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.
Looking Out to the Arusha Savanna
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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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The centerpiece of the Wilderness Lodge Resort very well may be the expansive lobby. Towering eight stories, the lobby is filled with carved totem poles, Native American art pieces, and a fireplace as tall as the lobby itself with rocking chairs in front of it for you to relax and take in all the lobby has to offer. The fireplace itself is a piece of art. Take a look at the different colored layers all the way to the top. Each layer represents the over 2 billion years it took for the rock to form and create the strata of the Grand Canyon. While you’re staying at the Wilderness Lodge, find some time to pull up a chair, kick back, relax, and enjoy your stay!
Wilderness Lodge Lobby Fireplace
They may not be very Disney looking in outward appearance, but the Swan and Dolphin hotels are actually good choices for a resort. The rooms are extremely comfortable with Heavenly beds and many rooms overlook the water and the Boardwalk Resort, with Epcot’s World Showcase a little further away. Both resorts are in walking distance to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and while you can walk to Epcot, we preferred to take the boat. Discounts are frequently given to members of the military as well as teachers (which is always a plus in my opinion!).
Now I have always heard the story that the resorts should actually be switched; the dolphins were put on what should have been the Swan Resort and the swans were put on what should have been the Dolphin Resort causing the resorts to have to switch names and thus the theme of the buildings was now off. However, I have found some information that says this is not the case. Yesterland has an interview with a former long time Cast Member and Disney historian who has now changed my view even more about the Swan and Dolphin Resort, and it is for the better. Take a minute to read through the interview found at Yesterland and think again about the “drab and ugly” Swan and Dolphin!
Swan Resort from Walkway to Hollywood Studios
Dolphin Resort Walkway from Swan
View from Dolphin Guest Room
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Today’s photo is from Disney’s Pop Century Resort.
Disney's Pop Century Resort
Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort is one of three in the All-Star Resorts collection. One of the value resorts, All-Star Movies celebrates the best in Disney movies with each section of the resort playing tribute to a different film including 101 Dalmatians, The Mighty Ducks, Fantasia, The Love Bug, and Toy Story. In the Toy Story section there are two guest buildings; one has Woody as it’s giant symbol while the other sports Buzz Lightyear. Elements from the film are found throughout the courtyard in larger than life size. In honor of Toy Story 3 opening in theaters today, why not consider staying in the Toy Story section of the Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort.
Toy Story Section of All-Star Movies Resort
Apologies for missing a post yesterday. Family emergency kept us away. Saturday’s photos can come from anywhere, so today we’re picking up with what should have been posted yesterday, a photo from the WDW Resorts!
Disney’s Pop Century Resort, one of Disney’s value resorts, opened with Phase I, the Classic Years, in December 2003. Phase II, the Legendary Years, was never finished but the building is now finally being turned into the newly announced Art of Animation Resort, set to open in 2012.
Each building at Pop Century is themed to a different decade from the 1950’s to the 1990’s. The 1970’s section is a great choice when booking a standard room. Location puts you close to the food court and main pool (the Hippy Dippy pool). Giant replicas of 1970’s memorabilia decorate the building and courtyard including the giant Big Wheel, a larger than life Mickey rotary phone, and the oversized foosball players ready for action! Rooms at Pop Century have recently been refurbished which also makes for a nice stay during your trip.
Pop Century - 1970s Building