Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

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Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge logo.svg
Location Animal Kingdom Resort Area
Resort type Deluxe Resort
Opened April 16, 2001
Theme African Wildlife Preserve
Areas Jambo House, including Kudu Trail, Zebra Trail, Ostrich Trail, Giraffe Trail; Kidani Village
Rooms 1307
Suites Standard Suites, Royal Kuba Suite, Royal Asante Suite
Green lodge yes
Lobby of Jambo House
Giraffe on the savannah at Jambo House

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is an African-themed deluxe resort at the Walt Disney World Resort. It opened on April 16, 2001. The resort is owned and operated by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is located in the Animal Kingdom Resort Area, adjacent to Disney's Animal Kingdom. It gives guests the opportunity to view grazing wildlife outside their rooms and public areas in the resort within proximity of the animals, conveying the feeling of being in an African savanna.

History[edit]

This hotel was designed by Denver architect Peter Dominick of Urban Design Group (now 4240 Architecture), who also designed Disney's Wilderness Lodge and Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.[1]

On October 11, 2006, Disney announced to local media that Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge would become home to the newest Disney Vacation Club property, Disney's Animal Kingdom Villas. On February 18, 2008, Disney announced the first phase of this expansion was complete, and included 109 rooms.[2]

A separate building named Kidani Village[3] was built to the west of the lodge and houses more than 300 villas. The Sunset Savanna was extended to the new structure and more species of animals were introduced. A new pool was built and features water slides and an aquatic playground.[4] Kidani Village opened 65% of its rooms on May 1, 2009. At that time, the main lodge building was renamed Jambo House. The remainder of Kidani Village was completed in September 2009.[5]

Resort[edit]

Rooms[edit]

  • Most rooms are available with either a king-size bed (available with daybed), two queen-size beds, or one queen-size bed and bunk beds (available with daybed).
  • Disabled accessible rooms are available.
  • Amenities including room service, irons, ironing boards, hairdryers, and make-up mirrors are available for each room. In-room coffee makers and refrigerators are also available.
  • All Walt Disney World resorts are entirely non-smoking, made effective June 1, 2007.

Dining[edit]

  • Jiko - The Cooking Place — This restaurant is located in Jambo House and features African-style cooking with influences from the Mediterranean coast, India and Europe. Jiko also features South African vintage wines. The restaurant was designed by designer Jeffrey Beers[6] and emulates an African lodge with a color palette in earth tones. The dining room surrounds an open kitchen which includes twin wood-burning stoves. The private Cape Town Wine Room seats up to forty guests and showcases a collection of wine-based sculptures.[7] Jiko means "a cooking place" in Swahili, thus the restaurant's subtitle "The Cooking Place".
  • Boma - Flavors of Africa — This restaurant is also located in Jambo House and features African-style cooking in a buffet setting. The selection features items from fifty different African countries.[8] The restaurant was designed to resemble an open African marketplace. Food is prepared in view of diners in open cooking areas which allows for interaction between chefs, cooks, and patrons.[9] Boma is a word in Swahili and several other African languages, meaning an enclosure, such as a fort or a livestock pen.[10]
  • The Mara — This is the counter service restaurant serving American and some African food, located also in Jambo House.
  • Sanaa — Located in Kidani Village and overlooking the savannah, this restaurant draws its inspiration from the cuisines along the historical spice route of Africa, India, China, and Europe. Serving foods from tandoor ovens as well as slow-cooked specialties, the selections here are filled with flavorful spices of Africa. There is also a lounge area inside Sanaa with a more limited menu.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Peter Dominick, Architect of Disney Hotels, Dies at 67". http://archrecord.construction.com. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Animal Kingdom Lodge". WDWHistory.com. Retrieved February 3, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Kidani Village". WDWHistory.com. Retrieved February 3, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Recreation-Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge". Walt Disney Company. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 
  5. ^ "Kidani Village at Animal Kingdom Lodge". AllEars.Net. Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  6. ^ Henthorn, Dawn. "Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge - A Culinary Journey". Florida for Visitors. About.com. Retrieved May 2, 2006. 
  7. ^ Carey, Jeanine (2001-06-28). "Animal Kingdom Lodge Pairs Design With F&B". Hotel Interactive. Retrieved May 2, 2006. 
  8. ^ "Dining at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge". Go.com. Walt Disney World. Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  9. ^ Carey, Jeanine (2001-06-28). "Animal Kingdom Lodge Pairs Design With F&B". Hotel Interactive. Retrieved May 2, 2006. 
  10. ^ http://research.yale.edu/cgi-bin/swahili/lookup.cgi?Word=boma&EngP=0

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Coordinates: 28°21′13″N 81°36′10″W / 28.353637°N 81.602756°W / 28.353637; -81.602756