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Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

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Giraffes roam the preserve at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge


Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Exterior view of Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Antelopes, gazelles and lions, 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 guest room wings. Make sure to ask for a room with a balcony overlooking the wildlife ... and don't be surprised when a zebra or 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 Hakuna Matata Playground resides within view of the flamingo area. As for parents who want a night out on their own, they can entrust their kids aged three to twelve to Simba's Clubhouse, where evenings feature supervised activities, Disney movies (no big surprise) and dinner.

To take the whole family on safari, visit the official website

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