(We Have Fun Too)
Animal Kingdom Lodge
The Jambo House
and I took a Disney cruise in early November of 2010. It was
an incentive for joining the Disney
Vacation Club (DVC), and since it was the first time either
of us had been on any type of cruise, and it was a 4-night
deal, we thought it would be a good way to see if we wanted
to do cruises of longer stays.
We thought that
a 4-night cruise was long enough to see if we wanted to do
more cruises, but also wanted to have a longer vacation, so
we decided we'd stay one day in Disney World before the cruise
and then a couple days after the cruise, so we could make
a regular week vacation of it.
picked the Animal Kingdom Lodge for the one day before
the cruise, because I wanted to see what it was like to
view the animals from your room. Cindy
didn't care for the idea much, but went along with it
for my sake, but guess who wants to go back to the Animal
Kingdom Lodge NOW!? :-)
We decided to stay
at the Saratoga
Springs Resort & Spa for the two days after the cruise.
Actually we went thru a long list, because of the Food &
Wine Festival was going on during that time, we ended up on
a wait list for a couple of the resorts and Saratoga
Springs was the one that came up.
If you've read
any of our other articles, then you know how much we like
Springs, even though Bay Lake Tower is our DVC
Home Resort, but we definitely want to spend more time at
Animal Kingdom Lodge...
I mean, think about
it, 70% of Animal Kingdom Lodge's rooms have the Savannah
View. That's Awesome! Real exotic animals right outside your
room. Doesn't get better than that!
We arrived around
6pm, and since it was November, the day was going fast. We
went straight to our room, and like a kid, I headed straight
balcony to see what animals might still be out... Well, we
weren't dissappointed. A couple of giraffes were out, a wildebeest,
a vulture on a log, and even a rabbit hopping around. :-)
Okay, the rabbit, I could see anywhere, but the other animals,
you don't see just anywhere.
for a while, we decided to check on our reservation downstairs
- Flavors of Africa restaraunt. We were both getting pretty
hungry, and although our reservation wasn't for a couple hours,
we should go down anyway just in case we could get in... Well,
this is one time where the 'yes dear' paid off... We were
able to get right in and had a great meal.
We mulled around
Animal Kingdom Lodge for a while, then went over to Magic
Kingdom to watch Wishes fireworks show. After the show, we
went back to our room to get some shut-eye since we had to
be up early to get to our cruise ship.
The next morning,
we got everything together, and then opened the curtains to
see, several giraffes, giselles, wildebeests, antelope, vultures,
etc. It was a beautiful thing, but one day there was NOT enough,
and we are definitely going back.
We went to The
Mara (Animal Kingdom's Quick Service Restaurant) and brought
it back to our room, so we could eat and enjoy the animals.
By the way, there is NO animal smell like you have at the
While I was watching
all those different species coexist, I noticed a giselle walked
behind a wilderbeest and accidently spooked him. It was hilarious,
and all I could think was... Hey Man, show some MACHO, you're
a Wilde-BEAST! He recovered quickly, and regained his big
bad image in my eyes... Oh, how I love watching nature! :-)
The Animal Kingdom
Lodge should be experienced at least once, especially with
a room with a Savannah view.
Here are a few
more pictures. Just click on each to enlarge.
Julius Covington, Sr.