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African Animals And Safari In Disney World?

African Animals And Safari In Disney World?

We all know that Disney do not have theme parks in Africa. Well, at least not yet. Then why is it that people are talking about taking a vacation in Disney’s African theme park lodge?

They are actually talking about The Animal Kingdom Vacation Lodge which is in the southwest corner of the Disney World situated close to the Animal Kingdom theme park. This excitingly themed and interesting lodge was officially declared opened in 2001. The Animal Kingdom Lodge is a fusion of African tribal native architecture with the exotic rugged style of East African National Park lodges. The Animal Kingdom Vacation Lodge was designed by Peter Dominick of Disney’s Wilderness Lodge fame.

Stunningly breathtaking view of the 33 acre terrain architecture with flowing streams and elevated rock outcroppings can be viewed from half of the rooms at the lodge. Hundreds of friendly animals and birds of mostly African origin roam freely at the area. Most of the almost 1,300 rooms are about 340 square feet big and decorated with hand-crafted African furniture and furnishings. Almost all rooms come with a balcony to view the astounding surrounding.

The Animal Kingdom Lodge also offer fine dining in a casual setting at the Jiko restaurant. Jiko serves light, fast and simple meals. Another restaurant, the Boma is a family restaurant. This restaurant is the African version of the Whispering Canyon restaurant located at the Fort Wilderness Lodge and Villas. Boma serves buffet food in African thatched roofs and most dishes are grills – African tribal style cooking.

The Animal Kingdom Lodge is connected to the rest of the Disney World by buses as its location is rather remote and out of the way.

There are two wings at the ladge, branching from the rear of the resort are the Kudu Trial and Zebra Trial forming a semi circle around the central wildlife savanna. Each wing have seven five storey buildings with guest rooms for visitor to stay.

The best rooms are on third and fourth floors. This is because these rooms are high enough to overlook the entire savanna and yet at the same time just low enough to appreciate the flora and fauna at almost ground eye level. The second storey rooms are too low to view the savanna and rooms on the fifth floor are too high for viewing the friendly animals close up.

There are two smaller wings called the Ostrich Trail and the Giraffe Trial. However, rooms from these wings do not enjoy views as beautiful as the ones at the Kudu and Zebra Trail.

By staying in The Animal Kingdom Resort, you not only have a Disney vacation, but a touch of the African plains as well. Interesting mix, don’t you think so? So if you are thinking of taking a Disney vacation, why not consider staying at the Animal Kingdom Lodge at Disney World?