8 Walt Disney World Resorts We Can't Get Enough Of

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3. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

By far one of the most unique resorts around, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge gives guests an experience straight out of the wilds of Africa with all the added comforts and convenience of Disney magic. The architectural patterns of the buildings that make up this Deluxe Resort are modeled after traditional African game lodges, with a horseshoe shaped design built to permit unobstructed views of all the surrounding wildlife. And as guests will learn, such designs come in handy because the surrounding resort savannas are in fact home to more than 200 live African animals and several diverse bird species. Whether you choose to stay in a standard studio or larger suite, you’re in for a wild time like no other.

There’s plenty to do on premises in the way of fun and recreation. The zero-entry Uzima Springs Pool, for example, spans 11,000 square feet and even boasts a 67-foot waterslide. Likewise, Samawati Springs is also a zero-entry pool, ranging an impressive 4,700 square feet and featuring a 128-foot waterslide. Other onsite enjoyments include the Uwanja Camp wet activity playground, Simba’s Clubhouse for kids, shopping, arcade diversions, utilizing the Zahanati Health Club & Spa, and unwinding with one of many available massage services.

Dive into decadent dining and indulgences from a wide variety of onsite eating establishments. One of the best culinary experiences to be had combines getting up close and personal with animals via a private safari with stellar cuisine offerings at Jiko—The Cooking Place. Sanaa is another great pick for enjoying authentic African flavors while taking in exquisite views of the resident animals out and about. Boma—Flavors of Africa provides a wonderful all-you-can-eat buffet experience for families to enjoy, and the Mara is a great quick-service option available all day long. You’ll also find different lounges onsite as well.

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