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See Some of the Faces of the Animal Kingdom Lodge

When you decide to make the Animal Kingdom Lodge your resort of choice for your stay, you get more than just a room and bed to lay your head; you get a new and different experience everywhere you turn, including the people you meet.

The lobby of the resort hosts daily activities led by Animal Kingdom Lodge Cast Members, most of who come from a part of Africa. Children and adults alike can be entertained (as well as educated) on the artifacts found in the lobby as well as on animal artifacts that the Cast Members bring out to display.

Part of the Educational Display In the AKL Lobby

When you check in, be sure to check the Lodge’s information sheet for daily events around the resort.

Sample Activities Sheet from July (click on the image for a full size version)

You never know who you might meet in the lobby or in the resort giftshop,  the Zawadi Marketplace.

Zawadi Marketplace - the giftshop in the Animal Kingdom Lodge

Be sure to seek out the King Pin as he’s a very friendly and fun fellow to exchange pins with. Even if you’re not into pin trading, take a peek in the Zawadi Marketplace when he’s in there and just watch his interactions with guests for a few minutes. I guarantee it’ll make you smile.

The King Pin Offers Trades in the Zawadi Marketplace

The next time you visit the Animal Kingdom Lodge, be on the lookout for more than just the animals wandering the savanna, be on the lookout for these great Cast Member interactions as well!

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Gives New Meaning to “Room with a View”

The main attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is of course the animals! When you book a savannah view room at this resort, you just never know what you might come “home” to find right outside your back door! On this particular day, the zebra wasn’t very interested in the treats being offered to him by the CM.

Watching the zebra from an AKL savannah view balcony

Getting Comfortable in the Animal Kingdom Lodge Lobby

The Animal Kingdom Lodge boasts a very large, very comfy lobby area where guests can relax in hand-carved furniture while they take in the sights and smells of Africa. The lobby just feels warm and relaxed, from the massive African design chandeliers to the inside firepit. The giant showcase window overlooking the Arusha Savanna just completes the space and makes this lobby one of the most special of the Disney Resorts.

Lobby Seating

Indoor Firepit

Lobby Chandeliers

Looking Out to the Arusha Savanna

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Uzima Springs Pool – Swimming in an African Watering Hole

The Uzima Springs Pool at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is the largest on Disney property and also sports a zero entry that means guests can wade into the pool rather than there being steps to walk down.

There’s more to this resort’s pool area than just the pool. The Uzima Springs Pool Bar with its thatched roof offers guests a refreshing break during an afternoon by the pool. Also, the Uzima Savannah is  around the perimeter of the pool where you can watch a a flock of flamingos feeding and relaxing. To the left of the pool area and Uzima Springs is more of the Uzima Savannah where Giraffe and Anikole cattle can be seen.

Originally the pool had a dark bottom to help create the look of mineral water instead of chlorinated pool water, which made the pool more like an African watering hole. However, the lifeguards complained it was difficult to see into the pool and in January 2010 the pool was refurbished and the bottom was repainted in a lighter color.

Looking towards the lodge and the pool

Taking a Dip

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