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Giraffes roam the preserve at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge in Orlando, Florida


Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Antelopes, gazelles and zebras, oh my! Leave it to Disney — creators of "The Lion King" — to bring the savannas of Africa to Orlando. Four savannas, to be precise, separated by comfy guest room wings. Make sure to ask for a room with a balcony overlooking the wildlife ... and don't be surprised when a giraffe strolls by. African style pervades this resort and wildlife preserve, from the thatched roofs to the handcrafted artifacts to the African cuisine. The 11,000-square-foot Uzima Pool was designed to resemble a natural watering hole; the Samawati Springs Pool features a water slide; and the 24-hour Hakuna Matata Playground boasts views of the flamingo area. As for parents who want a night out on their own, they can entrust their kids aged three to 12 to Simba's Clubhouse, where evenings feature supervised activities, dinner and (no big surprise) Disney movies.

To take the whole family on safari, visit the Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge official website

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