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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Favorite Hotel Hops - Animal Kingdom Lodge

Katie and Friends
Walt Disney World is so much more than theme parks, and if you have a day to relax and explore the property you’ll be treated to some fabulous hidden gems of this expansive resort. Hop on a Disney Resort bus and let time slide away as you travel to this remote destination. Secluded in the WDW forests the Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is a unique and special location that treats it’s guests to magnificent natural surroundings.

Animal Kingdom Lodge always has something going on to delight your family amid the sanctuary of it’s lush landscape. Arts and crafts, cooking tours, hidden mickeys, pin trading, animal feeding, and storytelling are all a part of the Animal Kingdom Lodge experience so stop at bell services to ask for an activities list before you begin a wonderful exploration the massive grounds. The savannas are home to more than 200 animals live on the 33-acres exclusive to Animal Kingdom Lodge. You can view the animals in their habitats from balconies and landscaped rock outcroppings 24 hours a day. Just as impressive as the wildlife, the Animal Kingdom Lodge holds an extensive collection of authentic African art which decorates the property. The monumentous explosion of color that is the Igbo Ijele mask, is the only example known to exist outside of Igbo land.

Are you stopping by in the evening? Pull up a rocking chair and gather around for nightly storytelling next to Ogun's Firepit where cast members will delight you with traditional African folk tales. It may be after dark but doesn’t mean that you can’t still view the animals. Guides stationed from 9-11pm daily at the Uzima Overlook offer night vision goggles for use so that you can get a view of the animals nocturnal activities.

My MomMy mother loved to sit in a rocking chair on a balcony overlooking the savanna, while the teens hit Pumbaa's arcade or the toddler set played at the playground. Young and old alike can enjoy hours of peaceful relaxation in the remote setting that seems to truly be a world apart from the hustle and bustle of the Disney Parks.

If you feel that you need a special reason to make the trip to this hidden part of the property, I highly recommend dining reservations. The flavors of Africa come alive at either the Animal Kingdom Lodge’s signature dining experience “Jiko”, or the exceptional family buffet “BOMA”. My favorite cup of coffee on property can be ordered here as well. Ask for a pressed pot at either of these restaurants for a rich African Blend that will delight even the snobbiest of coffee drinkers.

For more information on the Animal Kingdom Lodge visit Disney’s Overview of the resort or this great unoffical fansite.

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