Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is a quiet, off the beaten path kind of resort. Although it is not on the Monorail line, this place is a must see on any resort hopping list. From the time you enter the impressive lobby, you feel as though you have been transported to an African savanna. There is almost a sensory overload that takes place with the scent of wood burning fire pits, the sounds of tribal music playing, traditional masks and art work on display, and of course, the animals.
This resort is like a much smaller version Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, but there are still over 30 species of African wildlife to see! A wildlife field guide is available upon request in the resort lobby and the very knowledgeable Cast Members are on hand to educate guests about the different animal species found on property. There are giraffes, gazelles, kudu, zebras and pink flamingos, just to name a few. Cast Members will teach traditional African games, demonstrate musical instruments and start up drumming circles where guests are encouraged to participate. Animal specialists run educational and environmental programs, which focus on the importance of maintaining our ecosystems, with an emphasis on conservation. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is like a park within the park, except you don’t have to pay admission. It’s definitely worth the trip!
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