going to get the short end of the stick when it comes to the sleeping arrangements.
Two families traveling together, or a family traveling with in-laws.
This would also be a fun group space, depending on your budget and the size of your party.
Royal Asante Presidential Suite
Over 2,000 square feet of pure luxury, this suite is more like an upscale apartment than a hotel room.
Double doors open into a beautiful foyer lavishly decorated in the African theme of the resort.
Straight ahead, a massive living room awaits the guests, with extravagant seating and a thatched room.
A powder room is off to the one side of the foyer, and to the other side is a formal dining room with an intricately carved table that can seat eight.
A small office is available if you have to work on vacation, guaranteeing the privacy you need so you can get back to your vacation.
There are also two furnished balconies overlooking the savanna, so you can enjoy a peaceful morning or quiet evening watching the animals.
You even have access to your own personal treadmill so you can exercise while looking out over the scenery.
Next are two exquisite bedrooms with their own attached baths, like your own personal spa.
The first bedroom has a king bed, with a fabulous master bathroom with a double sink, double shower, soaker tub, even a bidet.
The second bedroom has two queen beds and an attached bath, similar to the standard rooms throughout the rest of the resort.
For a full walkthrough of the suite, check out this video:
How often do you get to stay in a place this amazing? If you have the cash and want to even just stay one or two nights, it will definitely be an experience you won’t forget.
If you are traveling for work and need some of the amenities like the office or a place to host a dinner, this suite would be perfect.
You could also put two families comfortably in this suite, and split the price.
This suite is extremely expensive.
The price tends to hover between $3,000 and $4,000 per night.
While all of the spaces and luxuries are nice, unless you spend your whole vacation in this suite you probably won’t take advantage of all it has to offer.
This space is not child friendly, so if the price weren’t enough of an issue, families with small children are not going to want to use this an option.
High-level business associates (think CEO), celebrities, etc.
If you want to split this between multiple families, that would work too, but if you’re planning on spending a lot of time away from the resort this might not be the best choice.
Beautiful, but not quite worth the funds.
As a Disney Vacation Club (DVC) property, Kidani Village is made to feel like a time-share with more home-like amenities (full kitchen, laundry, etc.).
With such homey features, these accommodations are perfect for extended stays and family vacations.
While still sticking with the African theme of the resort, Kidani Village has its own flair that makes it a special experience.
Deluxe Studios are the first tier of DVC rooms, equipped with the following amenities:
- Internet – Free WiFi Service
- Telephone with voicemail
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Ironing Board
- DVD Player
- Coffee Maker
- Flat-Panel TV
- In-Room Safe
Coming in both Standard View and Savanna View, the studios are thus named because they are somewhat like a studio apartment. The bedroom and kitchenette are all in the same space, as well as the bathroom sink.
The shower and toilet are off from the nook with the sink. Studios have one queen bed and one queen-size sleeper sofa.
Studios are perfect if you are a smaller party or family that is planning on spending most of your time out at the parks or exploring the resort.
The addition of the mini-fridge, toaster, and microwave means you can make your own small meals in the room, which will help you save money.
This is particularly nice for small meals like breakfast or lunch, or even if you want to bring back leftovers from another dining experience. You also can get all the DVC perks (like free parking!) at the best value.
It is still all one room, so if you travel with four people you might feel a bit cramped. You also only have the one bathroom, so that will have to be shared as well.
With a kitchenette versus a full kitchen, you aren’t going to have a stove or freezer, so that will limit your cooking options if you like to cook on vacation.
A young family with smaller children or a couple.
You’ll be amazed at how the small upgrade of the kitchenette will make the difference compared to the typical standard room!
These villas sleep five, with a king bed in the bedroom and a queen sleeper sofa and a twin size sleeper chair in the living room.
Villas also come with a full kitchen and laundry units in the room, which is perfect if you’re planning on a longer stay.
This is a great option for two families traveling together, or a larger family with teenagers.
Having the one bedroom means a layer of privacy, as well as an extra full bath.
These villas do only come in Standard View, which means you most likely will be looking out on to a rooftop or parking lot. However, the accommodations themselves are worth it for the sacrifice in view.
Increased space is always a benefit, which you will get in this villa. You also have the benefit of the extra twin sleeper on top of the villa amenities, which means you can sleep another person.
The full kitchen is fantastic if you like to (or need to) bring your own food on vacation. Even if you are flying, there are grocery delivery services where you can order fresh groceries right to your resort.
The extra full bathroom is much needed if you’re sharing with another family or teenagers, and increases you’ll be able to get where you’re going on time!
One bedroom does mean only one couple gets true privacy.
That’s why this villa would be great for one larger family versus two families, as the second family would be out on the sleepers.
If you are two families, if you are in the bedroom your kiddos will be tramping through your room for the bathroom (if you choose to divide family bathrooms).
A larger family or a family with older children.
This would also be good for a group of adult friends if you are comfortable with sharing.
Perfect for two families or if you’re traveling with the grandparents, the two-bedroom villas can sleep up to nine adults comfortably.
The first bedroom has a king bed and attached master bath, the second has two queen beds (or a queen bed and queen sleeper, depending on the room) with an attached full bath, while the living room has a queen sleeper, twin sleeper, and a communal full bath.
Yup, there are three full baths in this villa!
On top of that, you have the other villa amenities of a full kitchen, large eating space, and laundry in the unit.
Enjoy either a Standard View or a Savanna View (for a price bump) on your spacious balcony that spans the whole villa.
For an extended vacation or large party, this is the way to go, especially if you want to keep your whole party together.
Everyone has plenty of space, and three bathrooms help to maintain the privacy of everyone.
An extended eating area with the full kitchen means you could have your own family meals right in your room if you want to save on dining.
A huge balcony lends itself to evenings together watching the animals, or a place to drink your coffee in peace while everyone else still sleeps.
With a standard rate hovering around $1,100 dollars a night, this is where you’re going to spend your money on your vacation (before even accounting for park tickets!).
You might have to cut back on some other experiences if you go with this villa, but it’s all about your priorities on your trip.
The only other downside is if you put all the kids out in the living room, the common space might become a bit of a mess.
Two families or one larger family group, especially if you want everyone to have their own space.
Three-Bedroom Grand Villa
The most luxurious accommodations at Kidani Village, the Three Bedroom Grand Villa is more like a two-story apartment than a hotel room.
Downstairs, an expansive living space is situated next to a massive window overlooking the savanna.
Next to the living area is the full kitchen and dining area, complete with dishes, cutlery, and a dishwasher.
A full bathroom with space for linens is next to the kitchen, and the laundry is right before you head up the stairs.
Off of the living room is the master bedroom, complete with king bed and attached master bath.
Upstairs, a landing holds a queen sleeper and television.
Off the landing to either side are bedrooms with two queen beds and attached full baths.
All the bedrooms have their own closet spaces, as well as additional storage in the bedrooms.
For a full walkthrough of this villa, check out this video:
Overcrowding is not going to happen in this villa!
Advertised as sleeping twelve with four bathrooms, this is the perfect space for multiple families.
If you want to go for broke on a bachelor/bachelorette party, a wedding, or another major event, this is a great choice in accommodations.
Also, if you are planning on a longer stay (a week or more) you have all the amenities of home.
Do your laundry to save on packing, make meals in the kitchen to save on dining, spend time at the resort together, and enjoy the massive multiple balconies overlooking the savanna!
Once again, we’re dealing with a bit of sticker shock.
Not quite the same level as the Royal Asante, but definitely closer to $2,000 a night.
Since a room of this size is sort of a waste for just one night, you’re looking at $4,000 minimum for this villa.
Now, if you’re splitting the price with other families or using DVC points it can take the price down a bit, but still it’s most likely at least $2,000 a family.
The only other downside would be if you are going as a whole group of adults, there will be some room sharing and perhaps some people on a sleeper sofa.
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Written by Grace Hoyos, Staff Writer
Grace is a life-long lover of all things Disney, particularly the parks at Walt Disney World. She is also an avid Disney Cruise Line enthusiast who regularly dreams of the white sands of Castaway Cay. Grace loves the fact that her Disney trips give her time to spend with her family, enjoy incredible food, and try new experiences.