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Animal Kingdom Lodge Recreation

Famous Disney service and deluxe amenities combine to create an unforgettable adventure at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. The resort features a 9,000-square-foot, themed feature pool -- which offers a poolside view of the savannah -- as well as two bubbling spas. The Zahanati Massage and Fitness Center offers facials, body treatments and massage therapy. Featured for the younger set: Simba's Cubhouse, a children's activity center; Pumbaa's Fun and Games arcade; a pool; and the Hakuna Matada Playground.


The resort features a 9,000-square-foot, themed feature pool -- Uzima, which means "clear water" -- a zero-depth entry pool, with a 67-foot-long water slide. It offers a poolside view of the savannah -- as well as two bubbling spas.

Younger Guests will have fun in the wading pool.

Zahanati Massage and Fitness Center

Pamper yourself with facials, body treatments and various massages. Work out on state-of-the-art exercise equipment, make an appointment for a personal training session and take advantage of amenities including dry saunas and steam rooms.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge Animal Programs

Join the Safari Guides at the Arusha Rock Overlook viewings and activities honoring the creatures of the savanna. The Safari Guides are very knowledgable and will answer any questions you may have about the animals.

Go on a cultural safari, watch animals at play at dusk with night vision, try your hand as a junior researcher, or watch animal handlers feed the pelicans and flamingos.

Sit back in one of the chairs around the firepit for nightly African storytelling.

24-Hour Animal Viewing Opportunities

The savannah is home to more than 200 mammals and birds representing a cross-section of the African palette -- greater kudu, Grant's zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, impala, marabou stork to name a few. Thirty percent of the mammal species are Walt Disney World-exclusive to Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. The hoofstock and birds roam freely on the savannah where resort guests may enjoy 24-hour viewing opportunities.

Programs for all Ages

A series of kid-friendly programs and adult enrichment opportunities at the resort increase guests' knowledge and appreciation of the African culture. Children can hear African folklore around the outdoor firepit, become a Junior Safari Researcher or Junior Chef of the Day at the resort. Guests of all ages can also learn from the lodge's Savannah Guides in programs that show differences in animals' physical and naturalistic behavior, while adults take part in wine tasting (the resort boasts the largest collection of South African wines anywhere in the United States) or a self-guided tour of the resort's extensive art collection.

Recreation activities guide (pdf)


Landscape design at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge began long before the resort opened its doors, with the first vegetation planted and secured two years prior to opening. The rich environment is designed to simulate the landscape systems of the African continent -- forested lands, river systems, grasslands and the bush. Tall thryalis and pampas grass cover the ground in front of the resort, while red and pink hibiscus, bright clusters of red, orange and scarlet Ixora, fragrant white jasmine and green pygmy date palms border the Uzima Pool. Behind the lodge on Arusha Rock kopje is the signature tree, Peltophorum dubium -- or Yellow Flame Tree -- the canopy tree most recognized as the one on the African plain.


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