Non-Park Days

Animals at Animal Kingdom Lodge

All of the Disney resorts are impressive for their own reasons, because of this we love spending time during our Disney vacations at these resorts, even when we’re not staying at that resort. This has helped us discover some incredible places that we’ve then decided to stay at during our vacations. Now there’s no cost to going to these resorts, which makes it a great activity to do on a non-park day. One resort I would highly recommend visiting is the Animal Kingdom Lodge.

The Animal Kingdom Lodge is located in the Animal Kingdom resort area, just past the Animal Kingdom theme park. It is home to an array of animals. There are look outs placed around the resort, giving guests an opportunity to view these beautiful creatures in what’s very close to their natural habitat. At each of these viewing stations there’s a guide to what animals are within your view, where they are from and what family group they belong to. There are a number of viewing places at both the Kidani Village and Jambo House. At certain times of day there will be cast members stationed at these look outs to provide you even more in-depth information about these animals.

At Jambo House there are four different savanah overlook areas. Two are directly found off of the lobby, one is beautiful stationed around a fire pit which hosts a nightly campfire and the other is beside the check in and concierge. The other two are located near the Uzima Pool. Take the elevator down to the 1st floor and pass the pool. One viewing spot is near the playground and the other is past the playground and pool. All of the viewing areas feature different animals.

At Kidani Village, the neighbouring DVC resort, there are two animal lookouts. One can be seen from a variety of locations off of the lobby. Either at the balcony off the lobby, down off of the ground floor around the campfire or in their restaurant Sanaa. The other lookout is located beside the Samawati Pool, just past the Maji Pool Bar.

The lookouts found off the lobbies are beautiful places to sit with a cup of coffee and enjoy the incredible view. We’ve spent time siting in the provided seats watching the animals graze the terrain. Anyone who loves animals will love spending time here, plus both of the pools found at these resorts are wonderful places for children and there are plenty of places to dine. Making this a great spot to spend your morning, afternoon or evening. For more ideas on how to spend a non-park day check out these previous posts:

Non-Park Days

Dine at Another Resort

Art of Animation Resort

Chip n Dale’s Campfire Sing-a-long

Community Halls


Disney’s Boardwalk

The Grand Floridian Magical Moment