For our anniversary, Tadd and I decided to treat ourselves to a little weekend staycation getaway at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Resort. We stayed two nights on a discounted Passholder rate, using a giftcard received for my birthday a couple months ago as part of the deposit. We booked a (MUCH cheaper) standard view room, but upon check-in we mentioned our anniversary and we were lucky enough to receive an upgrade to a savanna view room at no additional charge.
We did not set foot in a theme park all weekend…we just hung out at the resort, relaxed, went to the pool, read, and watched the animals (giraffes, zebras, ostriches, red river hogs, etc) from our balcony. Heaven! We did book a couple of fun dinners…First was a Sanaa, which is on the Kidani Village side of Animal Kingdom Lodge (we were staying at Jambo House, which is the original/main side of the resort). They specialize in more exotic foods with an Indian and African flair. So delicious! The second night we booked the Spirit of Aloha luau dinner show at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, which was a lot of fun.
Having now stayed in a number of Disney resorts (Caribbean Beach, All-Star Music, Port Orleans Riverside, Fort Wilderness Cabins, The Dolphin, Pop Century, Yacht Club, and now Animal Kingdom Lodge), I think I can say that AKL is my favorite so far. It’s not within walking distance of any of the theme parks like Yacht Club (which is a HUGE perk), but it’s SO cool to wake up, step outside on your balcony with a cup of coffee, and hang out with some zebras. Also, the theming really appeals to me. You really feel like you’re somewhere else when you are there, which makes for a very relaxing time.
We are going to try to swing another staycation weekend in December, if I can get another great discount code. I am shooting for the Wilderness Lodge this time. No promises that it will definitely work out, but I am going to try my best. Holiday time in Walt Disney World is unbeatable, and staying on property for a few nights makes it even better.